Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thrifty Finds

This is only our 2nd year of thrifting and we really love it.  So much so, that we have turned it into a business as of June 1.  last year we had fun furnishing my youngest son's first home.  He was so cute.  He loved everything we did.  While it was thrilling to find a great deal or that perfect piece for him or ourselves, it's even more fulfilling finding a piece for others and repurposing it.  And it’s WAY more fun doing it for a real purpose - to fund Tiff's adoption from China.  And an added bonus, is that all our mileage and expenses are tax deductible! 

I’ll tell you, going to garage sales and thrift stores, started taking on a whole new meaning once we had to fill a 7.5 x 10' space.  We have been way blessed with selling our pieces quickly and have others waiting in line to take their place.   

We found this sofa table for $5 at a yard sale.  It had the typical brass handles on it which we took off and puttied the holes.  Then we primed with Bull'sEye.  Shortly after that we found out about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and were bummed we had primed.  So Tiff decided to go ahead and use Duck Blue Annie Sloan and distress it to show the white underneath.  To our surprise, with a little more rubbing, some of the brown came through as well.  It turned out gorgeous!

 Here's Tiff painting over the primer.  We had also been using this as a work table so there were scratches, but with miracle paint, it's not a problem.  We thought we were going to have to paint 2-3 coats and then poly.  We are in love with chalk paint!

Isn’t this a beauty?  We decided since the drawers were fake that we would just add one handle back. Of course we waited for Hobby Lobby to have them half off.  It looks so great in our booth, but we don’t think it will last long, and it didn't.  Do you see how the white & dark wood came through?  Love it!

The suitcase below it was free at an estate sale and the other items were found at either garage sales or thrift stores.

Let us see some of your thrifty finds too!  Don't you love a good deal?

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