Ohhh the possibilities!

I wanted to post today on the ever elusive “ones that got away”. Boo hoo. I don’t know if anyone else does this, but I often find myself taking pictures (usually with my phone) of objects of interest that I may just not have the space to transform myself. For example, anyone who knows me well knows that I have a fetish  love for vintage lamps that most people would pass-by. But really, how many lamps can one person own? I’m pretty much maxed out. So when I see ones with potential, I take a picture and then hopefully blog about it. Same goes for a whole array of other random stuff. Although these treasures were not purchased by myself (sometimes you just have to walk away haha), I hope they found happy homes.

I often talk with people about the idea of thrift shopping (which to some people is actually a very unsettling thing to do). They have concerns like “well, I wouldn’t know what to do with things” or “when I go, I only find junk” or “there’s so much there, I often get totally overwhelmed”. These concerns are totally valid. Have no fear. Just have fun with it, keep an open mind, and don’t buy the underwear :). This light ceramics, most fabrics, lamps, books, etc. are totally safe and pose little threat from the past owners possible germs. And hey, why pay full price for something that “everybody’s got” when you could find something completely unique for a fraction of the cost.

So here goes, let’s talk about potential. Keep an open mind… and hold onto your seats… it’s going to get crazy up in here.

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These two lamps are awesome — they’re in working condition, and they have an awesome shape and texture. I actually like the white, but if it’s not your bag (baby) you could always spray paint them a fun, bright colour. I think they’d look cute in a bright and sunny yellow. Once you put a new shade on them (maybe a modern white drum shade), they’d look good as new. I personally think they’d look awesome on either end of a couch.. or maybe bedside tables in a guest bedroom. Best part is, they’re only $3.99!! You can’t go wrong!

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You have no idea how much it PAINED me to pass-up this crazy bargain. Holy moly. I know what you may be thinking… “It’s used. Someone elses tush has been on it.” But once you get passed that mental block, it really isn’t that bad. It didn’t smell or anything, it had no stains or rips, and that fabric is absolutely gorgeous! I love how vintage and bright it is. Wouldn’t it look outstanding in a bedroom? Maybe put a turquoise pillow on it. You could plan out the entire colour scheme of your bedroom on just this chair — you could find pillows in blues, purples, yellows, and greens… maybe a white bedspread… a pretty floral throw… Honestly, it was such a find, and I hope someone is so happy with it. I came back the next day and it was gone (of course).

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So everyone has seen the large amount of wooden chairs with fabric cushion at the salvation army. If the fabric is not your cup of tea, change it. It is so simple, so inexpensive, and can give your space a custom look. Many times there will even be full sets (for your dining room). The best part about these chairs is that they are super inexpensive so you can really take chances and make mistakes (anyone catch that magic school bus reference?) I could see these chairs spray painted in fun colours with new modern fabrics. This is a very fun and quick project that you will find at most any thrift store. They’re a dime a dozen.

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Many times I have gone thrifting and have seen vases with this same colour scheme. I love it. I think it would look absolutely gorgeous with an orchid sitting in side, or possibly some other plant. The blue and white motif is classic, and I bet this vase originally cost alot more than 6 bucks. Great deal.

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Fabrics, fabrics, fabrics! There are so many to chose from, and the possibilities of what you can make with them are endless. I love that you can find the awesome vintage flavours at thrift shops. Many of the times there are 3 or 4 yards for $3.99. You really can’t beat that. I think the polka dots would be cute drapes for a kids room… or maybe a shower curtain for a kids bathroom. You could make pillow shams out of the pink rose material. I’ve seen bloggers do pretty amazing lamp shade redos with embroidered material like the top one (how very anthropology). And imagine some of the more canvas-like material made into napkins or placemats. Very cute. Just throw it in the wash and get sewing :).

Here are two that I absolutely loved:

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I’m a sucker for daisies. And royal blue. And bright colours in general :). I would have loved to make a pair of pillows out of that sucker…

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Hummina, hummina, hummina. I love this vintage fabric. There was so much of it too. I don’t know exactly what I would have done with it, but I think it’s amazing. If you have any ideas, please share.

Well, that’s all for now folks. I hope some of these ideas have inspired you to hit-up your local thrift shop. Man, it still hurts to have given up that floral chair. Oh well, there will be others ;). Happy thrifting! TGIF!

Thrifted Sculpture

I wanted to share with you a quick redo that I did over the summer that is a perfect example of seeing potential in thrifted treasures. Many of my best scores from thrift stores have been fixer-up-‘ers, or weren’t perfectly styled from the get-go. Sometimes you have to keep your eyes and mind open to the possibilities. I always say, a little spray paint can go a long way.

In this particular case, that is exactly what I did. I’m an art graduate and am naturally drawn to unusal, artsy objects (if that makes any sense). And I love the simplicity of sculptural white objects. There are many (and I mean MANY) examples of objects that have been white-washed throughout our apartment, but this little guy is one of my favorites.

Here he is “before make-over shot” in all his icky grey, spunge painted glory:

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**Please note the $6.99 price tag. It had “AS IS” written on it as well, but he wasn’t chipped or anything. If you can see as well, I believe at some point he may have been used as a vase? When I bought him off the rack there was a giant, fake flower stuck inside.

So basically when I got him home, I was so excited that I dragged him outside to the backyard and immediately spray painted him a glossy white. You know sometimes how you can just visualize something, and you just have to execute it?

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When I spray paint, I try to do it in bulk. You can see some other little projects kicking around in there as well.

I know what you’re probably thinking….

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WHAT KIND OF SPRAY PAINT DID YOU USE?!

For anyone who is interested, I used Krylon Gloss White Spray Paint. I find it works the best and gives a really even finish. I did about 3 coats on him as well. Two probably would have been fine.

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It runs about $4.99 at Canadian Tire. I buy this stuff like it’s the zombie apocalypse and the only way to kill the zombies is to spray paint them white. 🙂 Honestly, it’s ridiculous how much money I spend on spray paint… I probably keep Krylon in business.

Anyway, back to the reveal. Now he lives on top of a bookcase that I redid recently (I’ll post on that soon enough).

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Have you revived any junkie items into swanky, modern new treasures? Or have you spray painted anything exciting lately? Is it crazy that I find spray painting things exciting…? If it is, I don’t want to be sane! 🙂