15 How to Makeover a Wicker Laundry Hamper

Wicker Laundry Hamper Makeover Before and After | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

Our tired old thrifted Wicker Laundry Hamper received a much needed makeover with some gentle cleaning, a few painted stripes, and a little dress-up party complete with a brand new liner (which doubles as a laundry bag). And today I'm going to show you how it's done, so roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with me...


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3 #thriftscorethursday Vintage Movie Poster

Are you ready for some #thriftscorethursday action today?! I know I am!!

Every Thursday Brynne from The Gathered Home, Megan from Rental Revival and I co-host this little shindig. We beg er politely ask our readers to submit your thrifted scores from your past or present. Why? Because we LOVE checking out stunning antiques, and amazing finds for a fraction of retail cost. That and we love seeing vintage Pyrex make a solid comeback. So snap a photo and hashtag #thriftscorethursday on Instagram or #thriftscorethursday on Twitter. 
#thriftscorethursday Week 19 | Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Brynne's from The Gathered Home, and Megan from Rental Revival

3 #thriftscorethursday - The best thrifting weekend ever!

You guys, it tore me apart missing out on last week’s #thriftscorethursday y’all really found some dreamy pieces these past two weeks! So I’m hoping to more than make up for it this week. Last weekend was hands-down the best thrifting weekend of my life during our town’s annual GINORMOUS yard sale (the Snap! Bust Tour- although nothing fit in my suitcase and last year’s yard sale are closely behind). Not only did I get to enjoy thrifting with the beau, but I also got to share tons of giggles my amazing MIL (ok technically we're not related by paper…) all while putting my bartering skills to use. But I'm getting ahead of myself...

Oh and one last thing before we get this show on the road. You know the two patriotic tablescapes I showed you yesterday? Well today I’m over at The Happier Homemaker showing off one more!
#thriftscorethursday Week 14 Catch my Contributor Post at Happier Homemaker | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

If you’re new ‘round these parts, let me cordially invite you to the most happenin’ Instagram and Twitter hashtag party around. You see we, as in my two blogging bff’s Brynne from The Gathered Home, Megan from Rental Revival and I, have a real weakness for second hand treasures. So much that we created this little jazzyfayeproduction. I mean c’mon it’s been 18 weeks and we haven’t slowed down yet (besides catching our breath from blogging life). Anyway, our favorite part is hanging out on Instagram drooling all over YOUR finds. That’s right- we like checking out all your goodies… as in those awkward Richard Simmons posters, the wildly popular mid-century modern furniture pieces, or the secondhand treasure you discovered years ago.

#thriftscorethursday Week 18 | Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Brynne's from The Gathered Home, and Megan from Rental Revival

5 Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Tablescape

If there’s one holiday that gets me all choked up, it’s Memorial Day, ok I lied… Independence Day and Veteran’s Day have been known to turn me into a crying baby too. The three holidays that remember those who fought the tough battles, for our freedoms. To me Memorial Day is a two-face holiday to celebrate those lives and what they accomplished but also to mourn those lives that we have lost much too soon. That is why every year our family takes a few moments to say a little prayer and talk about those we have lost. We gather around a table with aromatic foods (most likely cooked on our freshly-cleaned-for-the-season-grill) and enjoy each other’s company.

This year we’re spoiling our guests around a beautifully decorated red, white, and blue themed tablescape:
Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Tablescape perfect for Memorial Day, Independence Day, or Veteran’s Day | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

If you prefer more of a simple tablescape, I’ve gocha covered at the end.

8 Brand Yourself: Brand-erfic Leather Portfolio/Notepad Holder

Howdy friends! Today I'm introducing a new mini-series:
Brand Yourself: Brand-erific Ideas to Brand-ify Your Creative Business | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com
You see, creative small businesses usually run on tiny budgets in their early stages, so I figured why not cut some of those costs down by doing little things to customize your 'marketing' materials for conferences, events, etc. Ideas from custom media kits, to fun price tags, to DIY'ed business cards + more. So let me cordially invite you into my crafty brain on how to get your creative juices flowing and show off your professional creative business!!

So let me cordially invite you into my crafty brain on how to get your creative juices flowing and show off your professional creative business!!

It should probably come not surprise that I love rocking my brand whenever possible no matter how cheesy it looks. So when brainstorming ways to incorporate the B&W O brand into my Snap! Conference lifestyle (you know besides b&w outfits), my mind drifted to paper organization. You see I knew I needed plenty of space to take notes, collect interactive/larger than life business cards (like Virginia Fynes and Kimbo), gather sponsorship materials, hold media kits, AND organize travel docs. Whew, what a big list to tackle all at once!! So I came up with this idea to transform a tired old Leather Portfolio/Notepad holder into something I could really be proud of. Or at the very least it could be a great conversation starter.

Instead of paying up the wazoo for customization (and being the DIY addict that I am) I came up with this super simple update:
Brand Yourself: Brand-erific Leather Portfolio/Notepad Holder | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com


And today I’m here to show you how it’s done, son!

3 #thriftscorethursday Salt Lake City Excursion

Yeah yeah yeah, it’s another beautiful Thursday which means it’s time for #thriftscorethursday. In case you missed it, yesterday I spilled all the deets about my trip to Salt Lake City for the Snap! Conference to which I shared a quite few Thrifted Goodies. While I was there I had the honor of joining 60-ish other bloggers in a Thrift Store tour of Salt Lake City.

This week Brynne from The Gathered Home are showing off our thrifted goods and hope you’ll join us by snapping a photo of your thrifted goods and then using the #thriftscorethursday on Instagram or #thriftscorethursday on Twitter. If we fall for your treasures, we may feature them right back here next Thursday!
#thriftscorethursday Week 16 | Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Brynne's from The Gathered Home, and Megan from Rental Revival

20 2014 Snap! Recap

If you hadn’t noticed via Instagram, I had the pleasure of attending this little event called Snap! Conference (slightly different from Haven). Alright so it’s really not THAT little with well over 500 attendees... Basically it’s a yearly gathering for DIY and Crafty bloggers filled with giant slumber parties, sponsors dressing as mad scientists (this year), and door decorating contests. Maybe the best word visual would be a GINORMOUS sorority house-- alright I’ve been watching too much Greek on Netflix lately!
 Snap! Recap! A blogging conference for DIY and Crafting Bloggers| parties, events, classes, new friends, and sponsors | www.blackandwhiteobsession.com

5 #thriftscorethursday Geometric Wire Holder

Whew, it has been ch-razy over here ever since getting back from Salt Lake City. It sort of felt like a hangover of awesome proportions. I hope you were able to follow along virtually as I toured Salt Lake City’s maga-sized thrift scores on Instagram last week. Anywho, so who is ready for this week’s #thriftscorethursday?!

If you’re new here, please stick around until the end for more details on how to play along with us!!
#thriftscorethursday Week 15 | Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Brynne's from The Gathered Home, and Megan from Rental Revival

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