Little House of Four - Creating a beautiful home, one thrifty project at a time.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Awesome Sales and Deals on Items I Personally Own



Happy Friday!  Do you have any fun plans for the holiday weekend?  We're laying low, but I'm excited about spending a long holiday weekend home with the family.  We have no real plans, which is my favorite way to spend a weekend.  It allows for impromptu shopping trips, visits to the skatepark with the kids, project time for me and spur of the moment lunch and dinner dates with the family.  

Speaking of shopping, I get a lot of questions about the sources of items in my home that I thought I would share a few awesome deals currently happening on home decor.  I'll be the first one to admit that a LOT of the items in my home are purchased secondhand.  Either from Goodwill, thrift stores, yard sales, Facebook Marketplace, vintage markets or even hand-me-downs.  

With that being said, there are many times that I buy items new and with Memorial Day sales going on I thought it would be a good time to share some amazing deals on home decor that I personally own.  Mixing new purchases with unique used items is my favorite way to create a home that feels collected, lived in and a space that perfectly reflects my style. 

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Dark and moody modern farmhouse bedroom
We currently have the nuLOOM geometric Morrocan trellis rug in our bedroom and I'm loving it so far.  It's easy to clean, soft underfoot and has a design that compliments many different design styles.  

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Spruce Up Simple Belly Baskets


Belly baskets are the perfect versatile home decor accessory that can be bought cheap and easily and inexpensively updated to fit your style.


A few months ago, I wrote about my favorite home decor staples and included baskets because they are versatile and perfect for just about any space.  Belly baskets are especially great since they are collapsible, affordable, easy to update and great to use for storage or as planters.  I recently bought a few to take to the shop and thought I would share some easy and affordable ways to give them a little personality. 

DIY pom pom decorated belly basket

Friday, May 18, 2018

Painted Vintage Barrister Style Bookcase

Styled with unique vintage finds, this dated oak barrister bookcase gets a fresh modern makeover with Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore.  


For months, I've been searching for an affordable barrister bookcase that wasn't $300-$400 and I FINALLY found one.  It wasn't a true vintage barrister bookcase, but the price was right and the seller was nice enough to meet me at a location that knocked 20 minutes off my drive.  So, I hopped in my car and headed out for a little road trip.  

I don't really want to call this oak barrister style bookcase dated, it just wasn't my style.   Don't get me wrong, I love using wood tones in my home, but the color on this particular cabinet was just a little too 1990's for my taste.  It reminded me of the builder grade cabinets in our previous home and that wasn't really something I wanted to replicate in our current home.  Since it wasn't a true vintage barrister bookcase I didn't feel bad about painting it, so I broke out my favorite color (Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore) and got to work. 


Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore painted Barrister bookcase

Sunday, May 13, 2018

8 of The Best Industrial Inspired Dollar Tree Storage

Dollar Tree storage that has been given an impressive industrial inspired makeover.


Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend and I hope you mamas out there had an especially enjoyable and relaxing Mother's Day.  I also want to thank you for your encouragement and excitement over my space at Sweet Clover Barn.  My first sale was this weekend and I'm happy to report that it was a success! 

I know many of you come to the blog for Dollar Tree inspiration and makeovers and since I skipped this past Monday's Dollar Store DIY I thought I would share a few of my favorite industrial inspired makeovers.  I've done quite a few Dollar Tree transformations over the years, so I gathered some of my favorites then scoured the web to bring you the best affordable Dollar Tree industrial storage. 
Industrial Dollar Tree storage makeovers

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sweet Clover Mother's Day Sip and Shop This Weekend

A collection of beautiful custom painted furniture and unique vintage finds at Sweet Clover barn!


Happy Wednesday!

I could not be more excited about today's post!  If you remember, a few months back I announced that I was joining my friend Cassie in her booth at Sweet Clover barn in Frederick, MD.   I "met" Cassie through blogging years ago and have always been a fan of her eclectic, vintage, boho style.  Over the years, I'd message her every now and then to pick her brain about design and color questions then we officially met about two years ago at the Haven conference in Atlanta, GA.  I knew she was a great person, but after getting to know her better I can truly say she is one of the funniest, sweetest and most genuine people I know.  I am incredibly lucky to be working alongside her and look forward to sharing our Sweet Clover space with you each month. 

The upcoming May sale is the first sale that Cassie and I are collaborating together on and I am more than thrilled to share our space with you today!  We went a little more industrial and of course injected our favorite cool tones, blue and green. 

             Aqua blue lockers and Navy campaign desk

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Furniture Makeover: How to Repair Broken Corners on Furniture


Don't let a little damage deter you from buying a piece of furniture.  With the right product, you can easily repair chipped and broken corners, edges and gashes to make them look like new again!


(I'm interrupting this months Dollar Store DIY series to share another furniture makeover.  I'll resume the regularly scheduled program next month)

Do you buy furniture and other home decor items from Facebook Marketplace?  It took me awhile to get on board with buying over Facebook (mainly because going alone to the homes of strangers totally freaks me out), but I've been trying to get over my paranoia and step outside my comfort zone.  Plus, it's one of the best ways to snag deals, so you gotta do what you gotta do, right?

I've been able to get some amazing pieces at great prices and other times I'm too late, sellers don't always respond or they sell it out from under you.  It can definitely be frustrating, but incredibly rewarding at the same time.  Just the other week, I was able to snag a beautiful MCM dresser that I was immediately drawn too.  I hesitated due to the damage to the corner, but the seller was super nice, the price was right and it was just one town over, so I decided to take my chances.  

Sherwin-Williams Iron Ore Painted Furniture

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A Fresh New Look for a Dated Console Table

A dated 80's wood console table gets a fresh farmhouse makeover!


Many of you know that I stop in my local Goodwill at least once or twice a week.   I pass it on my way to Walmart and it's right by the grocery store, which makes it super convenient to pop in and see what's new.  About a month ago, I spotted an 80's wood console table that I contemplated buying, but it wasn't quite my style and the price was a little steep for my thrifty budget.  Well, lo and behold weeks later it was still there with a color of the week tag.  I figured why not and loaded it into my car with the help of very nice older gentleman.   

80's console dated makeover

The curvy feminine lines and distressed appearance give it a farmhouse feel that isn't quite my style, but I know it will make a great addition to the right home.