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24 February 2012 @ 07:25 pm
Anyone still here?

We'd like to mirror part of our garage so that my daughter can have a place to practice her dance form at home. I'd probably use it for yoga and I'm pretty sure my husband would use it as well.

I was kind of thinking we could try to pick up some of those mirrored closets that slide closed,remove the frame, and glue them to the wall. My husband thinks that isn't safe though.

Do any of you have any suggestions on how to do this without spending tons of money?
17 May 2011 @ 12:32 pm
Various corners of my house, all gleaned from thrift shops, estate sales, trash pickings, and church rummage sales.

I hope you like it!
New legs (and life) for our Karlstad
The only new things in this photo are the sofa and shelving units.
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14 May 2011 @ 06:26 pm
So, earlier I posted about having moved my bedroom into the closet, and mentioned that it had added a whole room to my apartment for free. This office is that room. Unfortunately, it's not furnished for free, but all the stuff in it is used, and cheap.

The rug is the result of a month and a half of checking craigslist everyday and not compromising on price, or the style I wanted. The mural with its Sideshow Bob palm tree(tacky? amazing? yes!) is made from all the left over paint from painting other rooms in the apartment. My boyfriend's desk and chair were free outside a county office that was getting new furniture, and now that I think of it, even his computer is refurbished. The dresser and pineapple lamp are from Seattle's amazing Dearborn Goodwill.

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25 March 2011 @ 09:34 pm
Saw a post in here a few minutes ago and remembered that this community exists. 

I guess I'll show pictures of the living room in my apartment! I love it, and over half the furniture you see here was free. Can't get thriftier than free, can you? 

The green part of the walls (you can see in the top of the second picture) were there when I moved in. That is, all the walls were that color. We painted the yellow color and it makes the room look so much more friendly. What do you think? 

If you're interested, you can see more pictures of my apartment at my blog
So I noticed I haven't seen a lot of posts in this community lately, but I woke up the other morning, looked around me, and said "Hey, I bet thrifty sauce would be interested in this!"

How I back up the outrageous claim in my title: A few weeks ago, I was looking at the walk in closet that we do not use effectively, and I said to my boyfriend, "You know, that closet is 6'6" by 6'8". We could fit the bed in there."

He said, "We totally should. Then we could have an office."

I said, "Are you sure? The room would be all bed, except for an 18" strip by the opening."

He said, "So?"

So we sold the stuff in our ineffectively used closet, and our old bed frame, and used the money to buy lumber to make a new bed frame (the old frame wouldn't have fit in the closet, which is exactly the length of the mattress). It was a little tricky because the bed frame had to be assembled in the closet since it would take up all the space and not be able to be moved in afterward. But we managed.


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06 November 2009 @ 11:47 am
Hello, I am new here. I am looking for a nightstand (I currently have a tv tray as a nightstand)! I was inspired by some pictures of Louis XIV's Versailles Palace, but I find that antique French furniture is a bit on the pricey side, hahaha. Reproductions of antique French furniture are also expensive. I decided I'm going to cheat, and make some fake antique French furniture!

Here is an example of a cheat that seems feasible with a bit of paint, gilt, moulding, a saw, some old buttons & pulls, maybe some plywood or putty or wood filler or just whatever:

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It will never look exactly like the $1300 nightstand but the shape is similar and I think it could be transformed into something very "inspired" by the $1300 piece.

Here is a website with a lot of good pictures of expensive French furniture. It may be good inspiration: The Furniture Market: French Furniture Section

I'm still looking for a similar gilded furniture piece with a black base color, and that's been more difficult to find than the white and ivory pieces. Does someone know of a website with pictures of Versailles or baroque furniture?

Thanks! I will update the community with my progress, should any be made!
18 October 2009 @ 04:17 pm
This is my two bedroom apartment in St. John's, Newfoundland. The complex was built in the 1950s so my spot is pretty old. I've lived here about a year and a half and after finally redoing my room a few months ago it finally feels like home. I'm a poor student and I decorated on a pretty much non-existent budget. Everything is freecycled, thrifted, handed down, or made. My style is kitsch and retro while still attempting to be streamline. My favorite style-era of all time is mid-century modern. I love antiquing. When I grow up I want a really really old house.

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13 June 2009 @ 02:38 am
It's me again! I posted not too long ago with a look at my apartment but I've recently done a bit of work and I wanted to show it off. I've spent about $35 at Goodwill in the past couple of weeks and I think it's been well worth it. My landlord even made a rather nice comment when he stopped by earlier this week. :)

Also, I was wondering if anyone had any pictures of their bathrooms that they'd like to share. I have a separate shower room which is actually quite spacious but I have no idea what to do with it. It currently has a solar system theme but...I never really went all of the way with it. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Here is my previous entry for reference:

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15 May 2009 @ 08:08 pm
A few months ago, I brought home the cutest little cabinet in the world from the goodwill. Noticing how adorable it was, I said to myself "I'm sure I'll find a use for this!" It's been a long time, and I still haven't. So I was hoping you, saucy, thrifty folks could help me figure out what to use this for, so it doesn't go to waste.


I'm aware that the obvious use would be a spice rack, but all my spices are in tall containers like the one pictured, which would leave half the cabinet unused, and not enough room for all my spices. But if you have cheap and ingenious new container ideas for my individual spices that would let them fit in here, I'd love to hear about it.

Also, I wanted to remind everyone, if you live in a college town, move out day is coming! Look up when classes end and cruise by the student neighborhoods of your city, and I guarantee you the sidewalks will be overflowing with perfectly good furniture that students are abandoning to go home for the summer. I've gotten some truly spectacular couches this way, and many people I know have gotten working electronics. It's a great way to reduce waste and also find something really cool for your apartment or house. For those daring enough to try dumpster diving, there may be even more cool loot.
07 May 2009 @ 03:09 am
i've finally decided on the theme of my living room . . . . i'm very inspired by mexican folk art. i have so much of it i've finally decided to incorporate it into my room. so far, i've painted my shelf super bright yellow and i'm looking for any tutorials or hell even items to buy that you thirfty folk might have for me!

i'll be posting soon, so hit me with your best shot!