$20 Thrift Store Coffee Table Makeover

INSIDE: DIY thrift store mid-century modern coffee table makeover for $20. How to easily update an old coffee table.

Cover a thrift store coffee table with a flat weave rug for custom coffee table bench | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comMy husband and I have recently gotten onto a big mid-century modern kick. It’s like we are on this mission to find these retro gems and introduce them to our 21st century kids! Case in point: this $20 thrift store laminated coffee table. Totally screamin’ old school…which we can’t help but love!

Armed with some paint and a flat weave rug (say what?), this thrift store coffee table went from 1970s to functionally practical for a busy young (aka: crazy) family.


Grab your paint brush and staple gun for this easy coffee table makeover…
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DIY Dollar Tree $6 Halloween Wreath

INSIDE: How to make a super cheap Halloween door wreath that cost $6 using Halloween supplies from Dollar Tree.

Eery and dreary Halloween decor is just not my game. My kids, at their young ages, already know that I get freaked at their large rubber spiders and bats. Seriously, do they need to make these things so realistic looking?!

So while I am no fan of spooky Halloween fun, I can totally handle cute spiders, friendly bats and googly eyeballs any day. Bring it on [adorable] ghouls!!


There was absolutely no fear when I put together this $6 Halloween wreath. Check out my ghoulish frugal fun…
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Easy Washi Tape Coffee Mug for Father’s Day

INSIDE: How to make an easy washi tape coffee mug for Father’s Day using his favorite college team sports colors.

DIY Easy Father's Day Coffee Mug with Washi Tape | Dazzle While Frazzled.comDoes Father’s Day kinda sneak up on you? As the one responsible for the family gift buying, this is one holiday that always gets me. Suddenly, it’s the beginning of June. And then it’s usually a scramble to come up with an idea. Groan.

But not this year.


This year, I had a Father’s Day gift idea that was both meaningful and unbelievably easy. As in it took all of 10 minutes.
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DIY Modern Table Lamps with Paint and Twine

INSIDE: How to refurbish thrift store mid-century modern table lamps with paint and twine.

My husband has a problem. He is “addicted” to a Mid-Century Modern For Sale group on Facebook. I can’t tell you how many times he has tagged me on an item he thinks we should consider purchasing.

Ten dollars later, this is how we wound up with two retro-inspired table lamps sitting in my foyer. And those lamps sat there for at least two weeks, as I walked by multiple times per day, trying to figure out what to do with them.


Apparently, my first attempt at updating them was a Big Time fail. Or as my husband called them “clown lamps”. Can’t win them all but here’s how we compromised with DIY Round Two…
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How To Make A Thrifty Ethan Allen Dresser Knock Off For $20

INSIDE: How to make a thrifty $20 knock off version of an Ethan Allen girls Wonderland dresser.

How to make a thrifty Ethan Allen girls bedroom dresser knock off for $20 | DazzleWhileFrazzledHave you opened the mailbox to find a catalog you’ve never signed up for? Seems to happen at least once a week. Catalogs for bird lovers (what??), magazines on how to get abs of steel (what??), clothing for someone twice my age (what??). I really should cancel all these and save a few trees, shouldn’t I?

So when an Ethan Allen furniture catalog found its way into my mailbox, I couldn’t help but flip through it. It is Ethan Allen after all. Gorgeous furnishings that are way out of my stay-at-home mom “salary”!


However that’s when I saw this super cute dresser from their Disney furniture line. It only cost $1,899! Could I replicate it for less? Let’s find out…
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DIY Easy Paint Chip Beach Art

INSIDE: How to create FREE and easy DIY paint chip beach art in small vintage picture frames.

DIY Easy Paint Chip Beach Art | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comI’m a beach lover. Period. So even though I’ve spent the past dozen years living among all things cactus, year round sunscreen use and lots of fast-moving desert creatures, the sand and sea is my happy place.

If you walked into my family room right now, you’d see that I’m in the process of putting together a beach-inspired¬†gallery wall. It’s only taken me about two years to tackle this home project but here I am. Deep in the throws of finalizing this statement wall.


Lucky for me, my husband went “picking” one day and brought me home a box of random goodies. At the bottom of this box were two small gold, vintage frames. They were perfect for this currently empty wall.

Here’s how I created beach art for these thrift store frames. Using paint chips. For FREE…
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How to Learn to Craft and DIY with Online Classes

Learn to craft and DIY with online classes | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comIs tackling home improvement projects on your resolution list? Or, is this the year you finally conquer one of those Pinterest projects you’ve pinned? It’s one thing to see a cool or pretty picture and another to successfully recreate it, right?

I have many DIY and craft fails on my resume! Like my attempt to sew a tulle skirt that resulted in a teary ball of fabric tossed into the garbage can (however I did kinda sorta salvage the day with this project). Or the yards of rope now sitting in a box in the garage after an outdoor seating project literally fell apart. What’s the saying about what doesn’t kill you makes you [a] stronger [DIY-er]?!

Before you enthusiastically pull out the tools, check out these craft and DIY online classes to give you the skills and confidence to successfully get ‘er done…
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Make an Easy DIY Christmas Pillow Cover

INSIDE: Use fun Christmas fabric to make an easy DIY Christmas pillow cover for modern holiday home decor.

DIY Modern Christmas Pillow Cover | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comEvery year, when I haul out those holiday decor boxes, it’s literally like Christmas morning. It’s as though I pack away all things red, green and white when the holidays are over and then completely forget about what I have for a year. (That or I’m just quickly approaching the forgetful age!)

As I pull paper-wrapped goodies out that survived a year crammed in a bin in the garage, the one thing I didn’t have in these too many holiday boxes were any Christmas pillow covers for the couch.


Here’s how I quickly sewed up a DIY Christmas pillow covers using fabric remnants. Check out the easy DIY pillow pattern…

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Make Your Own Solar Lights to Hang in a Tree

INSIDE: How to make DIY hanging solar lights to display in a tree or throughout a patio.

How to make DIY hanging solar light orbs | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comGot a tree that needs to see the light? Our front yard has several large and looming trees but only one is green. Yes, a green tree. (Hey, I live in Arizona with its own set of quirks like green trees called Palo Verdes!) So this tree is nothing short of a focal point.

A while back, I created a hanging orb plant basket to dress up said tree. Call me biased but I think it looks pretty cool. Using the same hardware store materials, I created a series of hanging solar light orbs. And this is how I showed this green tree the light…
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Pregnant? How to Make a Fun Ghost Family Halloween Announcement

INSIDE: How to make a fun ghost family Halloween pregnancy announcement using paper bags.

Make a Halloween Pregnancy Announcement with Paper Bag Ghosts | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com

Let’s get some important info. out there first: I am not pregnant. There is no little pumpkin #4 baking in the oven. As much as I love my three little BOO’s, I am tired.


I spend more time than I’d care to know handing out snacks and filling cups; have grudgingly accepted that I now drive a mini van complete with carpool duties. And a recent visit to the beauty salon revealed my first “platinum blonde” (read: one lone silvery strand sitting comfy on top of my head). So we’re all good on the kid-front here.

But a couple years back, I was not quite so ready to list all the baby gear on Craigslist. “I need one more pumpkin to add to our patch”, I told my husband. And this is how I found myself one October desperately thinking of some creative way to tell the families that, in a few short months, another little goblin would be joining the BOO Crew.

This is how I crafted our way to the pregnancy announcement…
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