Showing posts with label Decorating. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Decorating. Show all posts

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Bargain Shopping/Item Remake - Part 5

The final installation in this Bargain Shopping/Item Remake series. :)

A quick little mini-makeover of a $5 pillow (regularly $24.99 BTW).

It's cute. We didn't love the fringe. So...
We gave it a haircut and glued a cool round button to the center of the existing white flower and viola...
Here it is hanging out with the other made-over $5 pillows. :)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Bargain Shopping/Item Remake - Part 4 (A Tutorial)

Remember our friend, the $5 Y pillow. Here's what I did with the other 3.
We obviously didn't cover the Y this time, we just used the other side of the pillow.

Here's how we did it:

Step 1 - We found letters we liked and printed them about 5" high on cardstock. We cut them out to make stencils.
Step 2 - We laid the stencil on our pillow
Step 3 - We traced our stencil. I found that a Conte pastel worked best on this slick poly fabric.
Step 4 - We outlined the lines with a white paint pen.
Step 5 - We went back in with a paintbrush and regular acrylic paint and filled in the letters.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Bargain Shopping/Item Remake - Part 3

This Y pillow was one of my great finds on my latest trip to Hobby Lobby when the housewares were 80% OFF. This cute little 12" x 12" pillow with bead trim was regularly $24.99. They had lots of Y's and Z's left. I bought 4 of them. Why?

That's why!

Now I have nothing against the letter Y--it was, in fact, my last initial before I got married--but seeing as I  am now an M, let the pillow makeover begin.

I added on 3 flowers (made using this method). I tacked them on with small stitches right over the Y. You can't see it at all.

P.S. The tasseled brocade pillow behind it was also a bargain find. Regularly $79.99 (do people really pay that for pillows?!?) I got it for $16.

I'll post soon about what what I did with the other 3 Y pillows.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Bargain Shopping/Item Remake - Part 2

The next installment of my bargain shopping show and tell. This drawer unit was normally $49.99, marked down to $10.

My daughter and I didn't love the sports theme of them and considered these for a long time. We knew we couldn't just paint over the balls since they are indented into the wood. Finally, we realized we could just turn the drawers around so the balls are facing in. The drawers wouldn't have the little notch at the top. But we solved that by drilling two holes and adding a little jute drawer pull.

Oh yeah, did I mention we bought 2? :)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bargain Shopping/Item Remake - Part 1

I recently went to my local Hobby Lobby store for one thing and came out with three full shopping carts of things. They had a ton of their housewares on sale for 80% OFF to make room for...are you ready for this...Christmas.

So, like I told my husband, I spent a lot, but I can't even explain how much I saved! :)

Here are just a few of my bargains (more to come in future Before/After posts).

This frame is HUGE--5' x 2.5'. It's aluminum/tin/? some rather light metal. And I'm sure at one time had something in it since the before cost was $199.99. I paid $40! (It's hanging in my hallway so it's sort of hard to get a great picture of it.)

The metal rings inside were each $.99. I have no idea what they are for. I was going to use them as wreath forms for rag wreaths, but I decided to try them in my huge empty frame and I like them there. I tied them with torn strips of off-white cotton fabric. Around the holidays, I'll take the metal rings out and hang berry wreaths in this frame.

And if I ever get sick of it in my house, it's great for outdoors too since it's metal. See, win-win! :)
This mirror has a thick plastic frame around it that looks like wood. There is a broken part on the bottom (that you can't see at all with it hanging this way) so it was marked down to...$18! I brought it home and roughed it up a bit to make it even more distressed and I love it over my piano.

That's it for today. More to come...


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