DIY: Spray on the Paint

July 30, 2014

Hey guys! We were so excited to share our latest furniture upgrade project with you. When we painted this coffee table, we decided to use spray paint on the Greek key detailing. Spray paint is great because it is cheap, comes in tons of colors, and applies and dries very quickly. For a professional finish, make sure you do the following:

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  1. Spray in a well-ventilated area- preferably outside and away from all buildings. If it’s a windy day, it might be better to wait! Spray paint is extremely light and blows away in the wind. You’ll do a lot better by waiting for the wind to die down.
  2. Buy 2 cans of paint, even if you’re doing something small. Most spray paint is inexpensive enough that it’s affordable to buy more cans than you need. You can save the extra can for another project or even return it, but there is nothing worse than being 90% done spray painting something and having the can of paint run out or malfunction! You won’t want to have to stop and run to the store.
  3. Focus on multiple light coats instead of one thick coat in order to minimize the risk of getting drips. Spray from about 8 to 10 inches away and move your hand the whole time. I like to start each stream by spraying onto the ground, then move to the piece I’m painting, and then end by spraying onto the ground. The beginning and end of each spray can leave a circle of thicker paint or even a small puddle, so by spraying onto the ground, you get a much cleaner finish on your piece.
  4. Use painters tape to get crisp lines – just tape off what you don’t want painted (you can tape down plastic bags if you want to cover a large area) and spray around it. Peel the tape off after it is completely dry and you should get crisp lines.
  5. Resist the urge to touch or move your piece until as long as it says on the can. It’s tempting to move it back inside early, but there’s nothing worse than smudging or dinging your perfect finish!

We love using spray paint for a quick and inexpensive update. Next time you go shopping at the Palmetto Goodwill, imagine everything with a fresh, colorful coat!

Morgan and Sean are the voices behind Charleston Crafted, a blog about crafting a colorful coastal life in Charleston, South Carolina. They are working with Palmetto Goodwill to take worn out pieces of furniture and refurbish them for higher resale value. When they aren’t cooking or DIYing up a storm, they love experiencing everything Charleston has to offer with their fur babies CiCi and Bear. Facebook. Tweet. Pin.


I scream… Ice cream…and Fashion

July 29, 2014

Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? I’m serious. Check it out here.

So if you’re looking to make a final push to round out the month, you may want to consider some of the fashion focused around that sweet, creamy good stuff.

For starters there is a whole line dedicated to the sweet– > http://www.bbcicecream.com/shop/icecream/

Not your style? Check out this dress from Mod Cloth –> http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/ice-cream-sunday-dress

And here’s a whole lot of  ice cream mixed with fashion –> http://www.sugarscape.com/main-topics/fashion-beauty/1041057/ice-cream-inspired-fashion-pastels-prints-and-whole-load-edible-l

I even found some ice cream inspired make up –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrRNburSrOY

If you’re not willing to wear ice cream, I guess you could just settle for eating some. Enjoy!

Till next time,

Thrifty Penni



Monday Find: My Kind of Kitchen

July 28, 2014

It would appear I’m not alone in my hatred toward being in the kitchen.

Sure, I try new things. I Google recipes. It’s not like I miss any meals. It’s just that this weekend find sums up how I really feel about cooking.  


Till next time,

Thrifty Penni


DYI: Coffee table upgrade

July 23, 2014

I loved the first collaboration with Charleston Crafted, when we turned an old, non-functional sewing machine table into a hidden bar table, and we were ready to take on something else!

We were shopping and came across an old wooden coffee table that had peeling paneling and lots of water stains, but had cool Greek keys on the sides that are really in style right now. The table was small, so we thought we could design it so it would look great in a little girl’s room!

We started by peeling off the paneling that was falling off the Greek keys and fixing up the legs. One of the legs was missing pieces at the bottom, so we had to take the pieces off the other three legs to make them match.

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After sanding and priming the whole thing, we decided to paint the four sets of Greek keys with metallic gold spray paint to give it a royal shine.

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After they were painted, we reversed what was covered with painter’s tape and painted the rest of the table in a blush color we had laying around from another project. The blush and gold combo made us think that this would fly right off the store floor at Palmetto Goodwill. After all the paint was dry, we covered the entire piece with a couple coats of sealant to give it a smooth shine.

This is a great piece for a girl to enjoy in her room for years to come. This project shows you that you can take an inexpensive piece of furniture that is in bad shape and turn it around completely!coffee 6coffee 5

This was a quick overview of what we did, but if you want to find out the full details of how to do these parts of the project and see some of the stuff we didn’t talk about, check out the full post on the Charleston Crafted blog.

Till next time,

Thrifty Penni


Morgan and Sean are the voices behind Charleston Crafted, a blog about crafting a colorful coastal life in Charleston, South Carolina. They are working with Palmetto Goodwill to take worn out pieces of furniture and refurbish them for higher resale value. When they aren’t cooking or DIYing up a storm, they love experiencing everything Charleston has to offer with their fur babies CiCi and Bear. Facebook. Tweet. Pin.


Clothes and skin cancer

July 22, 2014


Get this. Fashion choices can decrease your chances of skin cancer.

Yep. What you wear could help protect your skin from cancer.  That’s all the ammunition I need to talk my husband into a shopping spree.

Here’s the truth according to skincancer.org. Nearly 3.7 million skin cancers are diagnosed in the US every year, and a majority are caused by solar UV radiation (UVR).  (July is UV Safety Month.)

Not scary enough? UVR also causes up to 90 percent of the visible changes commonly attributed to aging, like wrinkles, brown spots, and sagging skin. Yikes! The good news? Our clothes can absorb or block much of this radiation.

Here are a couple of ideas when picking outfits from your closet or when buying new threads.

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Check out the tightness of weave because tightly woven or closely knitted fabrics (think denim) literally have smaller holes between the threads. That’s a no brainer, right? But here’s the caveat with this. Snug-fitting clothes can stretch, exposing more skin to the sun.

Check out what the clothes are made from. The fake stuff, like polyester and rayon, offer huge sun protection, but refined and bleached cottons offer the least. I’m a sucker for linen, but glossy fabrics, like satin, reflect from the skin and offer better protection.

Check out the density. I know it can get hot, and I know we all want to wear as little and as light as possible. BUT, thin and lightweight materials let in more UV light than their heavier counterparts.

Check out the color: Dark or bright colors, like red or black, absorb more UVR than white or pastel shades. This stops the rays before they reach your skin. The more intense the color, the better the UV defense.

Check out the label or brand. An Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) label helps you identify sun-protective clothes. There are whole lines devoted to fashion and sun protection.

And if aren’t looking to buy anything new this season, you can increase your clothes’ UPF by washing a laundry additive like Sun Guard’s Rit® into them.

And for a final touch: A wide-brimmed (3-inch or greater) hat. These cover the scalp, which for me can be hard to apply sunscreen (I am not messing up my hair) and in areas where I forget, like my ears and neck.


Till next time,

Thrifty Penni


Weekend Find: pocketbook/purse

July 21, 2014

I guess it depends on where you grew up. I call this a pocketbook. Some of my more modern friends call it a purse. Either way, I love it. Now I just need to right outfit to wear it out. IMG_1802


Till next time,

Thrifty Penni


Things we like: explosions.

July 18, 2014

What do you get when you cross baseball with an explosion? The answer is the July 12, 1979 “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park. From what I understand, a crate filled with disco records was blown up on the field. Yikes!

Read more here –> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco_Demolition_Night

This promotion was organized by current Charleston RiverDogs President Mike Veeck. If once wasn’t explosive enough, he’s doing it again but with a 21st Century spin. Get it? Spin. Records. Anyway, Saturday, July 19, the Charleston RiverDogs will host “Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It”.

What does that mean? The destruction of Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus music and paraphernalia. Go ahead and start cleaning out your closet now.

Here’s how it works: Following the RiverDogs game Saturday, and a postgame Bieber/Cyrus demolition on the field happens.

If you want to participate, fans just bring Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus items to the game, and they can save $1 per ticket.

Till next time,

Thrifty Penni


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