Saturday, June 16, 2012

Fashion on a Dime

Here is my newest Fashion on a Dime!

Financial stats for this outfit are:
Dark Teal jeans- $6.99 at Savers
Pink heels- $2 at a garage sale
Cream ruffle tank- $1 at a garage sale
Cream undershirt- came with a vest I bought at Ross and long time ago - FREE
Liz Claiborne purse- $3 at the D.I.
Pink crystal bracelet- $1 at a garage sale
Sea foam earrings- bought so many years ago I don't remember how much I spent on them. I am going to estimate $5 dollars because I am a cheapskate and don't like to spend more than $5 on earrings when I am buying them at the store.

My total outfit cost is $19 dollars! DPWF is $1.90!

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Guest Blogger

My goal is to have a guest blogger at least once a month. This month I am going to introduce you to Kelly! She is going to show you all one of her cute canvas projects! I love how simple and cute this project is! Great idea Kelly Thanks for sharing! 


Hi friends of Robin & Garage Sales R Us!!!! 

My name is Kelly and I blog over at The Houtz House Party.  I am a mama of 4 littles age 3 and under (yep there IS a set of twins in there)! 

I blog about the ins and outs of our daily crazy along with recipes, craft projects and faith reflections. 

I am a new crafty gal so I am stoked to be sharing a canvas names tutorial today!  

I made these as Mother’s Day gifts for my mom and J’s (the husband) mom with each of the grandkids names on them.

What you need:

A blank canvas (I used 8x10)
Mod Modge
Sponge brush
Tea bag
Food scraper like the one from Pampered Chef that comes with your baking stones (you know the one I'm talking about right?)

Spray sealer (optional)

What you do:

First, you will jump on the computer and use PicMonkeyPhotoshop or some other editing program to create your print.

Next Print your art.

Lightly paint your blank canvas with mod podge and center your art on it.  

Press down and lightly go over the art covered canvas with your food scraper like device (nice description I know!) kind of like you are working with wall paper.  I did this on both sides of the canvas to smooth out the wrinkles.

Let dry overnight.

Lightly paint your art covered canvas with more Mod Podge and fold and secure the edges that overlap with Mod Podge.  The edges may resemble a wrapped Christmas present.

Let that dry overnight.

Brew some tea.  I just happened to have some Gingerbread but whatever you have will work I’m sure.

Dry the teabag on some paper towels.

Blot and/or drag (whatever look you prefer) the teabag over the art to make it look aged.

I did NOT spray mine with sealer because I forgot to pick some up at the store BUT you definitely could spray the dried art piece with sealer to finish it off.

This is a super easy cute little project that might be just the perfect personalized gift for a loved one.

Thanks so much Robin for having me today!!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Free can of paint day!

Don't forget to go Ace Hardware this Saturday, June 16th for a free can a paint!!! No mail in rebate here! You don't even have to have the coupon! They have them for you at the store!!!!! Just go in fill out your coupon and you get to walk right out of the store with a FREE quart of paint! I know I will be there! Don't miss out!

June 9th 2012

I am sure some of you are wondering where my Week to Week post for last week is. To be honest I did not actually go garage saleing..... GASP! Over the weekend I headed out to California with some friends for the Orange County Swap Meet. It was so much fun! I got lots of stuff and spent way too much money. Overall the prices were fairly decent. Not garage sale prices but still cheaper than stores and your items are new. I spent about $170 dollars and bought mostly clothes. I will be using the outfits I bought for Fashion on a Dime so for now I will just list the items I bought 

1 lacey blazer-$21
1 navy blue blazer-$21
1 mustard yellow blazer-$17
1 floral tank-$8
1 jumpsuit-$17
1 orange and tan sun hat-$12.50
1 teal sun hat-$12.50
1 white sun hat- $5
1 pair of sunglasses-$5
1 pair of teal jeans-$16
1 pair of mustard yellow jeans- $16
1 pair of running shorts- $5
1 under shirt top- $5
2 hair brushes- $1 each
1 package of bobby pins-$1
1 package of clips $1
package of nail clippers -$3
concealer brush -$2
6 combs-$3

I loved the swap meet and would for sure go back if I ever had the chance. It's every Saturday and Sunday so if you're ever in the area make sure to stop and see what it's all about!
 Here are a few of the other things I saw that I loved there.
 I wanted a pair of these in each color! They were $25 dollars.
They had jeans in EVERY color! These were about $17 a piece.

They had lots of salon products.

 These sun hats were only $6 dollars a piece!
These were $3 dollars a piece or 2 for $5!!!
I loved these fedora hats for $5!

Here are some waffle headbands. 4 for $1.
 Everyone was selling nail polish for $1.
Here is something I wish I would have bought. These are strands of pearls for $1 dollar a strand. These are great for jewelry making! I like to make baby bracelets every once in a while and these look so cute in bracelets. I was going to buy some but thought I would look around first. By the time I was done looking around I completely forgot!

Here are some small plastic hair ties. I bought one of these tubes at a garage sale for $1 a while back and it has lasted me forever! I hate buying these from the store. You get a package of 100 and they cost you like $4 bucks. These had 1,000 hair ties in each tube for $1 dollar!

The swap meet also had some AMAZING furniture!!!
I LOVED this bed!! It was 1,500. They also had a couch just like it for 4,500.
Here is a beautiful baby crib for $599. I know these prices sound high but these were some of the best quality you will find. I had a friend that is a interior designer with me who said their prices are wholesale and some of the best she has seen. 

I absolutely loved this mirror! It was taller than me! It was only $450. If I needed a big mirror I would have definitely splurged and bought this one! 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

One Artsy Mama Craft Competition

As some of you may have notice I lost out in the 4th round of the One Artsy mama craft contest. I was so sad but I took a little break from the computer yesterday and now I am back and ready to move on with everything else on my to do list! I am so grateful for the chance I had to participate in the contest. I really feel like it pushed me to do things I wouldn't have normally tried. I am now more confident in my crafting and have more experience in some areas that I knew nothing about. I am so happy I decided to participate! Amy did a great job of putting the competition on so a special thanks to her! I will still be completing the project I had lined up for my stencil project so be looking for that!

Now, at the top of my to do list is to make a few changes around here! I plan to get more organized, get my sponsor and giveaway tabs up, possibly move to passionfruit adds? and START MY GIVEAWAYS! I have some awesome giveaways lined up and can't wait to give you all the chance to win them!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

My Kitchen Renovation is complete!

My kitchen renovation is finally complete! Thanks to the One Artsy Mama Craft Contest wood round I just finished making over my island and now I can post about my entire kitchen renovation. I have divided up this post into several smaller posts because of how long the post is. Links to individual posts on my cabinets, backsplash and island are below.

One of our first projects after moving into this house was redo the cabinets. The original cabinets had great bones but needed some serious TLC to make them appealing to the eye. Before we painted them they had a pinky hue to them and NO crown molding whatsoever. Here are our before pictures.
I was so excited to get started on my island that I totally spaced the before picture! So mad at myself. Here are the best before pictures I could find.

After some hard work and a lot of love here is what our kitchen looks like today.


We spent a total of about $700 dollars on our kitchen renovation which is really cheap when it comes to and entire kitchen remodel. We also increased the value of our home in the process! 

I hope that you all are able to see that it is possible to give yourself that kitchen you have always wanted for a fraction of the price! I also want to say that we were really extravagant with our designs. You don't have to be! Simple improvements can be made for a little or as much as you want to spend. Just remember to shop around at some of the places you wouldn't normally go like the Restore, garage sales and tile outlets to make your dollar stretch!

Kitchen Cabinets and Chandelier

When we walk through this house before we bought it we loved the hidden potential the house possessed. It had amazing vaulted ceilings, lots of extra space and an office I could turn into a playroom for my girls. However it would take some TLC to get the house in the condition we wanted it and to the point that we could call it our own. The kitchen had the most potential and was a great selling point for us. Thank goodness it had granite counter tops because I am not sure we would have seen the diamond in the rough if it had not. The granite counter tops were beautiful but the cabinetry seriously needed some work.   The original cabinets had no crown molding and the original color had an ugly pink hue to it. On top of that the appliances were about as old as I am. This was our first project we undertook after moving in! I have been waiting to post about it until I finished my island. I actually started this blog after we finished the cabinets so I apologize, I may be lacking in the picture department. 

Here is our before picture

First we took off the cabinet doors. When your unscrewing hinges make sure to take off the bottom hinge FIRST. If you take off the top hinge your door will start to tilt and will bend the hinge. That me up there on the fridge. I almost fell off the fridge a few times while taking these dorr fronts off because the fridge door kept opening!. After all the doors are off clean everything with TSP. TSP is a heavy duty cleaner that will make sure your are not sealing in any grime and grease when you are painting. 
After the cabinets were cleaned we deglossed all the doors and cabinet frames. A deglosser allows you to skip your sanding step when you are painting. This will save you HOURS of time!  I would suggest it to anyone over sanding. Here is the deglosser I used.
 Then we taped everything off and primed, painted and glazed all the door fronts and cabinets frames.
Here are all of our doors laid out drying.
 We decided to go with the cream distressed look. C.J. and I saw a cabinet display at the Boulevard Home Furnishings store here in St. George that had a similar cabinet display and also had a two toned crown molding. We loved it so much we wanted to recreate it in our own home. Before we glazed the cabinets they just looked like regular off white cabinets. Glazing is easy and adds lots of character to your cabinets. I first learned about glazing from Brooke over at ALL THINGS THRIFTY. If you have never glazed anything before head on over there. She has a great tutorial. 
 We were so glad to get rid of the ugly pink color! 
Here is C.J. glazing the bottom half of the cabinet frames. 
 After we were done painting and glazing our cabinets we splurged on some nice hardware. Every HGTV kitchen renovation show says that hardware is a great and inexpensive way to update your kitchen. I will say this, nice hardware is not cheap BUT in camparison to completely taking out old cabinets and replacing them with new ones it is the much cheaper option. You might also be tempted to skip the hardware. DON'T.  I believe that there are a few thing that really make a kitchen stand out. Hardware can make the difference between an average  and ordinary kitchen and a "WOW, your kitchen looks great!" kitchen. Hardware is one of those wow factors.
Here are our cabinets after paint and knobs. Not too much of a difference just yet.
After finishing the paint and knobs we actually hung up my enormus chandelier but for the sake of flow I will move on to the crown molding. I really don't think I have any pictures of this but I will do my best to relay the process.
Our cabinets had NO crown molding when we moved in so we had to start from scratch. Crown molding is another wow factor for a kitchen so I splurged in this area too. The majority of my kitchen renovation budget went to knobs and crown molding. Let me tell you, I don't regret one penny of it! First we gathered our supplies 

We bought this .75 X 1.5 inch piece of wood that would act as our base for attaching our crown molding. It was $1.13 per foot. 
Then I shopped around to see which store had the largest crown molding. I found this  4.5 inch crowne molding at Home depot for $2.99 a ft. I felt like that was a lot but was not willing to sacrifice the look of the large crown molding. All the pictures of kitchens I loved had large crown molding. I wanted my kitchen to look like the kitchens in all those pictures so I paid the money. I spent about $65 dollars for the large crown molding which is much less than I initially thought it would be.
I also bought a decorative roped wood trim that would go directly under the crown molding and would cover up the seem from the top of the cabinet and my .75 X 1.5 inch base piece. If you choose not to use a decorative piece like this you will just use the crown molding to cover up that seam.
After all my supplies were gathered we stained and polyurathaned all of our wood. When your picking out your wood in the store you will want to try to get all the same wood. Different woods stain differently. My .75 X 1.5 inch wood piece was a red wood and took stain pretty similar to my wood for the roped wood trim and crown molding. If your woods are not looking similar enough try to conpensate by rubbing a darker stain on top of your other stain. You will also want to apply a protective polyurathane coat to your wood. 

After our wood had dried C.J. took our .75 x 1.5 base and nailed it straight on top of our upper cabinets. Shoot your nails through the top of your base piece down to the top of the cabinet.

The kitchen display I loved so much also had a decorative trim piece on the bottom of the cabinets so we also nailed our base piece to the bottom of the cabinets. After our base was on C.J. cut the angles needed to make our molding meet on the corners. This can be really confusing if you have never made these sort of cuts. This was our first time doing this so C.J. really studied up on it and found this diagram that really seemed to help him understand how to do it

(I would love to link back to think but could not find it)
C.J. then nailed the crown molding to the front of our base piece leaving a big enough space for our rope trim. After that was up we went back and nailed in our rope trim and made sure we covered up the seam from the top of our cabinets and our base piece I talked about before.
For the trim on the bottom of the cabinets C.J. nailed the roped wood trim in the center of our base piece. 

On some corners our rope trim did not prefectly meet up so C.J. took a large metal file and filed it down so that the piece fit together better.
 We finished our crown molding by filling in the holes from the nails and filling cracks where the  corners of our crown molding were not perfect. So far I have not found a brand of wood filler I really love. I have Minwax right now and have not been overly impressed with it. It does not stain well. We ended up going back over the wood filler with a dark furniture pen to get it the same color as everything else.

Here are our after pictures for our cabinets

After all our molding was on I found this idea on Pinterest and also wanted to do it  in my kitchen. Click Here to see the original post.
I was unable to find the same dowels she used so I improvised by buying these. I believe these legs were more expensive but  I had to use what I could find. We spent a total of $35 dollars on cabinet legs.
They were too tall so we brought them home and C.J. cut them to the right length
Then we stained and polyurathaned them and C.J. nailed them in by opening the cabinet and shooting a nail through the inside bottom of the cabinet down through the top of the foot.
This is him checking the height of the legs
Our total to update hardware, create the crown molding I wanted and to put legs on our cabinets, and a new coat of paint was about $400 dollars. To some people that might seem like a lot but we were really extravagant with our design. If you stick with something more simple it would have cost much less. 

We spent about $65 dollars for the large crown molding
about $45 on the .75 x1.5 base to nail the molding into
$65 on the roped wood trim
$35 on legs for the cabinets
$85 on primer, paint, glaze, stain and protective coats
and $105 on hardware

After our cabinets were complete we hung up my oversized chandelier. I bought this chandelier from a women I met at a garage sale. She had a bunch of lighting fixtures and after talking to her she mentioned she owned a lighting store that was going out of business.  She had a few big chandeliers that she had planned to bring out to the house to sell in the garage sale but did not have time to do so. I grabbed her card and met her at her store later that day. After looking at what she had I picked out a chandelier for my house. I got a great deal on it but it was still a pretty big splurge for me. I paid $350 for it.  Large chandeliers like these are easily around 1,000 dollars. Here is one I found online that is on sale for 1,400!

minka lavery 1689-14 calavera chandelier lighting
Hanging this sucker up was no easy task. The chandlier is almost 4 feet fall and weighs a lot! It was an all day process! Here is what we had to do.
 Here is Cj on the ladder which is on top of our island. Just a little scary!  If you look at the ceiling you can see two holes next to the one C.J. is working on. Before we had the chandiler up there were two old gold light fixtures nicknamed by a friend, "The Booby Lights". The nick name actually gives a very good discription of what the two lights sitting next to eachother looked like. Needless to say I do not want boobies on my ceiling so the booby lights had to go. Each light was mounted on a stud, however we wanted the chandelier to be centered on the island which meant it had to be right in the middle of the booby lights. This meant no stud. We could have just mounted it in the left stud but I didn't think it would look as good and C.J. was worried about the wiring. So to fix our probem he cut a hole in the ceiling and we rigged up a heavy duty metal brace supported by 2x4's and mounted it between our studs. Normally you would go up in the attic and mount it from there but the ceiling is vaulted and there was no way we could have gotten to the beams. 
This is C.J. attaching the brace.
And me trying to reach the wiring since he forgot to pull it down through the brace. After that C.J. patched the holes in the ceiling from the booby lights and it was time to connect the wires from the ceiling to our wires from the chandelier. You will never believe who had to stand there holding the chandelier BY HERSELF while her husband wired everything.  MEEEE!!!! I seriously stood there for 20 minutes holding that dang thing while C.J. figured out the wiring. It was all worth the pain in the end though!