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Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday's Finds... #12

Okay, y'all.  We're back to a simple Friday's Finds.  Why?  Because I am a master procrastinator and I never did figure out why my linky list payment never went through.  So no linky party and no Friday Feature.  :(  Sorry.  The week just got away from me.


Today's Friday's Finds is a bit of a two-fer.  Since most of my finds this week have been for my bedroom, you get a little bit of a sneak peek of my progress in my Bedroom Makeover.  Its amazing what a little bit of texture and a few thoughtfully placed items can do.  Although I am far, far, FAR from being done, at least it doesn't look nearly as sterile.

This is also a great testament to what other's peoples cast-offs can do for your home.  For YEARS, I thought I was above going into thrift stores, flea markets, Goodwill, etc.  Now, I love it and to top it off, it is a ton of fun!  I love the hunt even more so than I like the buying.  So, so, soooooo much better than just walking into a store and plucking it off a shelf.  And it also gives your home a feeling that is one of kind and not able to be reproduced.  My bedroom is feeling more welcoming each and every day - and it isn't just me - the kids are beginning to gather in there, as well.  ;)

Okay...  First up:

There are only three things on my vanity that are not either a thrift, GW, or Junque find.  Those are the birdhouse stepping stone (my mother's), the ballet slippers (Eva's first pair), and the hydrangeas (Walmart).  The lamp was $7.50 found at the bottom of a pile, sitting on the floor at my new fave junk store.  The picture frames? $1.50 and $3.00.  The cream one was silver and got a coat of spray paint yesterday.  The jewelry tray?  $1.50.  The silver bud vase?  $2.00.  The silver pitcher was a little pricey at $15.00.  The lace runner?  $1.00.  The vanity itself was my mother's.  My father stripped the black paint off, had new mirrors made, and refinished it himself.  I'm going to have a hard time painting this one.  It might be a while.

This afghan was marked "Pet Scraps" and was only $2.00.  Why?  I have no idea.  It is completely whole and has no tears.  The only thing I can think of is a small rust stain that is smaller than a size of a dime.  Didn't phase me at all.  This is also the vanity bench that I redid yesterday.  If I had known I was going to love how it turned out so much, I would have taken a before pic.  Just picture a wooden bench stained the same color as the vanity, with blue and white striped fabric cushion that had seen A LOT of use.  It was downright nasty.  A little primer, some white paint, distressing, and technique glaze did wonders for the body.  The fabric came from J-A Fabs.  I just reused the original plywood from where my mother had re-done it, put in new batting and we were good to go.  Complete transformation in under 2 hours.  What a nice, easy fix (except for dumping the white paint all over me and the floor and then washing my cell phone that was in the pocket of clothes I was wearing.  LOL!  :P).

This little wall plaque was $1.00.  Not sure exactly where its home will be yet, but for now its on Scott's dresser leaning against a $0.89 cheap-o easel from Wally World.

I got these easels from GW for $3.00 for the set.  Live, Laugh, Love.  I doubt they're going to stay black and they probably won't stay in my bedroom.  But these were a GREAT find.  I love easels.

This is the little wood foyer table that I painted, distressed, and glazed back in September.  I brought it upstairs to go somewhere in our bedroom, just to fill up some wall space.  It will probably not be staying in front of this window, as the room progresses.  I found these two candle holders at GW for $3.00 each. They sure do like to slap $3.00 on stuff.  And why must they do it in permanent marker?  I don't care if its on the bottom or not.  I can't believe they can afford a flat screen TV for their employees to watch, but can't afford price tags.  :P  These were originally a orangy/bronze color.  I slapped a couple of coats of ivory spray paint on them yesterday and then distressed them a little.  Perfect!  The pitcher came from TJ Maxx the summer before last.


Now for a sneak peek at our bed.  I am not going to leave just the wreath above the bed.  I have HUGE plans for that wall.  I just haven't started on it yet.  I have the supplies, I just haven't executed the idea yet, but I wanted to show you a few things:  1.  You can find anything if you look long enough.  2. A little paint can do wonders.  3. Stuff that might look "poo-ey" in a thrift or Goodwill (to borrow a word from Landon) can look great in your home.  Some of these things I started collecting as far back as July.

The night stands I redid months ago.  They used to look like this:

And were $10.00 each at GW.

The wreath?  $4.00 at the thrift.  The candle bases?  $7.00 each at GW.  They just haven't gotten their paint job yet.  LOL  The bed was my parents, that I inherited when my Dad passed away.  I adore it.  My parents had it commissioned for them while they were married by Brass Beds of Virginia.  What a wonderful family heirloom to pass on.

The scarf draped over the headboard is a window scarf that I bought at the thrift for $2.00.  Much better than the $15.00 ones I was considering buying from Wally World!

Now, for the linens...  The green/blue paisley sheets are just basic ones from Wally World, but the white pillow cases were ordered off Ebay.  You can't see the delicate lace edging, but they're gorgeous.  I have six in all, but I need more pillows!  LOL! The vintage Bates chenille hobnail bedspread that I also got off of Ebay ran me a little over $40, but I paired it with a JC Penney chenille hobnail bedspread that I found at the thrift for $7.50.  The Bates has a large fleur-de-lis on the center and the other is covered with large cabbage roses.  The duvet cover draped at the foot of the bed, I also found at a thrift for $7.50.  Underneath it all, is a fluffy feather mattress cover that I got at a yard sale this summer for a whopping $5.00.  It had been used on a guest bed, was pristine, and had only been slept on a handful of times.  And it certainly saves my back from the Tempur-Pedic that my husband adores and I despise.  ;)

Here it all is from a different angle:

The cabbage rose throw is from years and years ago when we lived on the coast.  I bought it at this little Greenhouse/Gift Shop place right down from the outlet mall in Smithfield, NC.  For the life of me, I can't find the throw pillow that matches it.

So, it just goes to show that it doesn't take thousands of dollars to create a look that you love, but rather over time finding things here and there that "speak" to you and in turn, you make work in your home.  By giving it a coat of spray paint, or even leaving "as is", a few thoughtfully placed items can begin to transform your room into a look you adore.  As I said, I'm a loooooooong way from being done, but just a few pieces here and there allow me to get a clearer vision for what I want our room to express...  Mainly a relaxing, peaceful environment where we can rest...  among other things.  ;)


Anonymous said...


I haven't tried it myself, but a teacher friend of mine uses magic erasers to get permanent marker off of stuff. (I have a toxic, stinky spray that works) but I saw her use it on a file cabinet one day and it came right off!


P.j. said...

Rubbing alcohol or dry erase marker spray might remove black price marks.