How Spray Paint Can Make A Beachy Bright Tablescape!

Going to thrift stores will never cease to thrill me! They could be grody, grungy, and icky, but man can you find some good treasures. 
For example, check out my little candle holder below that I scored for a whopping $0.75 at our local St. Vincent de Paul store. Sometimes, you have to splurge on the good stuff. :) Anyway, you know I snatched that baby up faster than you can say quatrefoil (which isn’t very fast by the way). 
And the wooden medallions stacked up below? Those are Katrina salvage – as in, my grandfather’s neighbor gave him permission to take whatever he wanted out of their Hurricane Katrina-ravaged house. Just like us, those little wooden medallions braved the storm and deserved a little love.
And we can’t forget about a set of lamps that my mom bought on super sale at Kirklands for $7.00 a piece.
 Despite the strange fringe and paint job, they were the perfect size for a side table in her dining room. So, we did what any DIY obsessed mother-daughter team would do with all these treasures: We spray painted.
Can you just smell the fumes from the picture? As you can see, we got a little excited about making over her dining room, and grabbed lots of other things to spray paint too. 
Today, I’ll show you how we used some of them to perk up her side table. Tomorrow, I’ll show you the mantle we re-did as well as our trick for an inexpensive table runner.
Basically, after spray painting those lamps, I removed the fringe from the lampshade which was remarkably easy. We originally thought we’d have to cover the lamp shades with fabric, but the white paint toned them down so much, they ended up looking beachy and neutral as is. We also hung the painted wooden medallions and a framed picture of my parents that my brother, sister, and I gifted them for their 30th wedding anniversary. That, paired with a really cool tray my mom had, brightened up this side table so much!

Tune in tomorrow to see where my little quatrefoil candle holder ended up, as well as the other goodies you saw pictured!
Has anyone else been feeling the love of white spray paint lately? Or maybe you found something awesome at a thrift store for under a buck? If so, I’d love to hear about it!

Blonde Block Party Number 1!

Hi y’all! I have such a special treat for you today! I partnered with two amazing bloggers, Heather from Blonde Undercover Blonde and Michelle (aka Miss Blondie) from A Little Bit of This & That to bring you a fun, fabulous…

Woo!!! Are you excited? You should be! We’ve got some great summer recipes, fashion, and even a few of the best beach books around to make sure you’re having a fantastic summer. Read on and maybe you’ll agree that blondes (or undercover ones) really DO have more fun! ;)
First up is Heather! Take it away, girl!
Hello, lovelies!
I’m Heather from…
There’s something we need to address right now.
I’m not blonde.  
I was given the name Undercover Blonde as a joke in junior high, and it stuck!
But luckily, Cat & Michelle don’t discriminate!
For my part of the Blonde Block Party, I’m sharing fun summer reads!
I really enjoyed both of these books and they would be perfect for lying on a beach- or on a blanket in your back yard!  Check out more of my book reviews here.
Also, since it’s so hot outside, I strongly recommend you keep cool with these…
I’m making some this weekend!

Thanks, Heather! Don’t those popsicles look amazing, y’all? Now, on to some more fun treats from the lovely Michelle! {Don’t forget to click on any picture to enlarge it if you want to see the amazingness up close & personal!}

Hello loves!  I’m Michelle a.k.a Miss Blondie from
 I love being blonde even though I sometimes have my share of blonde moments! ;)  And … I’m excited to be a part of the Blonde Block Party!  
Since this is a party,  I thought I’d share some fun drinks and desserts!  
How about a fruity, refreshing cocktail with a parasol umbrella?
Yup, you guessed it … a MAI – TAI!  Mmm….!

Or how about a tasty treat to take care of that sweet tooth craving?

Lemon Bars  {recipe here}
Mini Banana Splits  {recipe here}
Raspberry Lemonade Bars  {recipe here}
S’mores Pudding {recipe here}


I mean … who doesn’t love cocktails and sweet treats?!
I know I do! Thanks so much, Michelle! I love it all, especially the s’mores pudding! Talk about a great invention, right? 
Ok, now that we’ve talked about books and amazing things to eat, we definitely need something to wear to all the fun parties you’ll be going to!
Of course, the whole theme of my blog is to be a…

…so you can bet everything you see from me is gorgeous and affordable!

How’s about these a-mazing wedges from Target for only $30.00? You know I’d strut my stuff in these fine things, even poolside!

Oh, and I also had to share this beautiful linen dress! I am absolutely obsessed with anything that has a belt (It just makes you look skinnier, ya know?!). And, I can’t forget to mention that this one is a steal at $30.00 (on sale from $43.00!)

Well, we hope you had a blast at the first ever Blonde Block Party! We’re definitely planning on doing it again, so please stay tuned so you don’t miss all the fun!

Also, we really want to see what you’re up to! Pretty please leave us some fabulous links in the comment section showcasing your most recent recipe, craft, fashion creation, etc.! Being blonde is not required. ;)

Also, if you’re new to Budget Blonde, please consider following or subscribing! And, if you already know me, why not take a little jaunt and go visit Michelle & Heather? You wouldn’t want to miss all the blonde moments, would ya? ;) Thanks for stopping by!