Sunday, April 3, 2011

Month in review (and a winner!)

Hello all! Hope you got a touch of spring this weekend like we did! It was SO nice today – just a bit insanely windy. I’ll take it though!!

I’m back for another month in review, just in case you missed that one post.I know it would be awful, really.

But first, I need to announce the winner of the Sentry Safe! The lucky chick is Katie Lott of Kate Congdon Designs! Yay, congrats Katie! Please email me at thriftydecorchick (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll hook you up with your free fire safe!

OK, onto a recap of the March posts.

I jumped the gun with last month’s recap, so I’m adding in a couple from the end of February – cause I can’t leave out this guy:

The Nut

That is our Peanut, or as I like to call him, The Nut. He’s a Chihuahua Rat Terrier mix and is cuddling against me as I type. :) He’s the cutest, the snuggliest, the craziest little pup we’ve ever met. He and the Bub are now best buds for life. He and the cats…notsomuch. ;)

Actually, he LOVES them – they just have very little tolerance for him. One of the cats has been great with him, the other two are still getting used to the idea of a puppy. Puppy? What the heck is a PUPPY? And why is he in OUR house?? (I’m pretty sure that’s what they’re thinking.)

I promise to do a Peanut post again soon. I’ve got plenty of content for that one.

I shared some pictures of a lady date friends and I took to one of my favorite antiquing spots in Indy:

midland arts and antiques

If you live near or in Indy and haven’t been, I highly recommend it. Be ready to dig, and plan on spending at least an hour!

I FINALLY finished purging the basement, and it only took, like, five years: unfinished basement

We use the space often, even though it’s unfinished. But we’re starting to plan the finishing process…hopefully taking steps by summer. (YAHOO!!!)

I posted a giveaway to Oriental Furniture, and was a bit surprised to find all of the beautiful pieces that would work in our home:

The March Before and After party was the biggest yet!! I shared how the eating area in our kitchen has changed over the years:

kitchen bay window

I’ll post this month’s party tomorrow evening – get your posts ready!

Next I talked about how the economy has affected the value of our house and what we decided to do about it:

Meaning, we’re not doing anything about it. :) Staying put.

I showed off the sweet and funny Allison of House of Hepworths:

key art

If you missed all her great projects, go here.

Next I played musical dressers with the help of Craig and his List:

airplane room

I found the perfect dresser for the Bub’s room, and it had been sitting in the family room all along. :)

It took me a year, but I got all of the knobs in the house changed out from shiny brass to beeeeeautiful oil-rubbed bronze:

changing knobs

I showed you the steps to change out knobs, and I promise it’s not hard! Many of you asked why I didn’t spray paint the knobs – it’s because I did my research and found for the most part, they just don’t hold up. I knew I’d be banging my head against the wall if I had taken all that time to prime, spray and top coat them and then the paint came off! Ugh.

My friend Melissa at 320 Sycamore did a post about how hers turned out, and you can find that here. My friend Beckie has had better luck with her knobs, here. She emphasizes how important each step is though – including sanding each knob.

Overall, I spent less than $300 on all of our knobs, but I also have tendency to take down doors, so I didn’t purchase them for all of the doors we’ve removed. ;)

Next up, I was giddy to be able to take TWO trips to IKEA in just two weeks:

ikea love

I shared some of my favorites with you in this post. Geez, I love that place.

I found a $5 light at our Habitat ReStore and with a little spray paint, it looked like a million bucks!:

PB knock off

OK, a million is pushing it. Maybe $15. ;)

I was tired of waiting around for perfect baseboards in the office, and went ahead and finally installed the board and batten treatment:

board and batten treatment

And ohhh my, I love it! I smile every time I walk in the room!

I shared a few little things around the house that I like, and the Zip It was a hit with you all:

the zip it

And I told you not to watch the video on their site, didn’t I? :)

I didn’t realize it, but the towels I mentioned were on clearance on the Meijer site and you all SOLD THEM OUT! Ha! I freakin’ love it. But I heard from a reader that they have discountinued the towels in the store?? This I do not love. I am going to check it out on my next trip there to see what’s up!

I shared how I have tamed the paper clutter in our house:

paint chip labels

It’s a process that’s working (for me) so far – I hope it’s helped some of you!

Last week I used mossy rocks, a sheet of moss and reindeer moss to create…you guessed it -- a mossy vignette:

mossy letter

Turns out I am SO not the first to make that big honkin version of the Pottery Barn letter! If you search “mossy letter” you’ll find about 5,400 ways to do it. ;)

And finally, last week I shared that our house is rarely perfectly clean, usually quite messy, how I feel like I’m barely keeping up with life sometimes and that’s why we have items like toilet seats in our bedroom at times:

there's a toilet seat in my bedroom

I so appreciate your comments on that post! I read every. single. one.

So that’s it! March was a great month peeps – here’s to a fantastic April!

Don’t forget the April Before and After Party will go up tomorrow evening. Have a great Monday!  


  1. My favorites were the board and batten and the puppy:) I obeyed and did not go watch that zip-it video!! Besides, my husband is a plumber, I know what lurks down there!!

  2. I too looked for the towels at Meijers and could not find them. Your post about them was just in time as we really need to update our "yuck" towel supply. Thanks for your blog...all your ideas are awesome.

    Deborah in Michigan

  3. I just LOVE your blog! Seriously it is one of my all time favorites! Isn't Spring wonderful? We have had the greatest weather here as well. Also, I loved your posts about paper clutter...seriously a problem of mine!

  4. Love the mossy set up! I'm glad your house is messy. Makes me feel less bad about our disaster apartment. :)

  5. I didn't realize you live in Indy. I've been following your blog via facebook for a while now. Too funny! I also didn't know about this antique shop. I'll definitely have to visit!

    Also, I LOVE your blog. :)

  6. My mom has hinted several times that I move into a pet-friendly apartment to get a dog as a companion, the picture of your puppy may have helped her to win her case! I'm glad to know he's doing well! I think his name is appropriate! :)

    Phew! You had a busy month!

  7. I still love your Pottery Barn letter! It's on my list of things to make too! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh, I was a bad girl and watched the Zip-It videos and am still traumatized! I'll say it again, I think your little pup is probably the cutest thing I have ever seen, I just want to kiss his nose! I liked the pic of him in your "(Not) Doing It All" post, where he was just a blur of movement. Pretty much sums him up, doesn't it?!



  9. You have been busy this month! By the way, is there ever a month you're NOT busy?

    Your dog is SO cute. We are contemplating getting a dog. We (I) was really leaning toward adopting a Greyhound, until I was at a friend's house who has one and was able to get up close and really judge the size. Oh my! The dog would not fit in our car! And since this car is only six months old, another car is definitely not in the budget, so unfortunately, no Greyhound, sniff! sniff!

  10. I am LOVING the way the Bubs room came out!

  11. Is it terrible that I was born and raised in Indianapolis my entire life and have never been to Midland?

  12. Like the month in review - cool!

  13. Can I just say that Peanut is the cutest, his little face with his eyes closed!!
    Awesome month, if I only could do as much as you! You rock TDC!
    Thanks for always inspiring and sharing


  14. Thanks for the recap! I was on spring break without internet so thanks for catching me up!

  15. I just love Peanut. He is so cute! There are several posts that you made and I commented on them. I just love your blog. You put lots of effort into your blog and it shows. Great work!

  16. Love the recap!! I'm sure it's got to feel great to see all you've done in a month. Maybe after a while when I'm not pregnant anymore/and settled in with baby #2. I can get some of my projects done. Now that I really want to do the moss covered letter!!!

  17. Love the month in review! And love your Peanut and your beautiful light-filled white office. I also very much appreciated your sharing your house selling/not selling experience. It resonated with me as we went through much the same thing awhile back. It's wonderful, after going through the reasoning, to realize how much you love your own house!

  18. I'm so glad you review your months for me because I get so incredibly behind on my reading! Totally missed your office post! It looks amazing :).

  19. I just love your blog. It makes me smile when I have had a rough day and it has been a huge source of help/support to a starting out (going on 10 months now) fellow blogger.


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