Casey recently disclosed her obsession with pillows. We support her, we love her, we accept her for who she is. Now it’s my turn…
My name is Bridget, and I am obsessed with estate sales. Like pull-this-car-over-I-don’t-care-if-you-have-to-change-4-lanes-make-a-U-turn-and-jump-the-median type of obsessed. I see that Estate Sale sign and immediately Matt knows that he has no prayer of getting out of a delayed detour.
Our most recent Estate Sale DIY was this gem…
…a $4 shutter board that I found rummaging through the garage of a darling little cape cod. She was mine, all mineeee.
I took her home and immediately cleaned her up! With a little soap and water, this shutter was ready for her makeover.
I propped her up on an old bucket and spray painted her pure white. The bucket allowed me to paint the sides of the shutter without it missing any spots or the shutter sticking to the drop cloth.
Two coats later, she was clean, shiny and finally taking shape for the holiday season!
Thanks to Matt’s suggestion, I sketched “tis the season” across the middle of the shutter. I then added some fabric glue on top of those pencil marks and eventually sprinkled glitter on top of that glue.
Now, she has a new home and a very important job. Our $4 project holds all of the holiday snail mail we receive. Because let’s be honest, ’tis the season of Christmas Cards, family photos, and festive holiday wishes from friends.
Matt was not sold on our $4 purchase when we left that little cape cod in August…but man, he is loving our new Christmas Hall-of-Holiday-Fame. I love that when guests come over, they are able to see all the JOY that our family & friends have shared with us this holiday season.
And as Christmas got closer and closer, the shutterboard starting looking like this….
Like many blog readers, we are big fans of Young House Love and Bower Power Blog. These women gave us the courage and inspiration to start our own blog…so they’re of course considered “Hall of Famers” in our book!
Anyways, these lovely ladies have a Pinterest Challenge going on and we decided this was a great opportunity to showcase one of our fav projects!
And photobooth prints and pictures of my favorite city.
Clothespins help hold everything in place. I even have a few fun clothespins with a geographical twist! It’s simply just a map mod podged right onto both sides of the pin.
I use this West Elm bowl to hold extra clothespins…just in case I want to change things up on a shutter.
I gotta say, I love any sort of Pinterest Challenge. I sometimes feel like Pinterest can be so incredibly overwhelming. Here we are pinning all of these fabulous pins…delicious recipes, gorgeous outfits, and of course DIY projects galore. Pinterest sometimes makes me feel like a big underachiever. But it’s time to stop pinning, and start doing!
So, I’m oh-so-happy to join the hosts of this Pinterest Challenge and actually re-create a “pinspiration.
I’ll be linking up to these 4 lovelies…so be sure to check out their blogs for all of the link-up action.
Everytime I go into our Habitat for Humanity Restore, I get weirdly excited over all of the old wooden doors, windows, and kitchen cabinets…with every item under $20. Then, I realize that I don’t actually own a house. Bummer.
Since there will be no loft renovations in our future (gotta keep the landlord happy), I opted out of browsing Habitat’s kitchen section, and instead headed towards the old doors and windows aisle.
I found these babies and they were only $5 for the duo.
They really were not in bad shape. All I did was unscrew the hardware, sand them down, and give them a nice bright shade of white spray paint!
They currently reside in our guest room. And hold all types of cards…
Oh you know, mementos near and dear to my heart. Like this classy “Awkward Family Photo” card.
Just keeping it real for our guests.
You can easily make your own!
These bad boys could add a nice pop of color to any kitchen (maybe in teal or red..swoon), and act as a little organization center for incoming mail.
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