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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My 2012 In Review…

I cannot believe 2012 is coming to a close!  My “end of year” feelings are usually pretty ho-hum.  This year is a bit different.  2012 will go down as one for the books for me.

As most of you know, I started Pure & Simple in June 2010.  I was still in grad school and taking pro bono clients at that point.  I graduated in December and went from full time grad student to full time business owner.  I totally freaked out!  I sat around for months making excuses … for everything.  It was awful!  I decided to get my act together and go big or go home!  I spent the last 6 months of 2011 working on projects and trying to understand what business was all about.  How to start one, how to run one, how to get clients, etc.

So 2012 came ringing in with big expectations.  It was a complete roller coaster.  So many ups and so many downs.

My theme for 2012 was “try it on”. I would try something on for size.  If it fit, then I kept it.  If it was uncomfortable, then I took it off with no guilt.  I have “analysis paralysis” when it comes to decisions.  I will analyze and research, analyze and discuss, only to realize I spent all this time analyzing what was the right decision then made no decision at all.

When do we really know that the decision is right?  Try it on for size.

{2012 Recap}

February 9. My guest blog post was published on www.moneysavingmom.com.  My website received 1,800 views in about 3 hours. I found out I made it into the competition for the 3M Command Hooks Commercial Contest.

 

February 19. Organized with a local family while my videographer filmed the project.  All for the 3M Command Hooks Commercial Contest.

 

March.  My first editorial ran in LKN Woman Magazine about how to tackle that clutter.

April. Joined Business Leaders of CLT.  One of the best networking decisions I have made to date.

Credit: Hawthorne Direct

Credit: Hawthorne Direct

May 2. I flew to Los Angeles to film 6 videos for the 3M Post-It Notes Necessorize campaign.

May 8. Signed on to work with Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont to help bring organizing ideas to their readers.

Office on moving day.  It was a mess!

Office on moving day. It was a mess!

 

June 5. I moved in with Raymond.  This was a large step for each of us, and one we both are still enjoying! 🙂

 

July. I was nominated for The Best Personal Blog category in the 2012 Charlotte Web Awards.  My editorial ran in LKN Woman Magazine about organizing makeup.  I made the cover of Apartment Times Magazine. 🙂

New logo & new business cards

New logo & new business cards

August. My brand went through a total makeover.  I love the new look! 🙂

September.  My editorial ran in LKN Woman Magazine about creating a landing zone.

Observer Article

 

September 5. The Charlotte Observer ran an article about my trip to Los Angeles and my business.

September 7. Signed on to guest post for the The Charlotte Moms to help bring organizing ideas to their readers. 🙂

October 3. Filmed my first Podcast with Fort Mill Magazine.

November.  My first article for SouthPark Magazine was published.

LKN Woman to Watch

December.  I was featured in LKN Woman Magazine as the Woman to Watch.  The Gaston Gazette wrote a fabulous article about my business and processes.

Speaking Engagements I’m a very nervous public speaker.  I hated giving presentations in college.  I managed to trap that fear in a little box this year as I spoke to different groups around the region about organizing.  I quickly realized that I actually like talking to groups of people!  The larger the audience the better! 🙂

Writing and Blogging I have never considered myself a writer.  But I found myself writing articles for magazines all through the area like LKN Woman Magazine, SouthPark Magazine, and Fort Mill Magazine. And the blogging?  Well only my favorite part of every day.  I love blogging.  I love sharing.  I love meeting all of you! 🙂

Organizing Projects & Clients I have met some incredible people this year and helped them through some really large piles.  I have never met the same client twice and I have never met the same project twice. I respect each and every one of my clients, their story, and their stuff. Clutter is an outward expression of something else that is going on in our lives.  I’m called in to help deal with the outward expression, but generally we hit on the “other stuff” as well.  I love my j.o.b. and I love helping people. 🙂

Cheers to 2013! 🙂  Bring it on!

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…

{Guest Post} What To Do With Old Electronics…

Happy Monday morning everyone!  I love mondays for some reason!  I think it is because of all the work I know I will be accomplishing in the week ahead! 🙂

I was asked to blog for Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont (SO flattered!) and here is my first post! 🙂

What to do with your old electronics?

Be sure to check it out over at WOW! Goodwill Blog!

Have a great Monday!

Until next time…