Showing off Tracie of Cleverly Inspired

September 03, 2011

I’m back this weekend to show off another fabulous DIY blogger – I know you’ll love her – it’s been waaaay too long since I showed someone off, so I’m excited to brag on another great blogger!

Tracie with Cleverly Inspired always has something fun up her sleeve – whether it be crafty goodness, DIY fun or some YUMMY recipes:


I love her header! Too cute! :)

One of her latest projects was transforming her bathroom vanity – here’s the before:

Of course, there’s the go-to project – painting the cabinets. But then she did the unexpected! (And I love that!)

She used an old window shutter as the new countertop:

shutter bathroom vanity

Isn’t that lovely? (And yes, you can use wood near a sink – you just need to poly and caulk the heck out of it!)

You can see more about that project here.

We all know spray paint is the bee’s knees, and Tracie proved that once again with this $2 sconce:


She sprayed it a beautiful blue, then added some pretty little crystal gems to glam it up a bit:


Double thump to the chest for the spray paint!! I love how this turned out!

I’m totally, completely jealous of how pretty her garage is! She transformed it from this:

To this:

grey garage door

All with just some paint and fabric! And that cart is a changing table – brillz. ;) I so need a spray paint station like that.

You can see more about that project here.

One of my very favorites is her foyer redo – it was pretty to start with:


But with some paint, trim and a new light, it’s stunning now!:

foyer redo SWOON!! Love it! What a great first impression!

She’s also a crafty chick (I’m working on some crafty goodness myself this weekend – it’s been way too long!). I love how she used copies of her mother’s recipes to create a super cute recipe box:


I just think that is lovely. :)

And speaking of recipes – here. you. go:

chocolate molten dessert crock pot mac and cheese pumpkin bread chicken and wild rice soup

You can click on the photos to get to the recipes. And yes, I totally chose comfort foods on purpose. Tomorrow we’re down to 80 degrees here and that feels positively winter-like compared to this summer! I see that crock pot mac and cheese in our future…yummo!

I hope you’ll give Tracie a visit – I promise you’ll be hooked! And you’ll want to bake something. Trust me. :)

If you are interested in being highlighted, send an email to thriftydecorchick (at) gmail (dot) com and title it SHOW ME OFF! Send a me a few links to your favorite projects and maybe some photos as well. I’ve got a long list of great bloggers to highlight, but I’d love to add a few more!

The September Before and After Party will go up Monday evening – so get those posts ready! Until then, I hope you have are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

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  1. She has some really cute ideas! Thanks for sharing her site! (And now I wish I hadn't donated our changing table last year...)

  2. Her foyer redo is one of my all-time favs!!! Go Tracie!

  3. What a clever girl she is! I must make my way to her blog. Totally:)
    ps. How is your kitchen?

  4. I'm already a follower of her blog but it's always fun to see a fellow blogger highlighted and all their projects together!

  5. And again...I am eternally grateful....thanks girl!

  6. How cute is that bathroom counter top...AND creative! Yes, you can use wood for a bathroom counter...two of my bathrooms have antique dressers where a hole was cut to make way for a sink and, YES, lots of poly needs to be applied. That reminds me...I need to poly mine again when the weather gets cool enough to open the windows..that stuff stinks!!

  7. Yes - she's clever for sure! Love all of her projects - her foyer redo turned out so so great!

  8. Sweet! So excited to win the gift card! Thanks so much :)

  9. I love that you highlight other people out there! Now I have another great someone to read and inspire me. It's much appreciated!

  10. These are really delightful colourful treats and photographs. I also like to add mint and chestnut, strawberries and cream, vanilla and salted caramel, too delicious.

  11. Hi, the lampshade looked so good. It added much more beauty without wasting too much time or spending a lot. The best this was to add those glass crystal. Also loved your door painting and covering of the shoe rack idea. It makes the place appear neater and happier.

  12. Love your blog -- just wanted to say hi, I'm your newest follower. If you ever have time, come visit me at

    Always interesting to see some excellent designs from other countries and how they grow. Thanks for the great post!

  14. Great projects- thanks for sharing! Thanks for the giveaway too! Imagine my surprise this morning when I saw I was one of the winners!!! Yay!

  15. A TON of great stuff. This looks really, really fantastic. What camera do you use?

  16. Great blog ! Thank you =)



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