Friday, August 26, 2016

Turn File Cabinets into a Desk!

One of the many challenges with moving to a new house is figuring out how to fit furniture in ways that are functional and aesthetically pleasing!  It's sort of like Tetris.  But with prettier colors and shapes.

We have a large, yet weirdly shaped open living room.  Our only furniture configuration leaves an empty corner in which I've placed a wingback chair that had no other place.  I wanted a functional, yet pretty spot to use as a mini home office/homework spot.  For cheap.  BUT.  I want it be pretty.  I want, I want, I want, I want.. Yikes!  Now we come to the WHOLE point of this post:

I found matching two-drawer file cabinets at Goodwill for $6 each! The price range for brand new file cabinets is $40-$150. That alone was a deal!  (Goodwill can be overpriced at times, but sometimes you get 'lucky'!) 

I bought six 1x4's (6 feet in length) from Lowe's and cut them 5 feet in length.  After lightly sanding down them edges and corners, I stained the planks with Minwax stain.  I used two light coats of the Classic Gray color, and then one light coat of the Honey color.  The mixture of the two stains gives an aged look instead of just stained.  Had I not spilled about 7/8ths of the Honey colored stain, this project literally would used a teeny tiny bit of stain!  I COULD have sealed them with wax or polyurethane, but we will NOT be using this surface for food so I left off that step!

Next, I already had 8x1-1/4" screws and 1x1-1/2" wood pieces that are cut in 17 inch lengths.  I pre-drilled the holes so the 1x1-1/2" wood wouldn't split and attached the connector pieces to the 1x4's.  I attached the connector pieces 24-3/4" apart.  I didn't use 1x1/2" cut to the actual depth of the table because I didn't want to be able to see the connector pieces poking out when you look at the front of the desk.

I did NOT attach the table to the file cabinets.  I placed the table portion on top of the cabinets with the connector pieces lying on the inside of the side of the cabinet.  For now, this works perfectly!  The table is heavy enough that it doesn't shift or shake.  

And there you have my easy, frugal solution to an empty corner of my living room!  My oldest is excited to have a special desk to use for homework, and I'm happy to have another surface and area to decorate! 

Here's the breakdown of the materials and cost:

2 Two-drawer file cabinets = $12
6 1x4's (6 feet each) - 6 x $3.72 each = $22.32
Sandpaper (already had it!) = $0
Stain (already had the Honey color) = $7.77
10 8x1-1/4" Screws (already had them!) = $0
1x1-1/2's cut into 17 in. (already had it!) = $0
Total = $42.09

Considering one of the purchases (the stain) will provide MANY more uses, this is a GREAT deal for a customized piece of furniture!

Thanks for reading, friends!!


Monday, August 22, 2016

In My Makeup Bag

In My Makeup Bag
Hey y'all!  I have a video to share with y'all today just to give you a little picture into my make-up bag and what I use!  I am by NO means a professional.  I literally am just sharing what I personally like and use! I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

And the winners are...

Thank you SO much to everyone who participated in our giveaway!!

We have TWO winners instead of THREE because we had a little confusion about the way to ACTUALLY enter our giveaway!  We use a tool called Rafflecopter to easily manage all of our giveaway entries!  The ONLY way for us to collect the info about our entries is for our entrants to enter their e-mail address, complete each task, and check off each task using the Rafflecopter tool! 

Unfortunately, we weren't able to record ALL of you who liked, followed, and shared since not everyone recorded their entries using Rafflecopter! I'm so sorry for those of you who did the tasks and were not completely entered into the giveaway!  It is just IMPOSSIBLE for us to hand record the other tasks completed and choose an extra winner! We are SO grateful for your help, love, and support!

Please keep checking back with us for updates, new posts, and future GIVEAWAYS!

Thanks SO much y'all!

Jess & Rox

Friday, July 29, 2016

Wearing The Mini Payton {part two} & a GIVEAWAY!!

We are having so much sharing a lot of different ways to style The Payton and The Mini Payton!  Check out a couple more styling ideas!

Girl Style Two

The Mini Payton can be put with a pair of jean shorts, mini kimono, sandals, and headband to make getting dressed in the morning a little more fun!  Our tee keeps a styled outfit feeling comfy!

boy style two

Give your little guy a little style by putting The Mini Payton with a pair of chinos, an open-front plaid shirt, a pair of Vans, and a pair of sunglasses.  

We are so grateful to all of you for supporting our new product launch!  We would LOVE to hear from you!  Comment here, FaceBook, or Instagram or send us an e-mail with questions or comments!!  

{Our FINAL day to order is AUGUST 1ST!! Don't forget to place your order for The Payton or The Mini Payton by 11:59 PM on Monday!!}

AND NOW.  A fun FLASH giveaway for y'all!! We will have THREE winners and the entries are SIMPLE!  Our Grand Prize will be $10 off your TOTAL purchase while two more winners will receive FREE SHIPPING!  You can have up to FIVE possible entries:

'Like' us on Facebook
Share our giveaway on Facebook
'Follow' us on Instagram
Repost (and tag us in your post) on Instagram
Tag a friend (who may not know about us!) on Instagram

For EACH entry you MUST complete the tasks you say that you have and click ENTER for each task you've completed!  You can do ask few as ONE task or as many as FIVE!  Remember each extra entry gives you a bigger chance to win!!

Entries will be taken until MIDNIGHT tonight!! So don't wait to enter!!
(To use Rafflecopter, you MUST provide your e-mail or your Facebook contact so we have a sure way to contact you! Information you provide will NOT be shared with anyone!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Jess & Rox

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wearing The Payton {part three}

By now, you can tell we like clothing that can be worn many different ways! Having multi-functional items like The Payton in your wardrobe keeps you from being stuck in a clothing rut! Keeping neutral items in your outfit rotation gives you a LOT more freedom to mix and match while keeping your closet a lot less cluttered with items you NEVER wear!

Casual Cute

When you wear The Payton with a pair of jogger shorts, converse, layered necklaces, a wire wrap headband, and a fun fringy backpack, you can feel stylish AND comfortable!  Whether you're a soccer mom, running errands with your hubs on Saturday, or shopping with friends, The Payton is a perfect neutral staple for your wardrobe!

Casual Cute

With fall coming, we all need those transitional pieces to bridge the seasonal gap!  The Payton tee can be paired with skinny jeans, ankle boots, long necklace, and a statement bag for many casual occasions!

We designed The Payton and The Mini Payton because we KNOW it'll be in our own (and our kiddo's) personal outfit rotation!  We LOVE sharing our styling ideas with YOU so you can see how adding The Payton to your wardrobe won't just be adding another ol' T-shirt to the mix... you'll be getting a piece of clothing that can be styled in a countless number of ways!

{Don't forget your LAST DAY TO ORDER is AUGUST 1ST!!}

Thanks friends!!

Jess & Rox

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