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My Frugal Finds Continued…

Posted: April 23rd, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions |

As I mentioned in my last post, Wendy from The Shabby Nest is hosting a Frugal Friday Link Party today and although my favorite frugal find was copying numbered chairs from Wendy, I have a couple other inspirational finds from fellow bloggers that I would love to share today…

Thrifty Decor Chick’s inspiration from Ballard Designs:


So she glued twine to some jars:


 I wrapped an old vase with twine I found from the dollar section at Target:


and loaded some flowers in the vase for a spring look.



Just last week, I read a post from Casa Petrie’s about decorating wooden clothes pins with ribbon.


So it got me thinking about making bookmarks for my boys’ journals just using some extra ribbon and a couple clothes pins. 




Kari and Kijsa have also inspired me a while ago with their butler’s pantry makeover: They took this: 


and with a little hard work and paint turned it into this:


So I was up for the challenge and although I just had a pantry - no butler here - I gave it the good ‘ol effort with a little sweat and some paint and turned this:


into a much prettier area:


But I wasn’t done because I wanted the bottom trays to be covered…but again I was too lazy to leave the house and didn’t want to spend any money. 


So Nester would be proud of the mistreatment at the bottom that was created using extra pieces of fabric from other projects, a piece of ribbon to cover the overlap, a couple tacks and a hot glue gun. This project had me searching around the house for some extra storage but cost zero dollars!

Thank you to all the ladies who have inspired me with their creativity and frugality. Now onto find more inspiration from Wendy’s Frugal Friday Link Party

♥ Katie

20 Comments on “My Frugal Finds Continued…”

  1. 1 Wendy @ the Shabby Nest said at 8:32 pm on April 23rd, 2009:

    So glad you linked up! Thanks for sharing these ideas!

  2. 2 Wendy@the Shabby Nest said at 8:34 pm on April 23rd, 2009:

    Hey, just looked at the numbered chair post…I adore the script numbers. I’m going to have to “Borrow” that idea!!!

  3. 3 Fresh Poppy Quilting Sisters said at 8:42 pm on April 23rd, 2009:

    Great ideas, love them. The pantry looks great!

  4. 4 Mrs. Petrie said at 9:31 pm on April 23rd, 2009:

    I almost died when I saw my little clothespins! I’m so glad you got some inspiration from them. I hadn’t thought about them as bookmarks… :)

  5. 5 Kris said at 3:54 am on April 24th, 2009:

    Love all your frugal ideas. The pantry redo and the twine bottles are my favorites, but then again the clothespins are way too cute.

    Have a happy day


  6. 6 Adrienne said at 4:39 am on April 24th, 2009:

    The vase is my favorite… you did a great job on it. Thanks for sharing it all.

  7. 7 Misti of Studio M Designs said at 4:40 am on April 24th, 2009:

    I love, love, love your ideas! The fabrics in the pantry are so pretty, love the way you used both fabrics and the upholstery tacks! I’m thinking I have lots of glass bottles around here and a little twine in the basement “store”. No tellin’ what I might find down there…


  8. 8 The Masked Mommy said at 4:52 am on April 24th, 2009:

    Paint really is the BEST frugal decorating idea ;-) Great post! Thanks for sharing!

  9. 9 MaRiN said at 5:20 am on April 24th, 2009:

    love the ideas, especially the twine wrapped vase- I’m so doing that!

  10. 10 Name (required) said at 5:46 am on April 24th, 2009:

    Great ideas!
    Covered twine bottles, awesome!
    Have a great day

  11. 11 Laurel said at 5:51 am on April 24th, 2009:

    Love the bookmark idea - now if I could just to the journaling part!

  12. 12 niki said at 5:54 am on April 24th, 2009:

    Love it! The vases look outstanding!


  13. 13 Joanna said at 5:59 am on April 24th, 2009:

    Love your pantry!

  14. 14 Tiffany said at 6:34 am on April 24th, 2009:

    Wow. Your pantry looks wonderful. I love organization, makes all the difference! Thanks for sharing!

  15. 15 Katie @ Making This Home said at 7:28 am on April 24th, 2009:

    Oh wow. so many projects. Thanks for linking to the different places that helped you get the ideas. My husband and I are in Germany, and it’s so tricky to find the things everyone is talking about online. I guess it’s a good thing… forces us to think differently. But gosh I love what you’re doing!

  16. 16 Crissie said at 7:59 am on April 24th, 2009:

    I love the bookmarks AND the pantry!!! The leftover fabric is the perfect cover-up.

    Great job!


  17. 17 Bahama Shores Mama said at 10:15 am on April 24th, 2009:

    You’ve given me the inspiration needed to tackle my pantry! Thanks

  18. 18 Kimm at Reinvented said at 4:38 pm on April 24th, 2009:

    LOVE that shelf skirt! You’re right, the Nester would be proud.

  19. 19 laura said at 5:36 pm on April 24th, 2009:

    what great frugal finds! i love your chairs from your previous post, too. thank you for stopping by my blog. your site looks like a place i’ll have to frequent from now on! :)

  20. 20 Sarah @ Thriftydecorchick said at 4:07 pm on April 26th, 2009:

    Seriously, I love that vase!! Not just saying that because I’m biased either. :) The pantry is fab too.

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