Turn an IKEA Tarva dresser into a nightstand

Turn an IKEA Tarva dresser into a nightstand

How to turn the small Tarva dresser from IKEA into a beautiful bedroom nightstand! I searched for the perfect nightstands for our room for  years ! I could never find exactly what I wanted.  They had to be tall enough and have plenty of storage. (We keep a lot of books in our nightstands.) OH and the biggie -- they couldn't cost hundreds of dollars each.  I finally ended up with the Tarva dresser from IKEA after seeing all the ways you can hack the Tarva dresser  to get the look you want.     This Tarva line comes in a variety of sizes, from three to six drawers. They all come unfinished, so you can customize them exactly how you want for your space.  The drawers are nice and roomy and you can cut down the legs to adjust the height of the dressers. The best part -- they're only $100 each!  This is how our Tarva nightstands started out: When I put them together years ago I cut down the legs with my saw. It made them the p



This faux evergreen "plant" will fool everyone

This faux evergreen "plant" will fool everyone

If you don't have a green thumb, these faux evergreen topiaries are perfect for your outdoor planters!  The flowers in our front porch pots are a pain to keep alive...and it could be because I always forget to water them. ;)  But mostly it's because they get a ton of sun but very little rain since they're covered on the porch.  So for awhile now I've been looking for something to plant that is low maintenance and can handle the full sun most of the day. Oh, and a decent price!  The perfect plant, basically.  I thought about using this awesome plant that you can't kill  we have in the back yard:  They live in the planters with poles for our DIY string lights over the patio : Because they keep their color in the winter, I knew they'd be a great, low maintenance option for the front planters as well. 



Four DELICIOUS & easy Crock-Pot soup recipes

Four DELICIOUS & easy Crock-Pot soup recipes

My four absolute favorite comfort food slow cooker meals! They are creamy, delicious and super easy.  Three of these are creamier, chicken slow cooker soup recipes, and one is a classic CHEESEY mac and cheese. I mean...how can you go wrong?  I enjoy making these crock pot meals as much in the warmer months as I do in the cooler ones. I call them all "comfort foods" -- but that goes any time of the year!  I’m sharing some of our favorites and a few changes that I make to the original recipes.  First up – this truly scrumptious slow cooker chicken and dumplings recipe: Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience.  See my  policies and disclosure page  for more information. I first found this recipe ten years ago (the blog is no longer operating).  It is SOOOOO good!  I am a chicken and dumplings NUT. This one does not disappoint and you'll be surprised at how easy it us.  Crock pot chicken and dumplings



The new & improved Thrifty Decor Chick!

The new & improved Thrifty Decor Chick!

Welcome to the new look and feel of Thrifty Decor Chick!  It's been a long time coming! I've always said it's a mystery that I've been successful at this blogging thing.  I don't know coding...at all. I don't pay great attention to Google when they tell us to change things. I was blissfully unaware of what SEO was for years...and even now that I do, it's rare that I follow it perfectly. 😬 I just want to work on projects and write about them. :)  The new site went live last week and we've been tweaking things here and there since.



How to paint kitchen cabinets tutorial

How to paint kitchen cabinets tutorial

A detailed tutorial on how to paint your kitchen cabinets. If you've ever considered painting your kitchen or bathroom cabinets, this tutorial will take you through every step! This particular process uses a paint sprayer, which will give you the absolute best, factory-looking finish.  If you're interested in painting your cabinets by hand, check out this cabinet painting by hand tutorial .  This post has been updated to share with you again!  I told you about my new love affair with the best paint sprayer I've used -- if you are considering this project I HIGHLY recommend it. It will get the job done well. This is the entire cabinet painting process, step by step to break it down for you. Painting your cabinets is NOT hard. It's a practice in patience and it can be stressful at times, but it's not hard. :)  I have to first thank my friend Jenny from Evolution of Style again -- she traveled over from Cincinnati to help me get set up and go through the process