One of the projects that I contributed to Curbly's Make It! Secondhand Chic featured the above side table. I snagged it at a local thrift shop for about 4 bucks. (The reason it was so inexpensive, I assume, was because the marble top was chipped and fractured. Good for me, because I didn't want the top anyway. The simple cherry wood bottom was all I wanted.) My first thought was to make a frame for the top, paint it up and then tile the center. But since tiled table top tutes are
Rachel recently nabbed this end table at a garage sale for 3 bucks. As she says, "It wasn't the prettiest chicken in the coop." But it did have potential. A little spray paint and some masking tape and ta-da:
Wanna get famous and sign a book deal? Maybe have somebody make a movie out of your life? Think of an idea like this and then do it. Marisa Lynch's determination to turn thrift store dresses into fun, contemporary dresses and documenting the journey puts her in the running to become the next Julie Powell
Maria snagged a side table, vase and mismatched frames at a thrift store for $10.67. She gave each its own re-do, and she now has a sweet display in the corner of her home. (Don'tcha love framed image on the right? Cheeky!)
Good thrifting advice is to go ahead and buy a piece if it stands out from the ordinary. What stood out about this table? The legs. Modern, sleek, solid wood and sturdy. The supports are also solid and can be used again, I'm sure. The table tops are a composite wood covered with formica and a plastic band around the edges. See three more very different looks you can get with this $6.99 Goodwill table.
The thrift store. It's eco-friendly. It's cheap. And most importantly. the limitations force you to work creatively.
So, take CasaSugar's approach and go for it: use those second-hand gems as central items in your decor. You may be surprised.
The Flirty Guide offers this cool, multipart tutorial for making a custom, playful chandelier. Paint, beads, wire, shades...it's a whole heap of processes towards a fun, one of a kind piece. Thrift store magic.
This easy tutorial came to my attention through Paper and Stitch when I was googling one of my past tutorials to find sites where it was picked up. Ugh, shameful self-centeredness. Nevertheless, it led me to this simply adorable vase slipcover. I'm considering some vase projects these days, so this will go in my "great ideas" folder. This also makes good use of small fabric scraps or "fat quarters" you may find at a quilt shop or fabric...
The thrill of the hunt quickly goes south when you realize the plaid Herculon sofa you snagged for $15.99 will set you back at least $500.00 to reupholster, not including the twenty some yards of fabric you have to buy. Impulsiveness is part of the buzz, but if you're a thrift shopper who is seriously shopping for recyclable materials, you need a plan. You'll save time as well as money if you know what you're looking for, within general...