Monday, May 30, 2011

Coffee Table

My Goodwill coffee table that I got for $9.99 got a little makeover last night.  I didn't take a good "before" picture that really showed any imperfections, but it had a lot of scratches on the top and a mark where someone had set an iron down on it.  I had tried all kinds of polishes and refinishing waxes, but nothing really worked as I wanted.  So yesterday I decided to go for it and paint.

Here is one "before", this is one Chris had taken for a safety presentation at work (using 2 people to lift something heavy).

And an after as you'll see below nothing really stays in the same place for too long here.

 I just painted the top and lightly distressed the edges with sandpaper, because this table is the perfect height to put your feet up.

I left the base and legs as is because I love this dark wood tone and I think it is a good contrast to the light rug.
The table has these brass daisy flowers in the corners and brass caps on the ends, and I didn't want to paint over those.

Linking again to the Thrifty Treasures party.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Thrifty Treasures

Hi there, life is busy around here right now.  The kids and I have 2.5 weeks more of school, it's a busy time of year. 

I've had some good luck with garage sales the last few weeks.
This was my favorite find from yesterday.  It is hard to tell from this before picture, but the top was pretty scratched up and the little decorative finial had been chewed by a dog or something.

After priming and painting my favorite soft gray.......

I found this chair at Goodwill a few weeks ago for $6.99.  I was going to paint it yesterday, but I don't have any fabric to re-do the seat, so I'm going to wait until I can finish the whole project.

I really love this green pot - it is marked California pottery, and it was only 25c!

It's hanging out on my mantel with my owl cookie jar and my little white milk glass vase collection.

And I got this milk glass candy holder yesterday for $1.  When Chris and I were antique shopping later in the afternoon I saw one almost just the same for $16!

One more thing (sorry bad light in this picture) - this little cabinet was only $5.99 at Goodwill, it was pretty messed up with the veneer peeled off the top and ugly knobs.  I painted it and found some extra vintage hardware leftover from other projects. 
It makes a great little cabinet for the kids' VCR and DVD player and with space for movies below.

What great treasures have you found lately?

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