70s style table transformation

Each thrifty purchase has specific requirements: it has to be light enough that I can move it around by myself, and it also has to have personality. ¬†When I saw this little old table it told me that it wanted to be functional again and noticeable; mission accomplished ūüôā

My new favorite chalk paint color = Honor  by @DecoArt, American Decor, Chalky Finish.  The blue color turns mystical after the Art Minds Clear Wax is applied.  Low grit sandpaper to distress.  Also used a screw driver, drill and a rubber mallet for removing the laminated center piece, where butterfly fabric from Hobby Lobby was applied with an adequate layer of Modge Podge to seal. Simple effort Рstunning results!
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Craft time!

Recently, Thrifty Rehab partnered with Muy Bueno to make some beautiful crepe paper flowers for Dia de los Muertos.  The flowers are amazing and you too can easily create them! Go to Muy Bueno for DIY (do it yourself) instructions.

Turquoise Metal Plant Stand

I love¬†how this metal plant stand turned out; click on the images to see more detail. ¬†I found this at a little obscure place near my Dad’s home, simply called Global Thrift. ¬†Unlike the typically neglected pieces I find, this one had been loved, painted and even bead-dazzled! ¬†Someone obviously admired this stand too. ¬†I wish I would have gotten a good image of the beads/gems that were glued on, however you can see where they once were in the before image¬†below.

This was sprayed with Krylon ColorMaster Paint + Primer, color: Surf, finish: Matte.  The color is so nice that I incorporated it into a few more projects forthcoming, so stay tuned!  After the paint dried, it was distressed with 80 gauge sandpaper and then finished with dark wax.  I hope to work with many more metal pieces as they produce quick & beautiful results!

Original plant stand = $4, spray paint = $4


Vintage Scrolly Shelves

While visiting grandma in Loveland, CO we found this gorgeous 5-tiered shelf at the ARC. ¬†Who could pass up this beauty?! ¬†I typically have a $30 MAX budget on any one piece; this was my first “expensive” piece at $30. I had my kids pick this up so I could look at¬†the bottom which was filled with spider webs and dead things. Because of this, they wanted me to leave it, but yah, NO — ¬†this shelf needed me as much as I needed it!

I spent a long time trying¬†to decide what to do with this piece as it was clearly, already awesome. ¬†The dark wood is always pretty, but I decided that I wanted to lighten her up. ¬†Since she is so spectacular and curvy, I used Annie Sloan’s more expensive Antique White to finish. ¬†The backing needed to be replaced; I covered it¬†with interesting fabric¬†and love the final product! ¬†Hope you do too!

Fun with Fabric

I am really bad at taking BEFORE pics! ¬†I get too excited and start working on a project and midway through I realize that I don’t have before images DOH!

One of my favorite finds are old “telephone” tables. ¬†They are the perfect size for grab & carry, not to mention, since phones are no longer stationary, I find these lovelies¬†nearly every thrift trip! ¬†My friend Traci bought some super cute furniture pieces that were finished with vibrant fabric. ¬†I thought I’d try this technique out for myself and am pleasantly surprised how easy it is and how it adds extra eye-catching details. ¬†Grey – Relic by @decoart and¬†yellow are always a good and popular combo, so I went for it. ¬†I found the map fabric and Hobby Lobby and used in on the bottom shelf as well as the drawer front. ¬†Inside the drawer, I lined it with a coordinating ribbon; this made the job much simpler because the ribbon was the exact height as the drawer. ¬†Finally finishing off with an “X marks the spot” drawer pull ūüėČ ¬†Desk original price =¬†$8, fabric scraps = $4, knob ¬†= $2. ¬†$14 = custom treasure!


Ornate Metal Gothic Cross

Originally I looked at this cross with my friend in mind. ¬†She decorates an altar for¬†D√≠a de Muertos, Day of the Dead, which includes religious symbols. ¬†The original piece was spray painted with golden glitter paint, sacrilege! but this also made it hard to “see” its true potential.

After stripping the paint and cleaning with a wire brush, this amazing piece has been restored to its former glory.  It was the perfect addition for the gorgeous altar, click here to see for yourself!

My First Finished Piece!

Little cabinet

I fell in love with this¬†little 4-drawer box at ARC for $8! ¬†It was definitely not mass produced–each drawer has a tongue and groove finish as well as handwritten¬†placements: “draw 1 from top, draw 2 from top,” etc.

When you find an antique that tells you the story of  who may have owned the piece and how it was used, it makes it that much more valuable!

I have to give mad props to this little guy’s builder¬†as the finish on the drawer fronts was a wonderful old crackle that made them seem more like aged leather. ¬†SADLY, since this was my first piece, this detail is barely visible now. ¬†I didn’t know how to work with it so I may have sanded it down… GASP! ¬†I could shoot myself now, but live & learn I suppose. ¬†Still, this piece turned out to be cute and functional, and is perfect¬†storage for my antique doilies.