Sunday, March 6, 2011

Goodwill goodies

Ok, well yes, I’m finally getting some blogging done around here. What’s going on with that? lol.

Last week I found a few lovies at Goodwill while Haley was spending some quality time with her grandparents that I’m so excited to show you.

Found another cute shelf similar to this one, also from Goodwill. It will probably get the same treatment, but will go in the guest bathroom instead. (Oh, and btw, that other shelf has a whole new look going on, thanks to a beautiful new paint as it’s backdrop. Hope to write about that this week!)


I kind of liked this teacup saucer while I was in the store so I decided to buy it, and I’m so glad I did because I’m in loooove with it now.


It looks so pretty sitting on the counter…the pic above doesn’t do it justice. The edges are all white, so when it’s in the cabinet it will blend in with all the other white dishes I’m collecting.

(I’m trying to collect tons of white and cream dishes to replace our others that are chipped, ugly, and don’t match.)

Plus, I’m trying to convince the hubs that I should paint our cabinets and remove the upper cabinet doors, but right now we don’t have pretty dishes to display anyway so I’m not really pushing it too much. Yet. He’s kind of hesitant about it, but I’m sure in the end he’ll let me, so I’m starting my collection now so that when he gives me the green light I can get started and finished before he can chicken out and change his mind.




So anyways, also got this sweet little ivory pitcher for .99 cents.


I got a few other items that I’ll show you later, but since this post is getting a little long I guess I’ll get to the point. =0)

This fuchsia (uh, totally had to spell check that word!) metal bucket was $1.99, and it was perfect to hold my faux  branches in my entryway.IMG_5760

I sprayed it with two coats of chalkboard paint,


covering the handles with a paper towel.

Then I wrote on it in chalk. =0)

(Uh, hello! Trying to make this tutorial seem harder and more detailed than it really is here people.)


Is that a bug? Pretend you didn’t see that mmmkay??

Lol it’s not really a bug. It’s a piece of ash from the fireplace, where I was originally going to put the bucket after I painted it.

But I decided to put it where the branch-y stuff was to begin with, because it helps cover up the extension cord plug in that corner. The branch-y stuff has been sitting right here for over a year, held together at the base with some twine. I’ve been looking for something that was just the right size to put it in.

I think this work pretty well, what do you think?


I was really messing with the white balance and exposure…and I’m amazingly getting better at taking pictures without a flash, or any natural light.

I should have turned off the lamp on that entryway dresser I think, but I love how bright this space looks here, almost as if it’s flooded with natural light! I took this picture at 11:30 pm!


Here’s a better representation of the entryway at night, taken a minute or two before the above picture, camera settings changed of course.


I’ve been trying to improve on my photography skills, which are about a level zero. =0)

Check out my Parties page for all the blogs I’ll be linking up to this week!

Thanks for reading!!!!!


Jill said...

This chalkboard 'vase' looks great! Nice overall effect with the 'sticks' in it too!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sooooo many THRIFTY the planter and that cute little pitcher...come link up to my NIFTY THIFTY TUESDAYS party this week...I’m having a sure to come by and check it out…it starts Monday March 7.


embee said...

love the chalkboard paint. it's perfect!!

Erin said...

Love a good thriftstore find!! Everything looks awesome! I found your blog at the DIY Showoff. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back:
Again, you did a fantastic job with this!! :-)

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh, this is amazing!!!!

Meg said...

Very cute! I love the "branchy" stuff, too!

Audra Jean said...

Love it, love it!! You have some great ideas and you need to help me with my house!

Crystal said...

This is a great idea!!! I need to go buy myself some chalkboard paint!!!!! I love the little pitcher....I can't pass those up ....ever!!!!

Megan said...

so pretty. I love chalkboard paint, but didn't know it came in a spray can. Your handwriting is really pretty.


Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

I love that pretty little saucer! Maybe I should try our Goodwill again next week, I usually strike out there but you just never know. :)
Enjoy your weekend!

Jori said...

I didn't know they made chalkboard spray paint! I thought it only came in cans. Yeehaw! Thank you for the great ideas! I love your blog,very fun!!