How I Turned a $30 Goodwill Cabinet into a Pottery Barn Look Alike!

Goodwill Cabinet Makeover

As you know, I’m sort of a Goodwill Groupie. I frequent all 3 of my local stores, looking for deals. I especially love getting cool pieces of furniture there that are in major need of some TLC.

I’ve recently been looking for the perfect piece to complete our screened-in porch. I needed a spot for the TV to sit. I was looking for a specific style and height, so I jumped on it (pretty much literally) when I found this piece at Goodwill!

Was it nice as-is? Sure. But it was much too modern for the look I was going for. It was contemporary, and a dark Espresso finish, but it had good bones. I envisioned a more rustic piece, very shabby chic. Our screened-in porch is where we display all of our fishing-themed antiques, along with rustic cabin decor. This piece needed to look old, like it belonged in a cabin.

Here’s how I transformed it.

I first covered the glass panes with tape, and then I used a hammer to break them and pull them out. I mean… my husband did. I beat those glass panes until they were black & blue, and they wouldn’t even crack! Darn safety glass!! So, Mr. B came to the rescue.

After I got all the glass safely out, I used a coat of Rust-Oleum Professional Primer. This is THE STUFF to use when you’re painting a slick surface that can’t be sanded, like the cheap particle board wood that ready-to-assemble furniture is made of.

After that dried for several hours, I applied several coats of Krylon ColorMaster spray paint in Italian Olive. It dries so fast, you really only have to wait about 5-10 minutes in between coats. Make sure you apply very THIN coats, though, or else your paint will run. And if that happens, you’re basically stuck with runs, because it’s hard to sand over coats of spray paint without ruining all your work.

After this was all dry, I mixed a cup of water with about 3/4 cup of some really old dark brown stain that I found in the basement leftover from staining the deck. Literally, any old brown stain or paint will do! Just make it very thin and watered-down. I mixed it well, and then, with a paint brush, I lightly ran my wet brush across the cabinet in long strokes, wiping off any excess. This helps achieve a rustic, aged look.
Once the piece was dry, I took a screw driver (I used the first tool I saw when I looked around, poor planning!) and I  just scratched off paint in corners to give it an “antique” finish. Sandpaper works great, too, and is probably what you should be using. 🙂 Try to sand off the paint in areas where normal wear would occur over time, like corners and knobs.

Once this was all done, I got out my trusty electric stapler (I love this tool! I use it for crafts, home improvement projects, reupholstering…) and I stapled chicken wire in where the glass once was. Just measure your size first, cut with wire clippers, then staple. Be careful! I used to think of chicken wire as just harmless, cute and crafty. Wrong! It’s SHARP! You may want to use gloves.

At the end, for added cuteness, I pulled the back off and I re-covered it with some cute red & white gingham fabric I had. Don’t look too closely, because it’s not even. 🙂 Oh well, still cute!

And here is the finished project! The perfect place to sit the TV in our cozy, comfy, cabiny, “fishing room”! I just love it, and it looks like something right out of Pottery Barn! Not bad for around $30 from Goodwill!!


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Rust-Oleum Primer
Rust-Oleum Paint
Drop Cloth
Safety Glasses
Face Mask
Electric Staple Gun
Paint Brush

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Cheap DIY Colloidal Oatmeal Bath Treatment

DIY “Aveeno” Colloidal Oatmeal Bath for Eczema

Colloidal oatmeal is a soothing addition to baths for the treatment of eczema, rashes, and other skin irritations. To put it simply, colloidal oatmeal is nothing more than VERY finely-ground oatmeal. So then why is it so expensive?! It doesn’t have to be if you DIY it! 🙂

Both of my little guys suffer from really bad eczema, especially in the cold, dry winter like what we’re having now. We have prescription meds to treat the problem, but whenever possible, I prefer to go the natural, homeopathic route first.

We’ve bought Aveeno Colloidal Oatmeal Bath Treatment for Eczema, but at around $10 a pop per box, and using at least one box per week per kiddo, think about that… It adds up to around $80 per month! This just will not do! I’m all about doing what’s best for my kids, but you know me…I’m also all about saving money.

DIY Colloidal Oatmeal … Just like “Aveeno”!

Sooooo…I decided to make my own colloidal oatmeal treatment, just like Aveeno.
But get this…mine is only about 7 cents per treatment, or $4 PER MONTH!! How’s that for savings?

Here’s what you need:

– Whole Oats. I buy mine at Aldi for about $2 for a huge, 42 ounce container.
– Something to grind them. I use an inexpensive food processor.

Aldi oatmeal…under $2 for a giant tub!

Add 1-2 cups of oats at a time into food processor and grind for several minutes until the oatmeal is a very fine powder. The finer the powder, the better it is for a bath, as it dissolves very easily in water and won’t leave large chunks on your skin and hair.

Once it is a very fine powder, transfer to a jar or plastic bag and store in a cool, dry place.

Soothing DIY Colloidal Oatmeal.

You’ll notice that the finely-ground oatmeal smells EXACTLY like the expensive Aveeno (but ours is DIRT CHEAP, so that makes it smell way, WAY better!) 🙂

Mix about 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal in a lukewarm bath for best results. I like to add 3 drops of lavender essential oil and 3 drops of frankincense essential oil to my kids’ baths along with the colloidal oatmeal.

Your skin will thank you! Enjoy! 🙂

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DIY Chicken Wire Frame Art Board


An easy DIY project… Chicken wire art board.
Hiya, folks! It’s been a LOOONG time since I’ve posted. Too long. WAY too long. And I’ve missed ya’ll! 🙂
We’ve had a nasty virus pass through our house. First me, then the little Pumpkin, then Junior, then even my parents got it since we’re together so much. The Peanut and my husband, however, are just plain bullet proof. I don’t know how they managed to stay healthy with us coughing all over them, but they did! THANK YOU SWEET BABY JESUS! The last thing I needed was two more sick babies.
Anyhoo…. Other than my two-month-lingering cough, we are all better now. Hooray!!
I’ve done a couple projects while I’ve been away, and I’ve just been itching to share them with you, because they are really, really, truly, totally cool!
Today I’m sharing with you one of my SWEET home office updates. It’s a bulletin board/art board that I made from a frame with chicken wire that I…GET THIS… found for free on the side of the road! 🙂 Yes, that’s right! I found it, as-is on the side of the road! I hit those breaks and jumped out of my minivan faster than you can say, “dumpster dive!”
It was actually double the size, probably about 18 feet long, but one section of the frame was broken. So, I just had Dr. B get out the power tools and hack off one side. And that is literally all I did before hanging it on the wall! The white paint was already very weathered, which perfectly suits my style.
It is VERY heavy, though, so I had to secure it very well to the wall so it didn’t fall off and hit me in the head while I’m writing.
Then I bought some cute little mini clothes pins at Hancock Fabrics to use for fastening photos and things to the chicken wire. I added a few of my favorite photos, and it was complete!

I use this frame with chicken wire to display my favorite photos in my home office.

I absolutely love the finished product. This is totally my style- eclectic, vintage, farmhouse, shabby chic. 🙂

What do you guys think? Can you believe I found this for free on the side of the road?!

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Frugal Finds: Weekend Garage Sale Scores!

#Garage #sale #frugal #vintage #retro #antique
#Garage #sale #frugal #vintage #retro #antique
Frugal Finds: Weekend Garage Sale Scores!

Going to garage sales is a favorite weekend pastime for Dr. B and me. We love packing the kids up in the van, getting some good coffee, and heading out on a treasure hunt.

We’re always searching for antique vintage items that fit into my vintage home decor theme. My husband likes to find fishing gear, tools, and outdoor gear. We also are always on the hunt for baby gear bargains.
Some weekends we have very little luck, and some weekends we score so big it gives us a high that lasts all weekend. THIS would be one of those times!

We went to four sales, and found treasures at all but one of them.
Here’s what we found, for a total of just $25!! 🙂 Yay!!

6 antique Ball jars, some with original lids, and even an original seal. I have an ever-growing Ball jar collection, and the teal jars are my favorite. Some of these babies are worth a lot of money, but I’ve never paid more than a few bucks for any of mine. My dear husband spotted these, and scored them ALL for only $11 total. Way to go, Honey!! 🙂

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Antique Ball Jars.
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Antique vintage ball jar with original seal and lid.

4 antique cast iron skillets. If you are a foodie like me, then you know how awesome it is to cook on an old cast iron skillet. I’m always on the hunt for these, but I never buy them because they’re soooooo EXPENSIVE! Not today, my friends! We got all four of these small skillets for $2 each. They’re worth way, way more than that. And I can’t wait to make some Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies, or fry up some Breakfast Shipwrecks in these. 🙂

#vintage #antique #cast #iron #skillet
We were excited to score these vintage antique cast iron skillets for $2 each.

Antique porcelain kitchen strainer. $2. I am in love with all the items I found this weekend, but I think this MAY be my favorite. This strainer makes my heart beat fast. Lol. It fits so completely perfectly in my farmhouse chic, vintage kitchen. This sweet little 100 year old strainer was all sad and lonely sitting in a cardboard box in someone’s barn, just WAITING for me to find her, clean her up, and take her home with me to be loved again.

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Antique vintage porcelain strainer. Very farmhouse chic. 🙂
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Vintage antique porcelain strainer.

Antique mini Fire King baking dish with lid. This was only $1, and so worth the money. Not only is it cute, but it is very useful. I will be using it to make single serving portions of casseroles, etc, for my teenage son. He doesn’t like some of the things I put into my casseroles, like celery and large chunks of tomatoes and veggies. So, I will use this to make him his own portions sans the stuff he dislikes.

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Mini Fire King Baking Dish.

Nevco retro vintage metal bowl from South Africa. I’m a sucker for cool, pretty, unique bowls. This one fits the bill, and at only $1, how could I leave without it? This bowl is just lovely. I’ve never seen anything like it. The bright colors are so pretty. I don’t have a plan in mind for this bowl, but it was just too pretty to pass up (this is the borderline hoarder in me talking).

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Vintage Nevco bowl with lid, from South Africa.

Antique porcelain pitcher. I love this almost as much as the porcelain strainer. It was $2, and it has red in it, which is my main accent color. Unfortunately, it has some rust and a hole in the bottom, so it can’t actually be used as a pitcher anymore, but it will make an awesome planter! The hole makes for perfect drainage!

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Antique porcelain pitcher.


I love breathing new life into antiques. And I love the past that they’ve already lived. I love imagining all the hands that have touched them, and the clothes those people were wearing, and what foods they may have been cooking. And I love getting these items at bargain prices! I still can’t believe we only spent $25! I can’t wait until our next garage sale outing, but the bar has been set pretty high after this trip. 🙂
What are your favorite garage sale finds? Share with us!

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Farmhouse Chic Decor

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Farmhouse Chic Decor


Wire lamp

Inspire blue placemat
$23 –

Garden Trading kitchen dining
$25 –

Vintage home accessory

Handmade home decor

Clock alarm

Rod pocket curtain

Black and white home decor
$115 –

Black and white home decor
$115 –

Linea metal home decor
$20 –

Ethan Allen Chicken Yard
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Create Your Child’s Entertainment Library For FREE!

Goodwill VHS tapes free tv

Now that the little Pumpkin is almost 2 (Gasp! It’s going too fast!) he’s really starting to get more into kid’s cartoons and TV shows. I wanted to add a little TV to the playroom and start a kid’s DVD collection, but I also really did not want to drop several hundred dollars on a new flat screen, or a few hundred more on DVD’s. So, the frugal girl inside me got creative and went to work!

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