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The Lady Room Project

My house is my favorite hobby, and the last six months I’ve been at work on my “Lady Room.” 

One of the bedrooms is very small, and previously we used it as a guest room with a twin bed. I think we had two house guests in the three years we lived there, so it really didn’t get used very much. Pinterest inspired me to display my wedding dress, which led to the idea to turn the spare bedroom into a walk-in closet. 

And it’s FINALLY finished! 

Here’s a before shot. (Yes, that is golf wallpaper border. Ugh). 

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And here are my after photos:

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I thrifted almost everything in the room. Here’s my grand total:

  • Paint Supplies: $25
  • Shelf Wood and Hardware: $35
  • Baskets: $25 (for all three — 60% off at JoAnn’s!)
  • Vanity Table: $20 at Goodwill (refinished with paint and supplies that were on hand)
  • Vanity Chair: Free from a friend
  • Dress form: $25 on Craigslist
  • Mirror: $40 at Walmart
  • Shoe Curio Cabinet: $100 on Craigslist 
  • Chair: $45 from local consignment shop
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$315 Grand Total

I love this room so much. It is nice to start the day getting ready in my own space with no dude stuff in the way! And I love getting to see my wedding gown everyday. It’s so much nicer than stuffing it in a closet for all eternity. I have couple more small things to add — some hooks for inside the small closet (not pictured) to hang bags and belts. I may add a few small pieces of artwork to the walls, but I really enjoy the clutter-free look, so that’s only if I find something I can’t live without. 

DIY Coffee Shampoo

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While skimming Pinterest the other day, I read the coffee ground and baking soda help to make your hair shiny and soft. I was skeptical, but figured what the heck, I will give this a try. I mixed two tablespoons of coffee grounds (fresh, not used, thought I am sure it doesn’t matter) with two tablespoons of my shampoo and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. I added a couple drops of water and stirred.

It feels really weird to put gritty stuff on your hair. I used about half of the mixture on my hair. The coffee grounds are messy… BUT it does make the bathroom smell like a Starbucks, and I am totally OK with that.

I left it on for a few minutes and rinsed really, really well to get the grounds out. My hair felt really clean, and I needed some serious conditioner to get it untangled.

Shiner? Yes, I think so. Softer and smoother? Um, yes, but probably more from the conditioner than the coffee.

After a quick Google, I learned that coffee, the caffeine actually, helps to promote hair growth. Given this information, I will stick with it for a few weeks and see how it goes. Upon further reading, it seems that soaking your hair in coffee will also help (and seems less messy).

Oh, and there is actually a funny story about coffee as a hair removal.

This probably goes without saying, but if you have blonde or light hair, you should not do this, as the coffee will stain your hair.

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Today I did a project from my Pinterest board, a River Stone Trivet. I bought a bag of rocks from the dollar store and two black felt sheets from Walmart.

I used one of my pots to outline a circle on the felt, and then cut it out and hot glued the stones to the felt. The whole thing took about 30 minutes and I spent a grand total $1.46 in supplies.

I think they have a certain rustic charm, and it gave me something to do on a Sunday afternoon.