The Diana Way

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That’s right so I am finally getting a few things done and crossed off my list as I hunt for fun new things as I prepare to decorate for a home that I Have yet to move into. Oh my gosh I had no idea how stressful home buying wise. Anywho I digressed. Well here she blows. Remember that super cute bread box I scored at the goodwill. Well here she is all done up.

Excuse the junk in the photo. I litterally have no space in my current super smaller then small apartment kitchen. Plus since I am packing and bringing things in and out all the time, certain areas are constantly junky (just for the moment)

Next, over the weekend, especially after seeing this beautiful stool posted on Better After (shout out to Better After, I love thee!) I kept thinking for my new kitchen I want to be able to take a seat while I am waiting on something(what I am not sure) or have the current off again and on again husband/boyfriend hang out in the kitchen with me. So why not a stool?@! The new kitchen is much larger then my apartment kitchen space ( thank goodness) but not super large for a cool island to pull a seat up to. But it has space for seating to chill or keep the cook company.

While out at a new Goodwill I walked around for what seemed like hours looked for potential decor items or furniture but finally stumbling across some cool gift wrap I thought it was time to leave or roll out but something caught my eye at the corner of the other entrance where these two stools: Mind you these bad boys were sickly dirty I mean like someone threw a party on it. But for $5 bucks each I couldn’t pass it up. I mean the ones on craigslist although were slightly cleaner they wanted $30 or $40 and chuld that is not in my budget!

So I dragged them to the front or really carried them with purse and wrapping paper like Super Girl and proudly handed the cashier my $10 bucks and some change.

First step, I busted out my 409 cleaner and sprayed these things down top to bottom. The pic above is pre-spray down. I think decided to match the kitchen I wanted something possibly gray and black and will later on add some print to the top.

Here she is all primed up

Looks 1million times better right, Yes I agree. I almost considered keeping her gray. But I went ahead and did a black bottom and kept the top gray. Which now I totally love it. So I bet you want to see the finish piece right? Well you’ll have to wait till tomorrow 🙂 Teaser ain’t I 🙂


Today has been crazy hectic with a 2 hour long staff meeting and all and a busy weekend, I just didn’t get the chance to blog. However I did get some projects done and started. Remember this beauty. This super goodwill find for only $2. I am always looking for trays and everything else. But I wanted to update her and give her a new spin. Check out this beauty now.
and now shown with another goodwill find.
Mainly I cleaned her off and sprayed her down with a can of red spray paint. Which because it’s silver it took a few coats and of course letting it dry in between. My next step after she dried was finding some scrap book paper to go and of course I had none that was going for the look I wanted. Off to Michaels I went and found this paper for .79 cents ( Big whoop right). I glued it down and then pulled out my trusty mod podge and was finish. I already had the spray paint and the modpodge. SO my cost was $2.79.

Remember that sweet little Birdy I found also at the Goodwill, well the all white bird just wasn’t doing anything for me and I love the look of all of these shadow birds that is gracing the blogworld. So for now I found my first birdy and gave her a new look. For some reason I can’t find her pic but stay tuned. Nothing a little spray paint and some scrap book paper can’t fix.

Last but not least I also found this beauty on a return trip to the goodwill, I seem to have found one I like so far but I am going to keep looking for that to die for Goodwill. But I really wanted a breadbox, something to look sweet and traditional on my counter top but something that also gives off some character.
So in her current state she’s ok, not hot or anything but a looker right? Well stay tuned for her updated look.

After seeing endless and I mean endless blogs of cute birds displayed on mantel’s, on nightstands on desks, I have craved for a sweet little birdie to call my own. It makes me mad, that I just can’t find one at the local thrift stores now believe me I have looked high and low.

I am still on the search but on my weekend check in at a Goodwill that I had not explored yet ( was not thrilled with) and speaking of which (Quick Rant) What is the deal with the prices in the Goodwill! I remember when things used to be hella cheap! I saw the sweetest nightstand that they wanted like $30 bucks for. Maybe in my progressing old age I have gotten cheap?/@! Dunno. Anyways, back to my birdie. So while out exploring I did come across a bird.

I am thinking of painting her black and placing her somewhere in my kitchen. What do you think? But still on the hunt for more birds!