Saturday, January 7, 2012

Not Even Decorating on a Dime

Here is my personal challenge. After the holiday buying and excess of new stuff in the house I want to try and not bring anything else into the house for a bit. This is a blogging topic I know I am beating with a dead horse but it is still my focus right now. How about searching the cupboards for things that have not seen the light of day and may now perfectly fit your love of vintage.

                                                   Top shelf of my kitchen cupboard where rarely used items go to live.

Maybe take something you already have and give it a fresh coat of paint out of all those old cans you probably have in the garage. Here is what I will be painting. I need a new paper towel holder but I am going to give my old one a new coat of paint with some leftover vintagy green.

Move things around and re-arrange some furniture to change up the scenery in your home. Or how about re-purposing something for a new use.
Here is where I put my little dessert dish, an idea I got from Brenda at Cozy Little House. Next to it an old candy jar I never use. It is perfect for cotton swabs.

Back a while I mentioned using creative ways for extra storage in our home and this is one thing that has worked for me. My girls have loads of hair products so I used a wire basket from the garage to hold them all in one area off of my bathroom counter.

Linking to:
Sunday Blog Love
Seasonal Sundays
Your Thriving Family
Sundae Scoop
Bowl Full of Lemons
Met Monday
A Stroll Thru Life


Aledia said...

Great ideas! I've already moved the furniture in the living room around for a new look :)

I LOVE the blue stemware that you have and using one for a candle is just perfect!

Have a great weekend!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I am totally in agreement. Nothing new. I have so much that I can't find a place for now, so the last thing I need is something else new. I love the basket for the hair products and the glass and candy jar are perfect in the bathroom. Looks super. Hugs, Marty

Denise said...

Your beautiful blue glass caught my eye on my blogroll.I had to stop and get a better look.Gorgeous!You have great ideas for Jan.and Feb.I never really feel like shopping during them.I agree with you.Denise

poppilinnstudios said...

Hi Elaine,
I totally agree. After the holidays I feel the need to get rid of things or use what I have in the house. Hmmm, I see some creative projects for the future. Thanks for the inspiration!

Linda said...

I always need something new even if I don't need it or have no room for it. Love the ideas for your bathroom.

acorn hollow said...

You are so right we all have things tucked away that we have forgotten about. Rethink, reuse,repurpose.

Sweet .n. Simple said...

Wonderful ideas! It does help to change things around to get a new look without the expense ♥ Love that little blue glass with the candle. Simplify is the answer!

rainydaysandstardust said...

Just wanted to say that I discovered your blog today and I love it :) I'll definitelly follow your posts! :)

The Tablescaper said...

Great post with wonderful ideas. I too am looking to buy less this year. We've all go so much. Using what we have makes so much sense and saves money!!!

- The Tablescaper

Debbie said...

Great post and a great challenge! We're going to be cash strapped for the next few months at least so I'll be doing very little shopping.

I get a huge kick out of decorating on the wayyyyyy cheap or free.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I was doing just this same idea earlier in the week. While I was dusting...I was just picturing an item with a new purpose or in the
*donate* box...
I moved some things and gave them a new use...{smile}
But honestly, I DO HAVE A little collection getting ready to leave; things I'm just not in love with any more!

Your's are lovely!


Buttercup said...

I'm with you. I'm doing a No Spending January and it feels great. Thanks so much for visiting.

Beth said...

great ideas. i love reusing & making things look new. smart. (:

Carey's Farmhouse Kitchen said...

I feel the same way. I'm having a Spring garage sale and can hardly wait to get rid of this stuff. I will be taking what doesn't sell to donate after the sale. It's always a good feeling!

I love your idea for the hair products holder and the blue candle holder too.

Denise said...

Hi Elaine,

I think a lot of us feel this very same way right now. When our country's economy is the worst I've seen in my lifetime, I think we'd all do well to make use of the MANY things we already have. Our son is a junior in college at a state supported university, and it still costs us a bundle.

These are some really cute ideas --thanks for sharing! I think your house is so cute and homey. Blessings to you in 2012.

Denise at Forest Manor

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Some of the best treasures come from within our own home! Gotta figure, we loved it enough to buy it once... let's use it again:@)

Lynda said...

Such a great idea! I love the results. The blue candle holder is so pretty & the basket with hair care products is genius!!! I dont have much room at all in my small apartment bathroom and the idea of hanging hair products is great! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas {and yeah, I am totally gonna steal the haircare one ;) }

Diann said...

I'm right there with you...using what I already have! This looks lovely. Job well done.

Liz said...

I know its an old topic... but it has to be said. I agree with you. We have really buckled done in the "stuff" department.

Thank you for the reminder!


Sara Shay, Your Thriving Family said...

These are totally things I would do and have done. I drove my parents crazy with rearranging my room. Its a good thing my husband appreciates it though!

Terry said...

Hi Elaine! Thanks so much for linking up last weekend! Your post was the most viewed and is highlighted this week! Love your ideas so much! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!