Thrifted Refashion: Trench Vest

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So a few weeks ago, I showed you guys a Thrifted haul and I told you guys that I was going to transform a few of the things that I purchased.  One of those things was this blue dress.
trench1I know. I know. It’s hideous. And you are probably thinking, what the heck was I thinking, right?  Well, This wouldn’t be “Cheap but Chic” if I couldn’t tell you how to think outside of the box and make something that looks amazing…..for little money of course!  So, trench vests are in! And I love them.  Its such a perfect piece to wear to the office or a casual shopping day.  Here is my inspiration:
karla11Aren’t they chic?!?!? I love trench vests.  So what I did was really easy!
1. Remove sleeves and hem.
2. Update buttons
3. Press
4. Done

trenchOne of things that I looked for when creating this coat was the fabric.  The fabric had to be durable, and it had to be a medium-weight feel like trench coat fabrics are.  Another thing that I looked for was the double breasted button closures. This to me, was a no brainer.  Once I saw this, I immediately thought trench coat! I paired mine with a simple white t-shirt, jeans, and nude pumps.  I allowed my trench vest to get all of the attention in this outfit. I’m definitely excited to add this to my closet.
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trench7Trench Vest: Thrift Store Refashion// Jeans: American Eagle// Tee: Target// Purse: Aldo// Heels: JCP

What are your thoughts on the trench vest? Comment below!

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UpCycle an Old Desk

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So I have been wanting a Makeup Vanity for so long.  Obviously there are plenty out there, but the prices were killing me!  There were even some really nice ones on Craigslist, but I would have had to drive too many miles just to pick it up, and I know my husband wouldn’t be up for that. So I decided to try a desk when I saw this one in the store.  It was small enough to be a vanity and had enough drawers to house all my makeup.
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DSC_0035This desk was only $10! I purchased it at the Goodwill and it was on sale that week. So I thought that was a score.
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I wanted a really clean & classy look to it, so I decided to paint it black and white.  We purchased some inexpensive paint from Walmart and came out with something that was better than I could find in a store for the price that I got it for.
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 If you decide to upcycle some furniture or even make your own Makeup Vanity, send me a pic or comment below. I would love to see! Here are the steps that I took to complete this project.

1. Removed hardware and sanded old varnish or paint off of the desk.
2. Painted desk with a primer, preferably Kilz.
3. Paint desk with white paint.
4. Outlined each drawer with a paint brush and black paint (You don’t need much so you can purchase a sample size from Lowes).
5. When the desk has completely dried, I sprayed it with a clear protectant.
6. For the hardware, I spray painted it with a glossy black spray paint. Once dry, I sprayed a clear protectant over it and screwed it back onto the desk.

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Thrifty Thursday: Transform a Thrifted Dress

Here is another photoshoot that I did with my litte brother.  I kew I wanted to take a picture in a full skirt but unfortunately I was not able to find one.  When I walked into my local goodwill, I was amazed when I saw this dress.  I like it because I wanted to show people how you can transform something so hideous into something so beautiful.  I simply cut the top off and made a full skirt.  Thanks to my brother, the photoshoot turned out awesome. I hope you all are inspired to not turn your nose up at all thrifted finds.  Turn it into something AMAZING!