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Frames are expensive. Even Target frames are like $15 each at the lower end and that sort of thing adds up when you’ve got a bunch of blank walls to fill. My go-to sources for inexpensive frames are Ikea and discount stores like Family Dollar or Dollar General. The only downsides are that 1) Ikea is 250 miles away, and 2) discount store frames look like they came from a discount store. Examples: these two extremely old photos of “art” that I hung in my bedroom using frames from Dollar General.

I mean, they’re alright. They’ve been there for like two years and I didn’t hate them enough to take them down, but when I was rearranging my room recently I decided to spruce them up a bit with some paint. It was done on a whim so I didn’t think to take any pictures of the process but I was so pleased with the results that I couldn’t resist sharing it with y’all. Mr. Pavo Real is now hanging behind the bed by himself.

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And the smaller locally-inspired print is still in the same spot above the dresser.

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I actually just mixed some black and white acrylic paint with a little bit of metallic silver–all craft paints that I already had–and slapped on two coats after taping off the glass. It was really easy to scrape any mistakes off the glass with my fingernail, so if you’ve got a steadier hand than me then you could probably get away without taping. And even if you don’t have any paint on hand a little tube of craft paint is only like a dollar. You could choose practically any color of the rainbow! I love that something so simple and completely free made these cheapo frames look way more expensive and custom. I think it’s the matte finish that I dig so much. Of course, if you were putting your frames anywhere that they might be bumped into or whatever you might want to use primer or some sort of protective coating, but like I said this was done on a whim so no such sensible measures here. If the paint gets scratched I guess I’ll just put my head into my hands and cry. And then touch it up with more paint that I already have.

I hope you each have a wonderful weekend! LSU is playing their first home game tomorrow and my husband is over-the-moon excited. It’s a non-conference game against an opponent we’re expected to smash so he actually was able to snag a ticket. He’ll be bringing Jack while I sit home and eat bon bons and take a staycation from motherhood. Color me delighted!

I finally got around to moving all my bedroom furniture back into the new/old arrangement. The bed stayed in the corner but everything else went back to their original places. They were moved around for so long that Nick and I are both having to get used to where our respective underwear drawers are again, haha. Our bedroom is the only room upstairs and is sort of a loft style, hence the railing you see in the photo below.

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I rearranged some of the wall decor while I was at it, including the painting I recently purchased. And do you see what else is below??? I got a new nightstand! A reader suggested the Lindved side table from Ikea and at only $20 I figured it was certainly worth a try! My friend Brandi was conveniently already headed to Ikea in Houston Labor Day weekend and picked it up for me.

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While not as sturdy as I’d hoped, it’s the perfect size and I love that the metal and thin legs are different from anything else I have in here. Variety is the spice of life, am I right? And since I got it for only $20 maybe now I can justify spending $60 on a table for the other side. I’d like something a little different but hopefully the same height.

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Thanks Mary for suggesting the Lindved! I want you all to know that I made my bed especially for these photos. That’s how special you are to me. Also, I finally got around to creating a facebook page for my blog! You can check it out here. I’ll be using it to share blog posts, instagram photos, etc. Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a fabulous Thursday!

My main motive for antique shopping earlier this week was to find a nightstand or two for the master bedroom. There were several promising contenders.

I liked the lines of this one, and even though the tag said it was painted maple I liked that the glossy finish would have set it apart from all the other wood in the room. It was perfect in every way but the price–$90 is just too rich for my blood.

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This one was also quite lovely, but I didn’t think it came up to snuff in the toddler-compatibility department. I could just see Jack (or a cat) knocking the whole thing over in one fell swoop. Plus it wasn’t marked and I hate hate hate having to ask about prices at places like this. So much pressure!

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I loved the lines of this bentwood and cane side table, but even though the price was great at just under $30 it just wasn’t tall enough. Side note: I keep a tiny tape measure in my wallet at all times for occasions just such as this. I measured the height of my bed a week or two ago and decided that I need nightstands that are 24″-30″ tall. Most are much shorter than that, and we don’t even have a boxspring! Nightstand and bed manufacturers need to get together and coordinate their efforts.

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This one was also promising. I liked the metal legs, the clean lines, and the dark faux finish on the wood top, but at $85 it was a no-go.

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Here’s the sewing table I ended up buying for the dining room in its natural habitat, with a slightly blurry Jack giving an enthusiastic kick to show his approval. I’m glad it came to live with us.

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I’m starting to get a little frustrated in my nightstand search. I just want two tables that are round, 2′-2.5′ tall, not too easy to tip over, and preferably not made of wood. And under $50 each. Sometimes the hardest part of decorating is being patient. I know from experience that I just need to keep my eye out and wait for the right piece to find me, but boy do I wish I could speed things along! Patience, grasshopper, I whisper to myself as I stroll the aisles of the thrift store.

In between reading up on psychoanalysis and vacuuming every square inch of my house to deal with an apparent flea problem I found the time this weekend to sketch up a quick diagram of our master bedroom. Behold:

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As a reader suggested, I think I’m going to put everything except the bed back where it was. And I’m going to keep my eye out for a pair of small round tables to use as nightstands–I’m thinking something metal to break up all the wood in here. And I would love to get a large rug to anchor the space. Maybe this one? I think I like the bed in the corner because it just feels like a better use of the space. It’s hard to describe, but the room just felt “off” before. Maybe it’s feng shui or something. Also, the bed-in-corner layout offers the distinct advantage of providing hidden storage space behind the headboard! We don’t have any attic storage so bulky seasonal decor and long term storage have always posed a special challenge for us. With the bed arranged this way I could pile that corner up with outgrown baby gear I’m not ready to part with and no one would be the wiser.

So now I’m on the hunt for a pair of nightstands. I know the frugal thing would be to keep my eyes peeled at the thrift store, estate sales, etc., but I’m feeling impatient and may splurge for something online if I can find what I’m looking for at a good price (and by “splurge” I meanĀ maybe I’d spend $100 for the pair, and that would be pushing it).

Thanks for reading, y’all. I hope you had a wonderful weekend!