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Let’s see what a dollar can get you these days…

I bought this ugly table at my favorite antique store for a dollar.  That is correct, I dollar.  I figured for that price I would find something to do with it.  I needed a side table on the other side of my bed so I figured this would fit perfectly the long way.  And if it didn’t work out, well, it was only out a dollar.



A can of $.96 black spray paint later…And of course, I distressed the edges a bit with sandpaper because I need to have everything distressed and shabby chic-esque.









 The Dollar Tree is another fave spot of mine.  The items below actually weren’t that bad on their own, but I wanted better:


Fleur de Lis finials?  Yes please.







 A thin layer of turquiose acrylic paint applied with a foam brush gave these a perfect, rusty, patina-ish look.











And the birdies?  I made them look old and springy.

This guy got rubbed with Ralph Lauren Smoke glaze which I have to resist glazing everything in my house with.

And these guys got some spring spray paint.











I covered a dollar store frame with the same turquoise acrylic paint for a simiilar antiquey look.









Finally, I wanted some decorative balls (hahaha) but it was impossible to find cheap forms for them.  So I came across these at the Dollar Tree and decided they would work:








I hotglued strips of sheet music to them and burned all 18 of my fingers in the process.







Pet Peeve of the Day: People who live in Chicago and complain when it snows one day and is 60 degree the next.  MOVE.  Because that is WHY I live here.

Quote of the Day: “We got to roll with the punches, play all of our hunches, make the best of whatever comes your way. Forget that blind ambition, learn to trust your intuition — plowing straight ahead, come what may.” –Jimmy Buffett

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  1. Kelli on 2010.03.23

    The wiffle balls are a great idea! I hate that styrofoam is so expensive and those are a great alternative! Thanks for the great ideas!

  2. Jessi @ Yankee Belle Home on 2010.03.23

    So many fabulous ideas! I can’t believe you scored that table for $1! Why can’t I find stuff like that?!? And I love those little birds…I have the same one on my kitchen sink.

  3. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions on 2010.03.23

    Wow! You got a lot of projects done! I love the side table. What a score for $1.00!

  4. Leanne on 2010.04.04

    That was an amazing buy for the side table. Love everything painted black. I can never pass up an interesting frame.

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