As many of us have made the move to working or learning from home, it is important to have a functional and beautiful workspace. Defining your workspace with a desk is a great way to start creating your workspace area. I always head to my local Salvation Army Thrift Store to find furniture, you can often find great pieces that just need a little updating. One of my most favorite thrifted finds is this stunning desk. I wanted to high five everyone when I found it.
This unique desk is beautiful however it was a little outdated with many of the details getting lost with the dark wood. Transforming furniture to fit with your decor is easy to do with the right products and some inspiration. This desk had a Restoration Hardware feel to it.
The first and most important step when painting furniture is to always prep first. Prepping is a 3-step process where you first clean your furniture with TSP- Fusion’s TSP is my favourite. Use 220 sandpaper to scuff your furniture; scuffing the whole piece as if wiping down your kitchen table. The final step is to wipe it down with a damp cloth to remove any dust or residue. Click here to learn how to properly prep.
Once you have prepped your furniture you can get to the fun stuff and start painting. I used Canadian made chalk style FAT paint in Skyline to paint the whole piece and applied two coats (click here to learn more about FAT paint). I used FAT paint Gull Grey to accentuate the molding on the drawers.
I used a black glaze along the edge and on these gorgeous curved legs to make them pop. I added gold leaf onto the hardware and feet to elevate the whole look, finishing with top coating the whole desk with FAT paint Clear Coat for durability. Click here to learn how to apply Clear Coat.
I love the transformation of this thrifted desk, functional and stylish. Head to your local Salvation Army Thrift store for unique furniture finds. Happy Thrifting!
With everyone spending more time at home, it is especially important for us to be surrounded with items we love and that have a purpose. On a trip to my local Salvation Army Thrift store looking for furniture for my bedroom, I found this gorgeous dresser.
It was in excellent condition, solid wood and had deep drawers to fit more clothes. After looking inside the drawer I found this was a Gibbard dresser! They were a Canadian furniture company known for their high quality furniture. If you are lucky you can often find them in thrift stores.
The dark wood felt outdated in my space and I found the details of this stunning piece were lost. I decided to paint this piece in a soft, almost neutral blue. The first step in painting furniture is to prep it. Give it a good clean with TSP ( a super duper oil and grease remover), a quick scuff sand with 220 sandpaper as if you are wiping down your kitchen table and then wipe it off with a damp shop rag. Click here to see how to properly prep your furniture. Here is what you need.
Once this dresser was prepped it was time to get to painting! Two coats of paint in this gorgeous soft blue colour updates this dresser. I added a metallic gold along the molding with a fine artist brush and a steady hand, to elevate the look and add some bling. Keeping a damp shop rag on hand to wipe off any mistakes makes the process easy and eliminates the need for painter’s tape. I painted the hardware to give it a more cohesive look. Fusion Mineral Paint has a built in top coat in it, once your paint has dried that is it! This stunning dresser has been transformed into an elegant statement piece.
Next time you are looking for furniture head to your local Salvation Army Thrift store. You can easily paint it to make it work with your decor. Happy thrifting!
Since many of us will be spending more time at home this summer, it is important that we make the most out of our backyard spaces and soak up as much of the warm weather as we can. A fun and inexpensive way to find unique seasonal decor is to hit your local Salvation Army Thrift Store, check out my top 5 thrifted finds you need in your Backyard
Get a coastal vibe in your backyard with these decor finds.
These whimsical fairy lights are a fun way to add some lighting in your outdoor space. I was lucky to find these ready to go, filled with plastic diamonds and fairy lights but you could easily find the materials you need to make your own.
Ditch the plastic and opt for pottery for your outdoor dining. These beautiful plates are not only environmentally friendly but the colour and craftsmanship is beautiful.
Decorating your outdoor spaces can be viewed like another room in your home. This candle holder can add some structure and interest to a bare fence.
What's a better way to end a night with friends and family? This thrifted guitar would be a great addition to your backyard gathering. There is always someone who can play when you pull out a guitar.
Thrifting is a great way to have fun with seasonal decor, make sure to hit your local Salvation Army Thrift store. Happy thrifting!
With Valentine's day around the corner I hit my local Salvation Army thrift store to find a unique way to celebrate. I love using vintage glassware whenever I am decorating or planning a gathering, it’s a bit of an obsession! It’s a great way to inexpensively elevate your look and create visual interest.
I found all of these gorgeous pieces while thrifting! The mercury glasses were the first thing that caught my eye and paired so perfectly with the hammered silver charger. The stunning glass pitcher was a great find and is such an elegant way to serve your favorite cocktail or beverage. Throw in a few decadent treats, some Valentine’s day candy and it becomes an effortless way to enjoy and celebrate Valentine's day. Happy Thrifting!
I love hitting my Salvation Army thrift store to pick up some last minute decorations for the holidays. It is a great way to find inexpensive, beautiful decor. Take a look at what I found on my trip to the thrift store.
This stunning wreath with pink birds, pine cones and feathers is a fun way to add a trendy colour into your space.
The santa and snowman decorations are great finds if your style is more traditional and rustic.
This nutcracker music box would look amazing displayed on a mantel surrounded with cedar and pine boughs.
This exquisite artificial garland adds a little bit of bling with its gold accents. The best part is there is no work involved decorating it, you can just place it on a mantel or a console to add a festive feel.
These festive plates would be a fun way to serve treats to your guests.
I saw this gorgeous wreath as soon as I walked into the thrift store and had to pick it up. It has the perfect mix of glitter and natural elements to give my front door a festive feel. This was definitely a score, I got it for $4.99!
It’s not too late to get the holiday feel into your space. Head to your local thrift store to find some beautiful holiday decor to suit your style. Happy thrifting!
I love quick and easy updates like painting furniture, it can make a big impact on the look of your space. A question I often get asked is should solid wood furniture be painted? Some believe that wood should be never be painted over. Depending upon the piece and the condition is important to consider, however most often my feeling is if the finish is looking outdated, discoloured and does not work with your style, then it's time to make some changes! When you are transforming furniture it’s about being creative and focusing on how to get the best parts of your furniture to shine. That is why using paint can be used to update wood furniture and keep the wood finish. Here a few pieces of furniture I thrifted from my local Salvation Army Thrift store, with tips on how you can keep and update the look of the wood by using paint.
I found this gorgeous console while thrifting. The console was a mix of laminate veneer on top and teak veneer on the bottom drawers. I decide to strip back the doors back to raw wood and used hemp oil to protect and bring the wood grain to life. The rich, deep green I used is a stunning contrast to the gorgeous orange tones of the wood.
This delicate coffee table I found thrifting has gorgeous detail but the outdated colour of the wood was distracting. I stripped the top, removing the original finish to expose the raw wood. It has such beautiful grain, I wanted to showcase it. I used Hemp oil to protect it and bring the rich colour to life. Painting the skirt of the table and legs a crisp white puts all the focus on the stunning wood top.
This impressive console is a great example of how you use paint to enhance the look of wood. This piece was in great condition then anything, It sat in my studio while I devised a plan. A few people very concerned that I was going to paint this beauty and paint over the wood. I was definitely going to paint it, but was going to be strategic about where to paint this piece to make the ornate details the star of the show.
Painting this console in Fusion Mineral paint, Midnight blue created a harmonious effect between the rich, deep tones of the navy and the warm tones of the stunning burled wood grain. With the previous finish the details were lost but by painting in certain areas it has accentuated the details.
Next time your thrifting and find wood furniture that you are unsure of whether or not to paint it, remember you can easily update it by using paint to enhance the look of the wood. Happy Thrifting!
With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the time to prepare your home for entertaining. To make sure unannounced guests feel welcomed, I try to keep extra food and drinks on hand. To avoid awkward moments for my guests, to figure out where to put their plates and glasses, I always make sure to have an extra accent table or two around. An inexpensive way to find a really unique table, is to hit your local Salvation Army thrift store. They always seem to be some to choose from. Check out a few of my finds.
Transforming thrift store finds into beautiful pieces is very easy to do. In just a few steps you can revamp tired furniture, paint it and seamlessly incorporated it into your home; with just a quick prep (click here to see how to prep) and paint. I painted this table in Cranberry, a perfectly festive colour from Fusion Mineral paint(Learn more about Fusion paint here). I applied two coats and that was it. No topcoat needed.
This curvy, feminine little side table was a great find but required a little more work. The glue from a drawer liner was on the top of the table. I used some Goo Be Gone on the residue, let it sit for a few minutes and then scraped it off. Once it was dry, I did a quick prep and painted it in two coats of Coral by Fusion Mineral Paint.
This gorgeous table is so beautiful, with its delicate etchings it would bring a global feel into your space. I love when beauty and functionality come together in furniture. The base of this table can be folded and put away until you need it again.
Before you start celebrating the holidays, make sure to hit your local thrift store and find some accent tables to transform. Happy thrifting!
When the weather starts cooling down and the leaves begin changing colours, it gets me thinking about Fall decor. I love the rich, vibrant colours of the Fall and incorporating them into my home.
An inexpensive way to decorate for the season is to hit your local Salvation Army Thrift Store. Check out some of the amazing decor I found while thrifting.
I love fresh flowers, however they do need to be replaced often and they can get expensive. Using artificial flowers, is a great option for those that are looking to have the look without the cost or the need to take care of them. I found these flowers at my local thrift store. The stunning colour and scale of the flowers would make a big impact in any space.
This gorgeous vase is an amazing find. It would look stunning on its own or to display a Fall floral bouquet.
One of the most important things about decorating your space is to surround yourself with things that you love. If warm, jewel toned colours are not your thing then add in colours that you do love. This beautiful bowl that I thrifted, could be a lighter take on fall decorating by creating a more organic feel by adding in pine cones and mustard or orange leaves to display in your home.
Thrifting for your decor is an inexpensive way to create a beautiful space for fall and while having fun with different color palettes. Happy thrifting!
I have recently fallen in love with wearing more jewelry. Although when I come home, I usually take it off and often forgot where I left it. So I hit my local Salvation Army Thrift Store to find something to help me stay organized.
I found this shell bowl that is the perfect size to keep my jewelry in. The finish on it was very outdated and did not work at all, but I loved the shape of the shell had a bit of an 80's vibe to it. Updating this would be an easy transformation.
I used Fusion TSP to give it a good clean and then I applied Fusion Ultra Grip to ensure proper adhesion. Click here to see how to properly apply Ultra Grip. After letting it cure for 12 hours, it was time to start painting!
I used Damask from Fusion Mineral Paint. The soft pink with it's slight mauve undertone would be the perfect colour to update it and keep with its 80's feel.
I used two coats of paint and waited 4 hours in between each coat. I wanted a little bling and accentuate the details, so I dry brushed Fusion Rose Gold to the details.
From faux finish nightmare to a more glamorous 80's vibe! Next time you go thrifting make sure that you don't get hung up on the look of the finish. You can always transform your finds by painting it! Happy thrifting!
I love refreshing my space throughout the year. I can have fun playing with design trends and it keeps my space feeling vibrant. It can get expensive buying new decor throughout the year, so my secret is to hit my local Salvation Army Thrift store for some great finds. Here are a few of the decor pieces I found on my last trip.
These gorgeous pillows were a perfect find. Have some fun when decorating by adding personality and a bit of whimsy. The Queen Dog pillows also feeds into my slight dog obsession…
You can never have too many baskets. I love using them for plants, serving food, they are a great way to hide clutter and get organized.
Thrifted art is such an amazing way to easily and inexpensively refresh your decor. The large scale and stunning colours of this piece of art would be a focal point in any space.
Refreshing your space is easy to do and can make a big impact on your space. Make sure to hit your local Salvation Thrift Store next time you want to freshen things up. Happy thrifting!