Category Archives: DIY

Paint your dwelling on the cheap!

Paint is awesome.  Painting your dwelling is the easiest and cheapest way to transform it from ugly to upscale!  I don’t care if I’m only going to end up living in a place for just a couple of years– I want to live in a place I LIKE.

A fresh coat of paint is all it needs!

Psssh!  A fresh coat of paint is all it needs!

When I moved into my new digs, I loved the size of my bathroom, but it was looking pretty shabby.  It hadn’t been painted since the house was built about 10 years ago, and its drab eggshell white walls were covered in scuffs and splotches.  :/

Ugh.

Ugh.

My harworking fella helps me tape everything out!  :)

My hardworking fella helps me tape everything out! :)

Meh.  :/

Meh. :/

A decent gallon of paint to cover all of this will cost you about $30 a gallonbut only if you’re picky.

Seriously…can you even tell the difference between Dusty Beige and Sahara Sand (who comes up with these names, anywho)?  Do you really care what color your walls are as long as they don’t look like crap?

Frankly, the paint chip wall terrifies me.  :/

Frankly, the paint chip wall terrifies me. :/

I’m more frugal than finicky, so I always hit up the Mistint Shelf when I’m about to start a new painting project!

What’s a Mistint, you ask?

A Mistint is a custom color that was mixed at the store, but didn’t quite get the exact right color the original overly picky (and probably verbally abusive) customer wanted.  There’s nothing actually wrong with it.  And mistints only cost $5 a gallon!  Booyah!

Hell yeah!

Hell yeah!

Huzzah!

Huzzah!

Check out that drab & dreary bathroom now!  :)

Wowza!

Wowza!

Short on storage for your necklaces?  Hang 'em on a towel rack with shower hooks!

Short on storage for your necklaces? Hang ‘em on a towel rack with shower hooks!

I loooove my new bathroom now!  Why not start your own mistint makeover this weekend?  :)

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My Broke Halloween

Happy Halloween, my fellow broke people!

Sometimes, when funds are low, you need to take a more DIY approach to your All Hallows Eve garb!  These ladies have some pretty awesome ideas for those of us who are tired of paying top dollar for cheaply made “sexy” costumes that never seem to actually look sexy on anyone (a sexy watermelon?  Seriously?).

I took costume inspiration from this lady for my Halloween parties!

It’s none other than Little Edie Beale, star of the 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens!

All it took was, a couple of sweaters (one for my head and one for a skirt), a little black dress, a white slip, a gold brooch, fishnets, a pair of heels, and some red lipstick…all things I already had on hand!

Huzzah for this year’s Halloween costume being a freebie!  :)

Bruce Campbell thinks it’s pretty swell, too!

Here’s a few more fun pics:

More DIY awesomeness! :)

Hey, Clark! :)

Cheers!

DIY Keratin Treatment (and why you probably shouldn’t do it yourself)

Pretty much everyone I see has better hair than mine, and that makes me sad.  Not sad enough to stop frying my hair with cheap boxed hair dye or grilling it with a flat iron on the daily — Just enough to passive-aggressively resent the hell out of all those cute coeds with their perfect, shiny strands.

You marvelous, beautiful bitch.

I’ve wanted to see how a Keratin treatment would work on my coarse, wavy tresses, but as you know…I’m broke.  I can’t very well flippin’ afford a $300 hair treatment.

Dyed & Fried! :(

So,  I did what any fearless loser would do.  I bought a bottle of the professional-grade stuff from Amazon.   Now…don’t get me wrong.  Just because I did this, doesn’t mean that you should.  In fact, you probably shouldn’t.   Buying this online means that I have no way to know if this stuff is the original product, diluted, an inferior product, or rabbit skin glue.  Seriously…I’m probably an idiot for attempting this.  But, the bottle cost about $80, which is enough for about 4 treatments (This would be $1,200 in salon visits!).

I gathered my tools…

Yup…that’s a Country Crock container and a paintbrush. I’m not proud!

The bottle has detailed directions on how to administer the treatment, as well as “For Professional Use Only” written on it (I obviously ignored that last bit).  I had to wash my hair 3 times with a special sodium-free shampoo and blow it dry.

Then, I painted my locks with what I desperately hoped wasn’t horse semen…

“Hey Ladeez!”

See? It doesn’t look like semen at all! :)

I put a shower cap on my head and waited for 30 minutes…

So far, so good! :)

Then I blew my hair dry again, and began straightening it.  It took forever   (partially due to my taking several wine breaks)!  You have to straighten 1/2″ sections 10 times per section with a 450 degree flat iron.

The whole process ended up taking about 3 hours.

Aaaaand….here’s what it looks like after!  :)

Note to self: Duckface is for D-bags. :/

My Verdict:  Keratin CAN be administered at home successfully (we’ll see if it lasts).  BUT…you’re taking a HUGE risk here, ladies.  If you have a fear of losing your hair or any sense of pride in your appearance (I’m seriously lacking in both of these areas), you shouldn’t risk it.  BUT…if your daring is matched only by your stupidity, give it a go and save some $$$!  :)

Cheers!