Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Blackberries and Craigslist

I have an unhealthy relationship with Craigslist.
Not only do I have the app on my phone (which is quite dangerous), when my husband travels out of town I tend to spend hours in my bed late at night, scouring the sight for good deals.  Consider it garage-sale-ing from the comfort of your own comfy covers.

Last week I found this cute dresser for $30.

Here's another part of my ridiculousness.  Instead of wisely buying items that have a purpose and plan in my home, I often get overwhelmed by the "cute" factor first.  Then, if it happens to be a good deal, fuh-getta-bout-it.
I'm a goner.

I follow several blogs but two of which I really enjoy gave me some inspiration.  Again, I didn't want to be a total copy cat, but just an idea follower.  (Is there a difference or am I full of it?) Nevermind.  Don't answer that. has the cutest stuff.
I loved this:

And I believe she got her inspiration from,
Another A-DOR-A-BLE blog:

I had to use what Chalk Paint I had on hand, since the stuff is as expensive as liquid gold. (My birthday is in August.  I shall be asking for more colors then, hint, hint to family...)

I used AS Old White on the outside with clear wax.  

On the drawers, I used one of my newest favorite colors, AS "Coco".

For the top I used three coats of Minwax Dark Walnut.

A trip to Lowe's later, I had my knobs.  I really adored the fancy $3.97 crystal ones, but since I needed to buy 14 of them, I was a cheapie and went with the 97 cent ones.  Thrifters can't be choosers...

In other randomness, I broke out my "light up" flowers I bought at Homegoods a long time ago.  Caleb might have commented that they made me look like a grandma.  But I went with the decorating philosophy "If I like it, that's all that matters" so I put them up today.  

And you don't think I bought just one thing that evening on Craigslist did you?
Of course not!

This morning the girls and I went to our friend's house to pick their blackberries while they are on vacation.  I know what you must be thinking. What generous friends we are.  Tee hee hee.

Well, I had to pick up the $70 table and benches I found and decided to schedule the "pickup" on our way over to get the blackberries.

Other than being highly impulsive and having the tendency to believe anything "will fit in the back of the minivan"...well, let's just say it was an adventure and not one of my  most stellar moments in parenting.

Because we had to fit THIS in the back of the Honda Odyssey.
WITH myself, a 9 year old, and a 4-nearly-5 year old.
Minus the cat.
He just sat on there for the picture when we got home.

It was so ugly.
Evie immediately started crying when I wedged her in the back between all of the mess.

So like any good mother, I whipped in to Quick Trip (the fancy smancy gas stations in the midwest) and bought the girls hot dogs and slushes to get them to stop complaining and thinking about their cramped conditions.

I can't wait to decide what to do with this!
And when I got home I realized the benches even open up for storage.
Ta daa!

Fortunately by the time we got to my friend's house,
the carbs and sugar kicked in for lots of blackberry-picking-energy.

 Grace and Evie are such good sports.
I promised them I would never make them do a Craigslist "pickup" with me again.  I have a much better chance of keeping that promise if I delete that darn app from my phone.

This week I'm linking up with:

1 comment:

  1. WOW!!! I really am flattered that you thought enough of my dresser to do your own amazing version. Thank you! From one fellow Craigslist addict to another I feel you! I never, ever go alone to do a pick up though. You never know who you might meet :-)

    Thank you again and I'm now your newest follower!!



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