Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Liz's Headboard and T.V. Stand

Here are two projects one of my good friends, Liz, just finished! Liz is so creative and I really love her decorating style. I know you will too! Liz needed a head board for her bed and had the awesome idea of using two doors she found at D.I. for $5 dollars a piece! Her second project was a T.V. Stand/Dresser that she also found at D.I. Got to love D.I.! This post comes straight from her blog. Take a look at how her projects turned out!


I'm so excited to finally be posting about my headboard.When we moved back to Utah and bought our king size bed, I knew that buying a headboard would be super expensive.
Here are a few that I was looking at...

Price: $1,899
Really? Wow. Not gonna happen!

Price: $1,799
Not much better. So I decided to take matters into my own hands! I found these 2 doors at the D.I. for $5 a piece!

Right when I saw them, I knew exactly what I could do. I loved that the two panels were continuous! So I went to Home Depot and bought:

1 Gallon Olympic Paint - Queen Anne's Lace ($24)

Valspar Translucent Color Glaze - Taupe (SALE $4.79)

3 in. foam roller ($2.87)

4 brackets ($8.89)

Crown Moulding - House of Fara ($15.48)

1/4 round moulding ($3.69)

flat piece of wood ($3.62)

pack of dowel pins ($2.97)

liquid nails ($4.94)

Elmers wood filler ($5.97)

3 pk. of sandpaper ($3.97)

Then it was time to get started! I painted a few coats of paint on each door.

Once that was dry, I took a small paint brush and painted along the cracks with my glaze.
The taupe wasn't dark enough though.. It barely showed up! So thankfully our landlords keep some paint and stain in our garage.. Because I found exactly what I needed!! They had a pint of Ralph Lauren black stain. So I added a drop of that into my bowl to darken my glaze and it worked perfectly.

Here I am.. Working away!

Then Judd's best friend CJ came over to help me cut the moulding! He has a miter saw which was the kind of saw we needed to cut the angles in the moulding. He is a definite handy-man and helped me out a lot! We figured out exactly where to cut the moulding to make the corners match perfectly. Then he used his nail gun to attach the moulding to the front of the door. Then I placed the quarter round piece down on top of that with liquid nails to round off the top of the moulding. After that, I placed the flat piece behind the quarter round.

Finally I filled any cracks and nail holes with my wood filler. Once that dried, I sanded it smooth and then painted it. Finally, we screwed in the brackets to join the two doors together and stood it up right. We leaned it against the wall and ta-da! It was finished :)

I absolutely love how it turned out!

My total cost: $91.19
Total savings: $1807.81

I'm so proud that it was just under $100.. Definitely worth it!

TV Stand/Dresser:

After making our headboard, I was excited to move on to my next project! I've been wanting a dresser for our bedroom and we've also needed a place for our tv! So when I went to the D.I. and saw these two pieces of furniture... I again knew exactly what I could do with them :) I asked one of the guys that worked there to put the top of the hutch on top of the dresser. After looking it over, I decided to buy both of them. Even though they don't go together, I knew I could make them work!

Hutch $20

Dresser $50

I talked them down on their prices a little bit but I still think the dresser was a little pricey. I settled because I had been looking everywhere and was so excited to finally find something cheaper than $120.

The first thing I did was take out the shelves. They were inserted into little slots in the side so it was not easy! Once they were out, I used wood filler to fill in the holes.

Then I took the knobs off and sanded the dresser.

Then we started painting!

My good friend Robin came over to help :) I don't know what I would've done without her! She helped so much!

Then I painted some glaze/stain inside a few of the cracks! I love how it turned out. Then I screwed the shelf back in and added crystal knobs!

And here's the final product! I absolutely love it :)

Both of Liz's projects turned out so cute! I want to see everyone else's garage sale and D.I. projects out there! If you have a project you want featured on Garagesalesrus please email us at Please include pictures and a story about your experience!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fashion On A Dime

My financial stats for this outfit are: blue plaid shirt- $5 at the D.I., purple cardigan- $5.99 at Savers (a little high but I knew I needed it so I bought it anyway), navy blue belt- $2 at D.I., blue jean American Eagle jeggins- $7.99 at a Goodwill in AZ, nude strappy shoes- $4.99 at Savers, bag- $3 at D.I.
DPWF- $2.90

Plaid dress- $2 at a garage sale, black shoes- .50 cents at a garage sale.
DPWF .25 cents!


Brown shirt-.50, pink long john under shirt- .50, jeans- $1.00, pink boots- $1. All were bought at garage sales. Her headband and flowers that I made into a bow are also from garage sales!
DPWF .30 cents
Close up of Paisley's boots. SO CUTE!

To find out what DPWF (dress-per-wear-factor) is click here

Fabric Flower Tutorial Part One: Twisted Circle Bow

For this tutorial you will need:
a strip of fabric
Glue gun and glue sticks
Ribbon lined alligator clip (Click here for tutorial)

Here is my strip of fabric. As you can see it doesn't need to be perfectly cut.

If you are using a fabric that has a difference in the front and back I would fold your fabric in half. Feel free to put a thin line of hot glue down the middle of the inside of your fabric to hold your fold. This will make it easier to work with.
Now take one end and fold it in half again. Don't fold the entire length of your fabric strip just the end. Just like the picture below shows. Secure it with glue.
Now add another dot of glue on top of your fabric that has been folded in half twice.
Fold the end over, as shown in the picture below.
Continue adding a dot of glue and folding the end over 3 or 4 times. Your bow should look like this when you are done...
Now you are going to start twisting your fabric instead of folding it over itself. Twist your fabric like the picture shows.
Now you will put a dot of glue on the side of your fabric and secure your twist to your newly formed center of the bow.
Continue to do this for the entire length of the rest of your fabric strip.
Continue twisting and wrapping the fabric around itself.
Stop once you reach the end
Turn your flower over and put a glob of glue on the back and fold your end onto the back of the flower.
It should look like this when you are done.
Turn it back over and you are done! Now you can embellish it with a center piece, feathers, lace or you can just leave it! It's cute either way!
This flower is pretty small. If you want a bigger one then start with a longer strip of fabric. After you are done you will need to add a ribbon lined alligator clip to the back of your bow. Click here for that tutorial!

Check out my Zipper bow tutorials here!

Sunday, January 29, 2012


Today was a pretty good garage sale day. No rain and but definatley cold. Here is what we found this week.
I bought this dresser for $10 dollars. I have been looking for something to redo and I think this is the perfect project. Be looking for the final reveal!
Cute Nike shoes for my Niece. $1!
This picture is actually upside down. This is a one of those little hand towel racks that go in the bathroom above your counter. I am doing my little girls bathroom white so this is perfect! $1!
C.J. has been wanting a shoe basket. So I bought this one for $2
More holiday decorations! This is still wrapped! I paid $1 for it.
.25 cents for a wipe case. I have lots of friends who are having babies right now and buying baby gifts can get really expensive so I end up making a lot of mine. I will be making a fabric covered wipe case with this and of course I will be posting a tutorial on it!
I also bought this dark wood flooring. I don't plan on doing any sort of remodel with it but I do have a plan for it in my photography!
I absolutely LOVE this idea for one year old pictures and Paisley's one year old birthday is coming up in about 2 weeks. However, I don't have any wood flooring in my house so I just bought this case of wood flooring at a garage sale for $10 so that I could try to make it look like I had wood flooring. In the store these run about $30 dollars a box. I was hoping to get it a little cheaper than $10 but the guy wouldn't go down any further and I am in a time crunch so I had to pay the extra few dollars. Oh Well, it will all pay off when my pictures turn out cute. I also think it would be much cuter with a fondant cake. I have a friend that is going to teach me how to make one! I am so excited and can't wait to learn!
These are brand new mirrored sliding closet doors. There are two of them and I paid $5 dollars a piece for them! I have an idea for these and it's a little unconventional but I think it will work. Check back a little later to see what I do with them!

Awesome antique dresser $100. If this were not an antique I would never say that this was an awesome deal but having grown up with a mother who was an antique collector I have seen how much she has paid for a dresser like this. I love all the detailing on it.
Cute head board and footboard. Again, trying to find one for my front porch bench I want to make but this one was already sold. $10!
Gliding rocking chair with ottoman. I forgot to ask about this one but I bought a set just like this for my brother and his wife about 2 years ago and paid $11 for it! Beats the $150 I paid for mine from Walmart! You could also recover this to make it match your nursery!
So many fun things you can do with a barrel on Pinterest!
Here is one that I love. Not your average picnic and lots of fun for parties. I have been wanting to buy one to plant stuff in and put in my garden but someone got to this one first!!!! I was so sad. It sold for $5!!!!!! I was kicking myself in the pants for that one.
Jogging stroller $15!
Diaper gene. $5
You can find great deals on BBQ grills at garage sales. Here is ours. We paid $30 for it! It needs a good scrub but it has been well used and works like a champ. At the store this would have easily been a few hundred dollars. I think the grill cover cost about the same price as our grill did!

Here is another great deal on a grill at a garage sale I saw this weekend.
The people having this garage sale wanted $300 for this grill. Obviously a nice grill. It has a rotisserie and oven in it too! It was at the end of the day and it hadn't sold so they were willing to go down on it. I probably would have tried to get them to go $200 on it. Might still seem a little high but this was a very nice grill.