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Salvaged rusted trunk turned coffee table

The past couple of months I have been frequenting thrift stores looking for furniture and things we can use for our house.  I am learning the art of  “thrifting” and have had some recent success.  The biggest rule: patience pays. You have to be willing to go often and be content to leave with nothing, 90 percent of the time.

One of my recent and favorite finds was this old, antique, rusted trunk found at our local Salvation Army for $14.

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I was so excited when I found it, I ripped the sticker off and may have jumped up and down a little.

First, I tried to remove the rust with soap and hot water. Then I decided I would just try to paint over it with some chalk paint because I was too lazy to sand it all off  (also, the lady at the store told me that Annie Sloan chalk paint adheres to everything including rust and that I shouldn’t have a problem-false.)  A few coats later and the rust was still coming through the paint.  We made a trip to home depot and bought some water-based Kilz and applied that over the chalk paint (cringe) and after it dried applied another 2 coats of Annie Sloan’s Old White followed by clear wax then dark wax.  A weeks worth of naptimes and 6 coats later we have a coffee table that I love.

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If you are interested in using Annie Sloan paint and wax- I spent some time researching beforehand and found this video especially helpful for applying the dark wax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz9Bem69Wb0

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Thrifty

Recently, I have really enjoyed popping into different thrift stores, making small purchases and essentially figuring out how to make something beautiful out of nothing.  Below I reused an old flower vase given to us to make a terrarium with the addition of some inexpensive succulents.

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I bought some small succulents from Lowes, lined the bottom with rocks and filled it up with some cactus/citrus soil.  I am notorious for killing all things green, whether by over watering or neglecting but this guy has held up nicely for almost a month now!

Another cheap find from the thrift store was this tray at .50 cents.

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Although, not terrible, I figured with the addition of some pretty fabric and burlap this guy would make a great centerpiece for our coffee table.

Supplies:

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Tutorial: http://www.marthastewart.com/287716/handmade-decorative-tray

And the finished project-

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 Also, if you don’t have a tray in mind, you could easily do this with an aluminum baking sheet!

Save More Clip Less

Below is the link to the free e-book by The Peaceful Mom

http://thepeacefulmom.com/2011/08/19/free-e-book-save-more-clip-less/

I really enjoy following this woman via her blog as she chronicles their journey as a family of six living on less than 28,000$ a year.  She has a lot of helpful tips on her website for organizing, planning and feeding a family on a tight budget.  I was really excited when I saw this book on her blog and thought I would share it! I will update with a quick review when I finish it.

**Also, while we are on this topic, Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts are on sale in my area at Food Lion for 1.99$/lb. (When chicken is this cheap I buy it in bulk and freeze it).

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