Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Buying Secondhand Furniture 


We have bought many furniture items secondhand. We’ve bought several things from Craigslist and a few things from thrift shops. While some people might shy away from secondhand furniture, we have saved a lot of money.

I wanted to share a few tips and tricks for buying secondhand furniture with you today.


1. Do a quick but thorough inspection.

Open all the drawers to make sure they glide smoothly. A dresser or desk with stuck drawers is no good! Check the finish for dents or dings. If a little wear and tear doesn’t bother you, then carry on. If you don’t mind doing a little touch up work, go for it. But if you can’t get past the dents and dings, you probably want to keep looking.

2. It’s OK to ask for more pictures or more information

Before we bought this TV cabinet, I must have asked the woman selling it a hundred questions, including asking her to take more pictures. She was more than happy to oblige, and in the end, her second crop of pictures is why we chose to buy. The cabinet ended up being a perfect fit for our living room.

3. Measure your space before you buy

We knew we needed a bigger dining room set, and when we saw this one, it looked perfect. We weren’t sure it would fit, though. We quickly measured and realized it would be a tight fit only with the leaf in it. Since we only need the leaf a few times a year, this isn’t an issue. If we hadn’t have measured, we’d have passed on a table that we love!

4. Good things come to those who wait. 

We looked for a nursery chair for months before finally finding this one. It took a long time to find it, but it was exactly what we wanted. I’m so glad we were willing to wait whether than settle for the quick find. 

5. Think outside the box

Ignore the mess around this thing, but this TV cabinet is functioning perfectly as a craft supplies storage cabinet. We love this thing, but if I hadn’t been able to reimagine this as crafts storage, I’d have never bought it.

6. And lastly, don’t be afraid to walk away. It’s perfectly ok to see a piece in person and realize it isn’t what you wanted. Don’t think just because you look at something that you’re obligated to buy it. 

I hope you have enjoyed these tips for secondhand shopping. Have a wonderful Tuesday!

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DIY Tips and Tricks: Get a new bedroom for less than $100


Our master bedroom had some good  things going for it, but overall, it was so boring.



I’ve long been admiring bedrooms in which the bed is the focal point, but with two windows and only a tiny wall between them, I wasn’t sure how to pull it off.

I decided to just go for it and see what happened.


Our dresser used to sit between the windows. I just flip flopped the bed and night stands with the dressers. I used the same furniture, curtains, and same bedding, which cost nothing. Then, I bought two new lamps, some new pillows, and some new lampshades. I also bought a throw. 

We also had the bedding (except for those pillows and the throw) and the tray, books and greenery.

Eventually, we plan to buy an area rug and get new furniture. We also plan to paint the walls.

In total, I paid less than $75 for everything that you see here.

Not bad, huh?

Shopping guide:

Lamps: (similar) Lamp shades

Pillows    Curtains     Throw

Quilt    Duvet   Furniture 

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Make it Monday: Turn an ugly painting into a cute chalkboard 


It all started when I went into a local thrift shop last week.


I apologize if you like this sort of thing, but I do not. I did like the frame, though, and at barely $10, the price was right.

I took it home and started painting over the ugly painting with chalkboard paint.


I put on one coat


I let it dry, and then added a second one.


Then, I used chalk paint to paint the frame white. It took two coats.


Then, I rubbed chalk all over it to season it, and erased it. If you don’t do this, you can never erase your chalk board.


And then I hung it in my pantry, and I’m using it to help plan meals.

What thrift store makeovers have you done recently?

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Upcycling old decor: the pedastal bowl


I have had this pedestal bowl for years.


While I love the shape of it, I just couldn’t seem to make it work with my current decorating themes.

I whipped out my trusty Waverly chalk paint and added a coat of farmhouse white.


Just like most projects, this one certainly has an ugly stage. 


But after the second coat, it looked a lot better.


I got out the sandpaper and roughed it up a little.


Then, I added some spring fillers in the form of moss balls and I put it on the sideboard in our office.


Just because something seems like it won’t work doesn’t mean you can’t make it work. 

Sometimes all it takes is a little paint.

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Make it Monday: DIY personalized wall art and how you can make it!!


I saw something similar to this in a catalog earlier this week and immediately thought about how easy it’d be to make.

All you need is word processor and to download some fonts that you like.


My finished product looks like this, though I’m thinking of ordering it on a canvas.



I used Bookman Old Style for the big B and the “Boone,” but used Brush Script Demo for the “established,” and Bradley Hand for the year. Dafont.com  and Freefonts.com are a great place to get free fonts if none of these appeal to you. 

This printable is super easy and lots of fun to make. 


Now, where to hang it?

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Free printable: Merry and Bright banner


I love a good Christmas banner.  I also love DIY and making things.

I got the idea for this super cute DIY Christmas banner when I shared my family photo ideas last week.

I decided to make it myself and then share the printable with you, for free.

I created the banner using MS Word.  Then I printed it on cardstock and cut it out.

Then, I punched holes in each circle and strung them onto a piece of twine.

Here are some different ways to use this banner:

Here it is on our playroom shelf.Excuse the mess. We are in the midst of decluttering this room.

Or as a picture prop:

Err..it’s probably better to use a banner this long with more than one person.

I made two styles of the banner, and both are available for free download below.

To download, just click the links below and save to your computer.

Circle Style Banner 

Pennant style banner 
Have a wonderful day!!

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Milkglass and Roses

Remember last week when I wrote about my grandmother and all the milkglass she brought me?

As i was writing that post, I couldn’t help but be inspired by some of the photos I found.

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I also fell in love with this pretty square vase that my grandmother brought.

I remembered I had these gorgeous faux flowers that once were in my daughter’s room.

When I put them together,   it was pure magic. OK, that might be exaggerating just a bit. But i really did love the result.

In what ways have you used family heirlooms in your daily Décor?

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DIY Fixer Upper-inspired nursery art 

Lately I’ve been crushing on this sign on The Magnolia market website.

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And while I liked the canvas wall art I used over  Aubrey’s crib, lately I’ve felt it is too small.

I downloaded some hand letter fonts and typed out the prayer.   Then, Staples Copy And Print printed it out for me as a 16×20 engineer print for $4. I used spray adhesive to affix the print to a piece of foam board.

And I bought this really neat barn wood frame from  Wayfair.

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I am thrilled with the result.

What  Fixer Upper inspired projects have you completed recently?

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Deck the Walls: How to Find Low Cost Art that Looks Great 

I don’t like to hang a lot of things on my walls,  but I do love a nice gallery wall.  I also love finding art that matches the room’s Décor,  but also stands out. Since art can be costly and I don’t have a lot of money, here are a few of my favorite ways to find cheap art that looks great. 

1. Make it yourself 

I’m not artistic in the least.  I cannot draw or paint.  What I can do is make my own subway art on Ms Word. Type it out, change the colors and fonts, print it, and frame. 

2. ETSY and Pinterest are your friends

This gallery wall is in my daughter’s nursery.  We purchased two of the prints from ETSY, while the other two were found on Pinterest.  All were printed by us, here at home. Sources listed here

3. Botanical prints: widely available on the Internet 

I love, love, love botanical prints.  If it weren’t for trying to have a little variety in the house, I’d have them in every room.  They are widely available on the Internet, and ate usually free.  I get most of mine from The Graphics Fairy. There are a lot of them on Pinterest as well. 

4. Catch the sales 
We also shop sales at Hobby Lobby and Kirklands. I’ve been known to window shop, find things I like, and wait until they come on sale.  It takes some patience but it’s kind of fun. 

5. Use photographs to create an interesting gallery 

Sites like Shutterfly have frequent specials and offer cheap photo printing. Walmart photo and Walgreens offer cost effective photo printing as well. I personally love pictures and we have them all over our house.  

What are your favorite places to find cheap art?

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A free fall printable 

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Anne Shirley is one of my favorite literary characters and Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books.  I hope you’ll enjoy this printable.

To download the printable, just right click on it and save it to your machine. If you decide to use it, please remember to link back to me.  My printables are for personal use only and shall not be sold or distributed for profit.  Thanks!!

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Have a wonderful weekend.

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