From Brassy to Classy On a Zero Budget-How I Changed 37 Handles At Zero Cost

 From Brassy to Classy Intro 2016

Supplies Needed:

Rustoleum Hammered Silver

Screwdriver

Damp rag

Dry Rag

Toothbrush

Newspaper, tablecloth, baking rack

Rustoleum Protectant

 

1.)  Remove and clean each handle thoroughly.

From Brassy to Classy Clean the Hardware

2.) Be sure to secure the screws in a small container with a lid.   If they will be exposed clean and paint the tops of these as well.

Tip:  Use a piece of styrofoam to place the screws in (pointed side down) as you spray the tops.

3.) Rinse and dry handles thoroughly.  (You may choose to roughen them slightly.)

4.) Set up a work area in a well ventilated area.

From Brassy to Classy SPray

5.)  Apply first coat of paint.

6.)  Apply second coat based on your specific paint instructions.   Allow to dry completely.  We waited 24 hours.

7.) Flip and spray reverse.  Repeat steps 5 & 6 above.

8.) Apply protectant to both sides.  Allowing to dry completely between sides.

9.) Reattach and enjoy!!!

From Brassy to Classy Final Handle


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From Brassy to Classy On a Zero Budget

 

From Brassy to Classy on a Zero BudgetToday I want to share a project that had a huge impact in our master bedroom and cost only a tiny bit of time and money.

In the post last month I shared 7 Ways to Brighten ANY room on a Budget.    This post shares an additional way liven things up for little to no cost.

A decade or so ago we were blessed with a wonderful bedroom set.   It included the dresser, chest of drawers, nightstand and headboard with a beautiful shelved mirror.   It still works, mostly suits our needs and is already paid for.  The best kind, right?

Master Bedroom Set Before

Still has another 50 years left in it, right?

As many of you know we have been working hard this year to meet our saving goals so our motto has been to “Just Make DO”.   On the other hand ,while we were replacing our bedroom floors I wanted to be sure we only returned items that brought us joy or were necessary to our master bedroom.

While my furniture doesn’t necessarily bring me joy the idea of spending money to replace it brings me even less joy.    So I decided to find a way to help it “bring me joy” without emptying my bank account or bringing tears to my checkbook.   I can honestly say this change (among others) has made my room feel much more peaceful.

How did that happen?

With a little time, determination and imagination.

Last year I decided I wanted to “update” our bedroom on a budget and I began looking around at what I could change without spending too much money.   I saw this large furniture taking up so much space and knew I didn’t have the strength, finances, time or energy to take on a huge sanding, painting or sealing project so I looked at it with different eyes and thought “How can I change it up?”

Then it hit me

CHANGE THE HANDLES!!!

The part I really, really didn’t care for besides the scuffs and scratches were the handles.

Handle and Scratch Marks

See what I mean?

  Dark, dreary and damaged.

Now I refused to give in to the temptation to go all out and simply buy new handles like these because I didn’t want to spend $50-$100.   I mean, we have a combination of 32 different handles so it could get really expensive.

First, I tried to just shine them and clean them, you know, “spruce” ’em up a bit……..Nope, they were still the same dirty, brassy color I had come to despise having in my bedroom.   So, I looked around again and saw the trash can I had spray painted dark blue to match the master when we first moved here.   And…..

INSPIRATION STRUCK!!!

Spray paint!!!!

I have LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of spray paint.

I had recently purchased several cans of spray paint on clearance and there HAD to be a color I could use.

I dug through my hoard collection and found this gorgeous“Hammered Metal” from Rustoleum.   It was just a little shiny, not too dull and not too bright.   It looked PERFECT and even better it was FREE because I already had it.

The process was quick, easy and not at all expensive.

I will admit that I only did 2 to begin with because I wasn’t sure how it would work and if I would like it.

After we reattached them our furniture looked as though it had received a breath of fresh air (before we had managed to repair all the dings, scuffs and scratches it suffered).

It matches the bulletin I created last year beautiful and ties in well with the wicker hamper I spray painted to match.

To be honest I wasn’t sure how the project would turn out but we have found the results to be a fresh, crisp, calming, tied together look.

What do you think?

I must admit we did polish and clean the furniture while the handles were off but we did not repair the scuffs and scratches I was not brave enough to address that until this year.

I love the difference this had made.   What do you think?   Remember the after photos were taken 16 months later.

The How-to is to come.


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Monday Menu #4

Monday Menu Week 4

Welcome to this week’s Menu Monday where I share our menu, shopping trips, recipes and hopefully even a few tips and tricks.

This will be a bit different in menu planning and cooking for us.  Due to the loss of my children’s paternal grandmother we will be attending a visitation Monday evening and funeral most of Tuesday.  These night’s I am not cooking and hubby will need to fend for himself.  (Both services are road trip for us).

As many of you are already aware we often fix more than one main dish and “varying versions” of each side as we prepare each meal due to food intolerances.  This week it may become even more challenging as one daughter has developed an throat swelling reaction to table pepper so we are going to have some trial and error here.

 

Menu

Sunday:  Hamburgers and chicken on the grill (enough for leftovers this week), lettuce, buns, deviled eggs, corn on the cob, fruit and ice cream for dessert

Seperate into patties.

Tip: Pre-shape patties and freeze in meal size portions when hamburger is purchased.  Toss a few singles in as well for when unexpected guests arrive.

Monday:  Hubby is eating leftovers from grilling last night and anything else he can spice up to his heart’s content while we are gone.

Tuesday:  Hubby can fend for himself again.  The girls will have a family dinner with their family and I will grab my usual on the road boiled egg, cheeses and cherry tomatoes with chips.  Yep, this is a meal I enjoy and can eat as I transport them from location to location.   

Why do I eat this combination?

Years before I discovered we had health issues I found that we all felt better if I packed cheese cubes, cherry tomoatoes, grapes and chips.  After we have learned more about our health issues I came to realize it was because the fruit helped us stay hydrated, the cheese provided protein and dairy and of course the chips helped bring my blood pressure up.  It was all convenient because it fit in a small cooler and we could have a snack every 30 minutes or so for those with small stomachs.

Wednesday:  Breaded chicken, homemade fries, green beans   You can find the homemade bread coating recipe here.

Thursday:  Steak, gravy, baked potatoes, rolls, chocolate cake, corn, salad

Friday:  Tacos

Saturday:  Visiting family


This Week’s Kroger Shopping Trip

Kroger Weekly Shopping Trip Monday Menu

Milk $1.89

Minute Maid OJ Regular $2.99 Sale Price 2/$4.00

2 Pk Gel $2.19

Corn on the Cob 6/$2.00

Red Apples 3.67 lbs @$1.99/lb  $7.30 total cost

Buy 3 Save 3

Pepsi & Dr. Pepper Regular $4.99/6 pack  Final Price $1.99

Gatorade Regular $5.99  Final Price $4.99

Clearance

Kraft Paper $1.59

Salsa $.49

Bath $.99

Flan $.25

Crème Brulee $.25

Diced Plums $.99

Super Chocolatey Bakery Cookies $.99

Bakery Sweet Bread $.99

Sparkling Cranberry Juice and Apple Juice  $.75 each

Total with tax: $46.91


 For a peek at what we have for snacks, breakfast and lunch check out our Monday Menu post.

 



Sharing Saturday Link Up #21

Sharing Saturday Linkup #21

 

A place where you can come to share and read everyday stories from everyday people and learn everything from new recipes to life tips and lots of things in between.

We want to create a family oriented, faith based spot for readers and bloggers alike to find tips, tricks and inspiration for anything pertaining to the home, business or family.

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Last week’s featured posts include:

Why That Pay Raise Might Not Be Worth It -by Leah @ Suburban Imperfection

Why We Fill Our Schedule With Too Many Good Things (Part 2)– By Kali @ Joy For Each Step

And a new guest

Paulette’s Papers

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Monday Menu #3


Monday Menu Week 3

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Sharing Saturday Link Up #20

Sharing Saturday Linkup #20

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Why I Love My New Desk

Desk Organization

Why I Love My New Desk

As I write this I am still unsure what I want to share and if you, as readers, even care but I am determined to write and share it.

As many of you know it has been another crazy season here at Treasured Tidbits and nothing much has gone according to plan BUT we are still pressing on.

At the beginning of the year I set some goals to save money, replace our bedroom carpets with solid oak floors and reduce the clutter in the process.

My family often thinks I was ruthless in the last endeavor but I am determined to make our master bedroom an oasis instead of a stockpile that no one wants to stay in.

Personally, I would say it is working because I spend much more time in there than I used to and it is peaceful.

  It is nowhere near finished but we are making progress.

Tonight, I finished the desk.

I do not use the desk as a traditional “sit down and use me space” due to my physical challenges but I do use it for storage, organization and occasionally the place to write a quick note.

THIS is what my desk looked like just a few short months ago before we removed everything to redo the floors.Controlling the Chaos Challenge Day 44- A Clear Clean DeskAs you can see it, housed a computer monitor (used maybe 2x a year) and my Cricut (used even less).

When we began replacing the items we had removed from our room I took some of the lessons I had heard the “Konmari Method” taught and combined with some of the lessons I have personally learned in the past few years and combined them to create my master bedroom plan.

It didn’t come back if it didn’t make the cut.

Not even for a few minutes!!!

I actually sat down and created a written list and rough draft drawing for my master bedroom and closet.   That list contained ONLY the items that needed to be stored in our room, were useful in our room, and brought “Joy” to us.

The computer and Cricut did not make the cut.

Doesn’t this look much more appealing?

It is definitely more relaxing.

Desk Drawer Organization

Of course, I had to sneak a tiny bird in with my quaint little birdhouse.

(I chose something that I can easily change as the seasons do).

I also chose things I already owned.

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Of course, I didn’t stop with the outside of the desk I tackled the inside too.

If you have been following us for the past year you will remember THIS post where I shared what my desk drawers contained last year.

And now

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Yes, I love my markers and could be called a marker hoarder collector.

They made list to remain in our oasis because I actually do quite a bit of brainstorming in our room.

As you can see, our organization is in simple and inexpensive containers (mostly purchased a resale shops or yard sales).

The “correspondence” and “label” drawer is organized using two Thirty-one Bags my sister purchased as bonus items and passed to us.  They are perfect because they are portable, pretty and easy to remove.

I know my desk does not even remotely contain what the “normal” desk does but THAT IS OK.

What is important is that it works for me and my family.


What do you think?

Could you take control of your desk?

Would you be able to make a plan and stick to it?

Why not start today?


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Monday Menu Week #2

Monday Menu Week #2

Life is still a bit off at our house due to my injured back and awareness work this month so I have been adapting the menu to work around what my family is willing and able to cook plus what we have on hand until I can drag go with hubby to the store this weekend.

Monday Menu Week #2

Sunday:  Steak and Rice with Salad, Ice Cream

Monday:  Whole Chicken, Leftover Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Biscuits, Salad and Animal Cookies

Tuesday:  Pasta with meatballs, Salad, and hopefully a Strawberry Cream Cheese Butter Braid

Wednesday:  Homemade chicken soup using the broth and meat from Monday’s meal, Rolls, Salad and Brownies

Thursday:  Tacos (we missed them on Cinco De Mayo because we were out of town), Nachos and Homemade Salsa

Friday:  Homemade Pizza & Salad (I hope to do a bit of grocery shopping to refill the freezer)

Saturday:  Fend For Yourself because we are rearranging the garage


Breakfast consists of the following:

  • hubby making himself sausage, eggs and toast everyday
  • the oldest having oatmeal with milk, cinnamon and fresh or frozen fruit or cereal
  • the youngest eating whatever she can swallow
  • Occasionally smoothies with frozen fruit and yogurt

Lunch is usually one of the following:

  • Leftovers
  • Tuna Salad
  • Chef Salad
  • Soup
  • Scrambled Eggs

Snacks:

  • Fruit
  • Apples with Peanut Butter
  • Smoothies
  • Toast with Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chips
  • Crackers and Icing
  • Chips
  • Doritos and Sour Cream
  • Pepperoni Sandwiches
  • Sliced Cheese
  • Nachos and Salsa

Our snacks are very often something salty in order to keep our blood pressure up and to combat our POTS symptoms.  Yep, we are some of the rare few who actually need more salt.  We also drink 4-8 bottles of water EACH a day.  The girls drink 2 small or one large Gatorade, 1-2 glasses of juice and 1-3 glasses of milk based on doctors orders for controlling the dystautonomic symptoms and keeping us functioning better.  (It won’t cure us but helps us become less disoriented, tired and weak as not following this regime).

I know our meals may seem a bit boring and bland to some but when everyone has food intolerances it can become difficult to please everyone.


How do you plan your menu?

Do you include food tolerances?  Food Allergies? or Food Preferences?

If you do please share them below.

We would love to see your favorite posts, menus and recipes.


 

 

 



Sharing Saturday Link Up #19

Sharing Saturday Linkup #19

As usual life here has been full of ups and downs here at Treasured Tidbits.

My injured back still has me tethered close to my sofa, chair and bed BUT it has been a bit of a blessing in disguise since it has kept me down enough to focus on my chronic illness blog @ The Zippy Zebra as well as Treasured Tidbits.   I have even managed to post on both blogs each day.   This month is awareness month for our main syndrome E.D.S. and you will find several links in the link up below sharing E.D.S. stories.   Please feel free to click those links and share them to ensure we are spreading awareness for a often misunderstood and misdiagnosed illness.

A place where you can come to share and read everyday stories from everyday people and learn everything from new recipes to life tips and lots of things in between.

We want to create a family oriented, faith based spot for readers and bloggers alike to find tips, tricks and inspiration for anything pertaining to the home, business or family.

Please make sure to “like” our Facebook page or signup for email reminders so you don’t miss a single week.

I want to make a point to say thank you for linking up each week and supporting other blogs.

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Our three featured post from last week are:

Mompreneur Interview With Jessica Dunkle-By Leah Ballard @ Suburban Imperfection

(This especially one important to me as both ladies are a huge encouragement in 

our online mom’s business support group and Jessica created the E.D.S. t-shirts for this month’s awareness campaign)

In Life You Cannot Always Be Mrs. Fix-it -By Kali @ Joy For Each Step

Buccio Baby Shop-by Nicole @ The Buccio Clan

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How We Earned an Extra $998.39 in the last 6 Weeks

How We Earned An Extra $998.39 in the last 6 Weeks

How We Made an Extra $998.39

I must say I am blessed with a wonderful spouse who works full time to support our family and does a great job but with our medical bills and medical conditions I am always looking for ways we can save or earn a little more to help out.

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