Sunday, January 9, 2011

What you can do with $25

I tell people I'm "cheap" or "frugal" in truth, we live on a budget.  Some months are lean and some are fruitful but no matter the month I do try to do the most I can with the least possible.  This is evident in our kitchen where I used Goodwill finds and a great Ebay score to make a super cute gallery wall.

Here's the break down.

First off, the square frames are all from Goodwill for $1.00 each.  The vintage egg print in this one was $12.00.  I will admit, I thought that was pricey, but I love all things bird related and thought this would be perfect in my kitchen so I went for it. Using left over paint (FREE) and left over burlap (FREE) I just taped the print down and used the glass from the frame to keep everything in place.  Not bad for $13.00. (Please excuse the reflection, I wasn't about to move the kitchen table to take a picture, I'm not that dedicated of a blogger I suppose.But at least you can see my handmade curtains from Target grain sack dish towels and some seam binding.)
Next up, my Mary Poppins spoon.  I love, love, love Mary Poppins.  You may have picked up on that from my new blog header; Practically IMperfect in Every Way.   I scored this cute spoon on Ebay, in fact it was my first ever Ebay purchase!  I got her for $10.00 including shipping.  Pricey for a little spoon, perhaps, but recently I saw one on Ebay for $50.00.  This frame I purchased awhile back and couldn't figure out what to do with it, so I count it as "free" since I didn't go out and purchase it for this purpose, instead I "shopped" the junk closet for it.  I just used some super glue and some left over (FREE) scrapbook paper as the background.
I felt I "needed" some chalk board in the kitchen, a $1.00 painting from Goodwill was perfect.  I used left over (FREE) chalk board paint and left over (FREE) while paint and here you go!
Lastly, this was a $1.00 mirror from Goodwill.  Using a key that came with the music used in this project, which was bought for another project (so again, I count this as "FREE") I simply glued the music to the mirror and then glued the key to the music.  I didn't intend on distressing this frame but the finish on the wood did not agree with the paint so it bubbled, therefore, distress it!
I don't think that's too bad for $25.00, do you?


  1. You already know how much I love this gallery wall of yours!! But, I'll tell you again, I LOVE IT!!! It's so creative!! I think it's just fabulous!

    Hope your month is going well with all your new commitments and responsibilities!!


    P.S. I also love that it's thrifty and you're recycling!!

  2. I love the burlap as matting! Great idea. I am inspried to head to the thrift stores now and treasure hunt!

  3. Burlap.....oh the joy...I could just go bananas over burlap! And the white...oh..the white...must make for a very cheery kitchen.

    Great ideas and oh so it!

  4. I really like your arrangement. It looks really good! I have that Mary Poppins spoon too! It is adorable! I found mine at a consignment/resale type shop.

  5. Oh, you are so creative! I love Goodwill but I never find frames for 1.00! My GW is kind of overpriced. I love your blog, I just discovered it through Polly at Sassafras Stuff. I'm signing up to follow!!
    p.s. I saw a pig on a shelf in your kitchen in another post....can you tell me where it's from? It reminds me of a pink one that I received in a gift basket this year and I have no idea where it's from! :-) It's cute, though!

  6. It looks great! Don't ya just love GW you just never know what you might find.~Cheers Kim

  7. It's fabulous!!!!!! The creativity is good enough to make it live. This gives me an idea to decorate my gallery also.