Thrifting for the Cause
February 17, 2014
Hello everyone, I hope you’re relaxing on this three day weekend here in the States. We spent some time on Saturday in San Francisco at a friend’s wedding and enjoyed an evening stroll, it was unusually warm and we walked through a neighborhood filled with homes with classic architecture, it reminded me I really need to photograph some of those beauties in the various neighborhoods soon.
Last week I did some serious treasure hunting at thrift stores for a great cause. We’re so excited to be jumping back into our philanthropic efforts with the Alma Project. Last week I met with the Director of Housing for our local Committee on the Shelterless and the request was a big one: furnish and decorate an entire house including a family room, dining room, and 4 bedrooms by early summer. [For those unfamiliar with our Alma Project efforts, you can read all about our remodeling projects here.] For me, there’s nothing better than decorating with style on a budget for our favorite charity so I wholeheartedly welcomed the challenge!
This home’s purpose will serve single adults transitioning from the homeless shelter so the need is for double and twin beds for each bedroom. The Angel of Amazing Thrift Store Prices was hovering over my shoulder as I hit up my favorite local stops and scored some really great finds. (For locals, the Sacks on Liberty Street in Petaluma has some great scores from time to time.)
I explained the cause to the manager of another one of my favorite thrift stores, the St. Vincent de Paul in Rohnert Park, CA and he gave me a bigger discount on a furniture sale so I saved a ton by being in the right place at the right time.
I bought two blonde wood full/double headboards, one for $10 and another for $13 – the one in the rear is a basic wood headboard that I will either upholster or add molding to similar to the ones below.
The second full headboard is a Jenny Lind spool style with spindles that will look fab painted a bright color or perhaps something more neutral or even just white.
I could not pass up this four poster bed, I think some Restore-A-Finish will bring it back to life. After the discount this was $40, which is such a deal given that similar pineapple finial poster beds sell for hundreds of dollars at auction or in antique stores.
I got lucky with this find, a full/queen headboard in perfect condition for $20!
The classic silhouette will look fantastic with new linens, I’m inspired by these two traditional looks below.
I also snagged this solid wood dresser for $45 that is unfortunately missing some of the pulls. Too bad about the hardware and it has that speckled 1970s finish up close. I’m on the fence whether to leave it because it looks good from a distance and just replace pulls, or paint it off white like this. Still debating.
I bought four chairs for $60 for the set for the dining room, I just love the shape of the backs.
I’ll have to think about a paint color + fun fabric combination for the set, but they definitely will be a cheerful yet chic combo like these below.
These navy blue velvet chairs were $40 for the set of two, they’re in excellent condition and will just need a good steam cleaning. I’m thinking I’ll use them as accent chairs in a living room or split them up between bedrooms.
I also hopped onto Craigslist and discovered these two mid century dressers. I went to see them yesterday and while I LOVE the lines unfortunately they’re covered in a milky mid tone faux wood veneer, and the drawers are not real wood, much to my dismay.
By the way if you love furniture makeovers as much as I do, Reeves is a 19 year old college student with a great eye, see all of her impressive before and afters at her blog The Weathered Door.
The outside frames can be painted but the drawers are pressboard covered in a thin faux wood grain veneer so as much as I wanted to sand them and stain the drawer fronts it’s not possible unless I remove the old veneer and cover them in new dark walnut veneer (which I have never done but I’m dying to try).
I’m storing all of the above in my garage, thankfully I have an understanding husband who is willing to sacrifice parking and tolerate my thrift store furniture hoarding for the cause :) I’m really so excited to be decorating a house for our local COTS, and the word from the director is there will be more houses (up to five!) to tackle later this year, so there is much for me to do!
I’ll be rounding up some brand sponsors to contribute additional furnishings and linens. I’ll share the spaces in their before state in a few weeks and the furniture and room makeovers over the next few months. We’re planning on an open house in late May or early June so if you’re local we’d love to meet you!
Now about those two mid century dressers, the owner is holding them for me for 24 hours, what say you, should I snag them for $100 each, yay or nay?