Latest Thrifty Finds and DIY Projects

I thought I’d share with you some our latest thrifty finds and what we’ve been up to this weekend.

We started our fireplace makeover which I am so stoked about! We finalized our mantel plans and started the task of making a level surface on the stone. Here’s the thing about DIY projects…they teach you patience! I am always reminding my kids to be patient. I think pretty much daily around here. I consider myself a somewhat patient person, but I am so anxious to start tiling! The thing is– we can’t rush the prep part. It’s the foundation of our entire project. We have to build a completely flat and level surface before we can start the tiling and it’s taking time. We started Saturday morning with high hopes we’d be tiling by Sunday. Well, that hasn’t happened. We finally are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and should be able to start tomorrow, but it was quite a process to get the surface ready!

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So in-between wait times on the fireplace, I finally made some design decisions. Do you remember our hallway I had started? Well, the doors are painted, the trim and baseboards are installed, but it’s not done. I was having some lighting issues. The first fixture I ordered I ended up returning. I was hoping to find something fab around the local thrifting scene, but haven’t had any luck. So, I decided yesterday to order another fixture. Fingers-crossed this one is a winner! I also tried to find a mirror for my fireplace, but I decided I am going to DIY one so I drew up plans for that too.

We had a couple of trips up to Wisconsin in October and got to check out some shops. Here’s a few of our latest finds that have made their way inside our home.

I found this new little deer buddy at TJ Maxx for $5.99. I think he will make a perfect key hook in our entry way.

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While at the cabin, I snagged a bundle of birch logs for $3. I love them. Growing up, my Grandma always had some by her fireplace.

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I also added to my plaid stadium blanket collection with this one for $13. Never seen it before, it’s going to be my go-to outdoor blanket for bonfire nights.

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Switching gears to holiday time, I found these awesome appetizer plates at Target the other day as I was doing my grocery shopping of course! I’m glad I needed batteries on the other side of the store and saw these on my way. The set is priced at $19.99 which is pretty darn good.

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This pair of vintage brass deer were  only $6 at an antique store. I think we’re on a mission to see how many gold animals we can fit on our bookcases. If you think they are just decorative they are not, I assure you! Sam on a daily basis plays with them. So, you see,  they are pretty and serve a purpose. That’s how I justify adding to the gold animal menagerie.

vintage-gold-deer

 

I also have been thinking about holiday time, so I brought the sequins pillow back out. It’s not new, but has been in storage since last Christmas. I can’t help myself, but it’s going to be a gold, silver, and black Christmas again! I love to change things up, but I haven’t tired of this combo yet for holiday time.

sequin-pillow

 

I may even do a holiday craft today if I get the time!

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34 Comments on Latest Thrifty Finds and DIY Projects

  1. cassie
    November 5, 2013 at 7:50 am (6 months ago)

    AWESOME finds! i need to shop with you!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 5, 2013 at 7:56 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Cassie :) That would be so fun!! xo Kristin

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  2. Pam @ Simple Details
    November 5, 2013 at 8:06 am (6 months ago)

    I’ve learned the hard way (many times!) it pays to be patient! Your project looks amazing, Kristin! I saw that cute little hook at HG, too!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 5, 2013 at 9:14 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Pam :) It’s going to take some great attention to detail. That little hook I really had no need for, but couldn’t pass it up ;) xo Kristin

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  3. Julia @ Cuckoo4Design
    November 5, 2013 at 8:21 am (6 months ago)

    I love the plans for your fireplace. It will be so fabulous!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 5, 2013 at 9:15 am (6 months ago)

      I hope so ;) First time tiling anything so this will be a slow-going project. xo Kristin

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  4. caroline [the diy nurse]
    November 5, 2013 at 8:48 am (6 months ago)

    Those plans were sooo detailed! Way better than my way of doing things lol ;)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 5, 2013 at 9:16 am (6 months ago)

      It’s all those design classes I took in college. I have to draw things to scale on projects like this to really visualize it. xo Kristin

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  5. interiorsbykenz
    November 5, 2013 at 10:37 am (6 months ago)

    I’m excited to see your fireplace! And please take me shopping with you! Your finds are amazing.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm (6 months ago)

      You and I both sister! I want to see it all pretty but I know it will be a few days maybe even a week…I hit the jack pot around here for thrifting. Love it, always find something. xo Kristin

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  6. jlhoneyman
    November 5, 2013 at 10:38 am (6 months ago)

    A lot of fun stuff going on over there! The fireplace project is so fun and will make such a huge impact in your living room!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm (6 months ago)

      I feel like it’s always like that around here, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg around here on things we need to update. I hope it will turn out fab! xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Caitlin :) We are plugging away! xo Kristin

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  7. now at home mom
    November 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm (6 months ago)

    love your finds and I’m sure your fireplace will look wonderful
    good luck finding a new light fixture :-)
    & can’t wait to see your DIY mirror :-)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Ingrid! I hope the one I just ordered works :) xo Kristin

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  8. Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    November 5, 2013 at 3:31 pm (6 months ago)

    I love the look of birch wood! We don’t have any of it near in these parts tho.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm (6 months ago)

      I see a lot of it when we are in Wisconsin, there’s a bit around here too. I just love it too :) xo Kristin

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  9. LetsJustBuildaHouse (@LetsBuildaHouse)
    November 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm (6 months ago)

    i really want a little brass animal for my living room. I cant seem to get lucky and find one in the thrift stores around here! love yours so cute!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 5, 2013 at 7:50 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Trina :) I always find them at thrift stores. xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 5, 2013 at 7:51 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks Gretchen :) xo Kristin

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  10. anu
    November 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm (6 months ago)

    Your fireplace is going to be so great! I think the Finn in me is partial to Birch. We have quite a bit of it in our house. Love how the logs look in that basket.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 6, 2013 at 6:25 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks Anu :) It is so beautiful without any help. Love it too :) xo Kristin

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  11. Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles
    November 5, 2013 at 11:04 pm (6 months ago)

    Love those little brass deer, and your fireplace is going to be lovely! You will enjoy that so much for Christmas!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 6, 2013 at 6:26 am (6 months ago)

      I am so excited for that! I am already planning how I will decorate the mantel :) xo Kristin

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  12. Bethany
    November 6, 2013 at 5:14 am (6 months ago)

    I’m so excited for your fireplace reveal, I know it’s going to be great! I just picked up some birch wood the other day for beside my fireplace. It definitely cozies things up!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 6, 2013 at 6:27 am (6 months ago)

      It really does make things cozy, doesn’t it :) I can’t wait to finish this fireplace and share it. xo Kristin

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  13. Amber from WillsCasa.Com
    November 7, 2013 at 9:11 pm (5 months ago)

    Love how those birch logs look. Unfortunately we don’t have any birch trees down here. Boo. Those gold plates are fantastic! I saw the white and black set from Nate Berkus that’s coming out later this month. I didn’t know there were already a great set out there. I might have to go pick some up to go with my gold rimmed west elm plates.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 8, 2013 at 7:33 am (5 months ago)

      You should check it out. The plates were by the kitchen and furniture section at my Target on an end cap. They would look great with your WE set. xo Kristin

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  14. Leslie
    November 7, 2013 at 10:17 pm (5 months ago)

    Love those plates from Target!! Who makes them? I can’t find them in store or online :(

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 8, 2013 at 7:35 am (5 months ago)

      Hi Leslie, it doesn’t say who just says for Target Holiday 2013. I bet you see them soon, as they had just put out the holiday stuff when I was there. xo Kristin

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  15. Sarah {Lacquer and Linen}
    November 11, 2013 at 11:51 pm (5 months ago)

    I have been waiting for those Target plates to hit my Target, but I still haven’t seen them yet! Ugh!!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      November 14, 2013 at 11:00 am (5 months ago)

      I hate that. Sometimes I’ll see something on IG and then check my Target and it’s not there. xo Kristin

      Reply

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