Monday, June 25, 2012

Thrift Store Score

first off, thanks for all the input and support on my last post! one thing is certain: the readers of NB101 rock! :)

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!

9 comments:

Stephanie said...

I love your creative eye! We made over a dresser for Chloe's room and it's my absolute favorite thing in there. I don't have the eye to do it with multiple things like you though, but they sure sound like they'll turn out great!

Lisa said...

I can't believe you got that hutch for $30! It's beautiful! Great finds!!

Shannon said...

I can't wait to see how these turn out!

Kayla and Joshua said...

Wow awesome loot ya got there! Can't wait to see what you have transformed them into!!

Sarah said...

Love these pieces. You go girl.

Fiona aka DRMama said...

You are a thrift store pro!! :) Love all of these great finds. I am so bad at spotting what can be tweaked and refurbished to look great but you are so good at it!!

Malia said...

great finds!!

Maria said...

these are all so awesome...love the two pieces that will make the hutch. i CAN'T WAIT to see what you're going to do with all of them! <3
happy creating!
xoxox
maria

Deborah said...

freakn' stinkn' awesome finds!! I can't wait to see what you do with them. You have me psyched on projects.

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