The final piece Griff’s boys space room was missing was a toy chest for all those rocket ships and aliens. On my weekly trip to the thrift store, I stumbled upon this beauty.
It looked to me to be a handmade wooden box for storage. The only issue it had was one broken hinge. It came home with me for $10.00. I purchased it to transform myself, but my dear husband had the week of Thanksgiving off, and was not only completing the stuff on his “Honey Do” list, but also tackling the projects on mine. I didn’t mind so much. It was cute to see him trying to see the vision I saw in the box. First, it would take a new coat of paint. We picked a burnt orange to match the accent sheets on the bed and the big planet on the wall.
I purchased the cheap paint, and it took 4 coats to actually cover the red. Dear Hubby also changed out the hinges to larger more durable ones and painted the top black to match the rest of the furniture. Once all was dry, we moved it into the space.
It fits perfectly at the bottom of Griff’s bed. Price: $10.00, paint and hinges $9.00, total investment: $19.00. The whole room has really come together. It is so gratifying when a vision comes out better than you expected, isn’t it?
Now, to get to hemming those darn curtains!
Any good thrifts lately?
Okay, is the title too corny for you? Well, I do hope you like the thrift. I found this beautiful lithograph nicely set in a large 36″ by 30″ frame at my local thrift store. I like the print and I like the frame, just not together.
Shutterfly was having a sale on enlargements. So, I did what I do and ordered my favorite shot from this summer (Griff playing on the covered bridge). It took some work to get the original print out of this frame. It was mounted very professionally. That’s what made the frame look all the better. Here’s the finished project…tada!
Frame was $10.00, print was $3.00 – total = $13.00. I still have the lithograph, I need to find the right frame for that next!
What did you thrift this week?
How about this thrift? I saw this wool runner rolled up on the floor as soon as I walked into my favorite thrift haunt. It had just come in and didn’t even have a price tag yet. I asked the attendant and she threw out “$10.00″. Sold.
After a little time in quarantine and a good washing (never can be too careful), it cleaned up great!
Have you found any good thrifts lately?
I thrifted these great curtains without knowing what I was going to use them for. They were a funky shape at 12 inches wide and 26 inches long. But, I really loved the color and pattern, so I purchased them.
Once I got them home, I realized they match my downstairs bathroom perfectly. It just so happened, I wanted to add a simple valance to that window. I thought with a little transformation, I could make them work. I removed the tabs and the top decorative fabric from the top of the curtains.
Then I reworked them onto the long side to make it fit my window.
I sewed the decorative fabric back on (taking it up another inch to show more of the under curtain), added it to a curtain rod and tada…
Not a great picture, but not bad for a $1.00 investment.
My thrifting adventures last week yielded some great finds! First, I found this red tea kettle for another pop of red in my kitchen. It was a whopping $2.00. I see these same kettles at Home Goods for $15.00-$55.00.
Then on the very bottom, of the very back, of a shelf, I found this beautiful coffee container. It is very good quality ceramic. It has pads on the bottom, and a label on the front which is made of copper. The lid is air tight and made of wood and detailed with a cover of more copper. It holds over a pound of coffee. I was really happy with this buy. I splurged on this one and spent $3.00.
I have been keeping my eyes open for a new crock for my crock pot. My crock pot crock is almost 15 years old and gets so much use that it has started to crack down the middle. I have been nervous the last few times I used it, afraid it may crack right apart. I was so excited to find the right size crock in a brand new stainless steal crockpot at my local non-profit thrift store. While checking out, the lady thought I was crazy when I brought the beautiful stainless steal crockpot to the counter and said, “I’ll pay full price, but I only want the crock.” She laughed a bit and shook her head. She sees me every week and finds my “treasure hunting” most amusing. Besides, the newer crock pots just don’t cook the same as the old ones. It’s not the same color as my old crock, but will run me another 15 years.
To hand down my thrifting talents, I have enlisted Griff. When he comes with me, I give him a dollar and three rules. He can search for treasures he can buy for a buck, it has to be in good shape, and something he will play with a lot. He has gotten very good and has even left the thrift store before with nothing saying, “Sorry Mommy, nothing in the “rules”. This day was a good day for Griff. He found this large Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter. It’s in great shape (besides the need of a good scrubbing). It has lights that work and it has a button that starts the Star Wars Anthem and other sayings including the famous “Let the force be with you.” He was so proud of himself for this buy. I have to say, I am pretty proud of him too!
What did you thrift this week?
I always go thrifting with a plan. I always know the shapes, sizes and colors of things I want. I never know what is actually going to catch my eye, but I always have something in mind. Some treasures take longer to find than others, but it is always so satisfying to find the perfect thrift.
I have been slowly collecting wooden spoons. They have become a nice collection, but need a home. I’d been looking for a utensil holder for a few months now. I almost broke down a few times and purchased a brown bean crock, but it just wasn’t tall enough, and I wasn’t sure it would add to my decor. Then, I came across this holder last week at my favorite little thrift store. I dug it out from behind a stack of dishes. It was the perfect shape, and the pop of red makes it the perfect color. What I like the most about it is the style. I just fell in love with the little flower decals. The ribbed bottom also gives it a nice finished feel. Best of all, it was $1.00!
Don’t you think it goes lovely next to my thrifted wooden recipe box and garlic keeper? A perfect home for the wooden spoons!
Have you thrifted anything lately?
A good day at the thrift store this week:
:: A 5 cup sifter
:: A wide and flat wooden spoon
:: Some nice vintage fabric
:: A large quilting hoop
:: Total Spent: $4.25
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Something about this teapot spoke to me. Sitting atop three pedestal feet, this solid brass pot is colored with inlay and beautiful flower etchings.
The wooden top shows signs of wear where the stain has been worn off, but I don’t mind.
I am not sure what it is about this pot exactly, but I knew I had to have it. It feels very at home on the shelf in my kitchen.
What have you thrifted lately?
It’s been about a year since I converted my office closet into a studio space. In the last year, bins, boxes,and piles of disorganization have taken over. This is a space that needs to serve as a “work from home” office and craft studio. I am struggling to find an organized space that can contain all that creativity, while being professionally inspiring. So last weekend, I started to purge, organize and reorganize. There was a large need for space to organize some of the excess “inspirations”. I found these great picnic baskets at my favorite junque store downtown.
In them, I was able to store extra resource books, yarn stash, fabric stash and many other things. The bottom basket is my favorite. It is obviously a very old picnic basket. It has metal handles and even has the original wooden cover with spots on the inside cover to place all your utensils. It made a great space to organize some of my quilting tools.
I thought they were so inspiring and functional. I can’t wait to show you more pictures of the finished room. How do you contain your “inspirations”?
I am such a HUGE fan of amber glass. While my MIL was in town, we hit a local “junk” store. She was quick to find this beautiful fruit bowl in amber glass and knew immediately that I’d love it. She was right, of course.
This pretty thrift was $6.00. It’s perfect! (thank you FMIL!)