Thrifty Finds

Things have been a bit on the quiet side at Miller household these days. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

  • The doorways in the living room finally have trim pieces
  • We have a classy new wood boiler! (full post on that later)
  • Our basement is completely cleaned out
  • Our spare bedroom has been re-organized to make room for stuff from the basement

I’ve been holding myself back from decorating because I hate the idea of hanging art/photo’s in a room that isn’t completely finished. Maybe after we get our new floors in, the rooms will feel worthy of decoration. Until then, I’ve been stocking up on some “must have’s” and impulse buys/bargains.
Here’s what I found this weekend:
I found these little cuties on Saturday at Bella Books in downtown Belfast.
I fell in love immediately but I’ve bought several decorative bird lately so I made myself walk around a bit before I committed to them. I told my friends “if they are here when I get back, it’s meant to be”. A few hours and $12 later they were mine.

Today, I dropped into Goodwill to make a donation and check out the household “junk” section. There are always treasures to be found. I immediately spotted a white ceramic duck and muttered “walk away, Kaylene, just walk away…” white ceramic is a weakness of mine and ducks, well… you know how it is. It didn’t take much convincing after my bird fix from Saturday. I was doubtful that I would find something better than a white ceramic duck until I spotted my new lamp:
And it actually works, I’m beyond thrilled!
Isn’t it the cutest? Still a little dusty but she’ll clean up nicely. My Grammie used to have a lamp in her living room that reminds me of this; it was white and the same texture. I don’t know what ever happened to it but I loved playing with it when I was little. Ah, memories.

Anyone find any Goodwill deals lately?


Orange-ya glad I said White Risers?

At first our plan was to stain the entire staircase. When we realized what a pain it was to sand all the nooks and crannies, we decided to look into an alternative. While searching google for staircase images, I came across this little beauty. We loved the looks of white risers and the idea that it would bring a lot more light to our staircase which is sort of dismal. Let’s face it, if there’s one thing we’re not going to turn down, it’s a chance for a brighter/lighter area. We’re surrounded by hulking whispering pines so even the natural sunlight is dim.

Back to the (stair)case at hand. Pretty much all the natural wood in the house was/is orange. unfortunately orange wood is the opposite of everything we have envisioned for our house so it all needs to be re-stained or painted. Our stairs were our biggest orange transformation project yet. I can’t even begin to explain the tediousness of this project. All I can say is that I’m so thankful that these are our only stairs that needed a transformation treatment.

Here they are before:


JC sanded his way down the stairs (literally) one step at a time.

Then he stained the treads and banister… Four coats of semi-gloss polyurethane later and they were looking slick as a whistle. Apparently I was MIA during this whole process because I don’t have any pictures of it. So, here’s a progress pic of some of the risers I primed when we first started – I stopped there because we decided to stain first.

We couldn’t be happier with the results. The treads stained beautifully and I love how a little white paint can make things look crisp and new. Hard to believe they used to be orange:

There you have it folks, in the words of my husband… Badabing-badaboom.