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Tuesday
Jun282011

Look What I Found!

Hey everyone!

It’s Double-Stamp Tuesday!  That might not mean anything to you, but to me and my friend Jana, Double-Stamp Tuesday is the entire world.  Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration (considering Jana has a husband and two adorable children, and I have my sweet husband, I think they might be offended if DST was literally our entire world!).  Perhaps a better description would be, “it’s tradition.”

Without DST, I wouldn’t know Tuesday from Wednesday, or Friday from Monday.  It’s the day that sets the work-week straight, and keeps everything on track.  It’s the day where Jana and I combine the power of the two 15 minute breaks we are allowed each day to make the break from the office, dash to Dutch Bros., and say, “stamp that card twice, baby!”  It’s the day where we have twice the buying power, since each stamp on our little cards means we are one closer to earning a free drink!  It’s the day that writes the equation, buy10 get 1 free + double stamp Tuesday’s = buy 5 get 1 free!

Why is this important?  Well, you see, DST has become such a tradition that I had to honor it even though I am officially on staycation, and after Jana and I’s excursion, I went on a little search for an oval frame so that I can create my own version of this chalkboard I’ve been eyeing on Pinterest:

The frame that you see in the photo above is a refinished version of the Ung Drill frame from Ikea, but as you can see, the price for this frame is a hefty $30.00.

So, I ran to Savers…and…look what I found!

Okay, so it’s not exactly the same…but it’s perfect for what I am looking for.  I like that it has clean lines, and that it has quite a bit of dimension.  It might be a little difficult to see, but there is actually a clock that is recessed about an inch-and-a-half behind the pane of glass. 

Another reason that this frame worked perfectly was the price.  On the rack the price was listed at $7.99, but when I got it up to the register the clerk informed me that it was actually 50% off!  Score!!  $4.00 vs. $30??  It was a pretty easy decision to make!

You might have noticed that I also found something else during my Saver’s run, and I am super excited about it!  This desk caught my eye because it was exactly the shape and size that I was wanting for the night stand in the guest bedroom…and it was only $14.99!

Yes, it’s a little banged-up…and no, it’s not the color I want…but with a little TLC, this desk is going to be brilliantly perfect for the room!

The plan is to paint the desk white and hopefully find some replacement hardware for the drawers, but for now, here she is in her intended spot:

She’s a little taller than the bed, but I’ve always planned on raising the bed up, so that’s not too big of a concern.

However, one thing that is a big concern is this…

I’m not exactly sure why the previous owners of our house chose to run the internet cable through the center of the wall in the guest bedroom, but now that this desk is in the room, this jumble of cords is incredibly disturbing!  The plan (and hopefully solution) is to find a storage basket, drill/cut out a section in the back, and hide all of this ugliness inside—nice & neat.

So what do you think?  Can you imagine what it will look like when it’s painted white?  I’m really happy with the way the plan is coming together, and I can’t express just how much having a clear plan has helped me as I’ve been searching for the various pieces.  If you need some help creating a plan for your own space, check out my library of Inspiration Boards, and if you still don’t see what you’re looking for, consider my Available Services. My hope is that some of the ideas from this site might help to inspire my readers to jump in, and get creative!

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