Saturday, February 26, 2011

Thrift Boutique

I had a lot of fun with this table (even with a foot of snow and frigid temperatures) and was very pleased with how the finish turned out on the top.  This piece has been sitting in the garage the whole winter and originally came with four director's chairs.  Unfortunately my son (who is in woodshop this semester) decided to practice his mad skills on the director's chairs and they are now kindling wood.  Thank God I had those two chairs laying around that I could make into a set.

These are now in the shop at Spencer's cute!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Thrifty Bedroom Makeover

Finally decided on the direction I wanted to go with my bedroom after I found the necessary accoutrements at my favorite local thrift shops. I bought the bed, dresser, armoire and nightstand a couple years ago at a junk shop for $135.00. I couldn't fit the armoire in my teeny tiny bedroom so that piece had to go (at least it is still in the family).
The bed skirt is made up of 2 1/2 valances and I used the leftover material from that to make a pillow for my bed which cost me around $10.00.  The drapes ($30.00 which are around the corner) have a coordinating pattern to the bed skirt and make the room so cozy!
Since the pattern is colonial I had to go with a couple of barn stars ($34.00) to finish it off, and found the duvet set on eBay ($96.00) in a perfect shade of butter.
The ladder shelf I picked up at an estate sale last year for $10.00 (pulled it from the shop yesterday) so that I could put my t.v. and chochkies on it.
All in all my whole room cost me a little over $300.00 and it is one of a kind!
Looooove it :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Spokane Thrift Stores

I have good news and bad news... The good news is I had a wonderful week at the shop and sold a lot of my furniture and even a display item.  The bad news is that I cannot find items to replace the ones that have sold!  I am in kind of a panic because we still have about 6 weeks until garage sale season begins and it is getting down to the nitty gritty.
I have learned a lesson though...I will definitely be stockpiling A LOT this summer so that I will be able to make it through the lean months.  When my sister and I started it was in October and we had already gotten rid of a lot of stuff at our garage sales and did not have a back-up supply.
So today with the sun shining and a good cup of coffee at hand I will try not to be a pessimist and will definitely view my cart as half full.

Friday, February 18, 2011

I think I'll keep it...for now :)

Burlap Painting in a Thrifty Frame

Found this huge frame at the Goodwill (used to be a mirror) and had to have it!  The mirror has a wood back that screws into the base so I stretched some burlap across it and painted up a storm last night.  I am really pleased with the results and am wondering if I should hang it in the living room or send it to the shop...we will see what mom says :)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

You heard right! Burlap Pillows are all the rage...

So I was out and about and I happened across a swatch of green burlap.  It is about the greenest burlap I have ever seen and I had to have it.  Well for .89 cents I couldn't pass it up :)  So I whipped up a pillow and I absolutely LOVE how it turned out.  I wish you could see it with your own never do the piece justice.
I have enough for one more pillow and off to the shop they go.

As for the shop...what a day!  I ran in to do a little re-arranging and ended up selling about a hundred dollars in goods while I was there! Can't wait until garage sale season so I can find some fun pieces to work with.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Ooooo La La

I love love love this piece!!  Found it at the thrift shop today and had to have it.  I think I will turn it into a pin cushion.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Looks Sew Easy...

Since the thrift stores are empty and it is too early for garage sales and I am sick of making pillows,  I have decided to try my hand at embroidering. Since I know nothing about embroidery my mom came over with lunch today and showed me how to do a couple of embroidery stitches that I will use on this clever little pattern that I found on the internet.
I am now signing off of the computer, going downstairs with the boys, finishing the laundry and doing a little embroidering (sounds deliciously domestic).  
Ta Ta

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fab Fabric Finds

I can't wait for garage sale season to begin...the thrift stores are EMPTY!!  Needless to say, I did find a few things to work on for the next couple of days.  A pair of chairs for only 2.50 each that will get a make over and a neat bundle of fabric that will transform a chair or pillow.  I also received a package from my sis in Maryland filled with treasures!   The best being a couple of yards of Ralph Lauren fabric which I cannot wait to use!  

Monday, February 7, 2011

Fresh New Face for Old Couch Pillows

I cannot let anything go to waste so today I used up the brown fabric at the bottom of the fabric bin. Not my favorite color (must have bought it cuz the price was right)!  
Anyway, I think these are pretty cute and will hopefully fly out of the shop!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

ReUse RePurpose ReCycle

Last fall the wind blew down my mother in law's fence and of course she had it replaced with shiny new wood.  I asked her if I could help myself to the junk pile before it went to the dump and of course she said yes.  I also rummaged through my father in law's shed and found some neat little this's and that's from Charlie's garage sale days.

Today it all came together in the form a key rack 
(or whatever kinda rack you want it to be)
Pretty awesome (if I do say so myself)!