The Thrifty College House

After a summer of decorating, crafting, and planning, the thrifty college house is complete. The goal was to transform an average, run down college house into somewhere where my best friend and I can study, relax, and escape from our crazy schedules. Without spending more than $35 on a single piece, we turned our boring little house into a cute, eclectic home that we love and can’t wait to share with our friends. Most importantly, we now have our own little niche where we can learn, grow, be inspired, and finish our last couple of years as Spartans.

Chalkboard, DIY $3

We decided to use the chalkboard as a calendar for upcoming concerts we are planning on going to.

Table and Chairs, Kat’s Grandma

White Mugs, Thrifted $ .85

Lamp, Ikea $10

End table, Backyard tree stump

Couch, Thrifted $35

Map Wall Art, DIY

Loveseat, Craigslist (free)

“Best Day Ever” Pillow, DIY

Wood Crate, Estate Sale $ .50

Yellow Mug, Thrifted $1

Bookshelf, Estate Sale $20

Big Wood Frame, Estate Sale $1

Painted Antlers, (Thanks, Dad!)

Green Chair, From family friend (free)

my day at the artisan market

Saturday night I received my acceptance letter into the Fulton Street Artisan Market. I ripped open the envelope and was SO excited, then I immediately got to finishing all of my crafts I’ve been putting off! I’ve been to the market a couple of times this year and it was amazing to be a part of it this weekend.

My (first) favorite part was setting up the display of all of my stuff. I practiced on the kitchen table the night before. I also loved the people watching, and when people smiled at the quotes on my pillow or told me that they reminded them of their family. But, my favorite part by far was the culture and people at the Artisans Market. The two ladies on either side of me made gave me crafting advice and shared stories throughout the day. The older couple two tables down (who, when they are not knitted stuffed animals, are performing as santa and the easter bunny) stopped by often and insisted that they, “Still don’t know what we want to be when we grow up.” They even made a special stuffed animal for my sister and brought it to our house later in the day.

I met Theresa from The Old White House, who gave me so much insight and is the kindest lady. It made my day when she gave me her lavender laundry soap and fabric softener for my new house. It smells amazing! Make sure to check out her blog.

What a great day, and an amazing community to be welcomed into.

     

Map Wall Art

With only one month until Kat and I move into our house, I’m starting to cross projects off of my to-do list. I recently saw this picture on pinterest, but I was disappointed that there was no tutorial. After unsuccessfully looking around for one, I figured I should just make my own:

Supplies:

  • 3-4 pieces of barn wood (I found 4 pieces at my cottage)
  • Modge podge (Make your own! 1/2 elmer’s glue, 1/2 water, shake)
  • Medium sized paint brush
  • Map poster (I bought mine here for $5 with shipping!)

    

The first step is to cut the map into strips the size of the boards. One reason I bought such a cheap map is because it killed me a little having to cut it up.

Next, pick one of your boards and apply a coat of modge podge right onto the wood. Lay your piece of map on the board and add another layer on top. After you’ve added a layer on top, use your hands to push out any air bubbles. You can also use the paint brush, but I found it wasn’t as effective as hands. The last optional step is to rip the edges. The edges look more natural if they are ripped when the paper is wet from the modge podge. There’s no specific way to do this, it depends how distressed you want it to come out.

Repeat the steps with each board, let dry, and that’s it! The final product has a nice matte finish and the map appears to be printed on to the wood boards. I plan to hang this in our living room using command strips.