Furniture Stalking

That’s really the only thing that I can call it…”furniture stalking”. It sounds strange but that’s pretty much what I do. I’ll go to a thrift store, find something that I really like, check the price, and walk away if its too steep.

My way of acknowledging divine intervention. It’s one of those, “If you love it then let it go…..(but keep coming back to check the price because they’ll eventually lower it enough to make it worth the time) and if its still there, then you know its meant to be.

When I go back and it’s not there, it hurts a bit….but you let it go and move on.

This is even the case with discarded goods or items neighbors have tossed away. I’ll watch it for a few days and hope it doesn’t get picked up or rained on before I get back home. For example, the ugly desk. Maybe its not fair to give it that name, but so be it! The ugly desk sat out in front of a neighbors house for DAYS. I considered grabbing it, then a regular Florida torrential downpour occurred and there she sat. Water everywhere, like she was crying and saying, “YOU DID THIS TO ME!!!”

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So….I lamented and moved on….so sad. 😦

At the same time I’ve also been watching watching this gal:

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Isn’t she gorgeous? Or….maybe you don’t see what I do.

Anyway, she was $40, it wasn’t going to happen. The next time I went back she was 25% off. Today….she was 50% off and I had to beat out someone’s great-grandfather to get to it! With that said, she’s now mine, broken glass and all for a mere $17!!!!  No, I didn’t miscalculate, I negotiated $3 off because of the broken pane of glass.

I can’t wait to get home and lay out some plans for this beauty!

Room Redo #1

I’ve been working on redoing each of my children’s rooms. My son’s room is pretty awesome as it is, it just needs better organization and some sprucing up.

He’s got this car/garage themed something happening and I hope it sticks for a few more years.

Anyway, my focus has been getting his desk area together since he’s now in kindergarten (tear, tear, cry, cry) and needs a functional workspace. The desk I found some months ago on craigslist as an amazing steal. Its a REAL wood vintage, that was refinished in a BRIGHT red with chrome hardware(which matches perfectly and saved me the work of doing the same thing).

First order of business was to get the drawers together and make them all make sense. Then, I put up shelves for his current and future trophies and awards.

The only thing I was missing was a place for books. I found these super cool bookends at a thrift store, which were perfect save for the $25 pricetag. I’m pretty frugal and that seemed out there for something I could probably make. EVERY TIME I say that, I end up making it. So the research commenced!

I started with cutting some pallet wood that I had in my garage. Then I made some salt dough to give it a little weight and a base for a car, truck, or ATV(chosen by my son).

After some baking, painting, and sealing, this is what we have:

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Function for less than $3!

Definitely a nice finish to the desk area. What do you think?

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