Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Replacing Ikea Hardware

I've been keeping an eye out for a new bed frame for my son for quite some time. He previously had a bunk bed mattress - from his previous bunk bed - on a metal bed frame. When it came time for an upgrade to a proper mattress, we landed on this foam mattress. That accelerated the need for a bed frame; something that could support a foam mattress without a box spring.
I debated building one but decided that the Fjellse from Ikea for $70 (now $40) was the way to go. However, the night I had planned to make the trip to Ikea to purchase it, a huge thunderstorm rolled in causing me to cancel my trip. The next day, whilst browsing Craigslist I came across the same bed frame for $10. It was missing the hardware and the bed slats, so I managed to bring it home for $8. That thunderstorm saved me $60, praise God!

Then came the hardware debate; I could go to Ikea in hopes of finding the right amount of free hardware, or stop by Home Depot and somehow replace the hardware. I chose the later. Based on the width and depth of the pre-drilled holes, I landed on some hex screws (with the letters ARK on the head). In my opinion, they're much sturdier than the Ikea hardware would have been.
Replacing Ikea Hardware
For the bed slat dilemma I purchased some 1 x 4 furring strips, had them cut to a quarter-inch shorter than the width of the inside of the frame, and fastened them into place with screws.

This room is far from "pinteresting" - I'm looking at you, ratty curtain rods - but it has things my son adores, like his Mario blanket, plenty of books, and his rock collection. Along with a new comfortable bed, what more could a room need?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Displaying a Rock Collection

My son is a collector. When he was younger, we would find piles - and I mean piles - of acorns stashed under his bed, in his dresser drawers and his pockets. Those eventually led to piles of mulch, then teeny tiny pebbles. In time, we explained to him that hey, some things just belong outside. 

After a bit he started gaining an interest in types of rocks and gems. I tried to fight it at first, but ended up embracing it; and let's be honest, his love for stones eventually rubbed off on me. So instead of piling his rock collection somewhere in the midst of his bedroom, I provided a spot to display those rocks.
Displaying a Rock Collection
I bought this curio shelf nearly a year ago with the intentions of it holding his rock collection. We had left it empty with the idea of painting the outer edges white but I was hesitant to make that painting commitment. I'm glad I never did because the shelf goes pretty well with Elijah's first thrift store find - that woodsy, mountain painting (which, in other news, it's completely off center).

So although it took a while to pile this little shelf up with our son's beloved rocks, it was worth the wait. His collection has already grown since these pictures were taken and I am sure it will continue even more.
Rocks, Gems, and Stones in Curio Shelf
Did you have collections as a kid? Or are your kids collectors? If so, do you embrace their collections or try to hide them? Once, as a kid, I saved my eleven removed stitches from a cut on my foot - after all, I had gotten so close with them after all that time sutured together. My mother had friends over so I pridefully showed the bottled stitches to them all. Some time after, those stitches disappeared and now, I understand how (and why). But hey mom, if I was in your shoes - I'd get rid of them too!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

June Thrift Store Finds

I'm ridiculously late sharing my thrift store finds from last month. Can we just blame it on joy filled days like this?

Mostly every time I enter a thrift store, I head straight towards the book section. Sometimes I don't even bother looking at anything else. I only have eyes for books. My son has become quite the book hunter; we make a good team. The multiple paperback books we found aren't pictured.
Vintage Book Collection
Aside from books, the children hit the toy jackpot last month. These Tinkertoys were only $2.50 and have proven to be popular in our home.
Junior Tinker Toys
This truck hasn't received nearly as much attention.  It's time will come though, I'm sure.
Vintage Fisher Price Truck
I came across another set of fondue forks. I really don't need them, but it was hard to say no. So instead I'll post them on Smithly's.
I also added to my jar collect - perfect for shaking up caramel iced coffee and housing garden pests - and found these stacking geese measuring cups.
Stacking Geese Measuring Cups
This month I've already purchased way too many books but priced at four hardcovers for 50 cents, who am I to resist? What have you been thrifting lately? Too many books? Unnecessary - but totally needed - kitchen gadgets?
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