With Halloween looking a little different this year, we can still have some fun and create a spooky outdoor Halloween display that is easy on the budget. I used a thrifted picture frame from my local Salvation Army thrift store to create a spooky spider web frame for my front door.
This DIY was easy to do and a lot of fun! Here are the steps and materials needed to make your very own spider web frame and outdoor decoration.
Once the frame has been cleaned and dried, it’s ready to be painted. I used a black paint from Dixie Belle Paint, but you can also use acrylic or spray paint.
Once the paint has dried, it’s time to make the spider web. I started by cutting two pieces of the rope and tied each one on either corner of the frame to create an X shape.
I cut another piece of rope and placed it horizontally on the frame, running through the centre of the X.
Turn the frame over and add some glue to hold the rope tightly in place.
Once the glue has dried, cut another piece of rope and tie it down along the middle of the frame and loop it around where the ropes meet in the centre.
Almost done! Last step is to create the circular pattern of your web. Grab a piece of your rope and start close to the edge of the frame. Tie a knot and loop the rope around the rope on the frame in a circle pattern. I used a small amount of glue to attach the loose end to the knot.
Keep making smaller circular patterns on your web until you reach the center.
To complete the frame, I added a spider, flowers and a bird. The next step is to take it outside and set up the spooky vignette.
I used this thrifted garden lantern to house my creepy rat and added a few pumpkins to complete my spooky outdoor decor! I love the result and it was so easy to do! Have fun and happy thrifting!
That spooky time of year is almost upon us and it’s time to start thinking about decorating for Halloween. A great way to find creepy and inexpensive Halloween decorations is to head to your local Salvation Army thrift store. I love decorating for Halloween and found this spooky rat, spider, birds and glass vase to add to my scary vignette.
I added some googly eyes to my thrifted glass jar and added some moss.
One tip when you are creating a vignette is to place everything on a table. It will help you see what you have to work with and allow you to try different items out when you are layering items into your vignette.
I realized that I needed another item to add some height and used this decorative tree.
Then I had some fun and decorated my console.
I love how my creepy Halloween vignette came together! Make sure to head to your local thrift store to find some spooky decor. Happy thrifting!
Fall is here and it is time to start thinking about Fall decor. An easy and inexpensive way to add some fall decor into your home is by creating a centrepiece. Here are some tips on how you can create your own beautiful Fall centrepiece.
Using thrifted glassware is a great vessel to create unique centrepieces. I always make sure to hit the glassware aisle at my local Salvation Army Thrift store. Here a few examples of some glassware that you could use.
Since I was going for a more natural, organic feel with my centerpiece, I used moss, leaves, acorns, pine cones and of course, glitter pumpkins.
The possibilities for materials are endless, here are a few examples of other items you can use.
Layer Your Materials
A great tip when building your centerpiece is to place all of the materials you plan on using out on a table. This makes it easy to see what you have and try out different materials when you are layering them into your glassware.
I love how this turned out, it was so easy and brings that fall feel into my home. Find a spot to place your gorgeous centrepiece on your dining table, a mantel or your front foyer to show off your creation. Have fun creating!
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!