Friday, March 19, 2010

The Details of the Cheap stuff and My Lovely Craigslist table

I promised to share all the little details of where and how I did my living room on a $50 budget.

Here it goes...

My first great find was this cute little table and mirror on Craigslist for $20! (not so cute here and yes this is the garage, also the pool room, the play room, the laundry room and the storage room)




My mister was sweet and kind and sanded down the table for me with great care.


After a few layers of paint that I had on hand, I then stained and varnished it for this final look!

The Mirror received a new coat of paint from my boys bathroom, a greenish blue color.


I now turn my eyes to the little things.

The large picture I already had and just repainted and distressed the frame a little. The clocks are from Target (or Wal-Mart has them too) for just $3.99 each. So a whopping $12 bucks spent there. The chalkboard signs were so fun and easy, and I am really rather proud of them ;-) I took some trim that we had sitting around and cut them all into the same lengths, then I sanded down the edges a little to give them a more rounded look, then simply sprayed them and "seasoned" them with chalk then added some twine (stapled to the back) to hang them with. Total price, the cost of the chalkboard paint, $4.50.



We talked about these little eggs yesterday that cost me $1 from Hobby Lobby. The vase I picked up at Wal-Mart for $3 and the little bird was a Dollar Tree find that I repainted a creamy white. I also found that little figurine in the back at Dollar Tree and painted it as well. Total spent here = $6.



The shelves were previously black, so guess what? You know the answer, I painted them! The wreath base was from Dollar Tree and the greenery that I hot glued to it was from Hobby Lobby for $5 (however I didn't use all the greenery there but in a few spots as well as some for future use). The "W" was from Hobby Lobby for 99cents and I just painted it with some different shades of gray acrylics to give it more texture. The other little figurine is once more from Dollar Tree that I....painted.$8 spent here.


I repainted the terra cotta pot with some white paint then sanded it down a little, I then painted on the "No 1" and also lightly sanded. Cost = nothing.



I love milk bottles and my mom has graciously passed down her "vintage" milk bottle collection to me. I have never really got to use them until now. I took three of them and simply tied them together with twine then stuck some of my HL greenery in them. The Cost = the greenery already mentioned above.

I think it all came to around $49.50 or so. My goal was to keep it under $100, so I was very pleased!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to link up any great and cheap ideas you have to my "We Can Do It Cheaper' post!
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16 comments:

Joy@thriftyparsonageliving said...

$50 wow! you did a lovely job with a very little amount of money.It's amazing how just adding paint can improve things so greatly. I've enjoyed repainting and repurposing things as well. I'm new to blogging and would love to have you come and visit my blog. Have a good day!
Joy
http://thriftyparsonageliving.blogspot.com

Jessica Hills said...

Wow, you did such an amazing job! Your house looks super cute! Thanks for posting at Favorite Things Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!

Ryan and Alisha Machalica said...

So cute! I love the stuff that you got at Dollar Tree, I never even knew they had such cute stuff. Also, I LOVE the milk bottles! Yeah, if you ever get tired of them....I'll give them a good home:)

karab said...

okay so I go to dollar tree alot! But I guess I need to go in there with" new eyes" :) I tend to see stuff as it is, not what it could be! :) you have given me a new way to look at things! :)

Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

You can really stretch a dollar! Nice job - love it all!

Jessi said...

There is so much in that room that I adore...where do I begin? Love the table with the stained top and painted legs. And I really like the clocks with the chalkboard signs. And the clay pot! I have had plans to do something similar, and now I really want to get on that. Love the milk bottles as well. Love it all!

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

I just found your site through Favorite Things Friday Link and I love it. I am all about remodeling and decorating too! I love your style and you did a fabulous job with your living room. I always see old milk bottles and want to buy them, but never know what I'll use them for. Now I know. Thanks. Oh and I just became a new follower!

Cheryl said...

Love your table redo. It definitely looks more stylish in the after photo. Love all your projects.

Kendra Joyner said...

Very Thrifty Jillian...all looks great!

The Floppy Cow said...

I adore what you have done with the twine and milk bottles! Guess what? I am "stealing" this idea,I have a few vintage milk bottles hanging around and now I know exactly what to do with them.Thanks!

Jane said...

Fabulous finds! I love your table and mirror, and those easter eggs in the Walmart vase...perfect! Thanks for sharing and for linkin' up to Frugalicious Friday! Oh and I followed. :)

Jane @ Finding Fabulous

Blair Roy said...

Way to go, Jill! Everything is absolutely ADORABLE!

Claire said...

Gorgeous projects!

Kristine at The Painted Hive said...

So cute. I love the mix of natural textures, neutral tones and contemporary lines. I'm about to post about my entryway which reminds me of your space. Please feel free to check it out and let me know what you think.
Kristine
http://thepaintedhive.blogspot.com

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I LOVE how it all turned out. This is what I need to do in my glass hurricanes that currently hold pinecones. I also love the faux boxwood branches from HL. I am clearing them out next time I go. :)

Two Boys Treasures said...

you did a great job! It all turned out great. I love what you did with the greenery in the milk bottles. soo cute :)
heather at www.twoboystreasures.blogspot.com