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Is that a play on Desk Inspiration or Desk Desperation?  I guess if you are going on the spelling it would be the former.  Now thinking on it, two seconds after typing that title it seems a little silly, but whatever I’m sticking with it.

I have been on the hunt for a desk that fits my two needs, 1.storage and 2.fits the aesthetic of my apartment.  Not that my apartment has any certain aesthetic, except eclectic, but its sounds cooler to say.  The desk I have been using to sew/craft/and do all sorts of other things is a cheap particle board/metal desk that I got in college.  I have outgrown it and have been on the hunt at all my local thrift stores for a new one.

I was perusing Etsy and found a desirable few.  Take a looksee….

Steel Top Desk and File Cabinet

This desk from Todd Manring Designs looks like it has oodles of storage.  Just look at all those compartments.

Mid Century Desk

We have no mid century furniture in our apartment, but I still think this desk by Salvage Theory is pretty sharp!

Aula Desk 32"

Even though it doesn’t have all the storage I am looking for, I love the design and color of this desk by StorNewYork.

Hopefully I stumble upon a real gem this weekend.  Later, Molly.



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Concrete Table D.I.Y.


So I was perusing through Apartment Therapy when I came across a post for this stool that I thought looked pretty nifty.  But I wasn’t really in need of a stool so I forgot about it.

Until a couple weeks ago.  R and I have been looking for a round side table to put in between our couch and chair.  Try as we might, we haven’t been able to find one at the thrift stores.  And I’m most certainly not about to pay nearly $100 for a new one.  Mama don’t play that game.  So I thought we have to make one.  That’s when it hit me, let’s turn that stool into a table.

The original tutorial used a 5 gallon bucket, but we needed something bigger.  I rummaged through my parents garage and found a tub that they used to put drinks in at my high school graduation party.  Talk about repurposing, that tub is now being used as a pot for my fledgling tomato plant.

0505131336Here is what it looked like right out of the tub.

Anywho, we used the same concrete, but made our legs longer.  We also stained the wood legs instead of dip painting them.

05091321080512131224aI must say that we are both pleased with how it turned out.

P.S. The lamp in the photos is a $12 find from a thrift store.  Not too shaby.  I want to change up the shade a bit.  Any suggestions?

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Thrift Store Score

Yes, I am considering this a score.  $29 for a antique sewing table qualifies as such.  The machine still sews, and the table is in great condition.


I already have a sewing machine, sew….(pun intended) I don’t think I will use the machine that much, unless I’m feeling very “Betty”(There is a great book called the Betty Book that I love to read from time to time.  Check it out if you can.)  We are using the table as a front entryway table, since we don’t have an entryway.  It acts as a handsome catchall for our keys and mail.


I am still super stoked over this find.

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Taking Shist For Granite! Project 10 of 52

DSCF1752My sister E is a geologist at heart.  Although she teaches Life Science she went to school for Geology.  She loves rocks!  She has a travel mug that says something along the lines of “We don’t take our shist for granite.”  Clever little plays on words those geologist have.

Anyways, when she saw this project she squealed.  Okay she didn’t really, but she liked the magnets nevertheless.  Although she did have a few critiques.  But that is okay because they were the same ones I already had.

So let’s get to it.  I purchased the the magnets from Michaels.  I also wanted to grab some glitter while I was there to really make these gems sparkle, but Crayola’s air-dry clay got me so distracted that I forget the glitter.  Ah well, they shine pretty nicely regardless.


So these are my tools.  The rocks I grabbed from my parking lot underneath the cloak of darkness.  As a result some of the rocks were a little smaller than I wanted.  But after crouching around the parking lot three separate times, I worried the neighbors would grow suspicious.  So I stuck with what I had.


I added a few coats of paint to each rock.  Once they were dry I added a coat of clear nail polish.  This gave the rocks some needed luster!  I then used some E-6000 glue(not pictured) to glue the rocks to the magnets.  And there you have it!


I plan to paint the magnets with the corresponding color, so that they blend in with the rocks.  But I like them.  I have spiffy new rock magnets for around $2.  I’m going to call this a success.

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Shoe Mat Redo: Project 9 of 52

DSCF1723 R and I like to take our shoes off upon entering the door.  It keeps the floor cleaner and tracks less dirt and germs throughout your house.  We previously had a rubber mat with little nubbins to collect any debris that may be on the bottom of our shoes.  Unfortunately these little nubbins started to fall off.  It looked like rabbit turds sprinkled across our floor.  Yuck!  So I grabbed this old mat that used to sit in front of our door until we realized it was too small.


It’s stained, dirty, and I didn’t want it out for all eyes to see.  So I grabbed some blue spray paint and a few bottles of craft paint.  I added paint to certain areas of the rug that remained a lighter shade of blue after spray painting.

DSCF1727 DSCF1724 I am pleased with how it turned out.  Plus I get a little enjoyment out of solving a problem with items I already have.  Total win!

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Painted Gold


Little by little, R and I are adding to our home.  There is so much that we would like to do, but being on a budget limits what we can do at the moment.  So we take what we can get.

My mom gave us a couple of her plants that she thought would look good in our home.  Both of the plants have the potential(if I don’t kill them) to grow fairly tall.  The problem was that their current pots were too small.

Most of the pots I found were between $30 and $40.  If I were to buy two I could end up spending $8o.  That was not going to fly.  So I found a couple cheap terra cotta pots with trays for about $12.

DSCF1710 With a little paint I had on hand as well as a 3 for $1 sale at A.C. Moore, I painted both pots.  I didn’t really have anything in mind when I painted, so I just painted.  I liked how they turned out.


Staying in the realm of Gold.  I continue to dig it.  Will I ever outgrow or tire of it?  I don’t know.  Anyways, I bought one of those cheap little mail sorters from Marshall’s for $4.  I didn’t like the original frilly look of it, so I painted it.  I don’t have any before images so imagine something hideous in pastel.

DSCF1729 DSCF1730 Just a little bit of paint and you can really jazz it up!


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Peeping Eyes: Project 8 of 52

In our little abode, R and I have a teeny bathroom window.  I like having a window in the bathroom because it lets light and fresh air in.  However, this window has a flaw.  It overlooks a neighboring parking lot, not to mention it is directly across from another buildings window.

Case in point:


and let’s not forget the window across the way.


Don’t let the screen deceive you.  It is a clear shot into the bathroom and to where I hop naked into the shower.  Who knows what kind of Peeping Tom or Voyeur is out there with high-powered, long-range binoculars.  Leering at me while I try to undress behind the shower curtain.

So I came up with an idea.  I would creat a screen to place on top of the screen.

I started out by measuring the window.  With dimensions in hand, I used some leftover lace my mom gave to me.  I liked this lace, because the pattern was dense.

I added a half inch to each side to allow for a seam and cut.


I then got to sewing, nothing fancy.  I wanted a simple panel that I could tack up to the window.


Once the panel was finished, I used a few beads of hot glue to glue the panel in place.  And just like that it was up.


Now, I know you are probably thinking, “Lady you can still see through it.”  Exactly.  I wanted light to still shine through without it shining on all my lady bits.  I feel the lace makes the window translucent and not transparent, which is what I wanted.


You too can keep those peeping eyes at bay with a little lace.  And if you don’t have any on hand, check your local thrift stores.  They sometimes have it.


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Rub-A-Dub-Dub:Project 5 of 52

While getting readying to move, it made me cringe thinking of all the other little things R and I would have to buy, like curtains, rugs, lamps, etc.  So I decided to M.O.O. (haha moo, Make Our Own, a variation of Make Your Own) with some of these items.

For project 5 of 52, I don’t have any before pictures.  But imagine a white queen size top sheet, and that is what the before would look like.  I seem to have the worst luck when it comes to buying bed linens.  The pockets are too deep and I end up swimming in excess fabric, or the sheets pill up after a week, or the elastic gives out and I’m sleeping on the bare mattress.  Ugh.  See my misfortune when it comes to sheets?

As a result I have a plethora of unused linens hanging about, so I decided to repurpose them.  First up is a shower curtain, hence the Rub-A-Dub-Dub, but there aren’t three men in this gal’s tub.  Just one handsome man.


I used one of my mom’s shower curtains as a template to gage the length and the distance between the ring holes.  I left my sheet it’s original width, because the less hemming I had to do the better.  I wanted this easy-peasy.  I could have gone a little shorter, but at the time I made this I did not have the shower dimensions.  So I erred on the side of caution and left it a little longer than the template.  I can always go back and shorten it, but for now it stays.


Dang! This pic is grainy.

I made holes using the button hole stitch on my sewing machine.  I could have used plastic grommets to give it a little more strength, but I was lazy and didn’t feel like going to the fabric store.  The button holes are durable and I suspect will hold up.

And there you have it.  One more item saved from the landfill.  Peace.

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