Monday, November 29, 2010


CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find anything you need whether it be a chic handbag, tv tables or even cute cookware! 

They have been great to us at Our Frugal Future and have sponsored two giveaways with us and now they have sponsored our FIRST GIVEAWAY at Pembroke Lane! 

Now down to the nitty gritty. Here is how to enter:
Tell me how you would spend your $50 at CSN Stores

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* Blog about this giveaway and leave me a comment with a link (3 entries)
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*Giveaway ends on Monday, December 6, 2010 at 11:59 p.m.* 
You can check out all the great Black Friday sales still going on at some of CSN's great sites.

Please remember promotional codes are not valid with the Black Friday deals.

The Painted Craigslist Corner Entertainment Center

Don't forget about our $20 CSN Gift Card Giveaway! Click HERE to enter!

Alright, I've already told you I love Craigslist well it just gets better. Here is our corner entertainment center I needed to purchase after buying a fire place and removing my old entertainment center.

Here it is being sanded slightly on top and front so my spray primer adheres well.

Here is is mid-spray primer with heater behind it. It is very cold outside mid to high 30's and you really aren't supposed to spray paint unless it is 50 degrees and unless I spray paint in the middle of my kitchen, I need the heater.  I primed mostly one night then primed any areas I thought needed more in the morning.

Honestly, temperature withstanding I was not all that impressed by the primer I used. I used Valspar Indoor/Outdoor spray primer in white.  If anyone knows anything about Valspar they were originally American Traditions from Lowe's.  As far as I know they are only sold at Lowe's.

The primer went on but also had some spray and drips to it. I thought it was me so I stopped, shook the can, adjusted my angle and went on. It still did it. The whole way through the priming process. By the way, it took 1 1/2 cans of Valspar to cover this piece with primer.

Say ADIOS to the golden oak color! My mother would have shot me if she'd seen this piece before it was primed. She LOVES golden oak. Lucky for her I didn't show it to her until the coat of primer was on it.

Then later that morning I gave everything a good coat of Rust-oleum Satin Spray paint. Let me tell you this was like "butta".  Besides the fact that my finger hurt tremendously because I don't have a trigger thing (until today after church when I plan on hitting Home Depot and getting one), it worked like a charm! The paint was thick and didn't drip or spray at all! It did confirm a sneaking suspicion I've had that it wasn't me it was the primer. Whewwww! I had been a little worried.

Especially when Squishy #1 looks at me and says "Mommy, why are you covered in spray paint? I thought it sprayed on and you bought it because it doesn't make a mess." Sheer Genius that one!

Pardon the icky garage, my father's music store closed and they have moved some stuff in and so ours is just kind of here, there and everywhere. Not to blame him, our garage was a mess before just not this bad. I'm sure I'll post all about the Garage Clean-Up Day later in December when we tackle that huge job!

I brought the stand in about 4 hours after I sprayed it and it was still tacky. I thought it was just a bit too cold in the garage for it to set properly. It sat in my kitchen for another 3 hours and when I checked it around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night it was completely dry.

I moved it outside yesterday and sprayed a few spots I missed seeing before. I also sprayed the other side of the doors and touched up the bottom trim too.

I then moved it back in the house last night before bed. This morning I put the DVD cases, Wii and XBox stuff inside the bottom, put the knobs on the doors and put the doors back up. The hardware wasn't real shiny so I decided not to spray paint those with metallic spray paint. In the future I may change my mind but for now, they stay.

The finished product turned out quite well and I am very pleased with my first spray paint effort.

We have moved all the A/V equipment into the cabinet in the corner and even though my wall treatment isn't complete, I love it! It now frees up my fireplace for me to decorate for Christmas!

Stay tuned for that conclusion of the new fireplace.


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