Thrift stores, the most veritable potpourri of possibilities there are. I love them! Sure, one could easily walk in and say it’s a bunch of junk, but it takes a more creative eye to see the potential just oozing everywhere. Enter my $3 shabby, thrifty find. A small stack of drawers labeled by the employees as a nightstand. I knew better. This was half of an antique vanity that still had purpose even without the rest of it. (see that routed edge in the upper side where the table piece would have rested)
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All this little shabby lovely needed was some dressing up!
I filled that ridge with wood filler and sanded it smooth with my sander. I also add a piece of wood corner round to recreate the surface edge. Originally, it is a cut-out meant to receive the mirror. Last, I use my favorite Dremel tool to rebuild it.
You can also see the veneer was lifting at the bottom of the side. An easy repair by taking a utility knife making a straight slit. Gently lift and add some wood glue, clamp, and let dry.
Now, I could have just painted and been done, but I wanted to add a touch of pizazz. Have you seen the textured paintable wallpaper that looks like pressed tin?
I love that stuff and have used it to do our ceilings, our kitchen, and even in this tea cart makeover. It is so versatile and can be painted copper, zinc, any metallic finish or leave as is.
Another one of my favorite things to do is hand paint. I wanted to give it a try on a smaller piece of furniture with a pretty detailed graphic. I used this image from Karen at The Graphics Fairy
(if you haven’t been to her site yet, you are so missing out!) and some charcoal gray paint to dress up the top.
Here she is…my shabby little makeover.
My go-to method is oil pastels
for the varied colors, but you can also use chalk. You could even use graphite paper
or transfer paper too. I just used what I had on hand. Ihave used the pastels for very large graphics as well as small and I use Photoshop to enlarge it.
For extra durability, I used a layer of wallpaper paste and placed two pieces of scrap wallpaper on the sides.
A couple coats of white homemade chalk paint, some distressing, and a couple coats of wax.
Once this little beauty was listed in my shop
, it sold within 3 hours. Yippee!!
One more look…
So next time you’re in a thrift store or garage sale, even, don’t do a quick look, but take your time and have fun reinventing items in your head. What could that certain item be in another form? Have fun!
Do pin and share to see past the shabby and see the potential that lies. ♥
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