Monday, February 28, 2011

CVS Coupon Haul for the Week of Feb. 27- Mar.5

I haven't done a coupon post in a while due to just being busy with other things. This week, there were some pretty good deals at CVS. The total for these items was $4.00 with $6 in ECBs to save for next week.  My daughter was excited about the toothbrushes.  To see how this is done, click here.  Good luck and happy couponing!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A lovely thrifty find, what to do with my Goodwill mirror...

Ain't she a beaut?  Trouble is, I'm not sure what to do with her.  I picked this mirror up at my local Goodwill store a couple of weeks ago.  I've been so busy working on the pantry, I haven't had time to figure out exactly where I wanted to put it, much less what I wanted to do to make it my own.  To be honest, I like it just the way it is.  Except for one thing:


It's kinda hard to capture it in a picture, but can ya see it?  That lovely veneer panel hiding behind...what is that...some sort of tinted glass?  It's unfortunate because everything else about it I love.  I really don't want to paint it.  Here is where I've decided it will live:

I just don't for the life of me know what to do with that panel.

So far, I've come up with fabric, paper, some sort of blingy sparkly jewel type stuff from the craft store, and maybe mod podging it.

I thought about sheet music, which I love.

What do you think?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Organized Pantry Redo Reveal with Chevron Wall & Knock-Off Ballard Tins

 ***Update: The vinyl wall decal and pet food bin labels shown in this post are now available in my Etsy shop here:

Earlier, I shared with you phase one of our pantry expansion project. This would have been an easy completion if we hadn't started it in the middle of another reno we already had going on (post/pics to come). It all began with having to knock a hole in the back of the pantry to find a where a pipe led. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise due to the pipe having nails punched through it (courtesy of our builder) that may have eventually caused a leak.

So, if you remember, this is what our pantry looked like BEFORE:

Basically a closet with that lovely white coated wire shelving that typical pantry items liked to fall over or through. Not to mention, clearly not enough storage space for a coupon lovin'/stockpilin' girl like myself!

Once we found this hidden space behind the wall, we knew what we had to do.

Luckily, I have a stepdad who is an amazing carpenter and offered to not only build out this pantry but also add wooden shelving while he was at it. I decided I could handle the mudding and sanding of the sheetrock on my own after a lesson from my mom. I cannot believe she used to do this as a job so many years ago! Let's just say drywall and I are not friends. In fact, we hate each other. Drywall took me for all I was worth. It beat me down. It took a landslide victory in its attack against my skin, eyes, nails, and lungs. Trust me when I tell you, while I am a DIY'er at heart, I plan to leave the drywalling to the experts from now on. Nuff said.

So, here's a look at our new space after the first of the painting was complete.  The color is camouflage by Benjamin Moore, which my son loves.

Tired of living with all the food in boxes, my husband was ready to fill the pantry right on up before the paint even had a chance to dry.

But of course, I wasn't done. I had an idea of what I wanted to do. And I wasn't going to be happy until I did it. Ridiculous or not, it had to be done.

Let's get started.

First, I taped off my pattern and began painting.

For the alternate color, I used the next shade down on the paint swatch, called Old Prairie.

Yes, I do realize I've lost my mind. At least, I realized it about halfway up the wall. Notice I only did the pattern on one wall.  Not exactly an easy pattern to tape!  To make matters worse, my husband calls this a Charlie Brown wall. He has been whistling the Charlie Brown tune all week!

Then, while the paint was drying, I designed and cut some wall art with the Cricut.

Then, using some heirloom white paint I had lying around, I sprayed down these containers I picked up at Goodwill.

(And while I'm at it, also some candlesticks too!)

Then I scrubbed down some glassware and other containers I got there as well. (I didn't end up using all of these.)

With me so far? Tape, paint, goodwill finds...

Add some glass canisters I got at the dollar store.

Then, I made some labels with the Cricut for all my containers.  Sorry, no pics of this.  I gotta get this project done or my family's gonna disown me.

Now, to put it all back in place. (This was sure a lot of work!)


Without further ado,

Are you ready?

Here is the final result. No judgin' on the drywall job. It's a pantry. It's good enough. K? 

 The Goodwill containers were a whopping $1.00 altogether!

The tall glass canisters I picked up for $3 a piece. The other smaller glass jars were around $1 a piece.

The wall art was free, as I already had the vinyl.

The dog food tins are a Ballard knock-off. Here is their version:

Pet Food Canisters
They wanted 50 bucks a piece for them. I think not!  I like them better with black lids.

Finally, the warehouse pendant light is from Home Depot. It was on sale for $29!

I absolutely love having everything organized
where I can find it. Now I can finally call this project complete! Thanks for sticking with me through this super long post! I'm linking up to:


Serenity Now Crafty Cutter Party

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Bubbly Nature