Thursday, October 14, 2021

Thrifty Thursday Primitive Spice Box

Thrifty Thursday Upcycled Primitive Spice Box
To buy or not to buy, that is often the question at the thrift store.
Thrifty Thursday Upcycled Primitive Spice Box
This little reproduction, primitive, wood, spice box is one of those items that I questioned. On the negative side, it screamed early 90's country primitive--I half expected to find apples or hearts on it. On the plus side, it is sturdy, real wood, would provide a bit of storage for small items, and I had an idea of how I could upcycle it.
Stencil a Primitive Spice Box
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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Thrifty Thursday How to Update and Use a Stepstool

Thrifty Thursday How to Update and Use a Stepstool

Little wood stools and stepstools are a common item at thrift stores. I always buy them if they are reasonably priced, made from wood, and if after giving them a little shake, they don't wobble. This IKEA stepstool met all three of my criteria so I bought it.

Thrifty Thursday How to Update and Use a Stepstool
It of course needed an update. I wanted something fresh and fun that would add a pop of color to a space so I decided to paint two-thirds of it a bright, sunny yellow. 
Thrifty Thursday How to Update and Use a Stepstool

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Sweet Chippy Vintage Stool Table

I was not sure what this little white piece of furniture was when I saw it at the thrift store, but I could tell that is was old and had some lovely chippy paint layers and it was solid so I decided to buy it.

Thrift Store Find
Isn't it sweet?
Sweet Chippy Vintage Stool Table
I thought it might have been a chair seat without the back, but it is a regular rectangle size. I think it was a little bench or stool and that it might have had caning or some type of an insert. Someone put an extra piece of wood on top long ago because it has the same layers as the rest of it.
Sweet Chippy Vintage Stool Table

Friday, October 1, 2021

Thrifty Thursday Upcycled Antique Rattan Chair

Thrifty Thursday Upcycled Antique Rattan Chair

Yep, it's not Thursday but this is a thrift store upcycle so I am still sharing it on a Friday, rebel child that I am.

Thrifty Thursday Upcycled Antique Rattan Chair
I found this very old (I do believe antique, meaning it is 100+ years old.), weathered, chair at our local Habitat for Humanity Restore. It was weathered, I am guessing it spent some time outdoors, and a little bit of the caning on the chair back was broken. But, because it was fairly solid and I loved its lines, the inlay on the top, and the rustic bits--rusty nails, raw wood, I bought it.
Thrifty Thursday Upcycled Antique  Boho Rattan Chair

A little care was all this antique side chair needed to update it and bring it back to life.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Simple Wood Sign for July

Baby, it's hot out there! We are in the middle of record breaking heat here in the northwest and I am trying to stay cool (without an AC). Last night hubby and plopped the lawn chairs in the middle of the sprinkler, made a cold cocktail, and sat for an hour. And it isn't even July yet!! But, it will be tomorrow and I decided I better get SOME kind of fourth of July decor on my front porch. 
Wood Sign that is Not red, white, and blue
When you have a bright yellow door and your everyday summer porch decor is in bright yellows, greens, and oranges, adding red, white, and blue is just a bit much, even for this color loving girl.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Adding Texture with a Vintage Woven Chair

Grey, gray, greigh (?)--however you spell it I have a bit too much of it in my furniture repertoire. In my front room I have a small grey loveseat and three grey chairs. It happened accidentally, you know, gathered a chair here and chair there without realizing it was all getting a bit boring and same.

SO, I have been on the lookout at the thrift stores for a cute, colorful, vintage, adorable chair in excellent condition for a great price. But, that wasn't happening...until I spied this vintage, woven Palecek chair at Goodwill.

Adding Texture with a Vintage Woven Chair
While it wasn't colorful, I loved the texture and knew I could have some color fun when recovering the seat.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Thrifty Thursday Reporposed Tray and Camp Stool

Thrifty Thursday Reporposed Tray and Camp Stool
I am working on 5 kajillion projects right now that I can't wait to share with you. Today's Thrifty Thursday project is one of those. It is quick and easy and requires no tools or construction or even paint. Using a great brass tray I showed you last month and a sturdy camp stool, I made a hip, little side table.
Thrifty Thursday Reporposed Tray and Camp Stool

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Thrifty Thursday Wall Pocket

Thrift Store Finds and Upcycling

I have been looking at this homemade letter holder/desk organizer (?) at the thrift store for a few weeks. When it went to half price, I decided to get it.

Upclyced Thrift Store Wood Wall Pocket
I had a few ideas for it: plant in the skinny pocket, use it in the kitchen for wooden spoons, or use it on our desk to hold paper. But, I decided I wanted it on the wall in my entry between our TV room door and coat closet.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Thrifty Thursday Baskets

Thrift Store Finds and Decor
Baskets tend to be a dime a dozen (ok, well more like $24/dozen) at the thrift store. There are plenty of them and I always look at them. I want unique, well-made baskets that will have a place and a purpose in my home. 
Thrift Store Baskets
When I spied these two next to each other at the thrift store and saw that they were in my back porch colors, I knew I could use them for wall decor.
Thrift Store Baskets on the Porch
Hubby did ask, "Aren't you about done decorating the back porch?" 😁 Yes, dear, I am. These two baskets were the final touch on the long wall that the loveseat is on.