Faux Zinc and Chalkboard File Cabinet – Lowe’s Creative Idea

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This summer I was out thrifting with a few friends for I Heart Thrifting Day. At the Goodwill I grabbed a metal chest that had extra wide and deep storage! That was about the only thing that it had going for it. The hot pink and mint green were disguising the true potential of the chest, but like a color-blind dog, I was able to see beyond its garish appearance.

And then the poor chest sat in our garage for months and months until I had a chance to work a little spray paint magic and turned it into….ta da: [Read more...]

15 of my Favorite Painting Tips, Tools and Paint

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I have painted almost every room in our home now. Make that almost every room in two homes! You could say that over the years I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade and have acquired quite a few painting tools. But, only a handful are my tried and true gear that get pulled out for every painting job.

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Asbestos Removal – Everything You Wanted to Know and More

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This is the post that I’ve been putting off writing. Why? I was still dealing with the shock of it all. The gist of it is, if you think your home is safe from asbestos, you could be dead wrong! I thought our home was in the asbestos-free time frame, but I was sorely mistaken.  

Background: What started as a small leak turned into a massive gut of our kitchen. The disaster restoration team came in and started assessing the damage. What happened next was a downward spiral of issues I pray never happens to you. The polybutylene pipe failure from two weeks ago turned into a full blown mold remediation (luckily it wasn’t black mold.) Shortly after removing the water soaked base cabinets in our kitchen, the project manager discovered old vinyl flooring under our newer vinyl flooring. He told me that they sent a sample to the lab for asbestos testing. I said, “Okay.” And dismissed it knowing that our house couldn’t possibly contain asbestos. The next morning I got a phone call, “The lab results came back and that old flooring tested positive for asbestos.”

What I learned over the next few days about asbestos both scared me and re-assured me. Now that our home is officially asbestos-free and we’ve finally moved back into the house, I’m emotionally ready to share with you what I learned. [Read more...]

A HUGE Thank You to All Our Giveaway Sponsors

In order to pull off THREE giveaways of this magnitude {I mean almost $15,000 of prizes doesn’t happen every day, right!?!?}, we teamed up with 16 amazing bloggers to knock your socks off and pull together the biggest giveaway in DIY blogger history. It was a lot of fun! 
Without further adieu, do you want to see the WINNERS!?!?

Make a Rustic Farm Crate Sign

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Last month, I was a little nervous to try a new power tool. I know…I know…shock and disbelief! But, y’all came to my rescue and helped share all your tutorials for using the Silhouette and other craft cutters. You really have to see all the wonderful projects that were linked up, like Atta Girl’s Tricycle Chair:

And Vintage Revival’s Wood Grain Lamp:

and I yelled “Stick a Fork in Me I’m Done Procrastinating!” when I laid eyes on All Things Thrifty’s Knife and Fork curtains:

After reading all your project tutorials, I was able to get a handle on my fear of the unknown and try out the Silhouette. [Read more...]

How to Make New Wood Look Old, Weathered and Rustic

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I have a confession to make. All the wood that you saw on my art studio wall is not exactly old and salvaged.

In order to have enough wood, I had to buy some new pine boards off the shelf at Lowe’s. I actually chose furring strip boards because they are already chewed up and imperfect.

But, I also grabbed a few other supplies: [Read more...]

HouseLogic Boost Your Roost Reveal Video

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It all started with an apple. That’s right, just an apple. The Smith family had an apple tree in their backyard. The apples were ripe for the picking, but Aaron Smith couldn’t get to the tree to harvest them. Aaron was paralyzed after an accident and uses a wheelchair. The Smith’s backyard was a dirt field without any hard scapes or walkways for Aaron to access the tree. [Read more...]

Shut the Front Door — To Keep it All In — Giveaway

Happy Wednesday, friends! What better way to celebrate Wednesday, than with an amazing array of prizes!! 16 blog friends have been working together to bring you, our readers, followers and friends a chance to win some fabulous prizes as a “thank you” for all of your support and encouragement.

Brooke from All Things Thrifty, Traci from Beneath my Heart, Emily from Decor Chick, Roeshel from DIY Show Off, Beth from Home Stories A to Z, Beckie from Infarrantly Creative, Melissa from The Inspired Room, Lindsay from Makely, Stacy from Not Just a Housewife, Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl, Cassity from Remodelaholic, Sandra from Sawdust and Paper Scraps, Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, Gina from Shabby Creek Cottage, Jen from Tatertots and Jello, and Mandi from Vintage Revivals.

(It’s still not too late to enter these separate giveaways if you haven’t already: “Everything AND the Kitchen Sink” giveaway or “The PIN-acle of DIY Goodness” giveaway – we don’t want you missing out on any chance to WIN!)

Today’s giveaway brings more FABULOUS prizes.

Grand Prize A: Value $1,600.00

A $100.00 gift card to Utah Truffles. MSRP: $100.00

$150 gift card to D.Lawless Hardware for kitchen cabinet knobs and pulls. MSRP: $150.00

$500 Gift Card to Kirkland’s. MSRP $500.00

$500 Gift Card to Payless Décor MSRP $500.00

$350 Gift Certificate to Red Letter Words. MSRP $350.00

 

Grand Prize B: Value $1469.98

$200 Gift Certificate to Leen The Graphics Queen MSRP $200.00

Two Black and Decker Platinum 20V Max* Lithium Ion Flex Vacuums {one for you and one for a friend}. MSRP: $149.99 each

$500 gift certifcate to Worth Home Products. MSRP $500

$220 gift certificate to LoveFeast Shop MSRP $220

$250.00 Paint Prize Package from Glidden. MSRP: $250.00

 

Grand Prize C: Value $1472.54

One Cordless Dremel tool from Dremel. MSRP: $139.99

One Countertop Transformation Kit from Rustoleum MSRP $250

A Mirror Mate kit MSRP: $250.00

One Moen Lindley Kitchen Faucet MSRP: $482.55

A $100 shopping spree to Royal Design Studio for stencils and supplies. MSRP: $100

Do we know how to go out with a bang or what?!

All you need to do to enter this giveaway is like the incredible sponsors’ Facebook pages:

 

 

 

And for an additional entry add us to your Google+ circles


…and then validate your entry by answering the question below {click “do it”}. In order to see the question, you need to click “+ do it.” I’ve had a few readers also say that you need to also click “log in to Facebook.” 


PLUS, you can get two optional entries by completing the two other tasks. Don’t forget to validate your entry in the Rafflecopter Widget.

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Also, Rafflecopter has had a few issues keeping up with the high demand of this giveaway  So, if you don’t see the widget below, come back later. Thank you for being patient!

(If you can’t see the Rafflecopter widget and the buttons to follow, you may need to click HERE to enter from my blog directly.)

{Alternate entry available by sending your entry e-mail to allthingsthriftyassistant@gmail.com}

*This giveaway is in no way affiliated, administered or endorsed by Facebook or Pinterest. Winner will be notified by email on 10/23/12 and will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Winner must be 18 years of age or older and a US citizen in order to win. Winners are responsible for paying any necessary taxes on winnings. Alternate entry email: allthingsthriftyassistant@gmail.com with entry information. All prizes will be mailed by the sponsor and all participating blog owners are not held responsible if the prize is not fulfilled. A list of winners may be requested after the giveaway has ended. Questions and additional information can be requested by emailing: allthingsthriftyassistant@gmail.com

~~~~~~~I’m sending y’all HUGE good luck vibes!!! ~~~~~~~

 

The Pin-acle of DIY Goodness Giveaway

Hi friends! Did you have fun with yesterday’s Everything AND the Kitchen Sink Giveaway

We sure did! In fact, we had so much fun that we decided that we just couldn’t stop there.

So today, this group of 16 DIY and home decor bloggers are back with a second amazing giveaway. This time, you’ll have a chance to win some jaw dropping DIY prize packages. You know you are just itching to get started on some new projects or {ahem} actually finish the ones that are already in progress. Are we right?

You already know the group of gals that are bringing you the chance to win the DIY goodies. But just in case you need a reminder, here they are:

Brooke from All Things Thrifty, Traci from Beneath my Heart, Emily from Decor Chick, Roeshel from DIY Show Off, Beth from Home Stories A to Z, Beckie from Infarrantly Creative, Melissa from The Inspired Room, Lindsay from Makely, Stacy from Not Just a Housewife, Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl, Cassity from Remodelaholic, Sandra from Sawdust and Paper Scraps, Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, Gina from Shabby Creek Cottage, Jen from Tatertots and Jello, and Mandi from Vintage Revivals.

 Ready to see the prize packages?
Okay then, let’s get started!

Grand Prize A:
$500 gift card to national off-price Home Fashions retailer HomeGoods! Click here to find your inspiration! MSRP: $500.00
Two Black and Decker Platinum 20V Max* Lithium Ion Flex Vacuums {one for you and one for a friend}. MSRP: $149.99 each
Mirror Mate kit MSRP: $250.00
A $500 Visa Gift Card and Frog Tape Gift Basket from Frog Tape. MSRP $550.00
Grand Prize B:
One 8×10 HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw area rug, Grandeur collection
- (this includes: Exotic Journey, Luna de Luna, Nirvana, Nomadic Elegance, Good Karma, A Stitch in Time and Zybra). MSRP: $1299.00
A $150 gift card to D.Lawless Hardware for kitchen cabinet knobs and pulls. MSRP: $150.00
One Cordless Dremel tool from Dremel. MSRP: $139.99
A $100.00 gift card to Utah Truffles. MSRP: $100.00
Grand Prize C:
1 custom stamp, 3 Peel & Stick packs, 2-color ink, 1 color ink and 3 boxes of note cards from PSA Essentials.  MSRP is $250.00
$1000.00 gift certificate to AZ Faux Beams. Good toward Old Timber or Sandblasted beams (can include shipping).
A $100 shopping spree to Royal Design Studio for stencils and supplies. MSRP: $100.00
One Silhouette CAMEO™ electronic cutting tool. MSRP: $269.99

How to enter, you ask?
You need to Follow all 16 bloggers on Pinterest…

{Yes, this means clicking over to Pinterest 16 times (Pinterest doesn’t make it easy), but aren’t all those prizes worth it?!}


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…and then validate your entry
by answering the question below {click “do it”}. 
In order to see the question, you need to click “do it.”

PLUS, you can get two optional entries by completing the two other tasks. Don’t forget to validate your entry in the Rafflecopter Widget. 

Finally, Rafflecopter has had a few issues keeping up with the high demand of this giveaway  So, if you don’t see the widget below, come back later. Thank you for being patient!{Not a Pinterest user? Manual entry available by sending your entry e-mail to allthingsthriftyassistant@gmail.com}

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(If you are having trouble seeing the Pinterest Follow  buttons or the Rafflecopter window, please try viewing this giveaway at THIS LINK.)

*This giveaway is in no way affiliated, administered or endorsed by Facebook or Pinterest. Winner will be notified by email on 10/23/12 and will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Winner must be 18 years of age or older and a US citizen in order to win. Winners are responsible for paying any necessary taxes on winnings. Manual entry email: allthingsthriftyassistant@gmail.com with entry information. All prizes will be mailed by the sponsor and all participating blog owners are not held responsible if the prize is not fulfilled. A list of winners may be requested after the giveaway has ended. Questions and additional information can be requested by emailing: allthingsthriftyassistant@gmail.com

Everything AND the Kitchen Sink Giveaway

Attention: Apparently Y’all REALLY want to win these prizes. Rafflecopter is having trouble keeping up. If you can’t enter, try again a little later. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Good Morning!!! Get excited! Today is a good day. We are teaming up as 16 blog owners to bring you the most exciting giveaway that we’ve ever seen. We have worked hard to put together INCREDIBLE prize packages and the best part is that the fun has just begun! Today our first giveaway will begin, and tomorrow there will be a NEW ONE! Then, if that’s not enough we will have ANOTHER one on Wednesday. Yep, three days of giveaways with fun prizes just for YOU.

If you don’t recognize the bloggers to your left (I’m sure you already know most of them), here is a list starting from the top left:

Brooke from All Things Thrifty, Traci from Beneath my Heart, Emily from Decor Chick, Roeshel from DIY Show off, Beth from Home Stories A to Z, Beckie from Infarrantly Creative, Melissa from The Inspired Room, Lindsay from Makely, Stacy from Not Just a Housewife, Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl, Cassity from Remodelaholic, Sandra from Sawdust and Paper Scraps, Rhoda from Southern Hospitality, Gina from Shabby Creek Cottage, Jen from Tatertots and Jello, and Mandi from Vintage Revivals.

Let’s get to it! Want to see the prizes? Of course you do!


Grand Prize A: 

One Moen Lindley Kitchen Faucet MSRP: $482.55

$150 gift card to D.Lawless Hardware for kitchen cabinet knobs and pulls. MSRP: $150.00

Mirror Mate kit MSRP: $250.00

One under-mount sink with install from Karran MSRP: $750.00

Grand Prize A Total MSRP: $1632.55

 

Grand Prize B:

A $500.00 gift card to IKEA. MSRP: $500.00

A $250.00 Paint Prize Package from Glidden. MSRP: $250.00

Two Black and Decker Platinum 20V Max* Lithium Ion Flex Vacuums {one for you and one for a friend}. MSRP: 149.99 each

One Silhouette CAMEO™ electronic cutting tool. MSRP: $269.99

A $100 shopping spree to Royal Design Studio for stencils and supplies. MSRP: $100
- You may remember when I used Royal Design  Studio to stencil my door mat:

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Grand Prize B Total MSRP: $1419.97

 

Grand Prize C:

One Cordless Dremel tool from Dremel. MSRP: $139.99

One Dream Chair Swivel Chaise Lounge from RST Outdoor. MSRP: $499.00

A $100.00 gift card to Utah Truffles. MSRP: $100.00

A $500.00 Visa gift card from Homes.com. MSRP: $500.00

One Flow Wall Garage and Hardware Storage System. MSRP: $499.00
- You may remember the Flow Wall storage system I used in my laundry room:

Flow Wall Laundry Room Storage Wall

Grand Prize C Total MSRP: $1737.99

How do I enter you ask?
Simply “Like” all 16 Facebook pages below:

 

 

And then answer the question below to enter officially: {your entry automatically enters you into all three prizes}


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(If you are having trouble seeing the Facebook Like buttons or the Rafflecopter window, please try viewing this giveaway at THIS LINK.)

*This giveaway is in no way affiliated, administered or endorsed by Facebook. Winner will be notified by email on 10/22/12 and will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. Winner must be 18 years of age or older and a US citizen in order to win. Winners are responsible for paying any necessary taxes on winnings. Alternate entry email: allthingsthriftyassistant@gmail.com with entry information. All prizes will be mailed by the sponsor and all participating blog owners are not held responsible if the prize is not fulfilled. A list of winners may be requested after the giveaway has ended. Questions and additional information can be requested by emailing: allthingsthriftyassistant@gmail.com

I’m Going to Rock Your World (While Mine is Upended)

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Thank you all for your comments about my post on polybutylene pipes. Since that post my life has been squished into a duffle bag and rolled down a big hill. I'm not sure whether we are coming or going. On Wednesday night we all slept in the house, but we were getting headaches (either from the mold or the gigantic HEPA filters running full blast all over our house. It must be what it's like to live in the turbine engine of a plane. “WHAT DID YOU SAY?”)

By Thursday morning we were anxious to get the mold remediation on it's way. But, then we got some bad news. Under our linoleum kitchen floor was another layer of vinyl flooring…a suspiciously older layer of flooring. The disaster team had to send a sample to the lab for asbestos. I seriously never would have thought it would come back positive, but guess what?! …it did. :-(

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At that point we packed all our bags and got the heck of out the house. Lucky for us, we have family that lives close by, so we're hunkering down with the in laws. (I don't know what we'd do without them.) I'm a little concerned about how long we'll be staying here. My mother-in-law better be prepared for when I get stir crazy and start going a little “pretty handy girl” on her home ;-D.

In the midst of our adventures living out of suitcases, the Southern Bloggers Conference started here in Raleigh. I don't think the timing could have been more perfect to help take my mind off of this musty mess. I've been enjoying being surrounded by other creative bloggers. I have more pictures, but can't download them off my camera until I can get a little time back home.

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Rhoda from Southern Hospitality Blog

AND NOW….I've been dying to Rock Your World!!!!! A bunch of my DIY friends and I decided we wanted to put together a HUGE giveaway! One that will truly rock your socks off. Get ready for three days of amazing prizes! Each day will have almost $5K worth of goodies from our favorite companies.

Are you ready? Limber up your mouse and your index finger….because you are going to want to enter to win every single day!!!

Coming up on Monday:

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Seriously, we tried to fill everything plus a kitchen sink into this giveaway!

Followed by:

The Pin-acle of all Giveaways

And Finally:

Shut the Front Door {To Keep the Goodness In} Giveaway

 

I'm really excited and truly hope that you win! So be sure to be here Monday morning when I can reveal all the prizes!

 

Water Leaks, Polybutylene Pipes, and Mold – What to Do

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Photo courtesy of Grotuk via Creative Commons

Today’s regularly scheduled post has been interrupted by a leak in our laundry room.

I hope my misfortune is your gain. These are the things I’ve learned about burst pipes, polybutylene pipes and mold. If you are a homeowner, soon-to-be a homeowner or even if you rent, this post is for you! [Read more...]

5 Minute Light Upgrade – Converting a Recessed Light to a Pendant

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This post really should be titled: How to convert a can light in 5 minutes or less (if you aren’t shooting tutorial photos every 30 seconds), and why did it take me 6 months to do this?! But, that would be a looooonnggggg title. I’ll spare you the extra word count and just get right down to it.

Do you have can (or recessed) lights in your ceiling? Do you have enough to have a full line up of gals doing the can can?

Yup, that’s what we have, a full half dozen cans in the bonus room ceiling. I decided to break up the monotony with a little lighting rebel: meet my new bronze sphere cage pendant light. [Read more...]

How to Install a Scrap Wood Wall

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I’m so thrilled to be healthy again, that I’m doing a happy dance (see the video below if you want to witness it.) The pneumonia is gone and my boys are back in school. Can I get a “Woot Woot!”?

The bonus room/art studio renovation is rockin’ and rollin’ again and I have some progress to show you: [Read more...]

Baseboard Trim – How to Remove and How to Install

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I’m back to work on the bonus room makeover, and I couldn’t be happier with the results of the project.

I had to prep the back wall for a little something special. And it required removing the baseboards. I saved them to re-install afterwards. [Read more...]

How to Seal and Protect Your Deck

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One of the home improvement projects that has consistently been at the bottom of my “to do list” was re-sealing the porch floor. And it would have stayed there if I hadn’t noticed this: [Read more...]