Tag: thrifty

Restocked Craft Booth

Restocked Craft Booth

I added a few new things to my craft booth today. It was mostly little things, filler type stuff on the shelves and some hanging items on the pegboard. Stuff like that is really where my heart is. I like to take something old and […]

Vintage Sewing Machine Desk

Vintage Sewing Machine Desk

I found this fantastic vintage sewing machine base at a little picker’s heaven store near Ardmore, AL.  It’s just a little ways down the road from the guy who has a building full of stuff I mentioned earlier. I’m not even sure if the place […]

Upcycled Entertainment Center – Winebar

Upcycled Entertainment Center – Winebar

 

This piece of furniture has been hanging around our house for ages. It started out as our very first entertainment center and I remember measuring the big space to make sure that our tv would fit in it. Not the width of it, but the depth. Remember tv’s like that?? They were often times deeper than they were wide! This piece was used in my son’s room for a while to hold his myriad of electronics with his Playstation having prime real estate, of course. After that it was relegated to the garage where it humbly stored crafting supplies.

Enter the Great Garage Clean-out. I decided that since my children were almost teenagers that there really wasn’t a need for play dough, confetti and 6,728 broken crayons. Whew, that was a load to take the thrift store! When I unearthed this treasure, I thought oh, I should paint that and make it pretty to use somewhere in my house. But, the problem is that I have nowhere to put it nor do I need it.

I decided to put it on CraigsList. I thought I was being reasonable asking $150 for it. No takers. Ok, that’s fine so I dropped the price to $100.  Still nobody wanted this beauty. Since, I really didn’t want to haul it to the thrift store myself, I set the bottom barrel price of $50. NOBODY wanted it.  Good grief, it is solid wood people – not the prefab laminate crap!  So, it just sat in my garage for several more months.

When I got my booth at University Pickers, I started looking around for things to transform that I already had – Ah-ha!  Hello you neglected honey!

I decided to make it into a wine bar because I thought that would be something fairly unique to add to my booth. First I ripped away the rest of the cardboard backer and took the doors off of the bottom. The tricky part was making those x shaped wine shelves. That’s what I’ve got the greatest Dad in the world for!

Enter some grey paint that was left over from painting my daughter’s room and Ta-Da! It’s totally transformed. I bought the stemware holders at Lowes.

For the back I used 1×4 boards that I literally slapped a bunch of paint on and distressed the heck out. I’m totally in love with the way the back turned out! Actually, the whole thing turned out better than I imagined.  And to think I was gonna sell it for $50!  Pffffftt!

 

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Vintage Window Medicine Cabinet – from a Pallet!

Vintage Window Medicine Cabinet – from a Pallet!

The Pallet Craze has taken over the crafting world. You can see pallets being transformed into everything from outdoor rustic furniture to a chic farmhouse style bed. I’ve always loved anything rusty, vintage and loved, that’s why I enjoy garage sales so much. It could […]

{Dream}catcher Art

{Dream}catcher Art

I’ve always loved dreamcatchers. There is something so mystical and magical about them that just appeals to me on a fundamental level. Dreamcatchers have been around in Native American culture for over a century and there are two legends that explain where they came from. […]

Thrift Store Score

Thrift Store Score

The project I had in mind when I headed out to the thrift store this morning was a lamp makeover, and also in the back of my head a chandelier for the patio.  I found a package of some great fabric strips yesterday at Big Lots that go well with the color scheme in my Happy Place.  I have a couple of lamps in there whose shades desperately need some love.  I wanted to re-do one of them like this one I found on Pinterest.

Or maybe this one.

My favorite thrift store did not let me down, I not only found a shade that would work, I found one other one for a lamp in a different room, a jar full of sand dollars and these cool grater things that to me – just screamed out to be transformed into a chandelier for the patio.  I actually went to two thrift stores and found one set of 5 graters at one and another set of 5 at the other store.  Twas fate, I believe!!

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