December 19, 2014

Easy Do It Yourself Wood Pallet Signs

Jul15
Do It Yourself Sign from a Pallet @beautyandbedlam

If you stroll through any craft  or home decor store lately, I know you’ve eyed the beautiful typography and wood signs that line the aisles. I just love them and have picked up quite a few myself over the years,  […]

30 Minute, $3 DIY Bench Re-do

Jul10
Painting an old bench @beautyandbedlam

Why, oh why, do I let myself think that tackling a DIY project is going to take all afternoon? It’s a lie, I tell you, a lie. Every single one of you can transform an ugly, old $3 yard sale […]

Tips for Buying Second Hand Furniture from Thrift Store/Yard Sales

Apr5
painting wood furniture

As yard sale season approaches, I am continually asked for my tips and tricks of the Garage Sale Guru trade, so I thought I’d break down the process of what I look for specifically in a furniture purchase. We all […]

DIY: Old Headboard Into New Welcome Sign

Oct17
Headboard turned Welcome Sign

Living in the country has a slew of pros and cons. The obvious highlight is the breathtaking beauty we experience every day coming down our winding driveway. The leaves haven’t reached their peak yet, but in another two weeks, this […]

Amazing Color Pop Hutch Transformation

Aug13
hutch make over

A few weeks ago, I shared open shelving ideas and inspiration for kitchens, as well as a sneak peak at my own kitchen solution for open shelving. I encourage you to check out that post because it allowed me to […]

Sneak Peak at my Kitchen Make Over Solution for Open Shelves

Jul12
open shelving

If you were following along with me on my Facebook page yesterday, you know that I dove head first into a fun DIY painting makeover project, and you all had so many questions. I’ll answer them, but you’ll have to […]

Trash to Treasure: Ten DIY Projects Using Old Jewelry

Apr27
costume jewelry 2

For years, I’ve walked by baskets filled with tacky, old lady  vintage jewelry at yard sales. Since I vaguely remember hugging my grandmother, and always having to dodge the metal objects that were pinned to her chest, somehow memories of […]

Trash to Treasure Spring Decor in Minutes

Apr6
creating tablescape

I’m not in my Spring Cleaning mood yet (I’m waiting patiently for that to hit), but when the spring air hit this week, it sure did get me in a Spring spray paint kind of mood. I went on a […]

Balancing the Budget with Pottery Barn Taste

Oct7
pottery barn table look alike

As we come to the end of the first week of Balancing Beauty and the Budget, we’ve tackled some thought provoking, and necessary topics, this week. While my favorite thing here on this blog is to encourage women with fun, […]

5 Minutes, $5 Mantel Decor Redo

Sep19
using shade on mantel

Embracing a “Trash to Treasure” mentality encourages so many creative juices for me.  Someone else may have chosen to discard the item for a few dollars at a yard sale, but to me, I see a world of new possibilities. […]

DIY Desk: Adding some Style to an Old Desk

May19
DIY-desk-finished

As part of my new blog design, I have added a “Submit Guest Post” feature at the top of my site. It offers readers the opportunity to submit an original DIY Project (as well as original recipes and frugal living […]

My Home Decor Yard Sale Treasures Week

May7
Pottery Barn rug 2

Today’s yard sale outing scored me some extra fun home decor Trash to Treasure finds. Our daughters’ bedroom is a slowly evolving Pottery Barn Inspired room. In fact, I have all the pictures loaded for a post addressing this, and […]

$1.50 of Pure Turquoise Happiness

Apr8
antique blue glass thrift store find

This winter, I really took a step back from my typical thrifting. (Something to do with jam packed storage, and no space for more treasures until I de-clutter some more.) Yet when I wandering into a tiny, unpretentious thrift store […]

How to Buy at an Auction

Mar31
auction1

A live auction experience is just pure entertainment. At twenty years old, I was drawn into my first auction with no knowledge of what to expect. Knowing that I needed furniture for my sparse, college apartment, and this college town […]

Do You Decorate Above Your Doors?

Mar18
decorating above the door

As I stumbled across this 1949 picture on Life.com, it conjured up so many feelings – a time when life was more simple, when boys were content to play with one truck on the floor, and when Family Managers focused […]