One of my true delights on my blog is when you all leave me comments and feedback on my work. Sometimes it can feel like I’m talking to the air and I only get lots of love when I do a giveaway, so I wholeheartedly love to hear from you! It seems that many of you love when I take a collected thrifted assortment and give them each a makeover. Today, I have a new lot for you. This motley crew is about to become an example of how to create budget farmhouse decor.
There’s no doubt that we all have those projects that go sour and we’d rather not mention. Am I right? Ya know, the “just-donate-it-to-the-thrift-store-while-in-super-sleuth-mode” kinda project. I will be the first to confess I’ve given away projects I would have rather thrown in a lake. So, for some reason I felt bad for this set found at the thrift store. Hang with me as I turn them into a fun set of farmhouse kitchen canisters. yahoo!
Making your house your home doesn’t have to break the bank. Today, it’s all about this sweet little footstool I scored while thrifting. It’s in excellent shape, but seriously needing an update, right?
At least those faux brass Queen Anne style legs are something to admire.
Today I thought it would be fun to take a stroll down memory lane…or table lane. So many pieces of furniture run through my shop and I never get the chance to tell you about each one. I thought it would be fun to focus on tables and show you how my photography and skills have changed in the last two years because we’re always learning and growing, right? Check out my table transformations.
I’ve put together 20 of some of the tables that have come through my shop for a whirl through the past. Ready? Let’s go! *consider yourself warned this is photo heavy!!
I’m going to start with a library table I happened upon while looking for furniture for the home we had just moved into back in 2003. (I told you I was going waaaay back)
They were having half off on some of the items that had been there too long and I spied this antique pine table. I needed something to occupy our long walls, and though I thought this one was too long, I just had to have it because the price tag was right – $20.
We made it fit in our living room for several years, but eventually it was hid behind our upright grand piano standing on end. Sad, I know, but we needed the space for other things. It wasn’t until two years ago I decided to give it a makeover because the top was so badly marked up and it needed to go to a new home where it would be loved.
Do you swoon when you see layers of paint and stain on the side of a barn with time-worn wear, or better yet, on a piece of furniture? I mean, there’s a story there. That chippy goodness tells the life of that piece, and what travels it’s had – those layers of love. No, I’m not crazy, but maybe a bit head-over heels with appreciation for the past. Let me show you how I go about creating layers of love.
Those layers I mentioned above speak to me telling me a bit about each change in life. For instance, the life of a table could be this: a table was built and stained and sold by the original creator. Then the new owner wore out the top with her kids meals and decided to throw on a coat of white paint to freshen it up. Eventually that same table heads to a garage sale, where a man purchases it to put in his garage and throws on a coat of blue paint because white gets too dirty….you get the idea!
When I am blessed enough to have such a piece come across my path, I try to find out as much as I can about it’s history so that when it’s no longer mine I can continue the story. But…sometimes it’s fun to create my own story by using paint and stain make something appear to have had a history.
Have you ever heard of a Broyhill Brasilia? You will now. True story: A few weeks ago I was in a nearby city and was looking for a chair to pair with a vanity. I had never been in this particular thrift store that had relocated to an old empty mall, and had heard it was a great place to hit.
I had avoided stopping there in the past, knowing that my stash was full and it’s so hard to resist a deal, but I needed a chair, right? You would be proud. I did so good. Walked right past an awesome desk, some French style tables, and even was ready to walk back out. Then I saw it.
Draw dropping to the floor with a squeal (I really did squeal out loud and the man nearby looked queerly at me). Here was what I would not be leaving without, even if I had to drag it home.
This, my friends, is a Broyhill Brasilia. A highly coveted and collected Mid Century Modern line of American furniture designed by Oscar Niemeyer during the 1960’s. In original condition, it’s valued in the thousand dollar range.
This purple beauty was my very first custom order for another Brasilia I had in my stash years ago.
I cleaned it up and stuck in my shop as a custom listing.
It needed love and it takes creativity to imagine away that wear and tear it had. I waited a week and then recreated the Brasilia how I thought best. I’m so patient. tee hee.
Ta da! With a little sanding and some paint, I stuck it in my shop with a new look and it sold in a couple hours. *insert the song “Happy” here*
See…it’s smiling at me, saying “Thank you!”
I hope you enjoyed this makeover and my little story to go with it. Consider yourself invited to join our blog family by signing up for our newsletter in the sidebar or at the bottom of this post. Stay tuned for more junkin’ adventures!
More Mid Century fun like this Broyhill Brasilia:
It’s birthday season in our home, which means beginning in January we have one birthday a month until June when there is two celebrations. This year will be different since I am expecting in early May, so we’ll have two in May and two in June. I am completely anxious for spring!!
Much like Christmas (and my Handmade Holiday series), birthday time around here means homemade or purposeful gifts.
My youngest boy is so wanting to be like his older brother, so I decided to give him a messenger bag just like his brother’s…
…with all the fixings to go bird watching – a favorite pastime in my family.
I will never deny that I am a thrifty person and this project is not exception. After all, Thomas Edison said it best, “The scope of thrift is limitless.” My kind of man.
All the materials for this bag came from second-hand purchases or were made at home, (minus the velcro & thread). Just time and creativity were all that were needed.
The basic pattern idea came from One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! I changed it to suit my liking and redesigned it a bit to meet the needs I had in mind. There are also scads of ideas on Pinterest.
I like boxed-corner bags for their ability to open wide and stand on their own when using a sturdy fabric.
I found all the fabric at Goodwill ($1 a yard minus my 20% off coupon = cheap!)and it was brand new denim, pinstripe blue, and sort of stretch cotton canvas for the lining – all found at different times. Never miss an opportunity to peruse the aisles of fabric for great finds!
See how it sits up all by itself so that my toddler-turned-big-boy can reach in for his equipment. I added a cut of thin foam to line the base which adds to the sturdiness.
Now for the fun bird graphic. Did you know there is no need to buy the expensive inkjet fabric sheets and that you can make your own?
See the tutorial here at Infarrantly Creative.
With the idea of giving my little guy a bird-watching bag, I wanted to add that theme to the outside, but definitely my style is vintage, so off to my all-time favorite graphics site, The Graphics Fairy for this adorable yellow bird image.
- Messenger Bag
- Canvas Sun Hat – found new at thrift store – 80 cents
- Binoculars – $10 at Walmart
- Journal – $1 at dollar store
- Vintage Audubon Bird Call – $1 + shipping on ebay (I love these little things!)
- Audubon Plush Bird – from JoAnn with 40% off coupon
I’m not sure which he liked more out of the set, but he can’t wait to take it out and put it to use…just like his big brother.
Got questions? I’d love to help you if you need it!
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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I filled that ridge with wood filler and sanded it smooth with my sander. I also added a piece of wood corner round to recreate the surface edge that had been cut out to receive the mirror. Last, I used my favorite Dremel tool to rebuild it.
You can also see the veneer was lifting at the bottom of the side, which easily is repaired 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?