Why I Thrift
February 25, 2010
Again I found myself stopping by the local St. Vincent de Paul today looking for great pieces of furniture. This thrift store can be hit and miss, but today, it was a definite hit. I was just so excited about all of these finds, I had to share. Call me strange, but scouring a thrift store on a treasure hunt just makes me giddy.
Look at these two beautiful honey tone dressers – they could be stained darker or painted. Perhaps given some new modern hardware. I visualize an asymmetrical art gallery or statement mirrors above them !
I fell in love with this chair ! If it’s still there tomorrow, I might go back for it. All it needs in new modern fabric and it would be fabulous !
I loved this table for $25 dollars. It would be the perfect candidate for Layla’s dining room table treatment. You must see her whitewashed distressed table !
I’m not wild about knotty pine (except in rustic mountain homes), but these armoires would look amazing if given a great paint treatment. Black ? French gray blue ? They’d be statement pieces when refinished.
Oh, and yes, I sometimes do take my daughter with me. This one’s in training !
I found these great end tables . . .
Look at this perfect TV armoire ! You’d pay ten times more in a furniture store.
Okay, this sideboard stopped me in my tracks. Perfect lines. I’ve got absolutely no place to put this, but I LOVE it. A fresh paint job and some new hardware ? It would be incredible in a foyer or dining room.
This simple small desk could easily be freshened with paint and fun knobs to create a mini vanity or even an end table in a bedroom. Perhaps a subtle harlequin pattern painted on the top ?
Oh my, look at this oak china hutch. Imagine it in black, perhaps with a damask wallpaper background. That would be so sleek and modern. LOVE.
Most customers look at me strangely because I audibly gasp whenever I see pieces like this ! Such potential !
This corner end table has two great surfaces, a lower for magazines, and the top to hold a lamp.
Speaking of lamps, I always find the most interestingly shaped lamps at thrift stores. Many are junk, but every now and then you find a diamond in the rough. I happen to love both of these colored glass bases. All they need is a modern shade !
How about a little spray paint to cover the brassy metal on this one on the left. Fill the glass halfway with white sand and float some shells on top for an instant beach scene. The one on the right could stay copper, but personally I think it would look amazing in a high gloss peacock blue.
Both of these mini cabinets would make great candidates for a makeover. They’d be wonderful end tables next to a bed, but also I’d love to convert them into mini bars, with room for glassware and bar supplies inside. I imagine a beautiful tray on top corralling martini or wine glasses and beautiful glass bottles. Party perfect !
If only I had nine lives, or a shop with helpers ! How much I would LOVE to refinish each and every one of these.
In other news, I’m still struggling to get some video footage on the kitchen island paint job, so I’m putting it off to the weekend to work on it then. Hopefully early next week !
Also, if you recall all the beautiful personalized stampers available at The Paper Cafe, keep in mind with this discount code (CG15OFF) you can save 15% through March 1st !
Now, should I go back for that chair ? I’m thinking maybe so. :-)
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