Mirror Mirror…

So, since we moved in to our house, I have had 18 different things above the mantel. A few mirrors, some sconces, a couple different canvases, and a photo montage to our eldest child. Since everything I had didn’t work and everything I wanted didn’t fit into my budget, I (we) made our own mirror. It was surprisingly pretty simple. Just a little time-consuming.

apparently I didn’t wipe down the mirror until after I took all the pictures of it..oops

Heres our supply list:

Mirror $5 Wal-Mart

2 1×6 $2.35 each

Hanging Bracket: $10

Wood Stain – Already had it

Wood Glue – Already had it

Staples – Already had it

Latex Caulk-Already had it

So at about $20 out-of-pocket, I think we did a super job!

We started with a cheapo mirror from Walmart and took the little plastic frame off of it. We then measured and cut our pieces of wood to size and routed out a ledge for the mirror to sit in. We used wood glue and staples for all the corners.

We let the corners dry for a few days, mainly because we got too busy to move on to the next step. But once the were dry, I sanded down the extra glue that squeezed out the top and smoothed down the boards. Not too much, bc I loved the slightly beat up look. I stained the top and sides with a super easy foam stain. It’s made by Rust-oleum. I love the stuff!

Once it was stained, we did a line of liquid nails around the ledge we cut out for the mirror to sit in. A little bit goes a long way. When that dried, we used some latex caulk to shore it up a bit more. That dried for 2 days then we could hang it! We used a nifty picture hanging hardware set from Home Depot. It has a level built into it! That’s always a bonus! One side screws into the mirror and another we screwed into the wall, we did have to use extra long wall anchors. We have plaster walls and the mirror is kinda heavy so we wanted to make sure it didn’t fall in the middle of the night a scare the bejezzus out of us!

I can’t wait to put all the fall decorations up there on the mantel with our new mirror 🙂


Thrift Store Junk-ie

Well, I was hoping that I would be able to post about the great mirror the hubs and I made, but we went to hang it today and the corners looked a little wonkey so we are fixing them and will hopefully be able to hang it tomorrow! Fingers crossed! Sad Face!

While the wood filler dries, I will show off my recent thrifting gems! Is it crazy that I will only shop at a thrift store when they are having a sale?? And, is it weird that I know what days all the local thrift stores have their sales?? I don’t want just a great deal, I want a super great awesome deal. The more I save the more I can buy!

I just bought this amazing chair at a thrift store down in Amish Country! I love Amish Country btw! Anyways, the chair was $10!! I know right!! Sweet!! I didnt even paint it. The yellow is super bright, but I kinda love it. It is currently sitting at our computer desk. It doesnt really “go” in our living room, but I can throw some more yellow around and I’m looking for a cushion to make it more comfy. So once I do that, Im sure it’ll look perfect!

We just made a playroom out of the 4th bedroom and about 2 weeks ago, I said to Jon “I would love to find an old school desk…” Literally the next day I was in the Salvation Army Thrift Store, It was a Wednesday (Sale Day!!) and I saw a desk! It was covered in magic marker and paint, but the sticker said $5.99.. and it was half off!! Thats right, it was only $3!! I brought it home, scrubbed the heck outa it and spray painted with some leftover green paint. I primed the top so the paint would last a little longer. I was thinking about still painting the top with chalkboard paint. Well see…

I picked up these next two items at Goodwill’s half off weekend sale about a month ago. I paid $2 for the chair and $3 for the book rack.  After a quick coat of paint on each, they both look cute and simple in my little mans bedroom.

These next two are just little nicknacks I picked up for super cheap! The teal glass jar is a lot bigger than it looks and still had the Pier 1 sticker on the bottom when I bought it for $1.50 at Goodwill! Sweetness! The two matching white glass candlesticks were .99 cents for the pair at SA. They are actually under my china cabint right now, I have to find them a home, maybe on the mantle once my new mirror is hung…

Man, after showing some of my recent finds, I’m really in the mood for some more shopping!! Tomorrow is Sale Day at the SA! I know where I will be spending my lunch break!

Anyone else love a good sale??

FREE Chair!

My sister found a dirty gross chair on the side of the road and gave it to me. Ain’t she sweet! Actually I love free furniture! She wanted me to jazz it up for her. I think it turned out great 🙂  And I didn’t even spend a dime!

I took a few before pics, but silly me didn’t have the memory card in the camera, Duh! So, here’s a progress pic…

I first unscrewed the seat from the chair. I then scrubbed and sanded the chair. I had a can of Krylons Leafy Green in my stash, so that’s the color I used. I really wanted to do a bright red or yellow, but 1 I didn’t think my sister would like either of those colors and 2 didn’t want to spend any money on this makeover. Next, I took apart the seat. The wood and foam were still in good shape so I reused them. For some peace of mind, I sprayed Lysol and sprinkled baking powder all over the foam. I didn’t want a cute chair that smelled funky!!

So, for the seat I used an old rug. I wrapped it around the seat and used my staple gun to keep it tight. I almost threw this rug out! Soo glad I didn’t, It really gives the chair some texture and funk! I Placed the seat back onto the chair and screwed it back into place. Easy peasy!

I think it turned out soo great and I love the fact that I didn’t spend a dime!!

Do I really want to give it to my sister?? Hmm…


This year we tried our hand at gardening again. We planted a big one the first year we lived here and it bombed.. we made the mistake of putting it so far away from the house, the hose wouldnt reach it. When you live in Ohio and have very inconsistent weather, you need to water a garden! We also planted it very close to the woods and the animals would feast on the goods before we could get to them. So this year we tried something different. We planted everything in a raised bed right behind the garage. Near a hose and away from the woods. Having it close we even went out there and weeded and watered regularly. Amelia would help too (maybe she would just pull the leaves off the plants while shouting “I weed, I weed!”) Here are a few pics of our cute little garden. Pat would be proud!!

It’s a small garden, maybe 25 ft long by 4 ft wide. For how small it is, we have way more veggies then we know what to do with. We already canned 4 jars of hot peppers in oil, and we have a ton more we just picked. I guess we will be eating hot pepper all winter!

 We planted Hot  Peppers, Bell Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Edamame and Pumpkins! I can’t wait for the pumpkins!!

                                                                                                                           BTW arent my bowls cute? Just got them on a recent trip to Crate & Barrel! Love that place!

My Honey Do List!

Our to-do list is a mile long and every time we start something, something else pops up that makes the first thing take longer and cost more money. I know all you homeowners can relate. Our list is long and our time is short. I am hoping this blog will help keep our butts motivated! (we might have a small problem finishing projects)

in no particular order…

  • fence in the yard
  • paint the trim
  • repaint the front door (we have already painted it twice)
  • redo the stair banister
  • pull up the “fake” hard wood floors and shell out the dough to have the real ones re-finished
  • make a master suite (we want to add a bathroom and make a big walk in closet)
  • finish up the upstairs bathroom (it’s about 90% done)
  • finish the basement (I’d settle for a non scary basement)
  • gut the breezeway (we want to make it a nice mudroom/laundry room)
  • more landscaping (holy shit plants are expensive!!)
  • deck
  • french doors off the LR to the new deck 😉
  • fireplace doors
  • redo the driveway (would ❤ a brick one)


Jon is gonna freak when he sees my list!! Thank goodness he is not just a pretty face. He has become quite the handy man!

I’ll keep you all updated as we continue to cross things off our list!