Thrift Store Table

Way back in March I bought a table at a thrift store.  It was so long ago that I don’t remember how much I paid, but knowing me, it wasn’t much!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI knew it would be perfect in my entryway so despite it’s strange faux painting, I brought it home.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s been sitting just like this for the last several weeks but thanks to this weekend’s snowstorm, it has finally been painted.

I got pretty stir crazy by Saturday afternoon and decided I needed to try out chalk paint.

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My Tiny Town Wal-Mart only had this brand.

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Guess which one I used.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI painted the bottom of the table first (and stole the knob from the closet door in the hallway.)  At this point I debated about painting the top a different color

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI LOVE it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s perfect!  I love it with the light grey walls and red brick floor!  I haven’t sealed it with wax and, (gasp!) may not.  I can’t imagine it’s going to get a lot of wear and tear and if something happens, I’ll just paint it again!

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Back With A Lot To Do!

Whew!  Last week felt like it lasted a year and it made me long for the chaos of having a million projects going on all at once in my house.

*Next week remind me that I wanted a messy house and the exhaustion that comes a long with it!

On my very ambitious weekend to do list are:

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1.  Extend the base cove around those corners to meet up with the base boards

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2.  Finally cut the pieces of base board by my front door.  I say finally because they have been sitting there, leaning against the wall since we (my dad) put in the new door….the first week I bought my house.

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3.  And completing the base board trifecta: put the base boards back up in the living room.  They’ve been sitting in my shed since I took them down.

side note: remember when we took them down?  Let me remind you:

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Ahhh, I miss those days.  Okay, I don’t, but I do miss those base boards!

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4.  Clean up and recover these thrift store chairs.  $15 each but in need of some TLC.

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5.  Touch up paint in the kitchen.  I’ve had that stain hand print on the wall since I redid my floor.

Can I do it?  I don’t know but I’m sure going to try!  I’ll be back tomorrow to show you what got done, and what didn’t (because I already think I’m going to need a nap!)
-A

My Mantel

It all started with a trip to a thrift store.  As I was searching through the picture frames I came across a huge window.  Originally I thought I’d put a collage of pictures in it but it was really heavy!  So heavy that I was worried that it wouldn’t stay on the wall and while it was cheap ($5) I really didn’t want to deal with a broken window in the house.

Of course, that didn’t stop me from buying it!

Once I got it into the house I carried it around looking for a spot to put it

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and I landed on the mantel.

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While I liked that big frame, it just wasn’t right for this picture so I wasn’t sad to take it down.

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Then I felt like this wall wasn’t balanced so I rounded up some frames and pictures and put them up to the right of the fireplace.  (that green frame won’t stay, it’s just a place holder until I find a black one.)

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Then I added a framed letter to the mirror, scrap of wall paper and picture of my dad.

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I bought 10 of these frames about a year ago from Target.  The price was right, even if the color wasn’t.

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Since it was gorgeous outside today I set up an area to spray paint in the back yard and these got two coats of oil rubbed bronze.

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Then above the fireplace I made a little sign.

I really thought that everyone had perfect penmanship and could freehand signs like this.  After some Googling I discovered the trick:

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Chalk.  I printed out what I wanted on my sign, turned it over and rubbed chalk all over the back of the paper, flipped it back over and traced the letters.  Seriously, so easy.  Then I just filled in the letters with craft paint.

mantel7Once the frames were dry I filled them with pictures of me and my friends.  My criteria for picking pictures:  everyone in the picture had to look good and it had to be horizontal.

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And then it was done!

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Flashback to: December 18, 2013

On this day last year I thought I had found the score of all scores at the thrift store: giant frames.

One broke but one is still around:

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While I do like it, I don’t remember what I was so excited about a year ago.  These days I’m much more excited about another thrift store find:

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Oh yeah.  I bought that strange awesome duck bust in March.  She got some pearls, a frame and some paper flowers and now she’s my favorite thing in the room!

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Christmas Thrift

I spent yesterday morning moving my tree.

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I thought it would be pretty in front of the window.  Side note: if you look closely you can see that I still haven’t taken the shade cloth down.  Normally that would be a problem since it’s December in Colorado but if you look again, you’ll see we have NO SNOW.  

Anyways, back to the tree.  I pictured driving up to my house at night and seeing my pretty twinkly tree so, instead of cleaning or doing laundry or finishing my Christmas shopping I moved the tree.  Then I talked to my mom and told her that I had seen a giant tree at the thrift store for $30 and wondered out loud if I should have bought it when I saw it.  She said yes.  So, to the thrift store I went.

Now, in my small town there aren’t many thrifting options so my hopes were not high that it would still be there but I went out to see.

Much to my surprise it was there, out in front of the store with a big green price tag on it.  I went up to the counter and said I wanted to buy it.  The nice lady behind the counter said a man had just been in and said he was going “to be right back” to buy it.  The clerk said that she wasn’t going to hold it for him so I swiped it right out from under him.  Another side note: if you are this person in my tiny town, I’m sorry. Ummm, a little.  

It’s big.  Big big.  Much bigger than my little $20 tree from last year.  I figured that I’ve fit way bigger things in my car before.

Examples:

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(not the champagne, the dresser.)

But you know what was hard to get into my car?  A Christmas tree.

This is what it looked like by the time I got it inside:

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That’s right, $30 for an 8 foot tree.  Boom!  Sure, I could have left it a Christmas palm tree but then what would I do with the piles of branches?  For storage sake I put them on.

It took me hours.  H O U R S.  I’m a smart girl.  I have a college degree and street smarts (well, kinda) but this tree challenged me.

You see, the color coding on the branches was worn off of most of them.  So I had to compare each.branch to get them in the right size piles.

And then I realized that I needed a lot more lights.  Not only is this tree (at least) two feet taller than my old one, it’s also approximately 100989% bigger around.  300 lights wasn’t cutting it.  So after work last night I went to Wal-Mart (they really should pay me for as much as I plug them!) and got more lights.

There are 900 lights on my tree and I think next year I’m going to put another 100 on.  1000 lights sounds much better than 900.

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See?  BIG tree!  I’m sure you’re wondering why I put it back in the corner instead of leaving it in front of the window.

Here’s why:

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He loves to look out the front window, which I appreciate because he alerts me to cats in the yard.  Love that Henry, he keeps me so safe!  The tiny tree?  He wouldn’t have messed with it.  The giant tree?  That thing would be flat on the floor as soon as the neighbor’s cat ran across the street.  So, back to the corner it went.

So, again, instead of preparing my house for my party on Sunday, I spent my morning decorating my tree and I’m absolutely thrilled!

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Thrift Store Frames-Done!

Remember these frames I bought last week?
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And remember my pictures in my laundry room?

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I debated about painting the frames white but I didn’t think there would be enough contrast so I went with, of course, Hale Navy.

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I initially thought I’d use all four but the sizes didn’t work.  I still used the wire and eye hooks but strung it across the frame instead.  I need to tighten the bottom wire in the big frame but I need to wait for the paint to dry.

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I put two coats on the inside and edges of these and one coat on the fronts before I hung them up.  I knew there was a possibility that the fronts would get dinged and/or scratched in the shuffling and hanging process so I planned to do the final touch up coat once they were on the wall.  I’ll let them dry and harden up for a couple of days and then take the big one down and put in a new wire.

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I’m not sure what happened here.  From this angle this paint looks really pink.  It’s not.  I don’t know why this happened.

There’s still quite a bit of room on this wall so I’ll add frames as I like their sizes and shapes and add more pictures as I go.  For now, I’m loving this arrangement better than the plain wire on the wall!

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Thrift Store Frames

I hit up the thrift store a few days ago looking for some picture frames.

Remember these pictures I have hanging in my laundry room? You have to look closely-I can’t find a single close up picture of those wires and binder clips holding up my pictures:

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I like the idea but not the execution.  I felt like I needed something more substantial there so I went off in search of frames.

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I paid $6 for these four frames.  They’ll all be painted (what I want: Hale Navy, what I should do: white) and hung on that wall with the wire strung inside the frame.  This way it won’t look so random but will still be easy to switch out the pictures if I want.

While in the frame section I saw a box labeled “unassembled flag display case-$4”  WHAT?  I NEED a flag display case:

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That flag deserves better than a plastic bag!

I snatched it up and immediately set to putting it together when I got home:

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Ummmmm, yeah, that’s big.  Needless to say my flag is still without a proper display case but I’m hoping my dad can use this to display my grandfather’s larger flag.  I’ll let you know!

I know I won’t have time to paint those frames and string the wire this week but my schedule is changing and I’ll now have 4 nights at home to get things done!  So, stay tuned for those (and maybe seeing some finally finished projects!) soon!

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