Saturday, May 17, 2008

it's the little things

so I went on a little Saturday trip to Target today (the hubbie was out of shampoo) and then I saw my favorite thing. A red clearance sticker. It was on something I had mentioned before that if I saw it on clearance, I would get it. It will be a great accent piece for spring and summer. It's a lantern pillar candle holder. They have three different sizes and I got the small one that is regularly $12.99 and on sale for $6.48. I snagged it immediately! It's resting on my mantle right now but will find it's permanent (at least for the spring/summer seasons) once we get down to organizing our dvds so they don't take up so much space. Anyway, here's a picture of it:

I'm on my way to a more care free airy summery living space, of course for less.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

vase variety

If you are looking around for vases right now, Target has a ton of them on sale. Now that I have my flower garden, I've been trying to keep my eyes open for bud vases to put out a flower that may be snapped off the plant. I found a really cute teardrop glass bud vase for $1.49 last night so I snagged it up, and right now it is proudly displaying a gerbera daisy.

oh, also saw some pots and hammocks on sale for your outdoor needs. I BADLY want a hammock but unfortunately, that will have to wait. Hopefully I can still find a good deal though.

Monday, May 5, 2008

yes, I AM pathetic

I have been so terrible about updates here! I do have a valid excuse though.. I am on a spending freeze! I can't buy fun cheap things for a while :( Isn't that so sad? I remembered something I could write about though. Not too long ago my husband and I did a DIY desk for our office. Our inspiration? what else... Pottery Barn. This desk has been around for a while and I have been drooling over it from the very minute I saw it.

by the way, they have changed the picture for this desk about 4 times (at least) since they came out with it.

Anyway, it is sold in pieces and you can choose what you want. I wont give you a complete run-down of the prices (you can find that on their website), but lets just say that the SMALL corner desk top (desk top ALONE.. nothing to hold it up) is ON SALE for $219. Yikes.

JCPenney can always be counted on for a good pottery barn knock-off. Here's theirs:

It also comes in white, which I happen to prefer. Theirs is also sold as components and their corner desktop is on sale for $149 BUT they throw in a single leg ;) So if you can magically balance a desk on one leg, you wont have to buy any more of the components!

Alright.. onto the cool part. Here is my desk in my personal office (please keep in mind my office is FAR from finished and PLEASE ignore the mismatched chairs.. and yes, my office really IS orange):

Alright.. here is the run-down on our desk and the pricing.

the "legs" are cubes stacked on top of each other. They were purchased at Target but Michael's has some almost identical ones for SLIGHTLY more expensive. Ours were around the range of $25. Some were a few dollars less, some were a few dollars more so we're just going to say $25 each and make it easy. We purchased 8 of them.

The desk top was all made out of ONE large sheet of wood that cost us about $10. We had it cut at the store for us.

We purchased a long piece of wood and cut it up to make two legs for the corner part of the desk to support it there. That only cost about $2.

Then there was the paint. That was about $20.

Lastly were brackets because the longest part of the desktop is two pieces put together and then the short part was another piece. We needed to put them together to have it lay flat and stay together. That cost about $3.

so the run-down:

Cubes- $25 x 8 = $200
wood for desktop- $10
wood for legs- $2
paint- $20
brackets- $3
labor- free ;)

for a total approx. cost of:

and that is for a HUGE desk that takes up an entire wall on one side and a large part of a second wall with tons of storage. For that, you can barely get one small part of a desktop at Pottery Barn.. IF it's on sale :)

So kids, what have we learned today? DIY, if you can do it (and trust me, everyone can do something like this.. it didn't take ANY carpentry skills) and you will save lots of $$ in the end.