Monday, January 2, 2012


2011 was an inspirational year for me.  There is so much unique and creative ideas on all of these blogs that encourages and inspires.  I named my blog Decorating with Cents because I had to learn to do more with less and I had to learn to improvise - make do with what I had or sometimes with what I didn't have.

I'm learning.  I'm learning to look at "trash" differently.  I'm a shame to say there was a time I would never look on the corners for 'junk' thrown out by homeowners - but now I'm always on the lookout.  November was the first time my sister and I visited a Goodwill store (while on vacation in Georgia) and you know, it was fun, I enjoyed browsing through Goodwill eying furniture with so much potential and other treasures I wished I could have scooped up.  The only thing that prevented me from buying was knowing I had to take a flight back and the airline's tight restriction on carry-on's and luggage.

I was also fortunate to attend my first Faux Decorative class which was a major accomplishment for me.  Incorporating everything I've learned and read about has helped me to transform my humble home with meager $$$ into a home I'm comfortable with.  It's encouraging to know it is possible to Decorate with Cents!  Here are a few of my accomplishments I'm able to look back on and feel proud.







It's amazing, a few years ago I knew nothing about painting, never heard of a miter saw, and hadn't a clue about changing junk into treasure.  What I've learned over the past year wouldn't have been possible without bloggers who eagerly and willingly share their 'how to' tips.

This year I'm hoping to progress and become better at what I enjoy doing because it's always better when you LET YOUR CREATIVITY FLOW!  


Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wow Sherry, you really did let your creativity flow. Love all your after pictures. You have done a great job! Happy New Year to you and your family.

Little City Farm said...

Happy New Year Sherry. Love your before and afters -- amazing! Can't wait to see what you do in 2012.

NanaDiana said...

Sherry- LOOK HOW FAR you've come! Wow! You did some amazing make overs. I am sure that you will do even bigger and greater things in 2012. Watch out for that curbside can become a sickness!;>) Trust me~ xo Diana

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Awesome! Wow!!! Very inspiring! What a difference you made in each room.
Happy New Year!

Brandi said...

You've made great progress in your home, Sherry! I enjoyed seeing all of your makeovers!

STARDUST said...

Great job Sherry! Especially love the bedroom! Visiting from Debbiedoos newbie party and just followed! Would love to see you around at my place too!
Love, Olga

Chynadoll said...

Wow! Love your makeovers! Awe-inspiring! Happy New Year, looking forward to see what you create in 2012!

Marilyn said...

Wow---I LOVE the Re-do's.. GREAT job, the rooms look FANTASTIC.. : )) Happiest of New year to you.. : ))

Unknown said...

What great before and after's! When you have to do it on your own, somehow it all come together, right?I like it! And, I admire your determination...Great Job! Hope you have a prosperous 2012 with more creativity...can't wait to see what's next!
All the best, Loretta

Debbiedoos said...

Nice job! Thanks for sharing with my newbie party. Happy New year to you.

Shabby Marilyn said...

Your make-overs are great, you did a lot! Wishing you a wonderful 2012!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

You've done a great job. I love that bathroom transformation.

Karen said...

Hi Sherry I'm so happy you stopped by. You've done a great job with your home. Having a small budget really makes you stretch your creative muscles and its a lot of fun. Thanks so much for following me, it always makes me happy to make new blog Friends. I'm happily following you too.

Help! Mama Remote... said...

You did a wonderful job on all the rooms!