Friday, June 28, 2013

Baby Bowie - Its a Boy!

I am super excited to finally let the cat out of the bag, our little baby lima bean is a BOY!! 



I'm due at the end of October and counting down already. Now, to start shopping!! Can't wait to post pictures of the nursery -- I have so many ideas. 

I also recently returned from a trip to North Carolina. It was a whirlwind trip complete with a family reunion, trip to the zoo and an amazing baby shower! But, I'm glad to be back home and back to work. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I missed the garage and the furniture. We appreciate everyone being patient while I took a little break from the emails and messages to focus on my time with family. We should be all caught up now, so keep those orders coming! Okay, gotta get back to work... 

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Transformation Thursday: Week 6

I recently completed yet another project from my finds at our local DAV a few weeks ago. Remember all this? 


Last week, I upcycled the vintage plates into a cute jewelry dish!  This week, I'm going to show you what we created with the wooden rulers. I was super excited to find these rulers. I know most of you are thinking, "Seriously? Rulers?" Trust me, I thought the same thing -- at first! These wooden rulers are from a variety of fire departments from throughout the Midwest, which made them more special than just plastic rulers. I figured I could find something to use them for - and we did! 



We reworked the rulers to create an adorable coat rack! The simple white hooks really popped when mounted on to the brightly colored rulers. Its so perfect for a little boys room!! 

So, lesson learned - you never know what you can do with those random items that are normally overlooked at the thrift store! Have you upcycled something random lately? We love to hear about your DIY projects! Let us know! 

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Transformation Thursday: Week 5

I came across some vintage plates at my local DAV Thrift Store recently. Remember when I purchased them along with these goodies? 


When I came across the vintage saucer I thought it'd make a perfect tier for a jewelry dish. This is such a simple DIY project with such a big impact. All in all, this project costs about $2.00 in total. 

First, I gathered my supplies. The two dishes I purchased my local thrift store ($0.50 each) and a candle stick of choice. You can find lots of options at the thrift store or the dollar store. This is one I had left over from our Redneck Wine Glasses. And finally, your glue gun - mine's not pictured because its heating up. 


Now comes the hard part (kidding!) - you simply glue the candle stick base to the center of your larger dish. And then the really hard part (kidding, again!) glue the top to the bottom of the smaller dish. And BAM! You have an adorable jewelry dish. 



Mine is currently hanging out by our kitchen sink, on our pass through. Its become a home for my jewelry when I'm cooking, our mail keys and random odds and ends. 

Did you notice the apothecary jar I found at Goodwill recently hanging out in the background? It's currently housing some sample dish soap I've been trying to use up. Eventually it'll make its way to its forever home in my bathroom to hold q-tips and cotton balls. 


There are so many possibilities for making these to fit your needs. I love the idea of adding a small bowl to the top tier as opposed to a plate, especially if you plan to use it for jewelry. I've also seen people who have spray painted the candle stick a funky color to add some color! 

This is most definitely a simple and easy DIY project you can make with items probably laying around your house. Let me know if you try it!! I'd love to see your finished piece. 

Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Thrift Store Finds - DAV

This past week I ventured out to my local DAV Thrift Store. I really enjoy shopping here knowing my money is going to a great organization -- and they give me a military discount! Cha-ching! 

Just like my local Goodwill, this store is hit or miss. I rarely find quality furniture here but love checking out their accessories and frames. You never know what you're gonna find there. 


Immediately walking in these chairs caught my eye. They are such a great shape and just need to be recovered-- AND they are only $30.00 each. I contemplated buying them the entire time I was shopping and in the end, I decided to talk to my upholstering friend about the cost to redo them. If her price is in my budget and the chairs are still there tomorrow - it'll be a good score! But, thrift store finds (especially good ones) don't last long, so I'll be surprised if they are still in the store when I go back. 


Another thing that caught my eye were these caster sets. Casters are super expensive in the store - around $8 or $9 each for the larger ones. The smaller ones were $4.95 for the set of 4 and the larger ones were $9.95 for the set of 4. I'm going to show them to Nick (we always need casters for work benches and tables in the garage) and **hopefully** they will still be there waiting for me with the chairs when I go back! 


So, what did I come home with? Here is the loot I brought back: 


I purchased a handful of colorful wooden rulers, two plates for a jewelry catch-all that I saw on Pinterest and have been wanting to make forever, a wood coat rack that I'll up-cycle with some barnwood or a salvaged cabinet door and a super ornate frame. I paid more than I normally would for the frame, but check out the details! I have big plans for this guys. 


Like I always say, be sure to hit up your local thrift stores midweek if possible - way more inventory than on the weekends.  I was super excited about the treasures I found today - what treasures have you guys found lately? Any JC thrift store finds? We'd love to hear about them! 


Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Thrift Store Finds - Goodwill

Now that I'm out of school (**happy dance**) and we are getting settled after our move - I've had a little bit of extra time to do fun things, like hit up my favorite thrift store during the week! I am a firm believer that Goodwill, Salvation Army and Restores have more inventory during the week. More people are shopping on the weekends and more people are donating their items on the weekends - so Mondays and Tuesdays seem to have the best inventory. 

I hit up my local Junction City Goodwill yesterday. This store in historically hit or miss, especially in the furniture department so I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw. 

These great chairs were only $5.99 each. Totally would have swooped them up if we didn't have 8 chairs waiting for new homes in our garage. 

I was in LOVE with this console table. The three doors opened into shelving. It had been poorly repainted several times and the backing had a gigantic hole in it, BUT how adorable. I wanted it and had to have it - until I checked the tag and it was already sold!! NOOO! Such a bummer.


There were two of these side tables. They aren't solid wood, but were in good condition. I almost chocked when I saw that they were $24.99 each. Ouch. 

 Another dated dresser - but again, lots of potential. I was too late though, a lady grabbed the tag off of it while I was checked out the console table. So close!

 I thought these sconces were pretty cute and only $5.99 each. Not bad!

So what did I come home with? Not much unfortunately. I did find this great apothecary jar that was only a dollar! I've seen these at Home Goods and TJMaxx for over $10.00 each. 
It's now housing q-tips and cotton balls in my bathroom! 

Not the best trip ever, but I was excited to see so many pieces. Have you found any great steals lately? We'd love to hear about them! 


Happy Treasure Hunting, 
Ashley