My breadbox makeover to phone charger and kitchen clutter catch all

Breadbox to Cell Phone Charging Station Fancy Frugal Life

Since it’s Earth Day and one of my favorite hobbies is to makeover, repurpose, or reuse inexpensive second hand or thrift store items, here is a great example I am LOVING in my kitchen!
Breadbox Makeover Fancy Frugal Life

If you’ve been following along via Instagram last month, I posted this pic my vintage $6 breadbox find from Goodwill.
breadbox beforeIt’s actually pretty large and my hubby was like, “What are you gonna do with that?” LOL I knew exactly what I wanted to use it for! A spot to hide the kitchen counter clutter! You know the spot where you drop wallets, phone chargers, watches, change, keys, ect? That stuff!
breadbox duringAll it needed was some paint and to be cleaned up. I love the bread lettering on the roll top, and wanted to keep that part the same.
Breadbox to phone chargerWe drilled a small hole in the back for phone chargers and added this phone organizer we already were using and a spot for pencils, and change. I also added some hooks for car keys.
Hide the kitchen clutter with a breadbox Fancy frugal life
breadbox after fancy frugal lifeAhhh there, now close it up and that stuff disappears. My heart is happy! :)

My Backyard Tour (Getting Ready for Summer)

My Backyard Tour Fancy Frugal Life

Last weekend we filled all our patio pots and planted a few flowers and palm trees in our backyard. We moved in last summer and this is pretty much where we live for three months straight trying to keep cool in Phoenix during the summer. Our backyard is what sold the house for us. Remember- We bought our home sight unseen from California and this was the main reason! It really is a fun place to spend family time and entertain. :)

Now, I’m not saying I’m ready for our impending scorching hot summer to be here yet, but I’m excited to get the patio pool party ready.

We also did lots of general trimming and yard work. I cleaned and waxed our patio furniture and that was a whole project by itself.

How to Fix Faded Patio Furniture Hip2Save

You can read how to wax aluminum furniture with automobile wax in a post I did for Hip2Save here. It’s actually easy to do and works great, but requires some elbow grease. This set is nine years old and still going strong.

We also recently purchased two new wicker style lounge chairs from Costco and love them! They were pretty affordable, but still an investment, compared to most outdoor furniture options these days. :)
new lounge chairsI usually have success with succulents in pots due to the fact they don’t need as much water!
potted succulentsbackyard fancy frugal life backyard our dream backyard hip2save Pigme Palm trees potted bunt pan red and green patio decor styish patio whole backyardI love filling my small tower of pots each year with either herbs or inexpensive annuals.
442 My pots My potted plants by fancy frugal lifeSo I planted a dwarf Meier lemon tree in a large pot, pictured below, and am excited about it! I hope we get lots of lemons someday.
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styled patio hip2Savebackyard succulents and plants planted tropicana lillies pool with waterfall

We decided to plant a couple Tropicana lilies and a small palm tree in a small grouping by the pool. Later in the week, they eventually both bloomed and are so pretty. We used to have these in Fresno, CA when we lived there and hoping they make it through the summer! :)

tropicana lillies tropicana lilyThe next day the other lilly bloomed!
backyard tropicana lilliesThanks for stopping by and always being so supportive of my projects and blogging adventures. Have a great weekend!

My Mossy Easter Centerpiece & Table 2015

Easter Centerpiece by Fancy Frugal Life

You know me and holidays. I love them, especially the decorating part. I don’t always have time to go all out, but I recently set up a few pretties in my living room and dining room to get in the Spring spirit. I picked up this large mossy basket this week from TJ Maxx and decided to make it the center of my table along with a large bunny, eggs, and carrot I already had. I layered it with a few candlesticks and a couple other bunnies for this festive table.
Also take note of these gorgeous blue plates I thrift-ed last week from Goodwill! They are so pretty and heavy. I topped them with cute milkglass bowls and these sweet baskets and eggs from Cost Plus.
Easter Tabletop
Easter Place Setting Fancy Frugal Life
Fancy Frugal Life Easter Table
Mossy Basket Centerpiece for Easter
Easter Basket Tabletop
Blue Plates Easter TableI also dressed up our entry with a few Easter things as well. This sweet handmade santin flower wreath was one of my very first blog posts ever in 2011 and I still love it! More info on how to make one here.

Spring Entry Fancy Frugal Life
Spring Wreath Entry Way Fancy Frugal LifeWishing you a wonderful Easter and Happy Spring!! :)




My Christmas 2014 Home Tour

Christmas Home Tour 2014 Fancy Frugal LifeWelcome friends! Decorating for Christmas has always been a passion of mine, and I’m excited to share some images of our home all dressed up for the holidays this year! We had an exciting move back to Phoenix this past May and it’s always fun decorating a new space.

Central Valley Magazine Christmas Feature

Our Christmas feature of last year’s décor came out this month in the December 2014 issue of Central Valley Magazine. I did some freelance work for them when we lived in Fresno for a two year stay.

Central Valley Magazine Dec 2014It’s always exciting to see your work published! This four page article of decorating tips and tutorials, was written by me and included photography from both myself and the magazine’s photographer. We had fun participating.

(Images and details of our home at Christmas for the past two years can be viewed  here and here if you’d like.)

This year’s setup includes our main Christmas tree in the living room when you walk in, and the dinning room tabletop is decorated as well. Joel built an amazing hall tree and for us in our entryway recently, and it’s a fun place for favorite seasonal items. The banister has a pretty swag of garland that is new this year including those pretty faux pinecones, and our family room has a decorated mantel and nooks.

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The most wonderful time of the year plates

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Dining Room Table
Christmas garland with large pinecones
Christmas Banister DecoratedBanister GarlandChristmas Family Room 2014Christmas Nook
Reindeer Tree

family room holiday decor

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Christmas Centerpiece
Christmas Entry
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Christmas Entry 2Christmas Hall Tree
Our kitchen has a pretty tabletop tree with chalkboard ornaments from Target and these pretty white deer heads from Lowe’s this year! Check out the pretty Santa on the right my mom recently gifted us! Love it!
Kitchen table decorated
French Inspired Santa
Chalkboard ornament tree

my kids

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas from my home to yours!


Blue and White Striped Painted Walls (Stylish Nautical Inspired Boys Room)

Stylish Boys Nautical Room Fancy Frugal Life

Today I’m sharing my son’s stylish nautical inspired room! He has pretty much had this theme for years, but we just refreshed it with some striking blue and white painted striped walls in our new home. His room also received some new wood flooring and thick white baseboards, as well as white trim around all the windows. (My talented husband does all the carpentry work in our house.)  Our upstairs flooring project is finally complete and I’ll be sharing more pictures as I finish putting our spaces back together!
before and after boys room makeover
Before, his room had four plain beige walls, and old pet stained carpet. We painted two walls and left two walls beige. We also added some new red curtains for beautiful contrast. We all love this space including him! He is super proud and excited for his new room!

The two colors we used for these walls are called Polar Blue White and Wipe Out Blue, both by Behr. We sectioned off the middle with tape and a laser level tool and painted it white. Then when that was dry, we taped off more stripes using the laser level tool and painted them blue. (My tip is to make sure you clean your walls before you even start taping because we’ve found that helps to avoid bleeding on textured walls.)
Painting stripes on the wall using a level laser

Blue & white nautical striped boys room
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fancy frugal life surfer nautical roomThanks for stopping by! I’m just now finishing my daughter’s room and it’s turning out cute as well! Stay tuned for that before and after! Have a wonderful week.


Herringbone Pattern Painted Accent Wall Using Tape

herringbone pattern painted wall Fancy Frugal Life

Today I’m stopping in to share a very last minute project we completed this weekend while the furniture was still out of our bedroom. We are currently replacing all the flooring upstairs with this pretty birch hardwood flooring we recently found on clearance at Floor & Décor in Glendale, AZ. Turns out replacing the flooring is very similar to moving out then in again! Yikes, lots of work, and the stairs and kids rooms still need to be done so our home is a little chaotic right now! :) boring beige wall fix

Most of our home was this same beige color, Riviera Beach by Behr specifically. It’s a nice neutral, but to have all the rooms this color is super boring! We’ve painted the kitchen, powder room downstairs, the upstairs loft, stairway, hallway, and my office, It’s all becoming Exhausting! I do want to make our master bedroom special and unique so I decided to paint an accent wall in here and leave the other three walls the same color beige. Well six hours, 52 pieces of frog tape, and 4 more paint colors later we now have this!!
how to tape a herringbone pattern wall fancy frugal lifeThe furniture and accessories of our room are the color pallet of coral, turquoise, grey, and beige. I adore these colors together! They are so bright, modern, and also relaxing.

Coral and Turquoise Color Pallet for BedroomWe started off by measuring the middle of the wall and using a laser level to tape it off vertically using Frog Tape. We then found the center again on both sides and repeated the process. I also taped off the ceiling and the sides of the wall. We then measured every 9 inches and made marks on the tape from top to bottom. You then just use those marks to tape off your herringbone pattern. I’m not gonna lie, this was very time consuming! :) We have textured walls, so I really tried to use my nail and ran it along the edges to make sure the tape was sealed.

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I have so many wall color paint samples in our garage, so I picked three that matched our room’s pallet and started filling in a few of the boxes with each color. The last step was to paint two coats of white on the remaining part of the wall, and remove the tape. There was some bleeding, but I ended up using an angled makeup brush to fix those,  and it looks great! I am so happy I took the time to complete this project!! It looks so pretty and makes me happy everyday to wake up to!

Herring Bone accent wall in Coral, blue and greyWe finished the room with some Ikea photo shelves and some pretty curtains from Kirklands. My husband has been replacing all the base in the house with a nice thick molding and its so pretty!
Ikea photo frame shelvesI was using a gold vintage mirror in here and decided to paint it white. It fits so much better.
Master Bedroom 2Horray for a pretty room… Thanks for stopping by!! I’m looking forward to putting the rest of our home back together and share more project pictures! Pretty much all of our spare time has been used in painting and replacing lots of woodwork!
Master bedroom fancy frugal life
The kids have been so bored with us going to Home Depot all the time but they do always manage to find the fun in everything! :)

How they roll.


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DIY Kitchen Wall Pallet Wall

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We have a ton of home projects going on all at once, and recently finished this pallet wall in the kitchen bar area! I’m excited to be sharing some of the photos today!

We are in love with how amazing how it turned out. What a satisfying project!! The style I love is kind of a farmhouse industrial look and this type of wall is perfect for it!  We also finished making and installing some awesome mason jar lighting above the kitchen bar. I’ll save those details for a different post, but that is also a great DIY project.

Most of the credit goes to my talented husband who has turned into quite the carpenter.

I was the one who painted and stained the wood though! ha. All I did was paint with watered down blue paint on some pieces of wood, and then a also a grey black stain on others. On a couple pieces I did a light stain first, and then did watered down paint on top. The goal was to give it some blue and grey colors while still being able to see the wood grain.

It turns out so fun!

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We are tearing out all the old small baseboards in our house and slowly replacing with a nice thick base. (When I say me, I paint and my husband does most of it. lol) What a difference just that detail makes!! So amazing.

DIY Pallet Wall Fancy Frugal LifeWe still have to paint some of the corner molding, and also fix the electric box. I’m not sure Joel would attempt this pattern again, which was his idea, just because the angles were frustrating at the end. It for sure would have been easier just to do straight across, but this herringbone look is so pretty!
Kitchen bar pallet wallI love how it turned out and looks pretty with the Ikea bar stools. This little wall adds some interest and style to the area and we love it! What do you think?
Plallet Wall in the Kitchen DIY Fancy Frugal Life
planked kitchen bar wall I do love a good before and after!

beforeafter Pallet WallThanks for stopping by! I love to hear your comments and am excited to be sharing some more before and after inspiration from our home remodeling adventures soon!



Ikea Kallax Shelving Unit Turned “Surf Shack”

Ikea Kallax Shelf turned Surf Shack

With my kids back to school already I’m hoping to find the time to share some of the home projects we’ve been working on lately. This summer we swam almost every day, and it made moving back to the extreme heat better!


I was also excited that moving back to Phoenix meant I get Ikea back! Hooray.

While I was there, I came up with the idea to look for something I could store all of our pool towels, swim suits, goggles, and sunscreen all in one spot by the sliding glass backyard door. This is my solution to my kids and hubby yelling for towels and “Where’s my goggles and snorkel?”.

ikea hooks installed on the sides of shelvesPlus, it does makes more sense to store the swim suits down here in these pretty Ikea rattan bins instead of upstairs in their dressers. I love using my galvanized bucket for the sunscreen and borrowed this surf shack sign from my son’s room I originally found at Goodwill.

Ikea shelf with hooks on the sidesThis room is coming along. I’ll post more pics as we get more done in here.

family room fancy frugal lifeWe decided to go with these INGOLF bar stools and cushions for the kitchen bar. They are working out great!
White Ikea High Stools Fancy Frugal lIfe


Creative ways to use the Ikea Kallax shelving unit
family roomThanks for stopping by and we have lots of projects in the works so make sure to follow me on Instagram where I tend to post the most!


UncommonGoods: Unique Gift Ideas

My favorite finds from Uncommon Goods by Fancy Frugal LIfeHave you ever heard of the amazing online gift store Oh you are in for a TREAT! They have amazingly unique handmade gifts for all occasions! I guarantee you’ll even spot some fabulous gift ideas for yourself!

These are perfect for those people who have everything! Many of their items are hand made or made of recycled materials. Plus, there are lots awesome of gifts that can be personalized. Take a look at the eye candy above for a peek at a few of my favorite finds, for both men and women. I could die at how cute that cassette tape pillow is and absolutely need that gorgeous handmade rustic chandelier for my home!

UG 9UncommonGoods is an online marketplace offering creatively designed, high-quality merchandise at affordable prices. At UncommonGoods, we believe that creativity and the expression of individuality represent two great human treasures. We have set out to create a business that makes UncommonGoods accessible to everyone.Founded in August 1999, UncommonGoods is privately held and headquartered in New York City.” via their website

Last week I received the most exciting house warming gift from UncommonGoods! This is their Succulent Living Wall Planter Kit .

Wall Mount Succulent GardenHow amazing is this to hang on the wall?! I’ve always wanted one of these and absolutely love succulents! The kit comes with individually cut pieces of succulents and the frame. All you have to do is use a chopstick or pencil to plant them. I love how my pretty living frame turned out!

Small Succulent Gardens fancy frugal life The kit comes with specific instructions on how to care for it and eventually I’ll be able to hang it up on the wall or keep it to use as a cute table centerpiece!

Fancy Frugal LIfe Wall Succulent GardenI’d like to thank UncommonGoods for sponsoring Fancy Frugal Life and make sure to follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! :) Have a beautiful day!!


32 Charming Ideas For Kids Rooms: Hometalk Clipboard

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Recently, I was asked to curate a clipboard for Take a look at all these wonderful charming spaces designed for kids! To see my clipboard just click on the image above.

If you haven’t heard about it, is a wonderful online community filled with so much awesome real life DIY home and garden related projects! You can create your own clipboards and save ideas for feature project inspiration! I love that the feed is not only full of talented bloggers, but also just all types of people simply wanting to gain and share home related stories.

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I absolutely adore creative kids spaces and have had a blast creating fun spaces for my own kids. If you haven’t read my blog before make sure to check out these Fancy Frugal Life spaces!

Pink and Aqua Shabby Chic Room

Fancy Frugal Life Girl's Room

Our Playroom

The Dr. Seuss Inspired Reading Nook

My Son’s Surfer Room

Thanks for stopping by today!