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Thursday, October 2, 2014

DIY Knockoff Card Catalog: Knockoff Tour #2

I love high end decor, don't you? 
Too bad I'm too cheap frugal to pay the high prices.

I have four kids and with that comes a lot of expenses that usually suck our funds right out of the budget leaving little for home decor.   Hence the reason I love anything and everything Knockoff.  With a little bit of creativity you can just about imitate anything.

That's why I love this series and this group of girls really challenge me to really push my DIY and decor boundaries. 

Lately I have been obsessing over the card catalogs that I have seen everywhere but have you seen how much they cost?  Wow!   I don't think so!  

So with this month's blogger Knockoff Tour in full swing I challenged myself to make my own. 

I headed to my favorite thrift store and found this guy for $30.00.  
I think it will work! 

I studied up on a few other blogger tutorials because this genius idea has been executed before.  Only I had to tweak a few things to make my version work.  

I have so many pictures of the process that I think I will prepare another tutorial post in the future so stay tuned.   But until then - here is a very brief idea of how I did it...

I measured the original cabinet and mocked up a drawing of the card catalog.   I cut up 42 equal sized paper sheets and laid them out over the cabinet just to get a visual.  It may seem like a waste of time but it was extremely helpful to see how it all fit together without cutting and ruining wood pieces.  I then cut and stained the wood pieces and glued them to the front of the cabinet doors. 

Here is my visual inspiration found over at Dishfunctional Designs.  My heart beats super fast whenever I see this picture!
I love love love it and had to try my hardest to replicate it! 

And for about $60 here's mine... 

Annie Sloan Old White
Minwax English Chestnut Stain
Minwax satin Polyurethane

(Please note that Poly over Old White tends to yellow/age the paint but in this case that's what I intended.)  

I wanted it to be a bit worn looking and didn't even measure to attach the hardware.  I'm hoping it looks like we have had it for ages, imperfections and all.
Man it was hard to photograph this piece, the pics just do not do it justice!
It's beautiful!

It's located in our front entry so it serves double duty with a little secret. 
We store castoff shoes and backpacks in there. 

Well there you have it! 
I have a feeling I am going to hold on to this piece for quite awhile.
How did I do?

Did you see our previous KnockOff Tour?  You can see it HERE!
Now let's see what my other blogger friends have been up to, they always seem to amaze me! 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Easy Chalkboard Hand Lettering Tutorial

A few folks have asked how I wrote out the lettering for my Happy Fall Y'all Chalkboard. 
It was freehanded - well sortof :)
It was easy and I will show you how I did it!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all: Butterscotch Bench

Happy Fall Y'all! 

It's finally here and I welcome it with open arms! 

I love fall, don't you?

Well have a seat and get comfortable because I have a treat for you today:

Monday, September 22, 2014

DejaVu: Another Headboard Bench in Blue (and Theo)

I know, I know I just posted a blue headboard bench last week but I think I am now in the bench business. 

It's a good thing.

Another good thing is our new friend FooFoo! 
I call him FooFoo but his real name is Theodore and the kids call him Theo.  

Long story short,

Monday, September 15, 2014


I'm a little excited!
Three years ago today, September 15th was my  first official blog post at Curb Alert!  
My little blog baby was born.  

Wow!  Life has changed so much

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to School: Little Red School Desk

What?  Summer's over?!?  I sure have enjoyed soaking up the last few weeks of summer with my kiddos before speaking the dreaded three words:


Dreaded time for the kids but for me it's finally a much needed deep breath from entertaining four various aged children all summer.   A fun break for me means painting furniture so I am once again very excited to participate in

Thursday, August 7, 2014

DIY: Outdoor Pallet Table

Last week I needed a little bit of "Tami" time.  So I decided to make a little something for me: 

DIY:  Outdoor Pallet Patio Table via Curb Alert! Blog

I had two pallets on hand from some of my "How to Score Free Pallets" stash.   These were actually the only two that were close in size so that's how I chose them.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My New Sewing Desk in Aubusson Blue

I like pretty things, don't you?

Sewing Desk in Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue via Curb Alert!

This little Sewing Desk is my newest pretty furniture makeover and I couldn't be more pleased with it! 

Less than a week ago that I found this little beauty

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