Thursday, October 22, 1998

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  1. Ok so I am kind of retardo when it comes to blogging and all but I do have an emial. I found your web site when I searched for bead board on kitchen islands. I have logged on like every day!!! YOu are sooo funny and cute. Me and my friend decided (oh ya I have told everyone about your site) that we are a lot like you, we love to decorate cheap and we have soo much vision, but you take risks and follow thru. Our hubbies don't really like projects either, whick really is a prob. SO I am not sure if this is how I make a comment on your give away or I have to sign up a special way. But I have sooo many rooms that I need help with and I would love to win your design contest. Thanks for all you do, you are sooo inspiring!!! I did the bead board but had some help from a guy and I also already did your pear plate Love it THanks

  2. LOVE the coffee table! Now I just need to find the size I need! Thank you SO much for sharing your ideas and projects. I'm even considering painting my bedroom including the ceiling....considering it....only has 1 north/northwest-ish window.
    Ciao! Guerrina in CT

  3. Hi Thrifty Decor Chic!

    I have been "stalking" you for a few months! Luuuurve your decorating ideas. I have "borrowed" a few. Hope to "borrow" more in the future. Hope your father-in-law is doing well. My husband fought the cancer demon a few years ago and now my Daddy is currently fighting his own battle with the ugly cancer demon! I am trying to leave a comment to win your current give a way from the Vintage Pearl. Her jewelry is breath-taking and so sentimental. I would like to win something for my mom, since she is exhausting herself, and selflessly,trying to take care of my Daddy. I am not sure that I am leaving my "comment" in the right place. Help?!?! For those of us, um, computer-challenged humans, would you mind posting a "tutorial" on "how to leave a comment"...if I have done this incorrectly. You rock Thrifty Decor Chic!

  4. Well, I don't know if you will get this comment and question or not, but here goes. I am realively new at the blogging thing. I have tried so many pre-made templates, blah blah blah. I saw in your post how you are also learning about increasing your traffic, feeds, domains etc. What have you found out so far and can share with little ol'me? I wish I could get the traffic that you do. Thanks! Lover the blog by the way:)

  5. Hi! Cute blog and great ideas! Wondering what the paint color is in the laundry room of your last post? Its a yellow and I love it! Will you let me know? Thanks!

  6. nicolealton@hotmail.comMarch 25, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Just wanted to know what the color of the green is by your door in the kitchen? Love,love love your blog.

    Jenny the yellow paint is manilla tint-behr. Look at her FAQ page and you will find it there.

  7. Hi, first off I love your blog. So glad I ran across it. We just bought a new home and your ideas are making decorating so fun! Hubby just shakes his head everytime I come from the thrift store or when he finds me in the spray paint isle at just about every store we enter...LOL. But he goes "wow" when he sees those finished projects! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas.

  8. I love your blog.. there are always haters out there! I am not a blogger, just a follower.. You give me so much inspiration and make me want to try to use tools! Keep smiling!!

  9. Hi, I just love your blog and am trying to put a link to my blog. I cant figure out how to do that. Could you please give me instructions? I guess I need to take a class!!! Thanks again, Laura

  10. Wow, wow, wow, wow, WOWZERS TDC!
    I am like in hog heaven, or something very near to it!

    I have been reading your blog posts since yesterday - I can not stop!


    Your wit, your talent, your eye for EVERYTHING! I'm sitting here with my mouth hanging ajar drooling all over my keyboard!

    Wow, I just am in AWE!

    Hey - I have a FANTASTIC idea - how about I send you pictures of my SOOOOINCREDIBLYINDESPERATENEEDOFHELP house, and you help me decorate?! =) Now there's an idea!

    Keep up the amazing work!
    Love it!


  11. And we finally meet!

    I live in south-western Ontario, Canada, and I recently discovered the wonderful world of bloggers who love a beautiful home as much as I do. I am in love with my home (and my hub and three girls!) and feel lost if I’m not putzing about with project or two. I stumbled upon your blog about a month ago and have been visiting daily. My in-laws were visiting from Florida recently (my MIL is a fellow blogger) and I was chastised for being a “lurker”. So, I hope you will accept my apologies for lurking around your fabulous site. I am a newbie and can’t figure out how to comment on your blog. Help!

    I have been completely inspired by you and in one month I have used more cans of spray paint than I care to admit to (my husband and three girls (6, 9 and 12 years old) have been teasing me about the spray paint). I’ve completed a few half finished projects and I have been searching the storage and forgotten corners of my home looking to give things new life. I have even been “shopping” in my parents basement for a few quickie makeovers. (I found an old rattan, glass-top coffee table which I spray painted to change things up on my deck this year. Love the outdoor living room instead of the patio table!)

    It seems to be a common theme that husbands cringe at the word project and my husband is no exception to that. However, he’s gotten so “caught up” in my enthusiasm that he has even (grudgingly) agreed to rip off the carpet and paint the stairs as a fall project. Hooray! I can’t wait! I have peeled a few spots of carpet aside to see what I’m working with and I think I can do it. Of course, I will have to contemplate that over a few glasses of wine this summer.

    Thank you so much for sharing all your great ideas and I look forward to seeing more of what you can do. You go girl!

    Your secret admirer,


  12. what a nice c & b giveaway!!! Sure hope to win! My humble abode could use a shot in the arm!!

  13. I tried to post a comment yesterday but I don't think it took. I love all the functions of the Silhouette, it's impossible to pick my favorite. I recently retired and am in the process of fixing up my house. There are so many things I could do with this. I'd love to have it!

  14. First comment ever...first time seeing Silhouette ever...going to check in out right now. I heart it just from your info. I ordered a Welcome cling for my door, didn't know I could be labeling away on my own. I had a label maker when I was a little girl that pressed the letter into the plastic. I labeled everything!

  15. You are my inspiration-don't know how I found you but I am never letting you go! eww that sounds really gross-sorry! Anyways, you as well as a few other "centsational" bloggers are what inspired me to start blogging. After stalking you all for about a year I finally jumped on the bandwagon-still trying to work out a few kinks in my own little illiterate computer mind but I have finally gone public on facebook. Feel a little queazy about it but it's out there so I'm not looking back. Just wanted to stop by to thank you for all you do for us do it your selfers, cheapy craft peeps. You are a constant source of fab info and I greatly appreciate your blog! My blogspot is but I call my blog Bless My Nest-stop by!

  16. I absolutely LOVE your blog! You have inspired me to try in redecorate my house in so many ways! Thank you so much and please keep posting the great stuff you always do! Again, many thanks! :)

  17. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! I have spent my afternoon (sick day from work) in bed drooling over all of your amazing ideas! I am just getting my feet wet in decorating my new home and now have lots of things I want to try. Thank you so much for sharing! I look forward to seeing more.

  18. Hello,
    Since i'm absolutely in love with your blog, i added you button to my blog.
    Please let me know if that is ok! Here is my blog link:
    Thank you!

  19. Hi! I have been reading your blog regularly but have never commented. You have inspired me to start my own blog to share my projects. I was hoping I could share my project on your site. Please check it out:

    Sorry if this isn't the right way to link a project, but I haven't had success at finding the right way to do this.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas:)

  20. HI TDC! Love your ideas! Found you a few months ago. Question, how does one work around deer mounts in their living room. Well, we have one living/family room. And 3 deer mounts, have you seen one before? I even sent a FB message to Nate to ask for his help. I don't think anymore deer will enter this room. So, for now what to do? If nothing, then I will have to put them in the stairwell on the wall? but the problem is hanging them on a wood stud to support them. Oyyy, what to do? Thanks soooo much.
    Danielle W.

  21. Thank you so much for taking the time to post amazing details of your projects. I have been reading you for a while and I think you have great ideas. I would love to win the Silhouette Machine to help me with so many crafty ideas floating around in my head. I would do some Subway art in frames, lots and lots of apparel items as well as some cards. I think the creativity is endless.
    Thanks again for all your time and ideas!

  22. I was watching Nate Berkus when he featured your blog (probably a repeat but I just started watching him) I have been reading for the last 3 hours and I can't tell you how inspiring you are. I will be here every day, you have so many amazing ideas. I love the way you look at something from Pottery Barn and other expensive stores and think to yourself, "I can do this for way less money than they are asking." And then you do it, I think I have to start making things again, it's been way too long since I've created/made anything. Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Ok I'm new at this blogging thing. So you just get to this spot and post your comments?

  24. Hi!
    I awarded you with the stylish blogger award today. Check it out here:

  25. Love the posts with pics of your real house. So often on blogs people share their crafts and ideas, but you never get to see their home. It always leaves me wondering.... thanks for sharing!! I've highlighted your home posts on my blog.


  26. Love looking at your blog! I hope you can share some helpful hints of being Debit Free! We have the material from Dave Rasmey and went to a couple of classes. Long story on why we didn't finish. But, want to follow through and be debit free!

    Thanks and look forward to you posts!


  27. I first saw you on the Nate show..Yay and lucky for me!! I LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEE your blog!!! Gave me soooo many ideas and help...I have clicked on some of the other blogs you put up for people to see, but although I do like some of there ideas , they dont seem to tell you and explain step step by step how to do it like you thank you for that..just wanted to say thanks for doing a blog for everybody to see.. sincerely me =)

  28. What color of paint is in your kitchen?

  29. We're staging our home in preparation for getting it on the market. Our staging consultant recommended that we put a coffee bar in our master bedroom...she said she sees it in a lot of upscale homes and that people like it. I was wondering if you had any ideas for how to make this happen without looking cheezy. The pics I've seen online all include a sink, which makes sense, but we're not going to install a wet bar in our master just to get this in. I like the idea but am hesitant. Thoughts? Love your blog by the way! :) - Nicole H.

  30. I LOVE your blog!! I found your site while googling how to build a kitchen island. Low and behold you had the exact island I was wanting!! Since then I have not been checking in and reading about your latest projects. I cannot wait to do some of my own. I just wish you lived in MO so I could hire you. You have a beautiful home and keep doing what you love!!

  31. simply lovelove your blog, new ideas are flooding in my mind! what do you think of word press for starting a blog please please tell me some hints, I have directed so many of my friends to your site!!

    Glynn at

  32. OMG! If you only new how much I adore you and your blog! You have the BEST ideas...I love them! I have been trying to work on a blog of my own for years but can't get it together(too much to do, too little time. Anyhoo, love your site, you are an inspiration! Hugs to you and your fam! Tabitha @

  33. I am all new at this "blogging" thing but I just wanted to tell you that I have rally enjoyed everything you have posted. I have recently be diagnosed with RSD, and have started doing alot of reading, I love decorating my home but with RSD I don't always feel like doing so, but you have given me alot of great ideas and maybe someday I will feel like doing some of them. But for now I just take it day at a time and work on small projects. So please keep up the great work and Thank you so much for sharing it has made my days brighter. May God bless you always.

    Mona at

  34. Ok So I am so excited to have found one of the most amazing sites for DIY home ideas...I love it!! My boyfriend doesn't believe that i am as handy as what I am but he will just have to see for himself. I love all of your ideas and my first project is going to be the headboard!!! I am thrilled! Keep up the amazing work!


  35. Of course I L-O-V-E your blog and the wonderful ideas you share!!! BUT...I have an odd question. I see that you own both your DOT com AND your did you do both? Did you just do both as individual sites???

  36. I am wondering if you can tell me where to get a long wooden box like the one with the hydrangeas under your TV on the dresser? I love that and I have been looking everywhere for one like it.


  37. I love your blog! You have so many amazing ideas and we share the same taste in projects and in bargain hunting. I was hoping you could tell me about your kitchen island. My husband and I built a home last year and we have a black distressed island with butcher block top also but no matter how much I oil my butcher block it still has that same blonde color...did you treat your wood with a food safe product or was it built with a darker wood than mine was possibly? I really love the warm color and it will look so much nicer with my wood cabinets and black island than the current blonde does. Thank you so much for any help you can give. I will keep on reading and loving your blog. Blessings, Monica

  38. I am OBSESSED with your green lamps. Where did you get them? I have been looking everywhere to find a colored lamp like that to add a pop of color to my living room! LOVE IT!

  39. You have so many great things on your blog, that its difficult to see it all!! Anyhow, I'm trying to figure out how you did the lamp shade on your ceiling fan in the living room. I love it!! Also, I'm so happy to see how your worked the blue, green and red together. I currently have the reds and greens, and was going to change out to that seaglass color. You made me realize that I don't necessarily have to switch out, just bring it in!

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

    PS: Are you from Long Island by any chance?

  40. Hi. I have never commented on a blog before, but I wanted to say how much I enjoy reading yours. You have tackled many of the projects I plan to undertake in the next couple of months as I put the finishing touches on my "fixer-upper". I appreciate your inspiration!

  41. LOVE!!! your blog and have followed you for a couple of years now. Question??? I bought a beautiful headboard & footboard that I want to paint. Should I spray it or brush it?? I do not like brush strokes, sorry. Thanks...

  42. You have an amazing talent for mixing and matching patterns!

    That's how I found you-Trying to mix and match some material for my kitchen and adjoining mudroom.

    I absolutely love your home, and you have given me so many great ideas!

    I admire your talent so much!


  43. I was wondering where you got the molding for around the light switch? I love that idea but cant find where to buy or how to make it? Thanks!!

  44. Like Sandra I am wondering where you got your switch plates or did you make them? My husband and I just moved a few months ago and have been slowly tackling each room, but the switch plates we could never agree on until I saw the picture of the one in your brown bathroom! Needless to say, we have zero switch plates on any of the switches or plugs and would love to be able to change that! (he is obsessed with moldings too) Thanks, your home is beautiful!

  45. So I'm wanting to mount my flat screen TV to the wall, however I'm not sure what to do with the devices that go along with. I can hide the DVD player and Wii and Xbox pretty well, but what about the Direct TV box? Any suggestions?? Would love your feedback!!

  46. I am a new blogger always looking for and creating great inspirations. I am looking forward to "catching up" on your great posts.
    Hope you'll be inspired by my latest "MASTERPIECE"in your party this week. My Rustic,"Shabby Glam" Washstand re-do :)

  47. for your master:
    See-I'm trying to give you another reason to come to Cinci.


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