Friday, April 29, 2011

Our Home - Bathrooms

Here is a BEFORE picture of our GUEST bathroom. All yellow (even the toilet) with duck wallpaper. 


It now has a GORGEOUS blue paint color (oops paint from Home Depot $5) 
and new shower curtain (from Salvation Army for $5)

More wallpaper in this bathroom. Tan toilet, sink and shower.
We have painted the walls PINK. We have 2 girls and this is THEIR bathroom. We are definitely going to add DOUBLE sinks! 

mint green shower, toilet and sink. and carpet on the floor. 

FINALLY we have a half bath off the kitchen. I don't have any BEFORE pictures of this bathroom. But I can say that the sink and toilet were DARK BROWN. 
We have replaced all 4 toilets. One toilet I found at a garage sale for $20! It was NEVER used. I really don't think I would have bought it if it was. eww! I KNOW I would have NEVER bought it if it was used.
What a weird feeling to be thankful to have WHITE toilets! 

I will be adding more pictures as we update and decorate our home with Garage Sale and Estate Sale finds! 
I am very excited about our progress. I love our home now that it is coming out of 1979. 

(All of these BEFORE pictures were taken BEFORE we moved in.)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Our Home - Dining Room

This is our Dining Room BEFORE we moved here in 2004. I will be posting AFTER pictures. Or should I call them DURING. Because we are not at all finished decorating and updating our home that was built in 1979. I have added a tab at the top of this site called OUR HOME where I will be telling this story of personalizing our home with garage sale and estate sale finds!! 

Dining Room
The dining room is in the background. It was setup as an office. We installed a new sliding door, removed the ceiling fan and ripped off the carpet from the stairs. The chair is facing the living room.

Some treasures for this room are:
Click on the picture for the story of the item. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Our Home - Family Room

I am adding photos of our home BEFORE we moved in (2004). I cannot wait to show you the AFTER photos. 
Family Room
yucky brown carpet. gone! brown panel walls painted white. top half of the walls painted blue. 

some of the treasures for this room are:
Click on each picture for the story on the item.

(new carpet. yucky brown gone.)

(blue walls)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Our Home - KITCHEN

This week I am going to share the photos of our home BEFORE we moved in. These were taken in 2004. Each day this week I am going to add another room. THEN I will also share how we have transformed our ENTIRE home with garage sale and estate sale finds! I cannot wait to share all the treasures I have found. We still have a long way to go in updating our home. It was built in 1979 and we want to change EVERYTHING. This summer I just KNOW I will find even more furnishings/necessary accessories to continue our HOME PROJECT!

It is a really long kitchen. 30 feet long.

Here are some of the treasures we have added to our kitchen so far. Click on each picture for the story on the item.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Giveaways in Blogland

I want to share some great giveaways with you on some fabulous blogs that I like to visit. Enter today! Good Luck! 

is giving away a 14 megapixel CANON CameraENTER HERE.
(ends April 25, 2011)


has a SILHOUETTE Digital Cutting Machine (retail $299) for you. ENTER HERE. 
The Silhouette is a digital cutting tool for personal use. Similar to the functioning of a home printer, it cuts paper and other materials like vinyl with a blade instead of printing onto it.
(ends April 24, 2011)


you can win a $200 Gift Certificate to MODERN BIRD STUDIOS. ENTER HERE.
They create masterpieces of personal photo art! 
(ends April 25, 2011)

Good Luck! Good Luck! Good Luck! Good Luck! Good Luck! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Taste of Home Cookbooks

Today I was making my grocery shopping list and organizing my stacks of coupons. I decided to have the girls help me pick out some new recipes. I handed each one of them a cookbook and asked them to find something they would like to eat. Of course they found all the pictures of desserts. smart girls. But this was a fun way to talk about new foods. We read over ingredients and talked about different fruits and vegetables. 
I found Bruschetta Chicken that I want to try. 
Taste of Home

I have never heard of Asparagus Corn Crepes before.
Taste of Home

My three year old pointed out the summer drinks. Sensational Slush
Taste of Home

I MUST try the Mozzarella Sticks. They look so easy and delicious.
Taste of Home

They giggled over these Cute Egg Chicks.
Taste of Home

Taste of Home
I love these cookbooks from Taste of Home. Each book is a collection of all the recipes that were printed in the Taste of Home magazines throughout that year. 
I found these cookbooks at a garage sale for 50 cents EACH. Over 300 pages in each book. 
Each book retails for $24.99. I picked up all 5 cookbooks for $2.50 total.
Recipes don't expire. :-)

You can find HUNDREDS of recipes for free at

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Another New Table (from Craigslist)

I finally found our perfect dining room table! After weeks of searching on Craigslist it showed up one day and I called on it. I knew I wanted a dark color, rectangle table with round legs. I had traveled out to see 2 other tables, before finding this one, that were nice but were not 

This is perfect. I LOVE the curved edges! It is 70" x 39". I had to take the legs off to fit it in my car. It was only about 30 minutes away from our house. And I paid $125! Now I need to find 2 benches and 2 chairs to go with it. I just know I will find them this summer SOMEWHERE on my garage sale/estate sale adventures!! (or maybe on Craigslist). 1 new table this year + 6 NEW TABLES from last year = do I need anymore? (maybe)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Before and After - Kids table

I purchased this table last summer. ADORABLE. for $30! The chair fabric was cute. My ADORABLE 3 year old used a marker on that cute fabric. I knew it could be easily changed. This week I went to JoAnn's with a 40% off coupon and purchased 1/2 yard. For $2 I recovered BOTH chairs. LOVE THIS FABRIC. I think I am going to use the scraps of fabric in the girls scrapbooks. LOVE THIS FABRIC! (it was $7.99/yard)
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