Make Me Over Monday – Part 5

Hope you had a fantastic, happy dance weekend. I worked on another project for Jamil’s apartment. I had this old wine rack with a butler’s tray that’s been needing a bit of TLC. It was one of those “you never know purchases” from a yard sale ions ago. Can’t recall how much, but one thing for sure.. it wasn’t much.


I figured he could use it for his place….(better off there than in the garage collecting dust.. )  then I googled the cost of some them – wow.. I’m really saving him money..(but happy to do it)





Of course I used good ole spray paint to bring it back to life.  I chose antique gold as the color of choice.. besides it’ll go better in his apartment.

Added a stencil on top…

I’m passing his great-grandmother’s vintage shot glasses on to him.

along with the gold-dipped glasses I made a few months ago

Of course I had to start him off with a bottle of wine for his first toast … chuckles..

All in all….   He liked it

I’m happy I was able to move one more item out the building :).   Have a wonderful week my friends..










Friday Finds #4

Ok guys, you know your Thrifty Girl comes across some GREAT bargains.   I have to tell you … this week’s find by far is probably the greatest ever!!  (well except for the vanity mom found) but my insides were screaming with joy.  Goodwill is the BOMB!!  I’m officially hooked..  Ok.. I never – ever look at the electronics they have.. I always figure they’re broken – cheap- and a waste of time.  Well, as I walked past that section, from the corner of my eyes – it’s like the thrift angel spoke to me and whispered in my ear…”LOOK UP”  So I looked.. and guess what I found —–  OMG!!  KLIPSCH Box Speakers  — I ran through that store to get a cart.. raced back and scooped those bad boys up.. I was so excited I almost forgot to look at the rest of the stuff.  All I was thinking – please God let them work-


Guess how much these $140.00 a piece  speakers were ——– $5.75 ea ———–

If any of you are familiar with electronic name brands – you know Klipsch is pretty much top of the line – near Bose.  If not read about them here.   I asked the cashier if they were refundable if they didn’t work.  She said yes  – I had 24 hrs..  The hour drive home seemed like 2 hours – I was so excited to get them home.   I removed the cover and hoped the woofers were not damaged.. and look – nope..So I’m saying who in the world would donate Klipsch speakers.. they must be blown.

I hooked them up to my kitchen stereo and THEY WORK!!!!!!!   Ahhhhhhhh!!! My stereo never sound better.  All I can say is “Thank You Thrift Angel” .  Call me Snoopy – because this has been me ever since I found them..  doing happy dances.  🙂



I feel like I should have “S” on my chest  for “SuperShopper”


I hope you all have a wonderful – happy dance weekend..  Smooches!

My Love of Dance

Pardon the interruption- but there are times when you want to stray off the beaten path – and this is that moment for me  🙂

Years ago, my secret desire was to be a dancer.  Ever since my first visit to see the world renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre group, from that moment on I use to dream of being one.  I love how dancers convey music through movement.  But then reality hit.. Ok Kim, you’re 21 and too old to have ballerina thoughts.. But my twin and I did at least practice with the dancers – exercise that is.. WoW & OUCH!!! is all I could say and made me realize – I should have done that when I was a kid.  We completed a semester with the Gallman’s Dance Studio and enjoyed every aching moment.  But – time has long past and I remember to this day how mentally exciting it was to have at least experienced that just once.  My love of dance has never left and when I see performances such as this.. it only rejuvenates the excitement of wanting to dance.   My sister shared this video with me and I felt compelled to share it with you.  This  performance is done by Gallman’s Dance Theatre group.  As you watch and reflect – I’m sure you’ll see how the thrill of dance can encompass your spirit to make you want to move.  I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did.  Who knows – maybe a Dance Angel will be watching over you – and you’ll dance too…

Thank you Amina for sharing this with me and keeping that memory alive.  I love you Sis..

$2.00 Tuesday – What A Difference

I’m running a bit behind on a few posts, but, remember a few weeks back I had the house powerwashed?  I want to show you the before picture of my side porch.

I know.. YUCKKKKK!!!  See the big discoloration and dirty gray???

This is after the powerwash…  This is a big difference.. I still need to paint the steps… but that’s another project.. at least the porch looks cleaner and brighter.


I’m glad we had that done.. At least now I can continue to spruce up the side porch.  Remember the vintage rattan chair I picked up for $10.00 last year..( I know..I waited longer than I wanted to change that hideous fabric), this chair was a steal!  The average price of these suckers are about $199.99 (see here)I love the shape and look of it.


Since the porch is all clean, it’s time I update her look.  The cushion was recovered with an inexpensive outdoor fabric ($6.00).  A trip to Goodwill paid off because I snagged two pillows for $2.00 ea.  Washed the dust off and this is the new corner area for my side porch.

The Franco Albini rattan ottoman (circa 1950 was gifted to me) is the perfect match for this chair.


After digging deep it the basket barrels at Goodwill, I couldn’t believe I found these – in perfect condition- and they match!



Scrap fabric from the cushions here was used to make the ties for the seat cover



The corner now has a modern, yet, vintage charm – and I love it 🙂


This week – I hope to choose the right color to paint the swing and this side porch will be completed. Yayyyyy!!!


JMillz Place

My oldest son, Jamil, has officially moved into his new apartment and I’ve been searching for items for his bachelor pad.   As I reflect back on how time flies, he’s grown and on his own, a part of me was saddened, but the other part was happy.  He’s all excited about it and truth be told – I’m excited for him.

I’ve been challenged not to use “antiques”  chuckles..Oh boy ..  here we go… Jamil said “Mommy – no antiques..” okay, okay, okay… but it’s all good.. I’m having fun doing his place.  He knows I’m a thrifty shopper, so far I’ve gotten a couple things from a consignment store – like his dinette set – which was half off,  I got it for $198.00.  He loved it, in fact, had to give me a high five on that score.  It was perfect for his place with a contemporary look.

I also found a coffee table at the same place for $32.00 – He even liked that too!!  So now I’m getting a feel for his taste.

He needed something to hang on the wall where his dinette set would be.   I had the perfect item in mind. I’ve had this big round rattan object for the longest and just didn’t do anything with it.  It was given to me by a friend and she didn’t want it anymore.. it was lying around collecting dust.   So, you know I gladly took it..I knew eventually I’d use it for something..(that’s part of my hoarder syndrome 🙂  .

I really like how it was made  – it would make a really nice wall hanging.

So, I decided to make a mirror for him.  I bought a plain round mirror from Michael’s for $7.99.   To get rid of the “baskety look” I spray painted it a metallic bronze.  Attached the mirror with hot glue and edged it off with twine.  So here’s his finished mirror.


I’m liking it alot and since I’m so excited to show you.. I decided to hang it on a wall at my house to let you see it   🙂



I was contemplating adding a few feathers on it (you know  how I love my feathers).. but I had to keep in mind (it’s for a guy) so I left them off (but boy – oh boy- was I tempted.

I’m like… hmmmmm… hey should I pass this up????  Chuckles..  I told him.. “I think you might be beat – because I’m digging it”  He laughed and said “Oh really” but of course I’m going to give it to him..  I can’t wait to see it hung at his place.  I’ll be showing you his “pad” in a few weeks.    I miss having him around, but when I go to see him, it makes me smile.

I hope you guys like the mirror I created.. He hasn’t seen it yet, so I hope he does too..    See ya!  Have a great weekend!!