Friday, January 27, 2023

Thrifting and Happy Memories

There are lots of reasons I love thrifting--the bargains, finding unique items for the home, reusing and repurposing items rather than buying new, keeping things out of the landfill, and the memories that a vintage find might evoke.
Thrifting and Happy Memories
When I spied this vintage, 1970's Wheaton glass popcorn bowl with four serving bowls at a local thrift store, I smiled as I instantly knew it was from the seventies. The popcorn bowl set was in great shape--no chips or cracks and the price was right ($10 for the five piece set) so I knew it had found a new home. 
Thrifting and Happy Memories
Growing up in the seventies, Friday nights were for watching The Partridge Family followed by the Brady Bunch. We also had Nanny and the Professor, That Girl, and Love American Style. Later in the seventies we watched MASH, Rockford Files, and Chico and the Man. Friday night's were for TV and popcorn. Mom would make different types of popcorn--Jello popcorn balls, candied popcorn, cinnamon and sugar popcorn, and buttered popcorn. We would also get a Pop Shoppe pop on Friday Night's to sip on while we ate our popcorn. I loved the grape soda pop. 
Thrifting and Happy Memories
And while we didn't have this particular popcorn bowl, seeing it and knowing it is from the seventies reminded me of those family Friday nights fifty years ago. I love the serving bowls--so much smaller than what we consider a serving today, although I must admit I don't stop at just one bowl full. 
Thrifting and Happy Memories
While we may watch TV differently these days (streaming as opposed to rabbit ears), a bowl full of warm popcorn and a "pop" are still a perfect way to spend a Friday evening at home.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

A Little Round Stool Makeover

When I find a little, solid, wood stool like this for $2 at the thrift store, that is an absolute "yes, I will buy that" moment.
A Little Round Stool Makeover
45 minutes, a little paint, and new fabric for the top and it the small, round footstool is ready for a new life.
A Little Round Stool Makeover
I Unscrewed the extra wood top that was for the cushion and then I removed an extra, round, foam cushion and a black cover with elastic around the edge first.  This was under that--it had obviously been well used. I imagine someone's feet resting right there in the middle.
A Little Round Stool Makeover
I gave the wood legs and edge a rough sanding, just enough to get the gloss off so paint would stick. I then painted the wood stool black.
A Little Round Stool Makeover
I threw away the original foam cushion, but kept the second one that had been added. Using a piece of sherpa fabric, I staple gunned the fabric on the wood round that was screwed to the stool.
A Little Round Stool Makeover
I then I screwed the top back to the stool base. 
A Little Round Stool Makeover
A little fabric covered stool lie this is a perfect place to rest feet when sitting at a rocking chair or a smaller sized side chair.
A Little Round Stool Makeover
I can picture my almost two-year-old grandson using the stool for a book and snack spot or as place to sit as it is the perfect height for a wee one.
A Little Round Stool Makeover
Because my sweet grandbaby doesn't live here and I don't have a place Where i need a little stool right now, I will be selling this one. It was a quick and easy flip and the price was right. I am always amazed how a little paint and new fabric can update even the simplest items.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

An Old School Clock for my Old Schoolhouse Home

I think most of you know I live in an old, two room schoolhouse. It was built in 1931 and was used as a school until the mid seventies. It was then used as for community meetings for 4-H and other activities. In the early nineties it went up for auction and a couple bought it and made it into a home. We bought it from them in 2015. We appreciate the hard work the previous owners did to make an empty school into a home. We do wish they would have preserved more of the original items and features of the schoolhouse. And while I don't decorate with a theme (my theme is eclectic), I do have this one small area at the end of my kitchen that has all of the schoolhouse vibes happening.
An Old School Clock for my Old Schoolhouse Home
I was just able to make this spot more schollhousey (I'm sure that should be a word) with the addition of this incredible, vintage, oak clock that I found at a thrift store. We chose to hang the clock above this kitchen door that leads to the mudroom and laundry room because it is a great place to see it and because that is where school clocks are typically hung, above a doorway. 
An Old School Clock for my Old Schoolhouse Home
Yes, finds like this are why I continue to thrift. I rarely look at the clock/electronic area at the thrift store, but just happened to because I need a new cheap clock in my workshop. This was up on a shelf and looked like a wood box. When I saw this beautiful antique wood I knew the clock needed further investigation. 
An Old School Clock for my Old Schoolhouse Home
When I spied the $7.99 pricetag, I decided I didn't care if the clock worked or not, it was a keeper. In the picture above of the side you can see a little hole. I think this was a corded, electric clock that someone updated into a battery operated clock. A fresh battery and it keeps time like a charm. It has this stamp on it above the 6. I cannot find this particular stamp online so if anyone has any info on it, I would love it.
An Old School Clock for my Old Schoolhouse Home
There are antique clocks I can find online that are almost identical, except they are stamped with the name Seth Thomas. There was a company called Smith Electric company that made school clocks, but I don't know what the J in the stamp is for. There are also antique clocks made by Smith Enfield. I think I should have been an archeologist or a historian as I love researching the vintage and antique items I find.

I gave the gorgeous oak case on my new to me clock a refresh with Wise Owl Furniture Salve (GET it HERE).
An Old School Clock for my Old Schoolhouse Home
Other school related aspects of this little corner include the chalkboard that is from the school. The little chairs, and old wood chalk box and red chalk box fit the theme. The roundback spindle chair was used in the kindergarten classroom in the Catholic school where I first taught. They were no longer used and shoved in storage and one of the nuns told me I could have it. The exposed brick is now the chimney for our woodstove. it was the chimney for the original coal boiler that was in the basement. This new addition to our schoolhouse home makes my heart happy. Keep on thrifting on, friends!
An Old School Clock for my Old Schoolhouse Home

Monday, January 23, 2023

Fresh Herbs in a Winter Kitchen Centerpiece

I don't know about you, but this time of year I sure do crave fresh--fresh plants, colors, decor, etc. I love using fresh herbs in the kitchen and do always have a planter full of them outside the back door in the summer. I was going to repot them inside, but they succumbed to an early, frost that wasn't forecasted. Thankfully, there are fresh, potted herbs occasionally in the produce department and I decided it was time to buy them to add to my kitchen counter space.

Fresh Herbs in the Winter
The store had rosemary, basil, and mint. I chose the rosemary and basil (which got a wee bit wilted in my cold car). 
Fresh Herbs in the Winter
I planted them in a couple of my planters that have a nice organic texture and feel to them.
Fresh Herbs in the Winter
The potted herbs are sitting on a thrift store tray. It was a silver colored metal tray that I rubbed Antique Gold Rub-n-Buff on. The tray has an engraved leaf pattern on it. This tray sits on my upper counter that is six inches above my stove, which will be convenient when cooking.
Fresh Herbs in the Winter
This tray held all of the modern candlesticks I made in November (SEE HERE). I left three of them as they balance at the planted herbs on the tray and add a warm, natural or organic texture. 
Fresh Herbs in the Winter
The herbs give off a subtle, lovely smell and I love the fresh life they bring to the space. I will use the rosemary on chicken or with roasted vegetables. The basil is perfect for caprese or spaghetti or pizza sauce or in chicken alfredo.
Fresh Herbs in the Winter
While I have living plants throughout my home, having fresh herbs in the kitchen gives me a hint at the hope of the coming spring and is good for my soul. Look for potted herbs in your local grocery store produce section, plant them, and group them together in your kitchen to add life, green, nature, and a fresh smell to your space.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom

Yesterday I shared the thrifted, upcycled art I hung on our reclaimed headboard that I made. Today, I am sharing more of our eclectic primary bedroom makeover that I have been working on. I hope to show you how to create a warm and cozy, curated and collected, but also cohesive look in your home.
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
As I said, I made the headboard a few years ago from reclaimed wood. I left the boards as is, joining them together on the back and using a French cleat to hang it on the wall. The tall height helps with our 12 foot ceilings. You can read about the art in the post below this one. 
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
While a reclaimed wood headboard might be considered rustic, pairing it with other eclectic and boho finds elevates it. The natural wood adds a warmth and organic touch that is necessary in every space. 
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
I will never be a matchy, matchy furniture person, never have been. I prefer the look of items collected over time rather than a furniture store look. Unique pieces add so much more character and warmth. I had been using a pallet wood shelf that I made for my book for a nightstand. It was useful and fit well, but the unfinished pallet wood was more of the industrial style I decorated with five or so years ago.
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
I found this at the thrift store for $40. I am not sure if it was small buffet or a commode. It did have the back piece that you see in the BEFORE photo below. I chose not to use that (it is under my bed so it is nearby in case I use this piece somewhere else in the future.
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
I always give furniture a sniff before I buy. I avoid anything that has been in a smoker's home. This one smelled fine...except when I was loading it into my car an got a whiff of the inside. No smoke, nothing had died in it, but a distinctive musty antique smell. I knew Wise Owl's Furniture Salve would solve that. I have a picture of it below when I used it on the cedar chest. For the nightstand, I washed it thoroughly, even on the bottom of it and under the drawer with some hot water and bleach. Then I used the salve on every inch of it. You can get the salve from my friend TINA HERE.
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
I let the nightstand sit for a few weeks to make sure the smell was gone. I have a super strong sense of smell and since this would be next to my face at night, and partially over a heat vent, I wanted to make sure it didn't smell musty. I all I smell is a lovely scent of lemons from the salve. The drawer has a stain in it, looks like ink and doesn't bother me at all. helps to show the age of the piece.
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
There is plenty of space for all of my nightstand needs.
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
I just found this antique bowl (that I paid 90 CENTS FOR!!) at the thrift store. It holds all the remotes. Why so many remotes in the bedroom you ask? I do go to sleep with the TV on, a habit that started when I was pregnant with my son who died when he was six days old. Because we knew he had a rare hear defect when I was pregnant, I had horrible insomnia. I finally found that if I could be on the couch and watch something familiar, a favorite movie or TV series, I could fall asleep. I still do that. One remote is for my bed that raises and lowers at the head and foot. Okay, now that I have justified my TV watching at bed time, if anyone knows anything about this bowl, please let me know.
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
It has a gold rim on the inside and this one the bottom. Look at that crazing.
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
The cedar chest at the end of my bed is another thrift store find that I paid $35 for. It was badly scratched and sticky and gunky.
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Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
I sanded, and sanded, and sanded. I removed the wood feet, one was broken, and added these gold feet you can buy HERE and used antique gold Rub-n-Buff on the straps and then the Wise Owl Furniture Salve to make that natural cedar shine.
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
The bench at the end of the bed holds a few blankets.
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
And it is nice to sit on when putting shoes on. The vintage, wool rug under it is from a garage sale. It has great colors for my space in it and helps to add another layer of coziness.
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
But, the bench is really about helping the 14 year old dog up on our bed (her bed?).
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
The orange comforter and shams I purchased new a few years ago at Target, they are part of the Nate Berkus collection. The other pillows and shams are all from the thrift store. The two matching square pillows were from Pottery Barn. I only buy linens from a thrift store if I can wash them. Pillows have to be covers that can be removed. 
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
Using a few matching items such as the wall sconces and the mirrors give the room some symmetry and helps it to not look like a hot jumbled mess. The mirrors were given to me and the sconces can be purchased HERE. I still need to wrap the black cords or give them the gold Rub-n-Buff treatment. We have switches on either side of the bed that work with the outlets that the sconces are plugged into.
Creating a Cozy and Curated Primary Bedroom
Hubby's nightstand is a tall, skinny stand also from the thrift store. It holds his phone and a book on top and has space for other books below.

Take time to collect and curate items that work in your space. Repeat elements--colors, textures, and materials, use items you love and that have some history, include some symmetry to create a cohesive and personal look in your home on a budget. Oh, and enjoy the process.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Upcycling a Thrift Store Poster to Create DIY Art

I love when random thrift store items I have bought come together to create something lovely and wonderful. Such was the case with this stained and tattered art poster and the frame that I had purchased awhile ago. I bought the art poster because I liked the colors and subject. The frame had a floral painting in it that I took out to prop on my picture ledge in my sunroom.
Upcycling a Thrift Store Poster to Create DIY Art
A little trimming and some Mod Podge and I now have an upcycled, gorgeous art piece.
Upcycling a Thrift Store Poster to Create DIY Art
Keep reading to see the how-to and where I hung this upcycled, thrift store art and why.
I started by figuring out which part of the poster I wanted to use since the frame was slightly smaller. I then cut it using a straight edge and a box cutter. This was probably the hardest part since the cardboard the art print was glued on was extra thick.
Upcycling a Thrift Store Poster to Create DIY Art
I saved the print information that was cut off to attach to the back of the picture. I love knowing who the artist is, or that is was printed with a copyright in 1951. 
Upcycling a Thrift Store Poster to Create DIY Art
Next, I used a stiff bristled brush to apply Matte Mod Podge all over the poster in different directions. This is nothing new in craft land. Last time I did the Mod Podge trick was about six or seven years ago and I applied it in a grid pattern to make the picture look more like canvas fabric.
Upcycling a Thrift Store Poster to Create DIY Art
Here is the texture up close when it is dry. You will see in the other photos that you don't see it this clearly from a distance, but the Mod Podge rally adds texture and elevates a stained paper print.
Upcycling a Thrift Store Poster to Create DIY Art
I decided, at least for now because my home style is ever-changing and rotating throughout my home, to hang this upcycled art piece on my reclaimed wood headboard in our primary bedroom.
Upcycling a Thrift Store Poster to Create DIY Art
I think breaking up all of the wood, even though it is beautiful, adds more personality and warmth. Hanging art on a headboard is a bit unexpected.
Upcycling a Thrift Store Poster to Create DIY Art
I hung it with one nail and secured it with command adhesive strips because I do about 10 full turns a night and we don't need in falling on our heads.
Upcycling a Thrift Store Poster to Create DIY Art
I love the colors and the subject matter--trees, a beach, a sweet cottage. The frame color enhances the art perfectly.
Upcycling a Thrift Store Poster to Create DIY Art
Here is the view from the side of the bed of the reading nook and art wall. But, you don't see the reading nook at all from the bedroom door. instead you see the wood headboard. Adding some art to it creates more interest.
Upcycling a Thrift Store Poster to Create DIY Art
I didn't straighten the pillows that the dog climbed into, but I will show you more of my bedroom in the next few days. I actually still have an entire blank wall to work on. I read a quote today from Robert Hadley that said, "A room should feel collected, not decorated." I couldn't agree more! Take time to find pieces that you love. Use vintage, previously loved items, add color, use art rather than signs, even if it is amateur art or art prints to really give a space personality, and hang it in unexpected places. If you want your home to be unique and reflect you, do not got to a home decor store or Hobby Lobby and pick out an entire room's worth of Made in China decor. Take it slow, add, rearrange, try pieces in different spots, and enjoy the process.
Upcycling a Thrift Store Poster to Create DIY Art

Upcycling a Thrift Store Poster to Create DIY Art