FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Starter Kit- $3.82 (“$34.00 Value!”)

FolkArt- Home Decor- Chalk Starter Kit- 34186 & 34187

34186- Kit includes: FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Parisian Grey- 4 oz. and Rich Black- 4 oz., Chalk Brush, Wax Brush, Clear Wax- 4 oz., Stencils- two 4″ x 4″, Step-by-step instructions

34187- Kit includes: FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Sheepskin- 4 oz. and Cascade- 4 oz., Chalk Brush, Wax Brush, Clear Wax- 4 oz., Stencils- two 4″ x 4″, Step-by-step instructions

I have been looking at Wax Brushes at a couple different stores including Joann’s and Michaels. My conclusion: They run about $15 each. So when I was at the Irvine, CA Home Depot on Irvine Blvd.

(Exact address: 6200 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, CA 92620, United States)

and I saw these sets that included a wax brush for only $3.82/ea. I bought both sets in a heartbeat! I went home and tried the items from the kit, and I absolutely LOVE everything in it! But my FAVORITE has to be the wax! For sure! It worked perfectly with the look that I was trying to achieve (which was distressed). What I did was I put my first coat of paint on the piece and let it dry (letting it cure would be better, I would think, but when I get excited about something, I become impatient and want to rush through it to the end to get the final result as quickly as possible, I know that’s not good, but I just can’t help myself!) Anyway, so I let the first coat dry, then I put the wax in the areas that I wanted it to look “distressed” (where you want to be able to see the first coat coming out through the second coat) and I used my wax brush for this part (because I was also excited to use it), but next time, I think I will try putting the wax on with a dry cloth (just because I feel like that will give me the more sporadic look that I am going for) and then let the wax dry-but not completely! You only want to let the wax sit for about 20 minutes before putting the second coat of paint on, then you let the second coat of paint dry for about 30 minutes before you take a (dry OR wet) cloth (I went back and forth between wet and dry, starting with the DRY cloth first though) and whip away the spots that have the wax under it. You should be able to get the second coat of paint off a lot easier where you have applied the wax underneath than in spots where you haven’t. Let me know how this process works for you! I will post pictures soon!

$12 (Originally: $119) for Village Green’s Deluxe Walk-In Greenhouse (includes 12 Shelves, from Big Lots!)

I bought my Village Green- Deluxe Walk-in Greenhouse- “12 sturdy shelves for pots and seed trays” at the Big Lots in Santa Ana, CA (USA)

Exact Address:

3321 S Bristol St

Santa Ana, CA 92704

when they had all their Summer products on sale for 80% off. It came out to only $12! (Originally $119). If it turns out to be amazing or Eh, either way, $12 is an amazing deal! Can’t beat that! I was surprised they had so many left! 🙂

my GH

This is the actual box it came in…

My GH Box Pix

This is the picture that came on the box of the Greenhouse

My GH Price on Box

This is the original price sticker from my box. ($119.99- I STILL can’t believe that I only got it for $12!) I smile every time I see this picture!


This is an internet photo of the same Greenhouse. I was looking at all the different ways people set theirs up, so that I could get ideas for when I actually put mine up.


They also a few of these kinds available…

Circle GH that I didnt get

But these were a little bit smaller than the one I got, but that also meant that they were even CHEAPER than $12! (I want to say maybe around $8)

*Remember that I bought this at the Big Lots! end of Summer blow out sale in 2015 so i had to wait ALL Winter long until it was finally time to set up! Every time I walked passed the box in the garage I became so anxious to pull it out! But FINALLY the time came, and I actually just finished setting it up last week, and now it’s almost time to start planting!

my gh set up in my by

This is my Greenhouse all set up in my backyard…

my gh set up in my byard

Here’s a side view of my Greenhouse in my backyard. I moved it from this spot though, i will post updated pictures soon!

So, like I said, I will keep you all updated and let you know how it holds up this year throughout the seasons. I did some research after purchasing the Greenhouse to hear about what other people’s experiences’ were with it. It was pretty much 50/50. Some people said that it did what was expected for a inexpensive plastic greenhouse and others said that it didn’t even hold up a week through their extreme weather conditions. They said that it blew across their yard after the first day. I figured that I would be OK because I live in Southern California and our weather is… Well as you all probably know… is PERFECT almost 100% of the time. I also knew that I wouldn’t be hard on it, to where I had to worry about the plastic ripping. All I would need it to do it sit there and pretty much just “look pretty”. Although, just to be on the safe side, I took my Grandma’s advice and put these big gray Cinder Blocks (that were already in my backyard) on top of the metal bars that were on the ground. I will post pictures of the final set up of my Greenhouse tomorrow because it’s already to dark to take a picture tonight.

UPDATE!!! 1/26/2017

I just wanted to give everyone an update. So a year later, and my “amazing” $12 Greenhouse has finally come to an end. :,( This past weekend, we were hit with Flash Flood/Extremely High Winds and it totally just DESTROYED the poor thing. :/ The sun had cracked the plastic about a month ago, and then the wind was the last straw for the sun-damaged plastic connector pieces. I walked in the back yard and everything was EVERYWHERE! So if I had to recommend anything to anyone. I would say, You get what you pay for. You pay only $12, you get a cute “decorative” greenhouse for about a year. You pay more, you get longer lasting products. But if you DO decide to buy this product, I STRONGLY suggest that you do not put ANYTHING breakable inside on the shelves, because more than likely, they WILL fall off and die. :/ I learned that the hard way with my Mini Fairy Garden and my Terra Cotta Pots.