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Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Like + 1 Thing I Don't)

Happy Friday!!

I hope you've had a great week and are gearing up for a nice weekend.  After a rainy and gloomy week, the weekend is looking much more promising, which is good, since we're scheduled to have our family pictures taken.

Let's get going on this week's Friday 5+1!

Fall in the Midwest
On the note about beautiful weather, I swear, I don't remember the leaves being this beautiful in a long time.  It's one of the perks of living in the Midwest (although I really wish our winters were shorter. And warmer).  So I've been enjoying every bit of the fall foliage, and have taken it to a whole new geeked out level of taking photos of the gorgeous trees when I'm out and about.

Hearing from Readers
I can't tell you how much I love hearing from you and the projects that you tackle at home.  It seriously makes my day.  So you can imagine how thrilled I was to hear from Giulia in Italy, as she shared her paneled wall project that was inspired by the one I did in my daughter's room.  First, it's a great project, and second, Giulia is from Italy.  So cool.  Check out their project!

I love it!  Honestly, please send me a note if you have a project that you've taken on yourself.  I really do love seeing the transformations.

And then there are the smart comments that I receive on some of my posts that leave me thinking, "Duh, why didn't I think of that?"  Like this window panel I found at Bargains and Buyouts where a reader suggested using it as a long shower curtain.  

YES!  Why didn't I think of that?  Custom shower curtains are expensive and hard to find - what a brilliant idea.  Now I'm wishing I had picked it up.

Detached Garages
I know this is an odd one, but I've noticed that some homeowners are adding detached garages to their properties.  While we do have lots of garage space, it's amazing how quickly it gets filled up with a riding lawnmower, gardening supplies, table saws, snow blowers, etc...  Wouldn't it be lovely to have one of these?  (Apologies for my stalker quality photos)

And I love that there is an upstairs living area.  I imagine that to be a great office space or guest suite.  A girl can dream, right?

And, it's in keeping with the design of the home as well.  Even better.

Fox and Picasso Paintbrushes
I already told you about the Traditional Painter website that is one of my daily reads with great painted kitchen transformations.  They also have great product recommendations, like the dustless sanding system that I recently purchased and talked about here.  Well, I purchased some of their Fox and Picasso paintbrushes too and used one for the first time yesterday.  Holy cow, it's like the holy grail of paintbrushes.

These brushes hold paint like none I've ever used, without dripping!  Definitely worth the money and shipping (they're based in the UK, and not available in the US - yet).

What was I painting?  Here is a sneak peek of the wild hair I got yesterday.

Paint Transformations
Speaking of painting, I've gotten to work on the kitchen cabinets that I talked about here.  They're spraying up beautifully, and I'm putting my new Erecta-rack to good use!

The +1 Thing That I Don't Like - Grocery Stores that Sell Non-Groceries
We have a relatively new "Kroger Marketplace" that opened a couple years ago and had a furniture section, as well as a jeweler under its roof.  Because those are items that I buy when I go to the grocery.  "Let's see, I need milk, eggs, a sofa and a diamond ring.  I'll go to Kroger and knock it all off at once!"  Um, no.

The furniture department ended up being a flop (shocking), so now they're adding a (wait for it) clothing department.  I'm sure that will be a booming business.  I'm just wondering where people are going to try on the bras that they're offering...  In the meantime, they have rearranged everything in a store that I had just finally been able to navigate.

There you have it.  I hope you have a great weekend!


Bargains and Buyouts - A New Store!


This week is zipping by awfully fast, even though it's been gloomy and gray.  I have a sick one who has been home since Monday, and I'm hoping it doesn't make its way through the family.  Off to the doctor today.

You know my obsession with Bargain and Buyouts and their amazing deals.  I've blogged about them on more than one occasion (here, here and here) because the deals are just that good. Well, they have been teasing us for awhile now with the closing of a new store and the promise of opening a new one that is bigger and better.  The new store opened this past Saturday, and while I was unable to get there on the first day (as I was working as a personal assistant to my son for homecoming), I did get there on Monday.

When I got there, I was so excited to see how large this new space is.  I looked to the right - 

And then to the left...

Where do I even begin?  Believe it or not, one of the employees told me that they sold HALF of their inventory that was on the floor on that first day.  HALF.  So, in that sense, it was a bit "picked over", but there were still some items that caught my eye.

I loved this whimsical piece of artwork - reminds me of our big black lab.  Would be adorable in a kid's room or even a kid's bathroom.

This mirror was amazing.  And sold.

Some great rugs.  I loved this runner (and loved the price even more - $35!!).  But, I didn't have a place for it, as it was a bit too long.  

Although as I sit here now, I'm thinking it would be a great runner for my hallway as you come off the garage...

This one is another beauty.  Great size - 9x12, I believe.

And I love me a quatrefoil pattern.

But the price makes me love it even more!  $99??  Say what?

This was another lovely rug that I spotted.

I made my way over to the stools and chairs and found some deals there as well.  All four of these modern bar stools for $199.

A cute slipper chair for $99.

Or a pair of slipper chairs for $99 each.

This yummy chair had me struggling to justify purchasing it.  It's small but cozy, soft, tufted and a gorgeous shade of blue.  There was no price tag on it, which is just as well - I don't need another chair (but a girl can want, right?).

This settee would be lovely on its own, or pulled up along side your dining room table, don't you think?  $249 isn't bad...

Another petite and comfy chair.  I love the black piping on this one.  You could put it just about anywhere in your home - $129.

I perused the bargain bins, and decided it was a great source for cheap fabric.  Take this drapery panel for instance - $5 for a 108" rod pocket panel.  You could make some great faux roman shades out of this!  Now I'm wondering why I didn't grab it...

I'm still on the hunt for a luxurious looking king bed, and will keep stalking this place until I find it!

If you're in the Dayton/Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, this place is worth a visit!  They're always getting new stuff and putting it out on the floor as quickly as they can.  Here is the address of their new location:

5150 Glencrossing Way, Cincinnati, OH 45238

And they still have their Hamilton, OH location - smaller, but still great deals!

2290 Dixie Highway, Hamilton, OH 45015

I was also over at The Creativity Exchange on Monday talking about color and loving what you have through the power of paint.  Check it out here.

Have a wonderful day!