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New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A Budget

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New Deck Space | Deck Decor On A BudgetI'm super excited to share with you all our new deck space and how we furnished it (thus far) on a budget. Deck and patio furniture and decor can be so expensive and when you live in the upper midwest the time spent on your deck or patio can be iffy. We don't spend loads of money on anything (besides ground beef - I refuse to buy ground beef unless it's 100% grass-fed and finished), so like everything else I purchase, I shopped around. 

Retailers make it very easy to walk in a store or shop online and purchase entire outdoor seating sets with everything you need including coordinating pillows, outdoor rugs, drink glasses, end tables, decor and anything else you can think of to make your outdoor space welcoming. That can get so expensive - and I definitely don't shop like that. I prefer to shop the sales and trust myself when it comes to coordinating everything. And for this space, I decided to go in a completely opposite direction of the decor in our home and use bright modern colors. I also forbade myself from using anything rustic, aged, or vintage. 

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Reclaimed Wood & Black Pipe TV Stand

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Reclaimed Wood and Black Pipe TV StandAfter many, many, many months, I'm finally making good on the promise to post more pictures and details about our reclaimed wood & black pipe tv stand. Whenever I post a glimpse of our tv stand on social networking, I'm always asked questions about it. The reason why it's taken so long for me to finally do this might seem silly....

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Painted Dresser Makeover

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Painted Dresser MakeoverIf you haven't noticed yet, I seem to have a slight obsession with white painted furniture. Between my painted farmhouse style kitchen table and chairs and my Menards chalk painted desk, plus all of the other painted white furniture in our home I have yet to share with you all, white seems to be my thing. It's classic, clean, and versatile. In some rooms in can look elegant and polished and in others it can look casual and even handcrafted. 

When we moved into our new house last summer, we sold, gave away, and donated more than half of our possessions. I can't imagine ever going back to having any kind of clutter in our home again. I got real serious about minimizing my wardrobe at that time too. Why I bothered to keep clothes that didn't fit or that I never wore was beyond me. I'm not big into fashion and I don't work a full-time job outside of the home, so there is no reason for me to have a large wardrobe. Having a smaller wardrobe made it easier to go looking for a dresser for our bedroom since I wasn't looking for that much storage space. We sold our bedroom furniture when we moved from Wisconsin, and I was determined to have mostly unique pieces of furniture in our new house, so I looked at rummages, on Craigslist, and frequented furniture consignment stores for the perfect (to me) dresser. 

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Brighten Your Space with New Table Lamps

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Kirkland's Lamps

Usually when people think of updating a room or giving it a new look that doesn't cost a lot, they think of changing out throw pillows. While that is a great option, I think changing out the lamps in a room make a much bigger statement. Especially if you decide to go with something that is a different width, height, color, and finish. If you are like me and like to make changes to your home without spending a boatload of money, the following table lamps below from Kirkland's are great options for your home no matter what your decor style your is - especially since the lamp shades are included (those can get so costly!). Plus, when you join the Kirkland's K Club, you will earn 1 point for every $1 spent and receive a $10 reward for every 300 points earned. On top of all that, you can use their Spin to Win app (iTunes or Google Play) and use a new coupon every single day!

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Farmhouse Style Painted Kitchen Table and Chairs Makeover

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Farmhouse style painted kitchen table and chairsI'm super excited to share with all of you my latest project because it's been something I have been planning since last fall. As much as I loved the large farmhouse table that we scored for a super good deal at an Amish auction last summer, I have plans for it in another area of our house (you can see that table and the benches here). In the next few weeks we're going to be starting our deck and I'm eager for that to happen because it's going to be an extension of living space (for a month or so out of the year since we do live in Minnesota - har har har). Our new deck space will have an upper and lower deck and my plan right now is to use the old rectangular farmhouse table and benches on the lower part of the deck. With our daughter's high school graduation party coming up, having the farmhouse table and benches will be great for extra seating. And just a month after that I turn 40 so we might just need extra seating for another party. :) 

These past few months I have been keeping watch on Craigslist and Facebook for a used kitchen table and chairs. I knew I wanted a pedestal table and I knew I wanted 6 chairs. I occasionally found sets that I was interested in purchasing and ended up disappointed because they were either already sold, or the seller never responded to my email. After dealing with that for awhile, my husband suggested buying the table and chairs separate since I had planned on painting them anyways. Duh. Why didn't I think of that?! 

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