Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Faux Metal Ceiling Tiles

If you are lucky enough to own your home, you may be interested in these beautiful embossed faux metal ceiling tiles for a inexpensive yet bold transformation.  They are made from a type of Styrofoam called Polystyrene or PVC.  They aren't soft like Styrofoam but more like a hard plastic.  They are very easy to install and it wouldn't take very many to cover the ceiling of a small room if you want to do a low budget, high impact makeover.   They come in many different colors.. and you can even buy them white (which usually costs less) and paint them yourself.  You can purchase them in-store at places like Lowe's and Home Depot or you could get them online at several places. They are not really all that expensive considering how easy they are to install and the huge impact they can make.  Here are some photos:

antique copper

Antique Silver Tiles 
antique copper tiles fully installed
white tiles
All the above photos belong to nagolya via Flickr and there are LOTS more photos there too!

Thanks for reading... I hope I have inspired you :0)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

More painted glass bottles!

I'm still trying to figure out the proper way to do things on a blog. When I'm looking at all these fabulous blogs out there I keep seeing where it says create a link by the comments section, I think what it means is it is creating a link to the post in a new blog post from me.. I am giving this a try.. we will see what happens. Ok, created link. Now:

Can't help but share this...because of my obsession with painted glass jars and vases. I ran across some more pretty glass bottle vases. These were made from wine bottles I think. See them at this cute little blog here:

glass bottle vases @ Driven by Design101

Aren't they cute? She did a great job!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Inspiration and Ideas- Decorating with Photos

canvas photos @ tales from the crib

Decorating with photos really makes your interior feel like a home. I absolutely love pictures.. and always have. I remember the first camera I ever had. It was one of those 110 cameras and when I got it I was so excited you would have thought I had stuck gold.  Aww.. memories...

For inspiration, I've gathered some really nice home decor ideas using photos. You can never go wrong with using photos to decorate your home. 

Up first is this beautiful wall collection of canvas photos I found at tales from the crib and she was even nice enough to share the tutorial with us!  To look at it, you wouldn't think this was a thrifty project but indeed it is :0)

photo wall @ Felt So Cute

Felt So Cute posted this beautiful photo wall! I love this group of pictures.. it really looks great. There is even a great tip shared on how to plan the placement of the photos.  You can find photo frames at thrift stores, clearance sections of your favorite stores, Wal-Mart has pretty cheap frames and don't forget garage sales and flea markets.  Really you could just hang any pictures you want in whatever frame and it would still look nice but if you want to go all one color of frames, spray paint will do the trick. The black frames with black and white photos above look amazing!

Here is something a little different.  Do you have a wall that you can't decided what to do with? The photo above is a block poster that was printed at Block Posters.com.  You can make any size picture into any size poster... It takes the photo and turns it into printable PDF file of multiple parts of the image- all you do is print and put the image together on your wall. You can do it with borderless photos which looks like one big photo or you can do it like the photo above with the borders which looks more like a mosaic.  The best part about it is that it is completely free. Costs you nothing but printer ink which can be expensive but.. I still love this idea and can't wait to try it myself.

I hope you have enjoyed today's inspiration and ideas.. Have fun decorating!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Thrift Store Makeovers plus some free printables!

pretty vases @ Starshine Chic
I ran across Starshine Chic today and saw these beautiful vases among some other pretty things. They started out as just plain clear vases purchased for dirt cheap from a thrift store...but look at them now!  They remind me of those pretty antique vases.. or some of those high dollar expensive ones.  Go see... she even shares the tutorial :)

pretty candle tray @ The Hand Me Down House

This pretty tray started out as a dingy old tray from a thrift store (Goodwill, I think) So pretty with the sea shells scattered around the candles.  This would make a great group of candles for the bathroom.  LOVE it :) To see more, go to The Hand Me Down House

@ It Works For Bobbi!

I also ran across these super cute frames with free printables included at It Works For Bobbi! and I just had to share.... this beautiful frames started out as a thrift store find and look at the finished product!  It is absolutely amazing.  Go see how she made them and grab the free printable so you can make your own :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Faux Metal Wall Decor Made from Empty Toilet Paper Tubes

@ Crescent and Lavender

Can you believe that the piece above is made from empty toilet paper rolls? I can not tell you how impressed I am! It really looks like a heavy piece of wrought iron.  These new spray paints are awesome to be able to make something like paper look like stone or a heavy metal.  Would you like to see more like this with tutorials? 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Repurposed Dressers

I have been seeing a lot of repurposed dressers lately and they are all pretty awesome! I had no idea that a dresser could be used for so many different things.  Take a look at some of these:

@ diggerslist via Small Place Style

@ show and tell

@ CalFinder

@ Sugar Bee Crafts

@ In my own style

@ grosgrainfabulous


 I also found this post which explains all of the things you could use an old dresser for!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Beautiful Candle Centerpieces

candle centerpiece @ Brown Sugar Toast via Thrifty Decor Chic

Look at this beautiful cylinder candle centerpiece made with fabric and cylinder vases at Brown Sugar Toast.  This is a VERY easy DIY project. She explains how she made this and also has lots of really great tips.

another candle centerpiece @ Centsible Savings

I actually found another centerpiece that was inspired by the first centerpiece above.. see this one at Centsible Savings.  They both use two different types of materials.. both of these are stunning!!!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

DIY Rattan Ball Decor

I found these pretty rattan ball lights on Ebay.  Wouldn't these look so pretty in a little girl's room or as decorative patio lights?  They inspired me to make some for my little boys room at night so I did but added some big blue-green glitter on them which turned out to be a big mistake as the glitter was falling off everywhere... besides that glitter wasn't a good choice for a boy's bedroom.  

I wanted to share my end product:

They actually would have been great if I had left the glitter off and just left them natural.  They would have been perfect displayed in a nice bowl.   I am going to make some more of these and I will be sure to post the tutorial with photos when I am finished.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Little Girls Bedroom Decor Idea- Butterfly Valance

DIY butterfly valance @ The Adventures of Frugal Girl

Melanie at The Adventures of Frugal Girl made this darling butterfly valance... I LOVE it and thought I could share it to inspire others out there who are looking for ideas for decorating a little girls room.  Go to her blog to see how she did it! Hint... my favorite store the Dollar Tree is involved.. the Dollar Tree rules!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Embroidery Hoop Wall Decor

belongs to mmadden via Flickr
How clever is this embroidery hoop wall decor I found on Flickr today?  I LOVE stuff like this.. Such a creative and clever idea!  For even more great ideas go to Embroidery Hoop Wall Decor Ideas. Included with a few of the ideas are links to great tutorials showing you how to make these for your own home. Super simple and pretty darned inexpensive, too!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Frugal Wall Decor - Inspiration and Ideas

Here are a few things I found today that are really inspiring...

@ Frugal Design Girl

@ Centsational Girl

@ Our Family Four

@ India pied-a'-terre

Some of these blogs share the tutorial as well.. Have fun!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Tips for Repurposing Christmas Decor

photo belongs to cincooldesigns via Flickr

Now that the holidays are over and everything to do with Christmas is priced dirt cheap, this is the time you can really get some bargains that will be put to good use for many years to come.  Christmas comes in every color now so you can use this decor for other  holidays as well.  For example, some of the beautiful ornaments on the gorgeous pink tree above could double as Valentine's Day decor.  I found this really useful post at Thriftyfun on how to make the most out of your Christmas decor.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Decorating with Glass Jars

bean jar @ Lookie What I did
I love using jars for home decor and crafts.. and I happened upon this really cute layered colored bean design in an apothecary type jar today.  Talk about a budget craft! The beans were colored  black and orange just for Halloween decor. Isn't that clever!  You really could do this for any holiday or just display a nice colorful layer of all kinds of beans for all year around.  To see a really cute blog and how she colored the beans go to   Lookie What I did.

Friday, January 6, 2012

DIY Candy Jars

DIY Goodie Jars @ Drab to Fab
I found this awesome tutorial for DIY glass candy jars- the pedestal kind. Many of us have old glass jars and glass candle holders around and if you don't, you can pick some up from the local thrift store super cheap. These type jars are those neat apothecary type jars that you see in groupings with bright colored candies in them!  See the tutorial for these cute DIY jars at Drab to Fab!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Decorating for Valentine's Day

crepe paper rose topiary by The Sweet Survival

To see how to make this rose topiary plus more great DIY ideas on frugal ways to decorate your home for Valentine's Day go to:

Frugal Home Decor Ideas for Valentine's Day