December 6, 2018

A Thrifty Find!

Ugh, it's been a rough few days. I've been sick with some sort of stomach bug. (Skip all this if you don't want to get grossed out.)

I woke up during the night on Monday feeling super nauseous. It was so random! I hadn't eaten anything that could have caused food poisoning, so I had no idea what the deal was. I made it to the toilet just in time to throw up for what felt like an eternity.

Finally, my stomach was completely empty, and I went back to bed. On Tuesday, the same thing happened all morning. Once, I didn't even make it in time and I threw up on my legs and feet in the bathroom. So gross!

I was drinking water, but I couldn't even keep that down. As soon as I would drink some, my stomach would start rolling again. I slept for most of the day on Tuesday. I was finally able to eat a little in the evening (I had some broth and an apple).

Yesterday, I felt better--not 100%, but definitely better. I wasn't throwing up, but I was nauseous and tired. Today, I have ZERO energy. I am so ready for this stupid virus to be gone! I am going to take something to help me sleep tonight (I haven't slept well in what feels like months) and hopefully I will feel better tomorrow. I've been trying to rehydrate today--slowly, because it makes me nauseous to drink anything.

Anyway. That's about all that's been going on. I did have a cool thrift find last weekend, though, which I will post about below. Eventually, during this whole house project we have going on, we want to replace the living room furniture. So, I'm always looking for good deals on used furniture pieces.

I found this chair while I was looking at Facebook garage sale pages. I really wanted an orange chair (or couch) and when I saw this one on Facebook, I knew it was perfect!

orange chair

Jerry and I drove all the way up to West Bloomfield to pick it up (a little over an hour away). I paid $100 for it, which actually worked out well because I had just sold our coffee table on Facebook for $100. The trade was well worth it. It's in perfect condition, and the color is exactly what I wanted.

Remember when we got our enormous couch at a used furniture store? Well, we LOVE that couch so much--super comfy!--but it definitely needs to be replaced. The frame is broken in a few places and Joey scratched the hell out of the cushions.

I'm pretty sure that I don't want a sectional again (they take up so much room and there aren't many ways to rearrange the furniture). So, I've been browsing Facebook Marketplace to find a used couch (and I've been selling some things on there, too). A few months ago, I would have said this thought was crazy, but now it doesn't seem so out there--I think I would like to try my hand at reupholstering. I know! That's a big project.

But I could get a couch for $50 or $75 and see if I can reupholster it--not just to save money, but to learn a new skill. (I am clearly loving all of this DIY stuff). If I am terrible at it, then we'll just have to buy a better one. But I think it would be really fun to try reupholstering a couch with good bones!

I finally got to try out my Kreg jig, and I'm super impressed with what I've built out of a sheet of plywood and some scraps. I still have to put a second coat of paint on it. I'm going to wait until it's finished to reveal it, though ;)

Right now, I'm off to bed! I started this post this afternoon, and I'm finishing it now (almost 10:00 pm) and I'm already feeling much better than I did earlier. Hopefully I sleep well and am back to normal tomorrow!


  1. I HATE to be that person, but there's no chance you're pregnant right? Lol

    1. No!!! Hahaha, we made that decision permanent after Eli was born ;)

    2. I was going to say the same thing LOL

  2. I hope you feel better soon! Those stomach bugs can be brutal!

  3. Hope you feel better! There's some nasty stuff going around right now. If you do try your hand at reupholstering I can't wait to see updates about it!

  4. Sounds exactly like the norovirus I had about 4 years ago. It has had long-lasting effects on the balance of beneficial gut flora (it seems to have effectively gotten rid of a lot of them!) and I am now on big doses of pre- and probiotics to restore 5 of the 6 beneficial gut flora. I recommend good pre- and probiotics just in case. Can't hurt, might very well help with your recovery.

  5. Hey gal - so sorry you've been sick (I have too, but with more the sinus fever type stuff). Tis the season, unfortunately! I don't know if you have looked up Norovirus, but I'm wondering if that's what it is. If so, I HIGHLY recommend making/buying a bleach solution and cleaning the house, including doorknobs, with it. It's highly contagious and bleach is the only thing that kills it. My partner and I both got it about 3 years ago after it was found to be in a batch of tainted ice at a corporate holiday party and 60 people got sick. It was crazy! Hoping you continue to be on the mend!! I am loving following all of your DIY projects. You have so much talent!


  6. Hate to be a buzzkill because buying used items is definitely a money saver but my in-laws bought a used couch last year and then their home became infested with bedbugs .Just another thing to consider with used furniture- it can have fleas or bedbugs that aren't easy/obvious to the naked eye.

  7. Sounds like the 24 hour flu. I had that for the first time in a very long time about 8 months ago and it was brutal! I forgot how bad it could be. Hope you feel better soon!

  8. Feel better! So impressed with your DIY interests and capabilities!


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