now, on to today's post...
it's no secret that i am a thrift store addict. don't worry, i'm not hoarding in my basement or anything, but i do love a good deal, especially when it gives me a chance to put my own stamp on it.
here are some of my recent finds:
i am in love with this antique dresser. it cost me $30 and it's solid oak with original patina handles. it just needs a little TLC and it'll be perfect for our guest room.
these two pieces go together to form an antique china hutch. it cost $30 and is solid wood (not sure if it's oak or what). i plan to completely revamp it to turn it into a small pantry for our kitchen.
ugly, i know, but it's not the picture i'm after. the frame is 16x20 solid wood. with a little paint and some modern artwork (original by carlia, of course), this is going to look fantastic. not bad for $7.
this large mirror just screams late 80s/early 90s, but, again, it's solid wood. for $9 it is definitely worth a second look. with a fresh coat of paint and some embellishments, it'll be perfect to hang above the new dresser in the guest room.
i love the details in these lamps! such great shapes. they need rewiring, some color, and new lampshades, but they're totally worth $3 each.
sometimes it's tough to look beyond the drab state of items in thrift stores to see their potential, but there are so many things out there that, with a little bit of elbow grease, can really add to the look of your home without costing a fortune. if i had bought these pieces brand new, i would have spent hundreds of dollars (the china hutch alone would have been hundreds of dollars), but my total came to $82. after the cost of paint, lamp shades, etc., i'll still be well under $200 for all of it!