Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Latest Finds: Work Table and Rugs !

As we are working on piecing together the shabby vintage room, we’ve also come across some pieces that would lend themselves to the computer / scrapbook room!

Originally Mom had a vintage drafting table to use in this room as a work table. The table had some issues and wasn’t comfortable for her to sit at. She sold the table (at the booth / antique mall ) a couple of weeks ago. ( sold for $75.) She took the money from that sale and is applying it to finding some new pieces for this room.

Recently, our neighbor asked us if we would be interested in taking a look at some of his furniture he was selling. We set up a time to meet him , and walked across the street to see what kind of treasures would await us! There it was.....a work table! Our neighbor used it in his studio as a table to paint his art on. It had some character to it ( which we love! ) , just needed to be sanded down here and there and have a fresh coat of paint !

Mom painted the piece this weekend, and we were able to move it into the room last night. It has been painted black and looks striking against the olive green walls with the black baseboards! Mom also painted the desk riser to match the table. ( She previously had that on her other table - handy for extra storage, or a perch for Mr. Higgens to watch the birds out the window!)

The other recent treasure we found for this room are the rugs. Those were purchased ( late in the morning) last Friday, while out garage sale-ing! They are stunning! Black, cream and soft green background with red and pink roses. The rugs are woven. We purchased them from a dealer that was changing out her booth. Here’s the best part .....we paid $15. for BOTH rugs ,and $15. for the work table!
Mom's scrapbooking room is going to have a whole new look , and the cost is minimal!

The curtains were also a garage sale find( from last year). They are Waverly panels. They have bright red and pink cabbage roses. Looks great with the rugs! ( can’t remember what we paid for them, but probably no more than $5. )

We are still on the hunt for another cupboard style piece to hold her scrapbook embellishments.

I’ll update you on the room as we continue to move into our remodeled lower level of our home.

Thanks for spending some time with me on this journey!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I Love the Unexpected!

One of my favorite things to do when decorating, is to re-purpose .

Door knockers are a perfect example.
Instead of using it for it’s intended purpose, use this as a towel holder!

You can hang one, or create a display using several!

Door knockers can be found at tag sales, thrift stores and antique stores / malls.
They can be spray painted , if needed.

It’s a fun way to use something, in an unexpected way!

( This door knocker is for sale at our booth- Harpeth Antique Mall - booth #11, in Franklin, Tn.)
Click here for more information about Harpeth Antique Mall

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

25 Cents + 50 Cents = A One of a Kind Lamp!

Mom and I are embarking on creating a vintage shabby room , on a budget via garage sale/ thrift store finds!

A couple of weeks ago we found this vintage lamp at a garage sale for 25 cents! Wow!!!!
This past weekend we found this shade for 50 cents!! Wow #2 !!!!!

I’m always amazed at how these things come together. When we purchased the shade, we really hadn’t given the lamp( we had picked up earlier) any thought.
After we returned home from treasure hunting ( garage sale-ing), Mom remembered the lamp and put the two together.

This may or may not end up in the shabby vintage room, as it would lend itself to her decor in her scrapbook/ computer room or living room.
Whichever room it ends up in , it will look great!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

This is why I Love to Shop at Garage Sales!

We are getting closer and closer to completing the shabby vintage bedroom.

This weekend we found several more pieces ( purchased at garage sales! ) that will help complete the room.
I wanted to show you the curtains that were found yesterday.... they are just beautiful!
Here’s the best part...they were 50 cents! Can you believe it? This is why I love to shop at garage sales!
It’s a great way to decorate on a budget, and you will end up with one of a kind unique decor!

Another plus about decorating with gently used items is that if you find something else down the road that you like can switch it out without buyers remorse! Sell the item that you are trading out at your next garage sale, or donate it your favorite thrift store.

Stay tuned...I’ve got more to show you in the upcoming days! You’ll be amazed at what this shabby vintage room will cost to put together.