Don’t ya just love a good bargain?
Last week I shared with you a few tips on how to determine your own decorating style and how you need to be true to yourself – regardless of the latest fad. (If you’re interested you can check it out here) Determining Your Own Decorating Style
Fad’s come and go, but your personality will be with you for a lifetime.
I also shared a little about my own personal style. I like clean, classic (simple) lines.
I love antiques, but not the kind with ornate over the top carvings. While, I appreciate all the work that went into creating these special pieces they’re just not for my house.
So you can imagine my delight when I found this ‘jewel’ at the local thrift store for $7 – Yes you read that correctly. SEVEN dollars. It was enough to cause heart palpitations!
I was afraid to walk away in order to get a cart – for fear someone would ‘steal’ my treasure right out from under me – so Hubby had to stand guard while I found something to take it to check-out. (All the time mumbling under his breath I’m sure)
He is the most patient, supportive guy on the planet (I’m convinced of this) but I think this one had him scratching his head a bit.
(Interesting tidbit here) There’s a standing joke at our house – Hubby tells everyone “Joyce paints everything, so you’d better not stand still too long, because if you do she might paint you.”
And he’s right – as we get to know each other a little better you will figure out – I am NOT afraid of a paint brush.
OK…back to the story (you don’t mind an occasional detour do you?)
So, I purchase my ‘bargain’ and head home – giddy to get started.
I love chalk paint but I didn’t have any on hand – and who has time to wait on a trip to Michaels when you have a project you’re itching to start? Right?
My solution? Take what paint I had on hand and create my own color.
I just kept mixing different amounts of left over paint until I came up with a color I liked and went to work.
First – I prepped the table by washing it with TSP (do you not just love that stuff?) It will remove ‘gunk’ that has been around – for a while.
Did I mention this table was so dirty I was afraid I would catch something trying to get it to the car (another reason Hubby was scratching his head) 😊
After prepping I painted and sanded and painted and sanded (oh, the other thing I forgot to mention – It didn’t just have ‘scratches’ – it had gouge marks on the top so deep I could put my little finger in them.
Hubby filled those with wood putty – cause even though he scratches his head (a lot) – he will literally (not kidding) do anything I ask him to do, to ‘make it mine’ once I get my ‘treasure’ home.
In this After Photo you can see a little bit better than in the “blog post” photo above.
Don’t you just LOVE it? (it’s ok if you don’t…cause I do) 🙂
** And just keeping it real…the perfectionist in me wishes those shadows didn’t look like dirty carpet 🙁 – This was taken with my phone ’cause for now I’m only dreaming of a ‘real’ camera…so I can look like the ‘real’ bloggers 🙂
btw…in a future post I will share the story behind the tray sitting on the table – another trash to treasure story.
Now, I have a coffee table that is unique and original – it probably cost me $10 if I include the $3 worth of leftover paint from a previous project but I said $7 because that was the price I paid the “thrift store” >… But it is ‘so me’ I couldn’t put a price tag on it “today” if you asked me to — *that’s subject to change in the future
What treasures have you found lately? And, how did you make them ‘yours?’
I would love to hear your story – please share below
Making your home a haven – has nothing to do with how much money you spend – It’s what you do to make your home unique.
Blessing until next time,