Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Thrifty Thursday #144, Plus a Tablescape!

Hi! It's Thrifty Thursday! I am your host, Leigh. Thank you so much for stopping by and additional thanks to those who also participate in Thrifty Thursday! I am most delighted to have you join in..for it's YOU who makes it a "show and tell party".

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Before I discuss my Thrifty Thursday this week, I wanted to thank you all for your most kind sincere words, comments and understanding to my post last week, regarding my classmate Julie.
There are no words that can better express what Julie meant to people, but I know that she will and does continue to touch and inspire even now.  Thank you for your friendship and comfort and encouragement.
It means so very much!

*Thrifty Thursday*

I have been very busy, working away paining, painting, painting. I wanted a new fresh look in my bedroom. The old look had become......eww. I wanted something new. 

I enlisted the help of Big Daddy, who I honestly could not have done it without his help.

The only thing sexier than a man who does dishes is one who takes a day off of work to help his wife paint. Big points were scored, which I am certain he will cash in sometime soon on a hot wing and beer night with the guys. Which is fine by me!
Please note the hat Big Daddy is wearing. It bears his nickname!
It was a gift from my dear blogging friend, Keetha.

Anyway, back to the room painting.
I selected a paint by Behr called Celtic Green, which in all actuality is more of a robin's egg blue when its on the wall. I love it. But what I love more, Behr paint. "Behr" in mind,  I am and was not paid to endorse Behr (although if the Behr company wants to send a check our way, I wouldn't complain).
If you recall the way my bedroom did look,  the paint I had on the wall was a dark baby poo yellow. It was horrible. I had actually used some left over paint the first time and hated it, but it stayed, becasue I don't enjoy painting.

So this go around,  I was going with a much, much lighter paint. I was certain it would take a primer plus an additional 2-3 coats to cover.
Much to my surprise and delight I was wrong.
Behr has a primer in it's paint.
And it only took ONE.COAT.OF.PAINT.
I purchased 2 gallons for my bedroom that is about and I only used one gallon. So, I did add an additional coat, though it wasn't necessary.
All these years I have primed and painted and painted, needlessly.

As for my thrifty, my husband wanted to move his old desk into our bedroom to act as a TV cabinet.
 I balked at first, then I heard him out and agreed.
We do share the room afterall. I guess he can have say in one thing.
No, not the most pretty thing in the room, but it does serve it's purpose.
For now.

I have this weird small closet behind the door in my bedroom. I have often wondered why someone would build such a narrow closet. I decided to make it work for me. I took some of those command strip hooks and adhered them to the door, now...its holding my necklaces....

The necklaces were housed in a jewelry cabinet, but I outgrew it.
The command hooks work great. I have it piled on and they have held up well.

You know I love to hike. Most times I walk home with some twirly or mossy stick, like some child.
My husband rolls his eyes when I tell him I am keeping it.
I put my sticks in a large Chinese rice bucket.

The drapes came from Walmart. Yeah, The W. Big Daddy actually hung them a bit to high because I wanted them to graze the floor, but after the work he did....I was not about to complain. Its close enough.
My friend Carey suggested i buy the hooks and then they will hang lower.
Im lucky to have such great friends with good ideas.
I'll be doing that.
The aqua drapes were $13 a panel, clearance.
I hung some cheaper white sheers in between.

Big Daddy suggested that I hang the sheet music wreath I made, between the windows, Above the cedar cabinet my grandfather built....

My precious Aunt Gloria recently was getting rid of some home decor items and asked if I was interested in any.
She has great style and her house is beautifully decorated.
Of course I accepted.
For example....
I chose this Chinese Screen.
I don't have anything in my home with an Asian theme, aside from my rice buckets, but it was so pretty I took it.

The original side was bamboo and flowers....

Pretty, But that didn't work  in my home. It didn't match the style of the room, so I flipped it over and used the back of the screen as a temporary headboard...

I am planning to make a tufted headboard at some point, but until that happens it will do.
I thought it sort of mocked the tufting design.

When I complete the tufting project I will use the screen in another place in my home.

I love changing things up, keeps it interesting!

Speaking of my bed, it was indeed a deal! For Christmas this year Big Daddy and I gave each other a bed.  3/5 of our shitsu dogs sleep with us. We can't resist these little faces..

You know what its called when these puppies are piled up on the bed?

A big ol pile of shih's.

Yeah, I'm not scheduled for the comedy circuit just yet.

Anyway, 3 dogs-albeit small was to much for our queen size.

Therefore we had outgrown the queen bed. Rather I had. Big Daddy and the 3 dogs were perfectly comfortable and commandeered the bed, leaving me a wee slice of the edge. For years. Finally me and my back had enough and I insisted on the upgrade.

We shopped around and did some research, and decided to go with a memory foam matress.
We purchased on Cyber Monday from and got it for $530.00!!!
It was such a great deal we added in 600 thread count sateen sheets and 600 TC Down Alternative Bedding, as well as the platform bed frame, all this for less than a thousand dollars ($916.00). Less than what a mattress and box spring would typically cost. We have had our mattress for a month now......Big Daddy and I are in LOVE......with our mattress! The only complaint, we don't want to get out of bed! It is unbelievably comfortable. We ordered the medium firmness and it is perfect for us!

I still have more I want to share of our bedroom makeover, but I am still in the process of making over.
I am going to invite my friend over to help with the staging.
As soon as it is complete, I will share more.
A warning.....when doing a room makeover, it opens a can or worms.
I also had to redo the master bath to is small look...

I used some chippy old aqua shutters for some privacy, but still add in light and charm.
I am open to ideas and suggestions of where to put what.


Tablescape Thursday

Now, onto to Tablescape Thursday, which is hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch.

I also participate in Tablescape Thursday on Thursdays in addition to Thrifty Thursday.  The host of that fun carnival is the Hostess with the Mostess...Susan of Between Naps on the Backporch. That's no lie or exaggeration, each week I visit Susan's porch and just long to be a guest at any of her tablescapes...especially those held on the porch.

Because I am on the robins egg blue today, I thought I would go with the same shade of dishes....

A quick tablescape for a quick meal between painting!

I invite you to stop by my food blog, PLATES & PLACES for Foodie Friday. Today I am sharing a great recipe for Crock Pot Angel Chicken. It was approved by all my picky eaters! And who doesn't love a fix it and forget about it meal??

Thanks to all of you for stopping by and participating in today's Thrifty Thursday. Please use Mr. Linky below to link up your blog.

I encourage you all to spread the love and visit the other thrifty Thursday participants, for that's what half the fun is. Aside from seeing a cool treasure it's making friends!

And speaking of friends.....
You can always visit me on FACEBOOK,
I love me some friends: be they new friends or old friends!

With Warmest Regards,
Thrifty Participants:


Keetha Broyles said...

Big Daddy wears his hat well!!!

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

Thanks for hosting, Leigh. And so sorry about your friend. What a tragedy. So young. But your bedroom looks great. Love the color!

Sarah said...

Lucky you to have a man that paints. ;-) It looks great. Thanks for hosting ~ Sarah

Rebekah Greiman said...

I love when Hubby helps me paint, decorate, chop crap down, and rebuild. He may be stinky but he sure is sexy!
Happy Thursday morning to you! I linked up tutorial on Pickling Jalapeno Peppers. It's pretty easy and the rewards are perfect when it comes time for nachos or chili! Thanks for hosting the party once again. Have a great week!

Debby S. said...

Love the bedroom! The robins egg blue is just wonderful! I dont own anything in this color, why I dont know, it's beautiful! I'm always lurking, decided to stop that! Your blog is wonderful!

Sarah @ Sugar Bananas said...

Thanks for hosting. I'm still in awe of that headboard! Have a great Thursday.


Sue said...

What a fun post...all that information in one place. I love hearing about a great paint and I also love a man who helps! My husband does all the painting around here...I'm a slob! I really love the sticks, so you tell him not to make fun of you for bringing them home.

The dishes are favorite colors!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for hosting again this week. Don't know why, but the links are not loading for me - will check back later.

the cape on the corner said...

that screen as headboard is a fabulous idea! and it looks great. love that idea for the jewelry, too, though i know it would annoy the boyfriend with all the clanging when one opened or closed the door. he's just too sensitive, lol.

Beth @Under A Pile of Scrap! said...

Found your blog today and decided to crash the party and link up! ;^)

Anonymous said...

Thank You for Sharing your Bedroom decorating!Looks really nice!!!! Great Job! I hope you know how fortunate you are to have such a great guy that helps and even talks to tell you what he likes!!!! ENJOY!


nancygrayce said...

I love the bedroom and I think hubby's desk looks great as a t.v. cabinet....I also love those shutters in your bathroom, would have never thought of doing that. Then again, I am not the creative type! :)

4thelove! said... the new look!!! Cant wait to come see it all in person..