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 🙂
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 – stunning results!
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.
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!
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 😉 Desk original price = $8, fabric scraps = $4, knob = $2. $14 = custom treasure!
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.
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.