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upon the piece and the condition is important to consider, however most often my feeling is if the finish is looking outdated, discoloured and does not work with your style, then it's time to make some changes!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!
During one of my weekly trips to my local Ottawa Salvation Army thrift store on Richmond road, I found this tired console, hiding behind other furniture. I moved things around to get a better look and found that it was solid wood, still had its original hardware and it had beautiful bow front drawers.
I was inspired by our warm summer months, coastal and beachy feels for this console. I began by stripping the top back to the natural wood finish. I layered on Fusion All In One Finishing Stain and Oil in Cappuccino, Driftwood and White onto the raw wood. Starting with the darkest stain and layering on Driftwood and White to give a weathered grey finish. I love how it turned out.
To update the base of the console I used Snow from FAT paint, a crisp clean white. Click here to learn more about FAT paint. I don't typically paint furniture in neutrals, however the bright white is such a beautiful contrast and makes the weathered wood top the star. To protect the gorgeous white paint, I used FAT paint's Clear Top Coat to give a slight sheen and durability. Click here to see how to apply your Clear Coat.
To give a little depth and highlight the details, I used Fusion Mineral Paint Pearl Metallic paint and painted all of the molding. Learn more about Fusion Mineral Paint here.
I love finding furniture that still has its original hardware. Don't worry if your hardware looks old and tarnished, you can easily bring it back to an authentic lustre, by giving it a good scrub with Bar Keeper's Friend.
I love how this turned out! By adding in this soft pink, fun pineapple art it gives a contemporary and warm feel. The gold decor accentuates the hardware. This once tired thrift store find is now a gorgeously updated piece. Don't miss out on an outdated piece of furniture, you can easily and beautifully refinish it to be the centerpiece in your home. Happy thrifting!
I love thrifting! I especially love to thrift when I am looking to change things up in my home with seasonal decor. One of my top tips whenever I am searching for items is to hit my local Salvation Army thrift store often. Here are my top 5 thrifted items that I found at my local store on Richmond road in Ottawa that are perfect for the summer season.
1. Art Deco Wall Sconce
I found a pair of gorgeous art deco sconces with an ombre metallic finish. This find will be perfect with flameless candles and hung on a patio.
2. Thrifted Wine Glasses
Buy wine glasses instead of plastic glasses when entertaining. It will up your entertaining game and is environmentally friendly.
3. Thrifted Art
I found this gorgeous piece of art filled with stunning shades of blues, greens and rusty oranges. Thifted art is a great way to get inspiration and changes up your seasonal colour schemes. If you don't love the colour of the frame you can easily paint it.
4. Natural Woven Baskets
Thrifted baskets for plants are always an amazing find. It is a great way to inexpensively infuse more texture and natural fibers into your home and it is a stunning way to display your plants.
Finding colourful, unique plates is a great way to save money when entertaining. Not only are you being kind to the planet, you are also making a make a colourful impact on your table setting.
Next time you are looking to make a seasonal change to your decor, make sure to hit your local thrift store to get some inspiration. Happy Thrifting!
Thrifting for chairs is a great way to find inexpensive, excellent quality chairs that can easily be transformed and seamlessly incorporated into your home. Check out my 3 tips to on how to upcycle your own thrifted chair.
1.Move Past The Finish
Don’t focus on the colour or the overall tired look of a chair. I found this outdated looking chair at my local Ottawa Salvation Army thrift store. At first glance, this chair does look a little sad and not very comfortable. All of that can be easily changed, but if you take a closer look at this chair it is in excellent condition; it’s sturdy, solid wood and the legs are gorgeous! With a new foam seat, fabric and a stunning colour of paint, this chair would be an easy upcycle. Make sure to look at the overall structure, details and material of the chair. Click here to watch a video on how to get the best finds when thrifting.
2. Prepping Is The Key
The first step in upcycling a chair is to prep it first. Chairs typically will have grease and oil build up, use TSP to clean them. Fusion TSP is my favorite to use. Once cleaned, use 220 sandpaper and gently scuff up the wood to give it a little tooth. Give your chair a quick wipe down with a damp lint free cloth to finish off your prep. Click here to watch a video on how to properly prep your furniture.
3. Paint It
To transform and update your chair, paint it in a fun colour. Two of my favourite paint brands to use when I am upcycling furniture is FAT paint and Fusion Mineral paint. They both are very easy to use and don’t require any heavy duty sanding or priming. Learn more about FAT paint and about Fusion Mineral paint. I love the look of a bright modern colour on a vintage chair.
Reupholstering the seats with new foam and fabric is fairly easy and came make a big impact. Head to your local fabric store to find the perfect fabric and more information on how to reupholster your seat.
Make sure to hit your local thrift store, they always have a great selection of vintage chairs to choose from and you can create a custom look to seamlessly incorporate into your space. Happy thrifting!