20 Amazing High-end Furniture Pieces for Less

I LOVE furniture! In fact, I used to work in a high-end furniture store. During non busy hours, I would day dream about owning all the beauty that surrounded me. Sadly, my income from there was not as high-end as the merchandise I was selling. Around that time in my life, I really started to get into garbage picking and furniture makeovers. I found this to be a great way to get the same look for a more budget friendly price.

Erin and I put together 20 amazing High-end Furniture Pieces for Less on Hometalk, after they so graciously invited us to curate a clipboard. We are new to Hometalk, but have quickly come to fall in love. If you haven’t checked it out yet, we encourage you to head on over and see what all the fuss is about. We believe you will become just as smitten as we are.



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Your Designs This Time – No. 37

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Hi everyone and welcome to Your Designs This Time – No. 37! We are so happy you are here and we can’t wait to your latest projects. Thanks for joining us!

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The Features

You guys make picking features SO hard each week with all the amazing-ness that you link up! I wish we could feature you all!

I just can’t believe how Bigger Than the Three of Us transformed this ugly thrift store find into a beautiful new Upcycled Kitchen Pendant. It’s gorgeous now!

House of Hipsters rocked it with this Modern Dreamcatcher and it was SO easy!
Litte Red Brick House was at it again with her fireplace and I just LOVE the navy blue accent wall.
And if you’re still looking for some Thanksgiving Table inspiration, take some tips from these last two features!
Curly Crafty Mom made the cutest little Tree Round Chalkboard place settings. I love the rustic feel to them!
I love everything about this gorgeous table from Chic California. The neutral palette is so inviting and the pop of green just tops it all off!

If you were featured, be sure to grab a button and thanks again for sharing your projects! It’s always so hard to choose because SO many projects are fabulous!

The Details

– Each week, a few of our favorites will be featured on all of our blogs. By submitting a link, you authorize Brepurposed, Elizabeth Joan Designs, Little House Of Four, and Restless Arrow to feature your project on our blogs and social media. (This includes a photo from your project’s post and a link back to your blog.)
– Link up only YOUR OWN new designs, projects, or ideas.
– No Etsy stores, giveaways, or link parties please.
– We love seeing your latest projects, and by linking up you are giving authorization to be sent a weekly invitation to Your Designs This Time.
– Please feel free to add our button to your blog or a visible link back to the this post, so others can join in.

Image Transfer Ideas

One of the things that we enjoy the most is trying to figure out how we can DIY something in different ways. Neither Emily, nor I, own an electronic cutting machine, such as a Silhouette or Cricut, so coming up with a way to do images transfers has always been a challange. However, it is one that we accept with open arms.

Lucky for us, our friend Jeanette, from Snazzy Little Things, has created a great round up of image transfer ideas (she is also doing a series on Image Transfers Made Simple.) Plus, many of these ideas would make a great idea for holiday gifts!

Crock Pot Pizza Soup

Something about the fall/winter seasons and crock pots just go hand in hand. Maybe it is the cooler weather, the shorter days, or my extreme laziness, but I often find that using a slow cooker makes my life a lot easier this time of year. One of the recipes that frequently gets requested is Pizza Soup, a simple, yet delicious, meal that can appease even the pickiest of eaters.

Crock Pot Pizza Soup

My favorite thing about this soup is that it can be thrown together in flash and is totally customizable based upon your own personal tastes. Love pepperoni, but hate veggies? Great! Despise the meats, but diggin’ mushrooms and peppers? You win too! The possibilities are endless. Here is how I made our soup this time.

First, I gathered all of the ingredients.

Ingredients Crock Pot Pizza Soup

browned ground sausage / 1/2 cup quartered pepperoni / 1/4 cup grated parmesan /
one jar of four cheese pasta sauce / 1 cup chopped mild banana peppers /
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning / 1/2 tsp garlic powder / 16 oz. tomato sauce /
mozzarella cheese (not pictured) / water (not pictured)

We’ve found that we love this recipe a bit spicy, but if you prefer less heat, feel free to reduce the amount of banana peppers or omit them completely. Heck, just throw in any of your favorite pizza ingredients and you will be sure to have a soup that makes your mouth water.

Next, I added all of the ingredients to the crock pot, except the mozzarella cheese. (After I emptied the jar of pasta sauce, I filled it with water and add that as well.)

Crock Pot Pizza Soup Recipe

Then, mix everything together. It may look a bit like hot lava, but at this point, will not burn your finger prints off when touched.

Pizza Soup Slow Cooker

Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 6 hours. Add some mozzarella cheese to the top and watch it melt. Yum! Serve with a bread stick if you like.

Pizza Soup Pepperoni Sausage Cheese

Seriously, this soup is so easy to whip up and my family wolfs it down in no time. Plus, it can fix that pizza craving without us having to call a delivery man!

Crock Pot Pizza Soup from Elizabeth Joan Designs

12 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

• 1 lb. ground sausage (browned)
• 1/2 cup quartered pepperoni
• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 1 jar four cheese pasta sauce
• 1 cup chopped mild banana peppers
• 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 16 ounces tomato sauce

1. Combine all ingredients, except mozzarella cheese, in crock pot.
2. Fill empty pasta sauce jar with water and add to crock pot.
3. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours, until soup is bubbling around edges. (Times my vary.)
4. Serve with shredded mozzarella cheese on top.


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A Simple Desk Redo with Big Meaning

I have been working hard on transforming my oldest son’s room from nursery to a “big boy” room. I am so excited to share this desk redo with you and the meaningful story that goes along with it.

Desk Makeover 1

We grew up in a small town in Ohio. During the days when our parents were working and my big sister (Erin) was at school, I spent my time at an in home daycare. Lucky for me, it was also our grandparents’ house.

I have so many fond memories from this period of my life. One of my favorites is the time when my cousin Amy and I discovered where our grandfather kept his secret stash of chewing tobacco. The hiding spot was in the bottom, back of a drawer in his desk. In the exchange for our silence in not telling our grandmother, he gave my cousin and I our very own special drawer in that same desk to keep our drawings and art work in. Our Grandpa was definitely not someone who was afraid of conflict, but he always said “Grandma is the boss and don’t want to make Boss Nanny mad.” So we kept our silence and our drawer.

It has now been 25 years since then and our grandpa has passed away. The desk remains in pretty good shape and I am now the proud owner.

Desk Makeover 2

When I first inherited the desk, I opened each of the drawers and was hit with a very familiar smell. Tobacco. Ah, Grandpa. As I opened our special drawer, I saw crayon marks all along the walls of the it. The memories just kept coming back to me.

As much as I loved this desk as it was, it did need a little work. When trying to decided what to do with it, I thought about my grandpa and how back in 2010 he was in the nursing home, not doing too well. I was pregnant with my first son and he kept saying he wanted to see that baby before he died. He did end up getting his wish and I hope our grandfather would be pleased that my oldest son will be getting this desk in his room.

To spruce this baby up, I first sanded down the entire exterior.

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Next, it was time for the stain. Using a natural brush I applied a coat of Minwax Special Walnut to the desk and drawer fronts. I made sure to wipe off any excess stain that did not soak into the wood with a rag.

Then, I used a synthetic brush and swept on three coats of Minwax Polycrylic. I love this stuff because it is water based and does not leave the surface looking yellow.

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Finally, I added some new hardware, stood back, and admired my work.

I just love how it turned out and my little guy is pretty excited too. His one and only request was that we display a few pictures of our family on top of it. Do most four year old boys request pictures of their parents to have in their bedroom? I think it is so sweet. I found these fun art frames at Tiny Prints and they work perfectly for our needs.

Desk Makeover

It’s so wonderful to have this meaningful piece of furniture in my home. And someday, when my son gets older I will have the pleasure of explaining to him why his desk smells so weird. Haha.


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