Other People’s Crap in My House

In CategoryAdventures in Decorating

So after Kristy was hassling me about having other people’s crap all over my house (which Jim went out of his way to tell me was the funniest comment ever), I thought I’d show more other people’s crap Awesome, Envy-Inducing Finds (a twelve part series).

This is the very second Chalk Paint Project I did.

Turquoise. I love it.


It’s the credenza in my office. It contains my chocolate stash important paperworky things. I am so bummed I could not find a Before picture. It was $50 at a thrift store. SCORE.


Let’s see, is everything in here used? The credenza and the little cabinet ($10); the chairs ($100 and $10, respectively), the table (which is our dining table, a supposedly 19th century French farmhouse table that Jim bought me before all our money went to kids and that cost an obscene amount I decline to share)… The lamps are new. And the clock (more orange!)

The cabinet came from an antique mall and was a STEAL at $280. The yarn is all new. I don’t have pre-owned yarn.

I also decline to share how much the yarn cost. But there’s silk in there. And alpaca, llama, bison. Bison. So.


I love my office. All us moms should have a place of our own. The other corner (where I’m standing to take the above picture), has the kids desk and school stuff, and I’ll show you that later. The desk is the very fourth chalk paint project I’ve done and it’s not quite finished yet.

Other People’s Crap: It’s a Good Thing.

Especially if you are a Cheap Skate.

Get ready for more posts in this series. I am presently obsessed with decorating the house and buying furniture (much to Jim’s regret). I am on the hunt for a bookcase and some kind of table for the entry way. And more chairs. You can never have enough chairs.


In CategoryAdventures in Decorating

So I think I made a new friend. Like, an In Real Life Friend.

I met her at my knitting group. She doesn’t knit, she just hangs out with knitters. BECAUSE OF THE AWESOMENESS.

She has a terrific sense of humor AND she thinks I’m funny. Thinking I’m funny is like, my Number One Requirement in a friend. I, obviously, think I am hilarious and I slay myself all the time. Jim is used to me, so he’s not such a good audience anymore.  He’s spoiled, that’s what it is. This must be how Leno feels.

Maybe New Friend also likes thrift store shopping and used furniture shopping, so a couple times after the knitting group has broken up, we’ve gone thrifting.

Last week, I saw this TERRIFIC orange chair at one shop. It was $30, and I didn’t get it. That might be because the back of the car was already filled up with a truly hideous green bookcase that I am going to paint, but that’s neither here nor there.  Maybe New Friend HELPED me load the bookcase in the car! Someone who carries my stuff definitely has Friend Potential.

ANYway, I thought about the adorable chair ALL WEEK, and went back yesterday, hoping against hope that it was still there. Because who could pass up an awesome orange chair? WHO?

Everyone, apparently. It was still there AND it was now only ten dollars.


That is less than a trip to Starbucks!

I mean. I am just beyond in love with this chair.

It needed a little love, but a good vacuuming and a brush with some soapy water made him good as new –



There was a moment (Kristy), when I was crowing about my TEN DOLLAR score (Kristy) to one of my friends on Google Chat (Kristy), and I could FEEL her cringing at the thought of buying a USED chair for only TEN DOLLARS (Kristy).

And I don’t necessarily blame her at all, because used upholstered furniture? It has an ick factor.

But clearly this chair breaks the stereotypes, yes?

In the background is another one of my purchases, a set of lockers from a military surplus store.


In my kitchen.

Because I am cool that way (Kristy).


World’s Bitchinest DIY Coffee Table

In CategoryAdventures in Decorating

Remember these?

World's Bitchinest DIY Coffee Table

I built the World’s Bitchinest DIY Coffee Table™ with them.

Gigantic, eight-inch-diameter casters from Amazon + Ikea butcher block counter top

World's Bitchinest DIY Coffee Table @ Not Inadequate

It weighs around 800 pounds, but that’s okay.

World's Bitchinest DIY Coffee Table @ Not Inadequate

And here it is in the room –

World's Bitchinest DIY Coffee Table @ Not Inadequate

Bitchin’, yes?

It’s nice and long (slightly over six feet) so Jim and I aren’t fighting over it when we are watching teevee. And while it’s low, it’s just the exact right height for our sofa. I waxed the top with CeCe Caldwell’s Clear Furniture Wax (again – waxing sucks. I made everyone help).

The Casters were $110, and the butcher block was $129. For $240 we built something we love, that suits our needs and our space. A win all around.

What do you think? Try to be nice. I’m delicate. Melanie suggested the kids will be riding it all over the house and down the stairs, but I put my fingers in my ears and didn’t listen to that.

If you want to make your own coffee table, I still have lots of ideas that Jim didn’t go for. In fact, I feel more table-building in my future.

(I wouldn’t hate it if you pinned this idea either. I am still on the quest for World Internet Domination)

Re-u-nited and it feels so goooood…

In CategoryAdventures in Decorating, Knitting


Cabinet, purchased at local antique mall: $282.00.

Filled with yarn: ecstatic.