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$2 Thrift Store Bulletin Board Makeover

Completely blank sits a white wall in my kitchen, just begging for a bulletin board.

I first thought, “Cool, I’ll just go buy a piece of cork board and put fabric over it, call it good.” Well, turns out cork board is not that cheap.

Plan B, keep my eyes open for an old bulletin board to refinish. Turns out, it didn’t take me long to find one at a local thrift store.

Best part, I bought it for only $2! After purchasing the board, fabric, and tacks, I spent total about $8. Not bad at all for a completely custom bulletin board!

Learn how to makeover an old bulletin board in less than 20 minutes and for just a couple bucks! This is the perfect DIY makeover for an old thrift store bulletin board find. Step-by-step directions with tips on where to get the cheapest supplies! Continue Reading →

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August 2016 Thrift Store Haul

It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does… euphoria takes over! For us frugalistas, it’s when the stars align just right as you walk through the doors of your favorite thrift store and everything you touch seems to be hand picked just for you!

Do you know what I’m talking about? With thrift stores it can be completely hit or miss. For example, just yesterday I wandered into our local Goodwill Store and there was nothing. Not a single thing I was interested in. Oh well, better luck next time. Right?

But! On this particular beautiful Monday morning, things worked out just right!

She found such cute things in her thrift haul! Motivation to do my own thrift haul and find cute clothes for cheap! August 2016 Thrift Store Haul Continue Reading →

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3 Ways to Refashion Your Wardrobe for Summer

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The feeling you get when the warm sunrays shine down on your face trickles through your entire body. Summer is almost here and you might be wondering where you are going to find the money to replenish the sad remains of a winter wardrobe lingering in your closet.

Not all of us can afford to go out and buy brand new clothes with each season. Or maybe you can? If that’s not you, then you are in the right place!

My mind is telling me that I really need an entire new closet full of clothes but my wallet is telling me that I am only allowed to go pick out one item from the clearance rack.

With these three ideas on how to refashion your winter wardrobe into summer, I think we will be able to satisfy both our minds and wallets!

3 Easy and cheap ways to refashion for $0! FREE refashion ideas. Summer Refashion Tips to transform your winter wardrobe into summers favorite outfits. Continue Reading →

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$5 Thrift Store Makeover

Does anyone else get as excited as I do when I head out to the thrift store? I’m not sure exactly what it is but the excitement of not knowing what I’m going to find just makes me so happy! I guess it’s kinda like a treasure hunt!

When it comes to repurposing or refinishing thrift store finds, spray paint is your best friend! It makes anything look new again and you can make any thrift store treasure match your home décor perfectly.

Thrift Store Makeover project for only $5. I love how this thrift store makeover turned out and for so cheap! Learn tips on how to transform thrift store finds into something fresh and new. You will never know it came from a thrift store! Continue Reading →

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$5 DIY Photo Canvas

One of my very favorite things to do is find something in a store that I really really want but there is no way I could afford it. Well, I guess that’s not the fun part. The fun part comes when I go home and figure out a way to make that same thing for way less!

That’s the case here with creating your own DIY photo canvas. This project is super straight forward and simple. I was able to make this entire project for only $5!

DIY Photo Canvas using cheap engineer prints. Quick and cheap diy to get an expensive Photo Canvas look for less. How to make a photo canvas using engineer prints and mod podge.  Continue Reading →

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I’m So Glad You Are Here!

With it being a new year and there are a lot of new faces around here, I thought it was time to update my “about video”. I get a little excited when I start talking about living frugal AND fabulous!

I am super excited to meet you and I hope that you enjoy this video! If you are looking for fun and informative videos on how to live frugal and fabulous then you don’t want to forget and SUBSCRIBE HERE to my YouTube channel. 

While you are still here, take a look around the blog. Here are a few places you might want to start:

Casual Couponing 101
Cheap, Easy, and Beautiful DIY Tutorials
Gourmet Tastes on a Budget

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Happy New Year… 2016 Sneak Peek!

Isn’t the New Year so inspiring and motivating? There is something special about the beginning of a New Year and all the possibilities of change and improvement!

Have you set any goals for the New Year? Let me know in the comments bellow! Sharing goals makes them a little more real and keeps you a little more accountable. I personally love hearing other people’s goals because their goals motivate me to do better!

Are you feeling like this is the year you want to live frugal AND fabulous?!

This is my favorite website / blog for learning to live frugal and fabulous! Best tips for frugal living and having a fabulous life! Continue Reading →

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3 Tips on How to Stain Wood Furniture

Have you every tried staining a piece of furniture before? The entire idea of how to stain wood furniture was very intimidating for me. Painting, not as much. But the idea of using something as permanent as a stain frightened me a bit.

I am here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be scary! It’s a great way to add life to an old piece of furniture and may actually be a lot easier then painting!

After finding this adorable little table for FREE online I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. The decision was made to learn how to stain wood furniture so I could use an outdoor stain and put the cute thing on my teeny tiny front porch.

I am here today to share with you what I learned on how to stain wood furniture. In an effort to help you avoid a few mistakes I made and save you the time.
How to Stain Wood Furniture - penniesintopearls.com - Easy step by step instructions and tips on how to stain wood furniture. Pictures and video tutorial on how to stain wood furniture. Continue Reading →

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Thrift Store Finds – Dainty Side Table

I know I have told you before but I just love going thrift store shopping on Mondays! If I miss a Monday I get a little depressed. Just ask my hubby! Well… this last trip was one of those golden thrift store shopping trips! I found a large set of cooking dishes, some cute books for the kiddos, a couple vintage books for a different project, and this cute little thing!

I didn’t even know I needed it but as soon as I saw it sitting all by itself I knew just where I was going to put it! Our living room has a nice big comfy chair but no end table anywhere nearby but not a lot of space for one. So this cutie was the perfect solution!

Small End Table Makeover -penniesintopearls.com - Tips on how to make over you thrift store find. The easiest way to makeover your thrift store find! Continue Reading →