Pinterest Paid Off

My middle child, Madison, turned 12 years old this month, and since she has been the recipient of far too many hand-me-downs from her older sister, I decided to surprise her with a birthday bedroom makeover. We sold all of her furniture (thanks to online yard sale sites on Facebook!) and designed a fresh, more mature environment for her to enjoy. Can I just say, I had a blast?!

She chose gray, navy, white, and a pop of chartreuse for her color scheme, and I began hunting for bargains. I found an upholstered headboard on clearance, chests on sale to use as nightstands, bargain bedding (with a bonus coupon discount), and a stunning chest of drawers for free (thanks to a major find in my in-laws’ garage). Toss in a few knick-knacks for style, and her room was a wrap.

But, I haven’t mentioned my favorite part. Madison wanted a full length mirror, but I didn’t want something too typical. I wanted barn wood. I wanted big. I wanted a bit of color. So, I did what any woman would do: I searched Pinterest. And let me tell you, Pinterest paid off! I found a pin about weathering new wood to create an older look. The lumber cost $15, I had all the paint I needed, and I grabbed a set of Christmas lights from the attic. This first picture shows the wood after I had painted and sanded it.

before

This one shows the completed project. The lighting is poor, but you get the idea:

after

Apparently, all those hours surfing on Pinterest in bed late at night really do pay off….which is shocking since I have hundreds of pins I have never actually put to use.

So this project can get marked off of my to-do list, and I have one very happy 12-year-old!

Do you guys have a Pinterest pin that really paid off? 

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Black Friday Fun

I was one of those crazy people shopping in the wee morning hours of Black Friday.  Not as crazy as the people who were shopping at midnight, but crazy enough.  So were my two daughters.  Our “crazy” was marked by our willingness to leave the North Georgia mountains (where my family was vacationing) early enough to be in town by 6AM.  Truthfully, I would have slept in, but my girls wanted to be out in the thick of it, so off we went.

We hit Old Navy, Kohl’s, Target, Walmart, Gap, Justice, and Bath and Body Works.  The girls bought gifts for their brother and me (woohoo!).  I bought clothes for the girls and a few toys for Paul.  I didn’t find any deals that were ahhhmazing, though.  But, honestly, I didn’t scour the Black Friday ads like I normally do.  It seems newspapers aren’t delivered to secluded cabins in the woods.

So, I’m wondering what deals you scored last Friday? Or, for you tech savvies, on Cyber Monday?  Tell me, what did I miss?