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Thrift Store Dresser Makeover

 I’ve been on the hunt for a dresser for the girls’ room. They needed a little bit more storage that worked in the space. I came across this piece at a local Good Will. I originally got it thinking I would use it for the Celebrate Motherhood Retreat we are planning (June 13th – Rock Hill, SC) I thought it would be really cute in the pop up shop area.

But then after the makeover, I knew it would be perfect to end up in the girls’ room!
A little pink paint and spray paint and good as new!
I especially love the pulls on this dresser. If the piece has good bones..grab it up!

I found it for $15.99. I already had a gallon of light pink paint for the girls’ room wall color.
and went to Home Depot for a quart of the darker pink.
I have a few projects I needed that color for so it worked out perfect!
The pulls were a brass color and in great condition. I just spray painted them gold and screwed them back on after the paint job!
Pale Pink – Behr “Cupcake Pink” (I had them color match it in Glidden Semi-Gloss)
Darker Pink – Behr “Old Flame” (again, color matched in Glidden Semi-Gloss)

Love how it turned out. My crew has been keeping me busy but these little creative projects help keep me sane! I’ll share more of their new room as we pull it together!

iPhone Home Tour- Charlotte Townhouse Edition

We moved to Charlotte this past spring.
We loveee it and even though this townhouse isn’t our forever home it’s been
great for us and HAPPY MOMMY BOX! (The first floor is all for storage and
the packing team!) We’ve only painted one wall but I
like the white walls in the space too..
Thought I would share, via phone photos, our space and how
we made this place home for us!
No time for fancy photos and staging…
Here’s real life minus the shoes I kicked out of the way + piles of clean laundry
I need to fold upstairs. that’s a whole’nother day ;)

Come on in!
I hung frames we had and got a “tv stand” from IKEA for the kids to sit on for shoes.
The key chain/prek tote bag/purse hooks are super handy. (target)

The most lived in space of our house is the family/dining room space.
Kids rule this place. (cousin party below) I decorate my house using a lot of stuff that was in other rooms in old houses… mix it all together…
add in one or two new things and make it work!
IKEA: sofa, pillows, banner, picture ledges, curtains, curtain rod
light fixture, table and chairs, kid table and chairs, place mats. high chair.
TARGET: light blue pillows.
TRASH: Coffee Table
AMAZON: Map (38 bucks or something crazy) eventually want to DIY frame it.

Sometimes it’s clean….and sometimes it’s not.

Best seat in the house is the dumpster dive coffee table.
Couches are regularly the doctor’s office for Doc McStuffins.IPHONEHOMETOUR8-THEBUSYBUDGETINGMAMA

Doesn’t everyone have a play kitchen in their dining area??
IKEA: Frames. Shelves. Tables. Light fixture. play kitchen. pots
LOWES: Plant pots
PIKE’S: succulents
Dishes are a mix of Pottery Barn Wedding Gifts + Marshalls + IKEA.

I hung some frames in our hallway that we used from our last house!
They were part of a basement makeover I did with IKEA PIttsburgh.
SO CHEAP.  I did a whole gallery wall with 6 of them for $40 DETAILS HERE.IPHONEHOMETOUR13-THEBUSYBUDGETINGMAMA

This is my “office space” in our family room!
There is usually a feast of play food next to me. mmm felt donuts.
FROM IKEA: Shelf, desk, magnet board.
Cute tote from US! ;) HAPPY MOMMY TOTE.

One of the most functional spaces in our house is the kitchen nook turned headquarters.
IKEA: Shelving unit, kid table, magnet boards. bulletin board.
white boxes. paper holders. shelves.
TARGET: cream bins
Right is the kitchen area… but left is the kid’s room. I’ll share more of that space another day!
Used the flowers from the girls’ Fairy Birthday Party. VIDEO Tutorial here.

I turned an old estate sale frame into a chalkboard for our family room.
Working on my chalk art skills……lol.
We have a picture ledge across one of our walls in the family room and I love mixing up the prints and art! I made the map art using a $3 map from Target discount bin area..going to add some stars to our fav cities (atlanta pittsburgh philly and charlotte)
The Love others well print was from one of our past HAPPY MOMMY BOXES. love it! IPHONEHOMETOUR2-THEBUSYBUDGETINGMAMA

Our house is not perfectly decorated…and I’m constantly changing it up.. but it’s lived in and loved and bright and cheery for our kids. Thankful for this roof over our heads and being all together. Love the memories we are creating here in Charlotte! 
With HMB needing more space.. our rental/office isn’t as ideal. So we will be moving and trading in more bedrooms instead of the connected office space come next year!
We are loving this rental right now though and it’s bright open floor plan!
Thanks for stopping by :) I’ll share more spaces another day.

20 Minute Fall Wreath DIY

My time to DIY is very short these days. But the other day I got Micah down for
a nap and needed a break before I jumped right back into mom work.
I had been wanting to put together a fall wreath for weeks.
I got the stuff at Walmart when grabbing milk and a few other necessary things.
And was able to make this up quickly in 20 minutes.. leaving me plenty of micah’s nap time to get word done. I LOVE how it turned out and how it’s so easy to change up!

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All you need are a few things and 20 minutes!

Place Moss on wreath and pin in place with floral pins.
I put clumps of the different moss randomly to make it look natural.
That’s it! It’s actually very relaxing putting it together.
I had a leftover flower garland from the Girls’ Fairy Birthday Party
so I used it to add some color to the wreath.
To finish it off, I added some black and white striped ribbon to hang it with.fall wreath2-thebusybudgetingmama

I like how my wreath and yellow mums match at my front door!
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The best part about this wreath is how it’s so easy to change up!
The pins come out easily. I’m going to remove the yellow flowers for christmas season.
I’m making another just moss one for inside my house… I love it!
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The Girls Shared Big Girl Room

My girls share a room..Sophia is 5 and Sienna is 3.
They love it. Ben and I love it too.. we try to forget the nights they keep each other up..
and focus on the nights we find them in the same bed snoozing like little angels all sweet.
We try to focus on that really really hard. ;)
We are in a rental right now.. and with a 3 bedroom house,
sharing a room is where we are at.
Even with more space down the road, they probably will share.
They have come to love it now!
Plus the bunk bed of their dreams is now in their space and their world is complete.

It took me forever to actually photograph the room!
But I wanted to share some fun details that I think made it all come together so pretty.
Come on in I’ll give you the tour while it’s clean!

I don’t know about your kids but mine love to measure how tall they are growing.
It’s a daily thing in our house.
That..and brushing to see how long their hair has grown. ;)
I loved finding this growth chart decal from Janey-Mac.
I was able to pick the color I wanted..and the yellow was bright and cheery. :)
It was pretty easy to stick on. Sophia helped me and was
very excited to be the first to try it out!

I also had been on the hunt for gold polka dot decals.
I KNEW I had to have them in their room.
It was a must. So when I found them on walls need love…..jackpot!
You can pick out different sizes and colors.
They came on a big roll and are SOOOOO easy to put on.
A girl the other day e-mailed me asking if I could share a tutorial on the polka dot closet…
Peel.. stick. done! Haha. They look like you painted the door
and so carefully got the perfect circles.
Nope. peel and stick. I love them!
The bunk bed is from IKEA.. a long with the wardrobe and dresser.
The rug is from RUGS USA. I really wanted a yellow rug that wasn’t too gold or too lemony and had a fun pattern.
The tuscan trellis rug was perfect.
(They only have it in green right now.)
This one arrived and I immediately had to unroll it to see how it looked in person…
I was SOO pleased with the color. and the fact that it isn’t a big shedder!

When I discovered Her Bunnies Three one day on easy,
I knew I NEEDED to get little “sweeties” for my girls!
They LOVE them… and I love how cute they look just laying around.
I like putting them up on the window next to my XO letters.
(I used the letters back in my DIY valentine’s day table last year.)

The S is not upside down… It looks like it is..but in real life it is not.
I have used that in their rooms since they were little and love love it. First used it as their dessert table backdrop at their Vintage Circus birthday party. The bedding is from IKEA..and the book shelves are ikea picture ledges. Micah loves getting the books off their and bringing them to me when I lay on the bottom bunk.
I think he needs the same set up in his new room ;)
The baskets on their dresser hold their princess dolls and hair accessories.
You know.. the necessities. (baskets from home goods)
(strawberry and puppy from ikea. worn in and loved ;)

I got these old wooden frames about 5 years ago at a garage sale.
I think I payed around 5 bucks for 8 of them! some bigger some smaller.
I FINALLY put them to use all these years. Spray painted them gold…
Measured and cut out foam board as the back (they didn’t have a back originally)
Then I used roll out cork board and used spray adhesive to attach it.
I love hanging the girls’ artwork and random doodles up to see. 
I also found a mirror at a garage sale that needed a little tlc..
I cleaned it up as much as I could and spray painted it gold to match.
It’s the perfect height and size for them use. They call it their princess mirror.

Thanks for stopping by! I guarantee that in the time it took me to write this post,
their room’s floor got covered with toys. It’s their skill- speed mess makers. haha.
working on the-speed toy picker up-skills.

The Busy Budgeting Mama

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