I already had the paint and fabric for these projects which was great What undid me was a couple of things. First, my sister went to Ikea (damn it!) and then Kristine over at The Painted Hive shared her post on the ceramic stool she picked up at The Reject Shop for $40. No that isn't a typo so at that price I just couldn't resist - could you??
So I take full responsibility for my spending spree (honestly I don't regret my purchases).