Craigslist Find! Board Game Cabinet

Summer is in full effect!! Vacations have been made, weekend visits to the Bay Area are planned, summer birthday’s to celebrate, and afternoons at the pool!!!! When we’re my family and I are not always on the go, there are streaks of days when we’re at home, avoiding the crazy three digit heat. Being locked up inside, gives up the options of toys, reading, coloring books, play-doh, crafts, computer time, tv and video games. BUT let’s face it, they’re mainly on screens. As much as I’d like to limit screen time during the summer, it’s best that I creak up their day with time frames of classic games. The “original,” games before the iPad apps.

Last summer, I scored this beautiful wooden glass case cabinet which had future plans for me to repaint. BUT, it ended up sitting in my garage for a couple months. Life gets in way sometimes you know (Basketball season, field trips, weddings, and oh, the stinking holidays.) I’ve finally managed to get my Craigslist purchase out of the garage, and just bring it in my home! So without further ado, I’d like to share my new home furniture piece that holds our favorite family games!!

One thing that I love doing during the summer is Craigslist-ing!!! With an open schedule in-sync with the boys summer vacation, I too — am on summer vacation (I work under the same school district FYI) so Craigslist and letgo, have been my guilty pleasures. From avoiding any Netflix and any binge watching, I chose to search around these digital penny-saver platforms to find the next piece for my home!

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I’m sure there’s something you may find!

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I scored this fantastic wooden glass case cabinet from a nearby city in Sacramento. My original thoughts were to flip it, but I’ve grown to love the look, as it matches our stair banister, and kitchen cabinets. The original knobs have these cute dainty flowers, with gold lining, and the for glass panels on each door reminds us what’s inside.

After collecting so many games from the classics, board games, card games, brain games and magic trick sets, over the years of birthdays and holidays, we’ve definietly grown a very large collection. It was always stored in random places from my sons closet, under the coffee table, and in a zippered closure fabric storage bin from the Container Store.  | Container Store – Storage Box REISENTHEL |

Placing all our family board games in an accessible place, keeping them seen, and tidy, is a win, win in my house. Oh, and did I also forget to mention…..The cabinet was only $60! #Boom #MicDrop

 

$300 Dining Room

In the early years of being a stay-at-home mom, I often found myself in a pickle as I stayed at home caring for my young baby boys, but staring into my home and its empty canvas. You may not have known this about me, or maybe you have — for those who know me personally, I did once attend art school, pursuing to become an interior designer. Life happened, pregnancy got me, and school unfortunately did not fall through. During my long days at home, I’d stare at my walls, and blank canvas of our current home and imagine all the beautiful pieces of furniture that are out there. Of course, reality strikes, and says “With what money honey?!” 

We are are not made of money. Some of us are blessed to live in a household where the husband and wife can live conformably and have extra expenses for home decor from amazing decorative retailers. Some, may not. I’m blessed enough to be able to stay at home, and also have a job that allows me to purchase household decor and accessories, but money is tight when it comes down to bigger household decorative expenses…..So I had to get creative in furnishing my home.

Over the course of moving, and jumping from apartment to a 5 bedroom, 3 bedroom, and back to 3 bedroom, furniture and moving expenses can go out the window. From upgrading space, to downgrading, I had to play it right for our wallets, and our time. In the past, I was able to put in the time and elbow grease to actually flip pieces of furniture I found on Craigslist. (My oh so favorite place to shop for everything home decor and furniture.)

When we scaled down to a smaller home, it was easy for my to get rid of furniture and let go of them, as I knew those were DIY projects that were only pieces of furniture to hold our time at the current house. At this time, it was easier to part ways with my low budget furniture as the money and time spent painting it, was well worth while.

Investing in new furniture as you go.

As years went on moving city to city, and my children growing older, I found myself purchasing furniture off Craigslist that were a little more expensive. I was looking towards highly quality items, as in the past, there weren’t so great. The years also grew financially, as we were able to afford a little more. (Not so West Elm, but possibly World Market used*)

My taste also changed over the years, sometimes it was totally worth to spend the $90-$100 for that china cabinet, as I knew it was something I loved, and wanted to be in our collection of home furniture. If you loved buying used, it’s always cheaper. BUT always know, it’s always a hit or miss on Craigslist. You’re not always going to find exactly what you’re looking for.

DIY, DIY, DIY

In my last home, my husband’s childhood friend started a business of making wooden tables and benches. He would take custom orders from start ups in San Francisco, and also created his own Etsy site. I contacted him, and he made us our know dining room table. At a lower price, it left the table unpainted, for me to paint myself. This was the start to my $300 and under dining room.

Once we had moved to Sacramento, I had a blank room, with only a dining table. I was so off, and didn’t fit our home, I headed straight to my computer to hut for pieces to compliment the room.

What You See in my dining room:

Dining Table (Gift) = $200

Discounted handmade dining table, given to me and my husband.

Chairs (Goodwill Outlet) = $12

I purchased the pair of chairs for $12, and painted + distressed it myself.

Buffet Table (Craigslist) = $50

+ New Knobs $8

This was a. already painted buffet table, which my son and I distressed, and I added new knobs to add my style. The knobs only cost me $4 each!

TOTAL: $270

Now, if you total up everything above, that brings my dining room area at $270!!!! With a few upgrades, elbow grease, I’ve managed to decorate my dining are with secondhand items, and a lucky chance of scoring an affordable dining table, all with networking.

If you want  to check out more of Decorating Style, you can check out my Decorating Page HERE.

For more secondhand scores, and my thrift store finds, I also have a Thrifting Page on my blog. Click HERE.

Stay tuned as I have some fun exciting products to share, to make your living room space, a lot more comfortable, and cozy!!! Couple included!!!!

Decorating With Yellow

Everyone. I have a new love in my life. It’s the color yellow. Now, it’s one of those relationships where the love has always been there, (because my current living room is actually already yellow themed.) BUT just recently, after my last DIY Dollar Tree Coasters I recently posted —while I was choosing the decorative paper for my coasters, I realized how much I really gravitate towards the color. I look around my home, and my even my latest Craigslist purchase were the color yellow. I’ve fallen deep in love with yellow. Take a look as my yellow fever grows within my home.

My yellow itch was my first Craigslist purchase of 2017. Just 3 days in into the new year, I was on Craigslist like a fat girl on cake. Trying to find, things people were trying to get rid of after the holidays. From reject gifts, or old furniture people are tired of. I’ve been in the market for 2 new bar stools because the current ones I had were too tall for my kitchen island.

At last, I found some cool modern yellow wood stools on Craigslist. The listing was in my local area, and brand NEW. Brand New people!! Also, it was a pair sold just for $80! That’s how much Target is selling it for just for one stool alone! I knew this was fate!!! I couldn’t help it, but jump on the opportunity and contact the seller for these two yellow bar stools!!!

Here’s the link for the bar stool I purchased. It’s currently at Target.

Windsor 24″ Counter Stool Hardwood – Threshold

Dimensions:

36.950 inches H x 17.500 inches W x 19.000 inches D

$79.99 Each

This classic stool is great for active families such as mine!! It has a comfortable pitch and sturdy wood construction. It’s easy to build, (my 9 year son built it!) The unique color gives it a punch of personality!!!! You can line up several of these counter height stools to add a sculptural feel to your space. Ideal for casual entertaining, it has a high fan back and footrest to help keep your guests feel comfortable. The stool’s seat is carved into a shallow saddle shape for even more comfort. Counter stools make a smart and stylish addition to any kitchen counter or island!!

  • Frame Material: Hardwood
  • Furniture Legs Material: Wood
  • Maximum Weight Capacity: 250lbs
  • Seat Width: 17.500 inches
  • Seat-to-Floor Height: 24.000 inches

See more of the Windsor Seating Collection HERE.

The next pop of color item in my home is my year round yellow wreath filled with wild flowers. I had purchased this wreath awhile back at HomeGoods, as I was in need for a Spring season wreath for my front door. It’s now the home on my garage door next to the front entry way.

I’ve also added in a Target ornament from last holiday season. There was a series of ornaments with an adventure theme and had two different variations of this ornament. I had purchased it on sale (from $3 to$1.50), and casually found a home for it placed in the middle of my spring time yellow wreath other than being with the rest of my holiday ornaments.

I thought the quote of “blaze your own trail,” on the little banner made sense as it would be the phrase you read going out the door.

Thoughtful?! I think yes!

Here’s more of my yellow obsession — my latest post of the DIY DollarTree Coasters. Yellow, bright, and super playful!

Click on link HERE to check out more of my DIY Makeover & Repurposing Projects!

Check out more on my Instagram for any of my yellow obsession for the home!

Simple Christmas Style

When it comes down to holiday decorating, I like to keep it simple, and easy to manage. I’m not one to be called a full minimalist, but I like to practice a few traits and habits of one. We all know it’s so easy to fall into the habit of buying more and more. Especially us American’s. We love the satisfaction of purchasing merchandise. And when it comes down to the holidays, we all go over the limits of gifts and also holiday decor. This post, I’d like to share a few small purchases I made for this years Christmas season, as well as some changes I’ve done to adapt to our new home here in Sacramento.

  • The Living Room

With having a new space for “living,” there actually isn’t enough living in this area. I’ve come to realize, that having a 5 bedroom home, with multiple living spaces, and a backyard that connects to the garage, there’s a few living spaces that just don’t get love and attention they fully need. The main living room as become the main focal point for Christmas this season. It’s the room that has the most windows, the staircase connects to it, as well as the front door and garage door entry.

Musical Tunes

During the process of putting up our Christmas tree, my husband and I also decided to add in one of our record players. Adding the record player, was our excuse to add in more life, as it will project musical tunes towards the dining table.

Small Accents/Low Effort

I also added a few little tiny accents to the living room sitting on the bookshelf of the record player. All things I already owned, that just needed a spot to be displayed.

  • The Staircase

I’ve utilized the staircase banister to hold our stockings. Previously in our last home, we unfortunately did not have a fireplace to place the usual garland of string lights, and stockings. I’d simply, push pin them into the main wall of our main living room. This year, I wasn’t so inclined to utilize our fireplace to display the stockings.

  • Craigslist China Hutch

We currently have an IKEA China Hutch, which I purchase on Craigslist 3 years ago. It was needed for our previous house, but I currently no longer have an attachment to it in our current house. This year, as I figure out how to use it, or entertain the thought of letting it go, I’ve used it to display our holiday cards.

  1. Using a piece of twine and mini laundry clips (Purchased at Daiso/Michael’s Craft Store)
    I did the same thing above my buffet table using string lights (Purchased from Target, earlier this year)
  2. If you’ve seen my Fall Decorations, you’ll notice have a group of birch wood branches. I used them again for the holidays, keeping them above my china hutch again, mixed with my light garland, a holiday branch, and stacking decorative boxes from my mom. Oh! Not to mention, pinecones! Lots of pinecones were sprinkled around too!

  • Christmas Cards

My Christmas cards were hung on string lights, that I use year-round. I pinned them using snowflake laundry pins I purchased at the DollarTree this year.

  • Buffet Table

My buffet table, also known as our board game storage, holds a few picture frames, a gold candelabra (Purchased this year from Ross for $12.99), as well as a set of candelabra/ Deer candle holders (also purchased this year from Michael’s Craft Store using a 50% off Coupon!!)

Here’s what the buffet table and mirror looks like at night…

So that’s all

Budget Friendly Living Room

I was going through my storage bins in my garage, putting Halloween decor away from my living room, when I realized many of the item’s purchased were from all budget friendly stores. My decorative pieces all came from a Thrift store, as all my anchored/staple living room pieces were LITERALLY all coming from a budget friendly source. With having a small budget, to basically no budget at all, styling with whatever you have or even a few bucks, you can definietly achieve a simplistic living room chic look.

Before the holidays kick in and your newsfeed is cluttered with Thanksgiving anything, and Pinterest inspiration, I thought this would be a great opportunity, to plug in this post of the “transitional” time in decorating. Setting back to your living room, before the next seasonal change. Many of us, may be putting away all our spiderwebs, candlesticks, and skulls, but a few of us, may still be at a clean slate of no sign of holiday decorating. I get it, holiday decorating can get expensive. So why bother buying it, when you haven’t established your unique style to your living room just yet? Here’s my few tips on decorating your living room on a slim budget!

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Here is small list of my budget friendly go-to’s for living room decorating! I cannot stress enough how much good stuff I find, every time I make my visit to these oh so favorite spots of mine.

 

  • Target
    We all love Target. Only thing is, everyone loves Target, so if you continue purchasing e v e r y t h i n g there, the possibility of someone else (a friend, neighbor, co-working, or even family member will have it too!) Who wants that?! Be different, have your own unique sense of style. Check out their Dollar Spot, and aisle end caps of CLEARANCE items. Also, know your Target’s Markdown Schedule!!Usually….its:Thursday – Housewares & Decor

 

  • WalMart
    The prices at WalMart cannot be beaten for brand new kitchenware items. Particular celebrity brands love teaming up with big chain department stores especially in the houseware department –so keep a look out for that!
  • Ross
    Many great decorative pieces can be found at Ross, also great quality bedding can be found. Don’t get flustered if the mess is too much. Remember it’s all about the hunt. Ross isn’t suppose to be a Nordstrom! That’s why it’s cheap and affordable!

  • Local Furniture Shops
    See this Craigslist ad?! It’s actually my sofa!!! Checking out local furniture shops in your area gives you an opportunity to support local family owned businesses, vs the big time home stores.Craigslist
  • Craigslist
    Craigslist is my NUMBER ONE source of anything shopping for the home or kitchen, or basically anything DIY, or ready to flip. It’s all about the key words!! Search out of the box key words, or outside sources that may be relatable to what you want.
    Example:
    “CB2, Restoration Hardware, West Elm, Etsy, UrbanOutfitters, World Market, Rustic….”
    This coffee table was purchased from Craigslist for only $25! After careful searching on the site, I was able to find a coffee table that actually ties in with my new sofa!Last but not least the one store that I once would visit 2-3 times year, now I’ve visited 2-3 times a month is……
  • IKEA
    I live very very close to an IKEA, so having that near to me is very refreshing. I can come in very casually looking for inspiration for my home. I check in my boys at the Ikea Playplace, and that gives mommy a solid 1 hour of browsing around child FREE. ***Be sure to check out their frames, plants, and kitchenware for affordable prices that beat other retailers. Those are the hot spots for me.

BUT Tiffany, what about…

Garage Sales, Flea Markets, Thrift Shops

Oh girl, you know me, that HAS to be ANOTHER blog post!!! I promise I’ll post one soon, on my favorites items to buy for your home from those exact places!!!!

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In the mean time, follow me on IG so you can see what’s happening now!!

I usually do find myself at the thrift shop once or twice a week!

ALSO!! Be sure to check out what I’ve found in recently from Craigslist and other fabulously frugal places!!

! Cough cough….Target!

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Thank you guys so much for visiting my blog! I love to share where I buy items, because I love the hunt!!! This is a short list of my budget decorating go-to’s — Stay tuned for more budget decorating hauls, and tours of my new home in Sacramento!

Craigslist Bamboo Desk

Everyone, my craigslist game is on! The family and I just got back from a week long vacation visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. After day 5, I was already craving to go home back to Sac just to settle down and gain back a normal routine. And guys, when we arrived..I made no plans to waste time and let my creative itch rest. The Sunday evening we arrived home, I hit Craigslist, and searched my tail off to something to transform.

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Is it me? Or am I on fire on Craigslist?! Vintage Bamboo desk, that is screaming for a new paint job!!! ($30)

#Craigslist #Sacramento #FrugalFind#Thrifty #Secondhand #Used #Desk#BambooDesk #DIY

I’d like to present to you my latest Craigslist transformation. A vintage wooden bamboo desk purchased for $30 (Originally $40, but the lady spotted some cracks, and knocked off $10 bucks!)

So it all started with the intent to browse through Craigslist for a desk for my oldest son. The school year is about to begin, and with entering 4th grade, I wanted him to have a solid big boy desk. Well, my search derailed, as I spotted this fantastic vintage bamboo desk for $40. With a few knicks and chips, it was not bothered by the imperfections. I jumped to contacting the seller and arranged a pick-up for Monday morning.

The boys and I traveled about 20-25 minutes north from Sacramento to a town called Orangevale. A neighboring city to Citrus Heights. My 9 year old son helped me carry the desk into the car, and we went straight to the closest home improvement store for paint and supplies.

As we got home, I just used some wall spackle to fill in the imperfections of the desk, which was the reason the seller took off $10 of the original price. The wall spackle is something I had already after using it to fill in holes at our previous residence. Simply, using a joint putty knife (flat surface tool –basically the handyman version of a kitchen spatula) spread your spackle using the putty knife to the surface of your project. If you look closely at the above picture, I filled in the holes of the top desk surface, and also on the right corner side of the desk.

Spackling Process:

  1. Spead spackle.
  2. Set to dry. I waited 30 minutes since they were small areas.
  3. Scrape away excess compound from surface with your putty knife.
  4. With the blade at a 90-degree angle to the surface. Take care that you don’t remove the spackle from the hole or crack when you remove the excess.
  5. Use a damp cloth to remove any compound adjacent to the patch that you didn’t remove by scraping.

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After evening out our imperfections using the spackle, my son and I gently sanded down the desk, and also gave it a good cleaning with a wet cloth. After that, the painting process began. The color palette I decided to go for was a navy blue, and blue lagoon by Valspar.

The color selection was chosen upon my family room IKEA area rug.  (MARSLEV High Pile, Tuquoise, Beige Rug) Also, the main reason I was searching up desks on Craigslist was because my son needed a desk. This bamboo may or may not be his, but will be placed within our common living area, which can be used as a pop-up desk area for anyone to use besides mommy. Hehehe.

We painted the exterior of the desk in the Blue Lagoon, and interior (drawers), and dark mid-night blue. I also kept the bamboo hardware the original color, but gave it a fresh look with Krylon Satin Ivory spray paint I already had.

Paint Colors:

Exterior: Valspar Blue Lagoon (CI 189)

Interior Drawers: Valspar Dark Night (4003-4C)

Hardware: Krylon Color Max Spray Paint in Satin Ivory

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Before purchasing this desk, I had already knew how I wanted to style it! Gold, gold, gold!! If you’ve been shopping at Target lately,  I’m pretty sure you’ve noticed the College/Dorm Room decor and essentials. Over the summer, I’ve been slowly collecting the gold items at Target. From outdoor patio gold glass terrariums, gold candle holders, to the DollarSpot file and mail holders!

Speaking of dorm room essentials, please be sure to check out my latest YouTube video!!! Yes!! I’m back!!! Seriously, it’s been like a year! But I’m hitting it hard on all social media platforms that I’m able to handle! Check it out!

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If you know of anyone entering college and moving into a dorm, first apartment,or on their own for the first time, please be sure to check out the video! (Like & subscribe!)
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Target has tons and tons and tons of gold embellished items. From the dorm room accessories and decor, to Nate Berkus office supplies and decor. After walking throughout Target I got exactly what I needed, with still a little more wiggle room to get more elsewhere (like my favorite discount retails: Marshalls/TJMaxx/Ross and also the thrift stores!)

I purchased this awesome desk lamp, and paired it with a Target glass terrarium I purchased a few months back. I love pairing surface items in three, or 2. “Grouping” items with different heights compliment each other quite well, especially when on a desk, table, or night stand.

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Desk Lamp: James Collection LED Task Lamp -Threshold ($29.99) 

Lantern/Terrarium: Lantern Gold Metal – Small Threshold ($12.99)

Geometric Candle/Pencil Holder:
Threshold ($4.99)
Magazine Holder:
DollarSpot ($3.00)

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I’m so happy with the way the bamboo desk turned out! Stay tuned for more Craigslist furniture flips and transformations, as I continue to furnish my house here in Sac! Happy August!

Craigslist IKEA Duktig Hack

Ikea Duktig Hack Before & After

Everyone. With the new year here I’m creatively charged, and the juices are flowing. The first week of 2015, I’ve focused the week on Craiglist Ikea Hack. If you’re an Ikea lover like I am, you probably have heard of Ikea Hackers. Ikea Hackers is a site about modifications on and repurposing of Ikea products. Hacks, because it may be as simple as adding an embellishment, some others may require power tools and lots of ingenuity. (Read more about Ikea Hackers here.)

With Ikea Hackers and Pinterest, I’ve obsessed about this one particular children’s product for years. The Ikea Duktig. During the holidays I was considering purchasing the product, but couldn’t persuade myself to buy it. Then lightning struck. Why don’t I check Craigslist? This product is quite popular on Craigslist, and could be found for about $50-$80. With my luck, I consistently found the kitchen every week being sold in different cities, all more that 40mins away. On Craigslist, I really haggle and see if the seller would be interested in bringing the price down since I’ll be traveling. For weeks, I kept refreshing my browser in search for the kitchen.

Christmas came to a near, and my idea of getting the kitchen was a fail. But I still pursued to look for the kitchen. Come New Years Eve I found it!!!! Someone in my area was selling it for $35!!! The post was only 3 hours old, so I knew I had a good chance. After exchanging emails, texts and phone calls with the mother selling the kitchen, I was able to schedule the pick-up New Years Eve! Who does Craigslist pick-ups on NYE? ME! I was THAT determined. The seller even offered if I’d like to come later after the holidays, but I wanted to take no chances to loosing the exact product, at the perfect price! Seriously people. I’ve gone through so many great items that have slipped through my fingers, just because of rescheduling, or not frequently checking my email. Craigslist is pretty cut throat. You see something..Go get it.

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I bought this IKEA Kid Play Kitchen on Craigslist for $35 (Retails $100). With a missing backing, a few paint chips, water damage, and sticker residue, I saw the potential of this dearly loved play kitchen. The mother before me bought it a few years ago from a consignment store, and now her son has outgrown the kitchen and wanted to sell the kitchen for a new LEGO set.

I sold the boys old clothes at a consignment store and received $40 in cash, and used the money on materials to redecorate. Here are the new upgrades:

-Whiteboard Back Panel ($1.98, HomeDepot)

-Decorative  Peel & Stick Smart Tile ($5.97 each, 10.25×9.13″, Smart Tile in Muertto Beige, HomeDepot)

-3 LED Easy Push Light (AAA Battery Operated,  Ikea Ramsta)

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The biggest impact to this facelift was the new addition to the backsplash using the Smart Tile!! This unique product was easy to install and saves you time and money. The do-it-yourself peel and stick tile concept. The product is so easy to handle, cut and maintain. The tiles can be installed in minutes over a clean and sleek surface without any mess or specialized tools.

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I’m so happy how this  turned out, and how fast it took to do it! It’s certainly a great kick start to a great year filled with diy low budget transformations!! I can’t wait to share more with you!!

Do you have the Ikea Duktig for your kids?

Let me know if you’ve added any modifications to yours! I’d love to read about it!!

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