thrifty decor


thrift store birdbath
Recently, we remodeled our bathroom.  We were left with a sink with an old sink from the demo. We tried to give the old sink away, but no one needed it, so I decided to turn it into a birdbath. First, I removed the sink from the pedestal. Then, I buried about 4 inches of it to make it stable.   I ran to the local Goodwill and grabbed some old dishes to use in my birdbath. I ended up getting a serving platter, a smaller plastic tray, a pretty glass and a little crystal bowl. It all cost me […]

How to Make a Birdbath out of Junk


vintage decorating 21 comments
Originally published April 16, 2014 The wall in my dining room was boring when you compared it to the rest of my home. I had to do something with it. I’ve always like the look of old, vintage prints. I remember my grandma had a tea pitcher with vintage ads printed on it. I loved looking at it while drinking a tall glass of sweet tea (Oklahoma, yall!). A few years ago, I rescued this old book from a 100-year-old farmhouse that was being torn down. (I got this cabinet in the same house!) Here’s my hubby tearing down the […]

Awesome Inexpensive Vintage Wallpaper Using Books


Solo Cup Craft 59 comments
My daughter bought a plant terrarium kit at Hobby Lobby and loved it, so we made our own at home. Here’s how we did it. First, poke holes in the bottom of the cup using a nail. Then, fill the cup with soil and add a seed or small plant. Tape another cup on top the cup containing the plant to form a dome. Then poke holes in the top using a nail.   When it rains, little drops of water will drip into the terrarium and excess water will go out of the bottom.

Homemade Plant Terrarium: Solo Cup Craft



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Two winters ago we had a really bad ice storm here in Texas and Oklahoma (I live on the border). As a result, my mom lost all of her silverleaf maple trees. That was around 20 trees! There was a lot of logs laying around after they cut up the trees and I smuggled some away for craft projects. The first project I did was set a few up in my living room as plant stands. So simple and looks so cool! Don’t you just love the silver bark? If you do this at home, just make sure that all of […]

Log Plant Stand for Cool Green Decor


homemade china hutch
I love finding things on the side of the road or by a dumpster and fixing them up. My motto: Years ago, I found this knickknack shelf beside a dumpster. I pulled the broken doors off of it and it stayed like this for a while: Then I removed the molding around the top and painted it blue: We used it like that for years, but I wanted a china hutch and decided that my little cabinet would work great. First, I needed to find another shelf that I could stack on top. I found one on my local Facebook […]

Dumpster Diving Transformation: Homemade China Hutch


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You may already know that I’m an artist. I run Art Questions Answered and do illustrations for books and magazines. Sometimes I like to experiment with new mediums. This time, I used metal that I found on the side of the road, in my junk drawer and laying around the house. You can make metal art, too. There’s no welding involved. All you need is some E-6000 glue and a canvas.  Take a look at my process:

Recycled Metal Art Anyone Can Do



how to make pompoms 64 comments
Bright and cheery decor!I am a Pinterest addict. I recently saw a pin for tissue paper pom-poms and I pinned it right away. I’m redecorating my office (here is the before and after I redid my filing cabinets) and thought, why not? You can follow Toni’s pom-pom instructions on her site, but the way I did it differs just a bit because I used two colors of tissue paper to match my color scheme. The whole project cost under $10, but made a big impact.Here’s how I did it: Take four sheets of tissue paper and lay them on your work surface. Accordion fold […]

My Office Makeover: Paper Pom-Poms DIY


how to make art with grout 55 comments
After redoing my kitchen’s backsplash, I had a lot of grout left over. I ended up using it to make some wall art for my bathroom as part of my bathroom makeover. Here’s how I did it: First, I taped a piece of cardboard to the back of a picture frame using Frog Tape. Masking tape would work, too. I picked an old, weathered frame for my wall art. Next, I flipped the frame over and filled it with grout using a putty knife. Make sure to get the grout right up to the edge of the frame. This is what […]

Super Cool DIY Wall Art Using Grout


Backsplash made with sea glass. 16 comments
Need a new idea for your kitchen? I had a bunch of sea glass left over from the decorations we used in our wedding and I wanted to use it in our house. I went out and bought some grey grout and went to work. I used a putty knife to smear the grout all over the wall. I kept smearing until I had a quarter of an inch of grout on the wall. Before the grout had time to dry, I stuck the sea glass into the grout.      

Mosaic Kitchen Backsplash with Sea Glass



This post is a simple and quick solution to stuffed animal storage. Screw a cup hook into the wall, latch a canvas bag onto the hook and plop stuffed animals into the bag. Here’s how it ended up looking in my daughter’s room:As you can see, I hung up a large stuffed animal (with thumb tacks) beside the bag so that it looks like the plushie is holding the bag. Fun right? If you hang the bag low enough, your child can snag their favorite animal from the canvas bag anytime they like.

DIY Stuffed Animal Organizer


mirror decor 12 comments
I decided to give my bathroom a makeover last week. I think it went really well. I painted the walls a tropical blue, first. Then, I mixed the wall color with a little white and painted a 100-year-old kitchen cabinet we had salvaged from an old house. This cabinet slides in against the wall for storage. Without the cabinet there would be no storage at all in my little bathroom. (In our house there is a girl’s bathroom and a guy’s bathroom. This is the girl’s.) I think my crowning pride and joy is my mirror makeover. Back before we […]

Bathroom Makeover: Bottle Cap Mirror Redo and More


Today I want to share with you a wall treatment I came up with. As a kid I used to do potato prints on paper to make homemade wrapping paper. Well, now I’m doing it on my walls. Pretty funky cool, huh?That design was made by:  Cutting a potato in half, long-wise Cutting the pieces in half again Sticking a plastic fork into the back of a potato piece so it is easier to hold Dipping the potato piece into house paint Sticking the potato on the wall over and over again It turned out pretty nice, huh? This is one wall in my […]

DIY Potato Painting Wall Treatment



I saw an ad on Facebook for Nomorerack.com and boy am I glad I did! I saved 83% on a down alternative king size comforter for my bed. Just in time, too, since my current comforter is falling apart. I saved a total of $163 and paid only $36. Shipping for your first order is free, so I didn’t even need to pay for that! Don’t believe me? Here is my receipt, above to prove it! 

Save Up to 85% on Homegoods: My $36 Down Alternative ...


DIY Lampshade 62 comments
This is a super quick craft for anyone that wants to change an old lampshade in a snap. My daughter grew out of this beautiful skirt, but I couldn’t give it away. I noticed that it is about the same size as the lampshade on my floor lamp and it color coordinated with my living room. Hahza!All I did was run a bead of hot glue around the top of the shade’s frame (I didn’t remove the old fabric) and then stuck the waistband to the frame. The skirt was a little bigger than the frame, so I pinched the waistband every […]

Amazeballs Lampshade DIY Using a Skirt


If you’re like me, you have tons of magazines laying around. Girl, that just doesn’t work for me! I was tired of the clutter, so I decided to whip it up into fabulous home decor. My mom gave me some fantastic vintage wallpaper scraps, so I used that and a cereal box to make a magazine holder. What You Need: Cereal box Scissors Marker Wallpaper scraps Hot glue Here is what to do: Cut the flaps off of the box. Draw a line diagonally from one of the top corners to halfway down the box on both sides. Cut the box […]

Cereal Box Magazine Holder Craft