Friday, May 29, 2009

Frugal Friday...

While checking out the blog of a new blogging friend, Bahama Shores Mama, http://bahamashoresmama.blogspot.com/
I found yet another fun blogging game, and you know how I like blogging games. This one comes from a super cute decorating blog called The Shabby Nest.



It's a Frugal Friday Link Party and it's all about sharing frugal decorating ideas.
Well Frugal Decorating just happens to be my middle name (well, at least it was before I moved and fell into a slumpadinka, but I figure this link party is as good a time as any to WAKE UP).
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So here goes...

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This tale starts with a Once upon a time when my wonderfully generous sister gave me one of her flat irons for my hair. What does this have to do with decorating? Well I'll tell you. The only problem with my generous sister's generous gift is that, sadly, it put some lovely burn marks on my bathroom vanity.

So not pretty.

But now, thanks to Frugal Friday, I simply gathered a few items from my house and "presto, chango"


The ugly burn marks are gone (it looks cuter in person. I'm thinking if I don't get a new camera for my birthday I'm just gonna have to quit blogging. I'll just have to, that's all). And while I have you here, could you please tell me why I must have this bread box style thing-a-ma-jiggy protruding from my vanity instead of a second sink. Why?


If you look closely you can also see that I've started drawing diamonds on my bathroom wall as well. Time will tell if I'm going to follow through with this plan, I haven't quite decided.
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But here's how I did it.



No math equations or precise measuring will do for this girl (there's a reason I celebrated when I got a D- in geometry). And if there is any planning, organizing or shopping involved in my decorating, it will not get done. It just won't. So it is not unusual to find me working with things such as this shnazzy template made from an old pudding box when I get a creative hair.
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And if you're wondering if my madness really works here's a picture from my old house where I used the same technique.

Fancy.
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And bonus. There's another frugal tip to be found in this picture. If you don't want to mess with or spend money on molding for a chair rail, just paint one instead. That's what I did here and it worked great.
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To find more (and much better) frugal decorating tips go check out the party at The Shabby Nest. Or better yet, join it and showcase your own frugal finesse.





10 comments:

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

We share the same disregard for measurements and calculations...Looks great!

Michael, Trisha, Grace, and Anna said...

Looks fabulous! Great Job!!

Reese said...

Awesome!!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

This cracked me up! I NEVER measure anything, drives my husband crazy! For some reason, I spend a lot of time fixing mixtakes...

heidi j said...

I also am with you on the measuring thing. It adds character right? I love the old room you did, looks like a lot of work but it was worth it!

MaryRC said...

i loved the paint jobs in your old house, are they still there or did you go rental white when you moved?

Shellie said...

Looks really nice. I fell off the decorating bandwagon long long ago, but I hope in a few more years I can do it again.

MaryRC said...

you probably already know this but i just found this http://coloradoashtons.blogspot.com/

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Funny, enjoyable post. And the decorating ideas where pretty nifty as well.

TitansFan said...

My wife's hair products and utensils always did damage to the old vanity. I decided to let her have her way and get a new Bathroom Vanity. I told her that this is the last one I buy. Surprisingly she keeps it clear and clutter free. Well see how long this lasts. I'm pretty optimistic for now.