Thrifted Frame + DIY Tutorial…

I have several obsessions.

  • Wooden Frames
  • Wooden Animals
  • White ceramic anything
  • Milk glass
  • Mason Jars
  • Thrifting
  • DIY/Crafts
  • Antique glazing
  • Clearance Oops paint

It is no secret that I love to thrift.  I even have a Facebook album dedicated to my unique and fun finds.  I attempt to be a DIY maven.  I see these couples and women on Pinterest doing some amazing work.  I long to be just.like.them.

I can transform a wooden picture frame like nobody’s business but building a fireplace surround or a chalkboard key organizer.  That is a different story.

I long for the days of a house.  The ability to have a workshop with actual tools.  The ability to plants flower … in the ground and not just in containers.  The ability to decorate a porch or a front yard for the holidays.  The ability to grow a full garden … not just in containers.  The ability to raise chickens.

I might have daydreamed a little too far. 😉  You get the picture … I kind of want a house so I can have dedicated work stations and a garden. 🙂 Chickens or not.

Since I don’t have the space for many tools, I don’t tackle large DIY projects.  I stick with easy ones — like painting a wooden frame.

Goodwill Thrifted Frames

I couldn’t pass these up!

Goodwill Thrifted Frame

I saw this bad boy at Goodwill a few weeks ago.  Raymond rolled his eyes and said, “Another one?”  Yep!  Another wooden picture frame my good fella. 😉

I loved the detailing on the corners.  I did not love the color.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it but proceeded to sand and prime as if I had an end result in mind.

Goodwill Thrifted Picture Frame - Sanding

Goodwill Thrifted Frame - Priming

Don’t you love my antique bedsheet? 😉

 

Behr Clearance Oops Paint

I wanted a lighter shade of blue so I mixed it with white acrylic paint

 

Behr Oops Paint Blue

 

Goodwill Thrifted Frame - Painting

 

Prior to the glazing

Prior to the glazing

Goodwill Thrifted Frame Complete

 

I have wanted to frame this since the day I brought it home … 5-ish years ago.  This was a happy accident.  Happy that it fit.  Happy that the colors matches the Alpha Delta Pi crest. I cannot wait to add it to my Art Gallery Wall in my office! 🙂  

 

DIY Goodwill Thrifted Picture Frame Tutorial

  • Remove the backing and glass
  • Clean the glass with windex.
    • I sometimes use alcohol to get off all the “junk”
  • Sand the frame
    • I prefer a sanding block over sand paper
    • 150 medium grit is my preference
  • Using a washcloth, wipe down the frame
  • Prime the frame
    • Spray primer is easiest
    • I use Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2X Coverage Primer
    • It rocks!
  • After the primer is dry, Paint the frame
    • Any paint will do. Acrylic. Indoor.  Spray.
    • I’m slightly obsessed with the Clearance Oops Paint from Lowe’s & Home Depot — the color selection is varied
    • Both sell miniature containers of paint that customers have returned for a deep discount.
    • I used my $0.50 Oops paint from Home Depot and some white acrylic paint
    • Use a paint brush to cover the frame.
  • Repeat with a second coat is desired
  • If you are going for a more aged look, then I recommend lightly sanding in between coats
  • I also sand before and after glazing
  • Antique or age the frame with glaze
    • I’m also obsessed with antique glazing
    • I use Martha Stewart Living Metallic Glaze in Black Coffee (Home Depot)
    • Wipe glaze on with damp washcloth
    • Let is dry for 10-15 minutes
    • Wipe off with dry washcloth
    • If there is more glaze in one area that you want, then wet the washcloth and rub it over the glaze
    • Glazing really is SO simple!
  • Let it dry.  Add picture and backing and voila!

What have you thrifted and given new life to recently?

Until next time…

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Goodwill & a Giveaway…

Goodwill LogoHappy Holidays to YOU! 🙂  I’m hosting a giveaway — my first ever. 🙂  Be sure to participate — you could win a present for yourself.  $50 Goodwill Gift Card! 🙂

I cannot say enough good things about Goodwill.  I’m hooked on shopping.  I’m hooked on donating.  I’m hooked on them. 😉

Why I Donate

I donate because it is easy.  There are so many stores sprinkled all through the area which makes donating a breeze.  When I leave a client’s home with a car full of donations I can easily swing by a store to drop them off.  There seems to be a store located in every major part of the county.  Gotta love that!

And those electronics?  Safely donate to Goodwill — all of them!  They will resell what they can (cords, monitors, speakers), donate what they can’t (non-working printer).  They also crush every hard drive for you if donating a laptop or computer!

I donate because it helps support a great charity and cause.  When you are deciding what to do with all that “stuff” you no longer want or need, consider donating.  Donating is easier than holding on to it — easier than making plans to give it to a friend or relative — easier than trying to sell every piece.  Make it easier on yourself by donating knowing that your donations are helping this charity in all they do.  And that is?  Helping individuals get back on their feet with job training and support. 🙂

Why I Shop

I shop because you never know what you might find.  I have been donating to Goodwill for years.  However, I just recently stepped into a store to shop a few months ago.  I am hooked.  I visit different Goodwill stores about three times a week.

Brands I have found:  Brooks Brothers, Ralph by Ralph Lauren, Citizens of Humanity, JBrand Jeans, 7 for All Mankind.  I love looking put together without the pain of spending a lot of money. 😉

I shop because I can decorate my apartment on a shoestring budget but still have it look fabulous.  We decorated for fall using several Goodwill finds.  Candle holders.  Pie plates.  Pictures.  Frames.  You do have to think out of the box, but you can find some amazing deals!  How about my crystal sleigh for $1.99?! 🙂

I shop because I love the thrill of the hunt.  There is nothing more exciting than a great find at a great price!  Okay maybe there are things more exciting, but on a day-to-day basis, this works for me. 🙂  I love walking into a store and not knowing what I might come home with! 🙂

Do you love Goodwill as much as I do? 🙂

Giveaway: $50 Goodwill gift card to one lucky Pure & Simple reader!

Goodwill’s Goal: Help our friends and supporters understand that their donations really do make a difference.

Rules:

1. “Like” Pure & Simple Organizing and Goodwill on Facebook. (For you Pinterest lovers, PNS and Goodwill are both there, too!). *Bonus entry: Follow on both Facebook & Pinterest!

2. Check out the WOWGoodwill.com blog and leave a comment on this post telling us what you plan to donate this season. *Bonus entry: Share a photo of your donation with us on Facebook!

3. Giveaway is open until midnight EST on Wednesday, December 19. One entry per person. U.S. residents only.

4.  Leave comments below letting us know you are entering! 🙂

Winners will be chosen at random using Random.org.

Winners must respond within 72 hours of notification.

Good luck! 🙂

Until next time…

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{Goodwill} Donate For Good Electronics Drive…

Tomorrow is a great day!  A great day to donate your unused electronics.

  • What is accepted?
    • Cords
    • Power supplies
    • Laptops
    • Computer monitors
    • Keyboards
    • Computer mouse
    • Hard drives
    • Computer towers
    • Printers
    • Fax machines
    • Gaming stations

Anything electronic that you no longer want!  Drop by Park Rd Shopping Center tomorrow (Saturday, November 3rd) to donate your items and help out Goodwill & Keep NC Beautiful! 🙂

9am-12noon

For more deets:  http://goodwillsp.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/donate-for-good/

How Do You Decorate for Fall?

Fall is my favorite season.  It marks the end of summer (thank goodness – too hot) and the start of something new (love the change).  Everything pumpkin makes it way onto store shelves.  Trader Joes Pumpkin Spice Coffee anyone?

This year Raymond and I really wanted to decorate for the fall season.  With me being in a new space, I was excited to have a mantle to decorate.  My old apartment didn’t have a lot of structure.  Thanks to Pinterest for inspiring some of the decor, and thanks to Jessica Barringer and Cheryl Luckett for inspiring me to try new things in the “decor” department. 🙂

And … a lot of this stuff came from Goodwill. 😉

Our mantel:

Fall Mantle

Starting from the left:

  • Ivy Plants – Garden Ridge
    • Everyday decor
  • Scarecrow girl – from Raymond’s Grandmaw 🙂
  • Wheat Grass – Home Goods ($15)
  • Be Thankful Burlap Wine Cover – Michaels ($3)
    • Trader Joes Cab inside ($3)
  • Candle
    • Inspired by this post 
    • The candle, candle stick holder came from Dollar Tree ($2)
    • Already owned the larger cylinder vase
    • Dried popcorn – Harris Teeter ($1.50)
  • Black candlestick – Goodwill ($1)
  • Pumpkin – Harris Teeter ($.50)
  • Frame with leaves
  • Lantern – HomeGoods ($18)
  • Golf picture – I plan to replace this with a mirror for next year. 😉

Little extras:

Entertainment Center Decor

I won’t give the full breakdown of this project, but let me point out:

  • Goodwill
    • Silver candle holder ($1)
    • White mini urn ($1)

The jack-o-lantern was inspired by this post.  I plan to add moss to the belly of the mouth … whenever I get back over to Michaels. *sigh* 

Pumpkin Pie Plate (Goodwill – $4)
Reminds me of the one Raymond’s Grandmaw used. 🙂

Everything I love about my favorite season (TJ Maxx – $15)

DIY projects that have yet to be completed. Now they are being used as patio decor. 😛

So — how do you decorate for fall? 🙂

If you liked today’s post, then I would love to hear from you.  Feel free to leave a comment below.

Until next time…

{Guest Post} Why Donating to Goodwill is a Good Thing…

Check out my guest post over at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont’s blog! 🙂

Here is a little teaser:

Wake up call #1:  We all have a little too much “stuff” lingering in our lives.

Wake up call #2:  Just because you paid $100 for that lamp doesn’t mean you should keep it … Especially since you don’t even like it.

Wake up call #3:  Recouping your “investment” in anything is highly unlikely unless it is uber-name brand!

Wake up call #4:  It is much easier to donate than sell.

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Check it out! 🙂

Until next time…

Goodwill Cornerstone Celebration…

Things have really picked up around here. 🙂 All good things of course.

I was recently asked by Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont to become their “Professional Organizer Expert Blogger”. Me?! 🙂 Of course I said yes!

Goodwill Blog

I was then invited to the Goodwill Cornerstone Celebration luncheon held downtown a few weeks ago.  What an event!  700+ attendees — inspiring and amazing stories — not to mention a great learning opportunity for me.  I thought Goodwill was the place where you drop off unwanted items.  There is so much more to this amazing company!  I left in awe and inspired.  🙂

For instance:  Did you know that $0.90 of every $1 spent at Goodwill stores is funneled into the programs that help thousands in our community each year?  🙂 Wow!  I didn’t know that!

Tomorrow I will be touring the Goodwill offices and Career Development Center.  I am so excited to learn more about what Goodwill is all about! 🙂  Stay tuned!

Until next time…