#ThriftyThursday- My attempt at an end table DIY project

When I first moved out of my giant 5 person college house into my tiny 1 bedroom apartment, I came to the realization that I actually didn’t own any furniture. Everything in our house at college was my housemates. Most of my existing furniture was old hand-me-downs; my sister gave me her old coffee table, my parents upgraded their couch and gave me theirs, my dresser came from my grandparents house. Since I had such a mish-mosh of old furniture that I really liked, I didn’t want to go out and spend a bunch of money on furniture that I would have to try and match to my existing pieces. Since it was September when I first moved in, I frequented garage sales and kept my eyes open for curbside finds.

My two “thriftiest” pieces were a plant stand/small end table I found at a local Salvation Army for a few bucks while dropping off some old clothing, and a nightstand that my older sister gave me when she moved. Both pieces were in pretty rough shape, but I liked their shape so I decided to give them an upgrade. The night stand had a chipped off high-gloss black paint, and the end table was white with hand painted christmas trees on it. I took a sunny day and decided to make these babies like new.

The first thing I did was make a stop at Lowes. I picked up a plastic drop cloth, a cheap paint brush, a bottle of spray primer like this, and a quart of paint like this. I picked out a vibrant raspberry color since my living room was mostly muted colors I wanted to make them “pop”. So I went home and set up camp in an empty parking space in my apartment complex parking lot and got to work. I sprayed both pieces down with the primer twice and let them dry for an hour or two. Then I painted both tables with about 3 or 4 coats of paint before I got the deep color I was looking for and I could hide the nicks and imperfections.

When I was just about done, one of the ladies from the “holistic healing” center next to my apartment came up to me and was complimenting my work. At that point I really wondered why the hell did I paint these things bright magenta. But once I brought them upstairs and saw them next to my deep green couch, I loved the way they came out!

Overall, I probably spent about $20 and a Saturday afternoon on the whole project. The best part about revamping old furniture like this is that I know that I can always paint over it with a neutral color if I get sick of it, and if I find something that I like better, or just want to get rid of them and upgrade when I move, I won’t feel like I am throwing away money.

Have you worked on any thrifty DIY projects lately?

Yours Truly- M

Thinkin’ About the New Year

Happy New Years Eve!

Now that the 31st is upon me, I decided to write a list of goals that I would like to accomplish for the year 2015. I do not take myself very seriously so some are silly, some will take work to accomplish, and some are actions that I hope to take much past this next year.

  1. Make my butt a BOOTY

In 2014 I took working out more seriously, but seemed to falter out after the fall subsided and winter moved in. I love yoga and continue to practice that daily, and have recently taken up spin classes at a local studio. But, for 2015, my goal is the booty. I have carefully chosen some intense workouts and exercises that will help me add a little more cushion. Burpees, squats, lunges, and more traditionally, walking up the five flights of stairs to get to my office.

  1. Meditate daily

Recently, M talked to me about meditation, and from her recommendation I have tried to tune myself out for at least a half an hour a day to help relieve stress. Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health.

  1. Read more than 15 books

I absolutely love to read. I am usually drawn to fiction, and my favorite author that I read in 2014 was Gillian Flynn. I read all three of her books, Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, and Dark Places. I really enjoy novels with strong female characters, and my kindle is full of such books. I hope to reach 20 books in 2015.

  1. Learn a new hobby

I find myself to be a creative person, but I have not really found any hobbies that suit me other than reading. I hope to find a different outlet, (maybe writing!)

  1. Worry less

No real explanation necessary. I constantly say the phrase ‘no worries.’ I picked up the saying a few years back and it stuck. If someone bumps you, no worries! If someone makes a mistake, no worries! It makes me feel like I put less pressure on myself and others that are just living and learning. No one is perfect, and no one should be worried all the time.

  1. Tell my friends and family how much I care for them more often

This goal is incredibly important to me as I have some of the most amazing friends a girl could ask for. I feel its important to let people know that you care for them and why. It doesn’t have to be full on sappy, but people really resonate with feelings of gratitude. I am incredibly thankful for my friends who more accurately could be described as family. Family is forever, so let people know that you love them! Be humble and appreciate the people who make your life better.

  1. Break in my new converse that are currently too tight

I got some really awesome converse sneakers for Christmas and they are a tad too tight. I usually prefer to wear converse with no socks during the spring/summer, so this winter it’s time to break these baby’s in! Fashionable sneakers were big in 2014, and I see no signs of that trend slowing down. So be comfy and make those sneaks a fashion piece!

  1. Visit 5 new places

Traveling is a first love, and living in Central New York a new destination is just a drive away. I hope to hike the Adirondacks, explore the lakes, and feast my eyes on some beautiful upstate scenery!

  1. Be a great friend

Similar to #6, I want to be there for the people I love. A friend isn’t always traditional, but I take great pride in being a good friend. Compassion can go a long way. Even just a small sticky note on a desk, or a nice text.

  1. Offer kindness first and always

Kindness is the key to relationships. Not just romantic, ALL relationships. Listen, be patient, be interested, and offer support. Kindness first and always.

  1. Set up a Galentine’s Day Celebration

What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year! Every February 13th, we celebrate lady friends! The premise is from my favorite television show Parks and Recreation. The main character Leslie Knope, puts together a breakfast for her gals to celebrate each other. I wanted to enact the same type of celebration with my ladies, the day before valentines day, minus the boyfriends and husbands!

  1. Be more organized

My mind tends to wander when I am unorganized. I am dedicating this year to learning more organization techniques and making my time at work and at home more efficient.

Cheers to the New Year!

-A