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So its no secret that I’m having an affair with a guy named Craig and his amazing LIST.  I honestly can’t get through a day without checking out the Houston Craigslist at least twice.  I’ve checked out Craigslist when I lived in other parts of the country but I have to say that I have not seen a list quite as beautiful as the Houston Craigslist.  It is one of the perks of living in such a large city I suppose.  Usually I have some idea of what I’m looking for when I get on and hunt, but I quickly get swept away in the parade of posts and start day dreaming of all the great deals I wish I could snag.  So I thought today I’d give you a peak at my Craigslist wishlist.  But first, here are all the things that I’ve bought on craigslist:

My dining room set (table with leaf, 6 chairs, lighted china cabinet) $400, my cream Ethan Allen living room chairs $50 each, my awesome old church pew $30, my other living room chair and ottoman $50, my bedroom dresser $80, my entry table FREE, my capiz shell dining room chandelier $25, my baby room furniture $150, my daybed guest room bed and trundle $50, and various other misc. accessories.  Craigslist is AWESOME.  Especially if you’re a visionary.

If you happen to live in the Houston area these are posts that have been posted on Craigslist within the past couple of days so you might be lucky enough to snag up my dream deals!

First, these are some of the coolest wing chairs I’ve ever seen.  I’d LOVE to get two to put at the ends of my dining room table.

wing chair color bronw leather – $145 (sugar land)


Date: 2011-03-27, 3:10PM CDT
Reply to: sale-7gaxd-2289788393@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


 

4 wing chair color bronw leather set 145 sillas para oficinas o cosultorio de piel buenas condicione color cafe

  • Location: sugar land
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Like this pic from Decor Pad except with a rustic wooden table top:

Or get all 4 and do this kind of thing from the April Issue of ElleDecor:

What if you switched the color scheme around here and did a sleek white dining table with the more rustic brown leather wing chairs?  Yummy.

OR a couple in a more traditional setting like this pic from House and Home’s January 2010 issue:

I love how the Craigslist wing backs are a little unexpected and not quite TRADITIONALLY wing backed.  Anyway, so that is my first LOVE of the day.  If my hubby would let me I would totally go buy all 4 and find places for them.

The next thing I found were these vintage suitcases.  I can’t even tell you how many uses I’d find for these.  They make awesome extra storage, add a decorative fun element to a room, and be FANTASTIC photography props.

Large Vintage Luggage – $50 (Katy)


Date: 2011-03-29, 7:53AM CDT
Reply to: sale-maksj-2292908330@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


 

I’m cleaning out the house to make room for the baby, so my loss is your gain!
There are 2 large vintage luggage pieces, that were bought from an antique dealer. The original price was $95 a piece, but I am willing to let them go for $50 for both!. Please email me if you have any questions. Thanks for looking!

  • Location: Katy
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You could stack them and use as a side table or nightstand like this pic from UpWorld.com:

Or get really creative and make them into cabinets like this from RetropolitanHip:

Or use them as awesome photo props:

Like the pics above from Marry You Me.

OK.  Are you drooling yet?  I’m not done.  Here is another cute vintagey thing I want from Craigslist.  Soley because it would be so fun to have!

ANTIQUE PAY PHONE REPLICA – $85 (Katy)


Date: 2011-03-28, 6:26PM CDT
Reply to: sale-rv5ms-2292239079@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


 

This is a replica of the old fashioned antique pay phones. It is in like-new condition and actually works!! It appears to be a dial/rotary phone, but is actually a push button phone with the buttons in a circle pattern beneath the numbers (see photo). You can insert coins , which store in the bottom like a bank. The phone does NOT require coins for use.

There is no damage to the phone – it is like new and is fully functional. It makes a great addition to a game room or kitchen and is quite the conversation piece!

  • Location: Katy
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And what about this awesome camel back sofa?  I would reupholster the thing in something awesome and put it at the end of my bed.

Bassett Camel-back Sofa – $150 (Clear Lake)


Date: 2011-03-29, 10:11AM CDT
Reply to: sale-ununq-2293141854@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


 

Bassett Camel-back sofa
Used but in very good condition
Length: 79 1/2 inches
Width: 31 1/2 inches
Height: 35 3/4 inches

CASH ONLY
281-218-8287

  • Location: Clear Lake
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Like this kinda but more awesome:

I like this one a bit better:

This ones fun too:

 

This is another camel back sofa that is FREE right now that I would totally jump on if I had a place for it.  I of course would reupholster it and possibly paint the wood white.

FREE SOFA AND CUSHIONS (HOUSTON)


Date: 2011-03-29, 8:14PM CDT
Reply to: sale-7pesm-2294324198@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


 

Needs a good cleaning, reupholster or slip cover. The cushions are just white insterts, so you can get covers for those too.

Need your own help and way to get this thing.

Yes pets, non-smoking home.

  • Location: HOUSTON
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
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So it would look more like this (check out the graphic black and white striped sofa on the right):

Or this:

Or this:

Heres another AMAZING sofa that I just ADORE and have a spicy vision for.  It would be pretty labor intensive to reupholster this one but SO worth it…

couch dark blue tufting/classic – $175 (the woodlands)


Date: 2011-03-29, 8:00AM CDT
Reply to: sale-hrcqc-2292912946@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


 

extra long, great condition, non smoking, child free, pet free environment

  • Location: the woodlands
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…If you could make it look more like this:

or this:

or this:

or this crisp and clean dream:

 

Then I ran across this awesome headboard and dresser.  How FUN is this!  I would paint it and lacquer it up to really make it shine!

Dresser/Headboard – $150 (Santa Fe)


Date: 2011-03-29, 2:57PM CDT
Reply to: sale-ethqc-2293835048@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


 

Heavy/Solid – Queen Size

Call 409-925-6000 – I will not respond to emails – due to spam.

  • Location: Santa Fe
  • it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
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So it would look a bit more like this:

or this:

or this:

I just LOVE it.  I want it.  I wish I could get it and paint it and build a room around it.

The last thing I want to show you is this brass and glass coffee table.  It is really classic and could really work well in new traditional or even modern eclectic spaces.

Elegant Brass Coffee Table with Glass Top – $70 (Spring, Texas)


Date: 2011-03-29, 6:34PM CDT
Reply to: sale-8eaq9-2294148697@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


 

For sale is a brass coffee table with glass top. The glass has a beveled edge and is approximately 3/4″ thick. Very heavy. Surface is 42″ square. The glass and table have no chips, cracks, scrapes or dents, however the brass does need a thorough cleaning and polishing. $70 OBO. Please call 281-376-8218 or email me if interested.

  • Location: Spring, Texas
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Kinda like this:

or this:

or this:

Anyway, have I got you daydreaming now too?  Check out your local Craigslist!  With a little vision and some elbow grease you can really get some great pieces for your space.  Have fun shopping! 🙂

 

 

 

 

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To see MY NEW redecorated master bedroom click here.

I don’t have much time today but I thought I’d do a quick update on how my black and white master bedroom is coming along now that I have both of the plastic placemat chandeliers up (tutorial here).  Just to give you an idea of what it looked like before…

I had a couple of velvet drapes hung on curtain rods like a canopy over the bed.  The silhouettes are me and my hubby and are a little too cutesy for our bedroom.  These are the lamps that I had which are ok in their own right but not cuttin’ it for me.

The chairs looked like they were “floating”.  I decided a rug was called for.  Also, I didn’t have any blinds and the white curtains were too sheer to block out the morning sun when my hubby wanted to sleep in.

Anyway, those pics were taken when we just moved in and had very little $$$ to put towards our room.  I improvised with what I had as best as I could and it is an o.k. room but I quickly got sick of the canopy thing and the lack of better window dressings.  To spruce it up I actually didn’t spend much more at all but I think it looks much better now.

Heres where I’m at with it at present:

Yay!  I kinda LOVE the way my DIY chandeliers turned out and they work great hanging from chain off of some iron plant hangers I bought at Lowes.  The upholstered slipcovered headboard I made from the old velvet drapes from the canopy in the above pics.

The chandeliers really add a touch of luxury to the space as well as soften up my focal wall.

I still need to upholster a seat for my end of the bed bench (which is just two $15 end tables from Target and a throw blanket).  I added a fluffy white rug to the seating area as well as black button-up roman shades to the windows for added dimension and privacy.

Above is a better look at the DIY chandelier.  Its easier to see the detail with the lights off.  Please ignore the white dots on the walls.  I filled old holes and I still need to touch them up.

This is a look at the “gallery wall“.  There are a bunch of family photos, art, messages, and even some shelves with some of my collected marionettes all collaborating on this wall.

Here are some of my favorite things on my wall:

My horse puppet from Austria.  The “shelf” is a crate from the craft store painted black and nailed up.

I recently found this porcelain cow bust at a thrift store for $3.  I kind of LOVE it.

Ok.  This is super EASY art.  I just took a little canvas I had lying around and carefully dripped craft paint out of the bottle to spell “love”.  And I do.  Love it.

Here is another new find.  A concentric circle mirror that I bought at Ross for just $19!  All I had to do was spray paint it antique silver (it was brown) and voila.  Love it along side my old bedside lamp.  *Tip*  Look for BALANCE when lighting your spaces.  Bounce lighting around the room at varying heights.

And heres a quick look at what is under it…I’m not done with this dresser…it needs some more OOMPH.  Not sure what to do yet though.

And thats it so far!  Its nearly “done” if there is such a thing as a completely “done” room.  Hope you like it!  I’ll have more tutorials up soon!  Just working on painting my dining room right now…

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Today is kind of a bummer day for me.  My mom and dad were supposed to be coming to visit.  My dad had to cancel a couple of days ago but my mom was still planning on coming.  I’ve been really looking forward to it for the past couple of months since I rarely get to see my family (they live in Idaho, I live in Texas) and since the last time they saw Sawyer he was just a newborn.  But, alas, it was not meant to be (*sigh*).  My poor mom missed her flight this morning and it would cost an exorbitant amount of cashola to get her on another one.  So she had to cancel and my week has sadly become free again.  To pick myself up after a teary and disappointed call to my hubby to tell him the news, I decided to make something.  I’ve been meaning to make this mirror for a while and finally today I just DID IT.  Even though the house is a disaster and I’m sure there are about a million other things that I should’ve done instead.  About a month ago the kiddos and I took a day trip with my hubby’s cousin’s wife and kids to go see Papa and Granmama (my hubby’s grandparents) who live in a fifth-wheel down on the ocean.  We see them quite a bit but its always them coming to see us (its about a 2 and a half hour or so drive) so I’m really glad Brooke (my hubby’s cousin’s wife) had the great idea to go visit them for a change.  It was a great day, we ate yummy food prepared by Granmama and played on the sand with the kids.  It was still pretty breezy and Peyton was the only one brave enough to go in the water but still it was a good day.  I spent some time walking up and down the beach picking up shells and driftwood knowing that I would eventually want to use them in a project(s).  Papa teased me because all he saw was a “pile of dirty sticks”. 🙂  When you are picturing this man, imagine him talking in a thick, nearly unintelligible, southern accent…look Boomhower on that show “King of the Hill”.   Anyway, I’m glad I brought some things home.  I love that we are so close to the ocean here and I’ve been wanting to put something somewhat beachy in our home.  This did the trick I think.

Driftwood is such a beautiful way to bring nature into your home.  Its quickly growing in popularity and can be seen in all different kinds of design from rustic to modern.  You can buy all kinds of decor made from driftwood paying anywhere from the hundreds of dollars to the thousands of dollars.  Here are a few driftwood pieces I found that I loved:

Pottery Barn’s driftwood lamp for $299.

A driftwood mirror also from Pottery Barn for $199.

A driftwood end table from Crate and Barrel for $399.  I love this and will have to keep my eye open for some LARGE driftwood pieces to bring home.

Anyway, driftwood is just gorgeous and interesting in nearly every form.  And, if you’re lucky enough to live near an ocean (or smart enough to haul some home from vacation) you can easily DIY some really cool driftwood decor and save yourself a few hundred bucks.

So heres the breakdown for you:

Cost: $3

Supplies:

  • Plenty of driftwood sticks in different lengths shapes colors and sizes.
  • A round mirror.  I bought mine at the craft store in a pack of 3 for about $5 or so.
  • A round wooden sheet.  I bought mine at the craft store for about $1.
  • Wood stain (optional).
  • Hot glue gun and glue.
  • Super glue.  I used Quick Grip glue.

This is super easy and pretty quick to make.  There are so many ways to decorate with driftwood and since I’ve been a little obsessed with starburst and sunburst mirrors lately I thought I’d try this idea out.

1.  Stain or paint your round wood sheet a darker brown.  I did this just in case parts of it showed through the driftwood.  It was originally a really light wood color and staining it darker helped it to blend in.  I had the stain on hand but you can also just give it a light coat of brown craft paint if you’d like.

2.  Once your wooden sheet is dry, glue your round mirror in the center of the sheet.  I used Quick Grip super glue to make sure it will hold up.

3.  Now, find your longest pieces of driftwood.  I used 5 pieces as my “points” to my starburst mirror.  If your sticks are not generally the same lengths, cut or break them down so they are closer to being the same lengths.  Arrange the 5 longest sticks around your mirror in a star formation.  If you want to be really precise I suppose you could measure the distance between each one to make sure they are perfectly symmetrical.  But you know me by now, I typically am not that patient so I just eyeballed it.  When you get them to where you think they look best, glue them down to your board and mirror a bit with hot glue.

4.  Next find your shortest pieces and lay them out in between each long “spire”.  Glue those down.

5.  The rest is basically just filling around the mirror by gluing down the remaining driftwood.  Try to taper the pattern from the longest sticks to the shortest and back up to the longest at each “spire”.  Did that really make sense?  You can catch my drift (haha…I’m lame) from the pictures.

And thats it!  Ain’t she a beaut!  I plan on decorating my dining room this weekend and think that it will look great in there with my awesome $25 capiz chandelier from craigslist!  I’ll get pics up when I get it all done!  Have a great weekend!

P.S.  Wash your driftwood off thoroughly and let it dry again completely before you glue them down so that the glue will stick and you won’t get sand everywhere.  This is probably obvious but I actually was all ready to start gluing my sticks on when I realized that I hadn’t washed them off and sand was all over my craft room.  DUH.

*TIP*  For a more “beach cottage” feel you could “whitewash” your driftwood with a watered down coat of white craft paint.

 

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So sorry about the long break from the blogging world!  My computer crashed a few weeks ago (*whimper*) and we just recently got a hold of a loaner from my father-in-law to tide us over until we can either fix the old one or afford a new one.  This computer works fine although it is S-L-O-W which is incredibly annoying and demotivates me somewhat to do much blogging.  On top of our computer issues, I have been decorating our friends house, doing March of Dimes fundraising (please donate by clicking on the button on the sidebar!), and taking pictures for people.  Plus, my hubby recently went out of town on business and brought himself home with some kind of bug which he so kindly has passed on to me and the kids (*sniffle*).

I have TONS of projects coming, I promise, so hang in here with me while I get all me stuff together.  As for now, heres a peak at what I’ve been working on:

Ricky’s Bachelor House Idea Board

Entry

Living Room/Media Room

Dining/Kitchen

McTier Family Photos

Jenny and Mike’s Maternity Photos

These last ones are my favs!

Phew!  See what I mean?!  I’ve been busy right?!  Anyway, come on back in a bit to see how to make a driftwood starburst mirror, create sketchy “wallpaper”, and make feathered earrings!  See you soon!

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