Thrift Store Showdown

Hi friends, I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Over the last week, I've been busy prepping for for my first-ever TV appearance.  And by prepping I mean thrifting and DIYing my little heart out. The Marilyn Denis Show contacted me a couple of weeks ago to see if I would be interested in taking part in their Thrift Store Showdown!  The segment will be airing tomorrow morning in front of a live studio audience (eeeeeek!), and will feature myself and another blogger showcasing our different finds and DIY's.  Each of us were given a budget of $250 Value Village dollars to complete our vignette.  So if you happen to be sitting at home bored tomorrow morning, tune in and see what's good.

gallery wall, loveonsunday

I promise to share more about my finds after the show.  In the meantime, I've put together a project gallery to share with you my favourite before and afters.  You can click here or click on the project gallery link in the sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

Vintage Mason Jars

vintage mason jars If you've been following me for awhile now, you know I have some hoarder tendencies.  I just love old things, especially items that have a history or a great story behind it.  I've collected quite a few mason jars over time but I've never (until now) owned any jars quite like these.

I was on the hunt for 50-60 pint size jars for my centrepieces and other fun wedding stuff.  I came across an ad on Craigslist with the subject line:  'Vintage Mason Jars - $50' and a photo with a set of 8.  My first thought was, '$50! are you MAD?  That's like $6.25 per jar!'  But after further inspection, I noticed he had TONS of jars, like boxes of them.  So I decided try my luck and contact the guy.

vintage mason jars

Now, I've seen a few of these Crown jars at antique shops but never purchased one since they usually go for a higher price point.  Well, I really lucked out because the previous owner had an entire lot that was used for his wedding and he was dying to get rid of them.  So I basically paid $50 for about 65 jars.  SCORE!

vintage crown mason jars

And these are the real thing; I just love the crown design on the front.  I was able to get pint and quart size jars, some clear glass and some aqua colour.  After some digging online, I discovered that Crown canning jars were made between 1880-1965.  The ones with air bubbles (which mine all have) are likely to be handmade and pre-1920's.  The lids come in two parts, a glass top and a zinc screw on lid.  The cap even reads 'Made in Canada'.

vintage crown mason jars

The idea is to use these for centrepieces and/or favours but I'm not sure I will be able to part with all of them.  I will have to keep a few for myself!  The craftsmanship on these jars are incredible and as cheesy as this may sound, it feels like I have a little piece of history.  Pretty cool.

There's so many different ways to use mason jars, here are some of my favourites:

vintage mason jar ideas

Do you collect mason jars?  What's your favourite way to use them?

Sources: 1. via Ruffled, photo by Caroline Ghetes 2. via One Fab Day, photo by Jodi Mcdonald 3. via 100 Layer Cake 4. via Bridal Musings, photo by This Girl Nicole 5. via Style Me Pretty photo by Jessica Watson Photography 6. via Wed Candy, photo by Joy Marie Studios

Thrifted Thursday with Becky of Sketchy Styles

thrifted thursday with becky caven of sketchy styles Becky's blog, Sketchy Styles has quickly become one of my daily reads.  I met her at Blogpodium, checked out her blog and was instantly hooked.  I'm so excited to share her fave find today!

Favourite Thrifted Item:

My rattan console table

Where You Bought The Piece:

Hahaha!  No buying necessary!  This diamond in the rough was waiting in the trash heap for a sad journey to debris oblivion.  It was terrific happenstance that I spotted it across the parking lot and saved it from a sorry fate.

wood rattan console table

What drew you to the piece:

At first it was the simple fact that it was a console table and I’d just identified a need in my new apartment for a console table.  Then I looked closer and realized the materials were rattan and wicker.  Neither of which are on my top ten list of favourites but the overall shape and design were so winning I couldn’t turn away.  So I  stood amongst the heaps of garbage and began daydreaming what it’d look like with a coat of paint and a good scrub.  Side note: I musta looked pretty weird  to my new neighbours…

rattan console table makeover

Describe any work you did to give it a new life:

The timing of the project couldn’t have been any worse.  I was in the middle of a marathon day of unpacking.  I was set to host a big holiday party the next day.  I needed to get my place in some semblance of order.  And what did I do?  Shoved everything aside and embarked upon an on-the-spot furniture facelift.  (Wise decision?)  So you’ll understand when I say I didn’t bother with a lot of prep.  Besides the surface was so rough I didn’t think the paint would need much help sticking.  I removed the glass and give it a good scrub.  Then I used my heavy duty exacto knife to remove the rattan from the top (it was torn anyway).  Once that was removed the table immediately looked less ratty and dated.  The structural bones had been exposed and it took on a whole new feel.  Then I used leftover paint from my kitchen cabinets and painted the entire piece.  After it dried I popped the glass back in and booyah – instant awesome!

rattan console table makeover

How Do You Use It:

The table is a focal feature in my living room as one of the first pieces you see when you walk in.  It makes a great statement.  Unfortunately it doesn’t offer great storage but I improvised by adding white storage boxes below (which also serve to hide the ugly heating box beyond).  I like to rotate out the centre display by adding different colour touches or seasonal accessories.  But my favourite feature is the framed photo of my kid at one end and me at the other.  I like to think our combined gorgeousness enhance the table's charm! :)

PS. It’s also makes a great impromptu buffet table for parties!

rattan console table makeover

rattan console table makeover

rattan console table

Can you believe this amazing find?  This is what dumpster dreams are made of!  Thanks so much for sharing today, Becky!

You can check out more of Becky's DIY's here, including one of my other faves, her DIY $50 coffee table.

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Thrifted Thursday: My Louis Chair Makeover

louis chair makeover Happy Thursday everyone!  I can't believe I FINALLY get to share this with you all, it's been a long time coming!

My favourite thrifted item:

Do I even  have to say it?  haha. It all started when I saw these gorgeous french chairs from Restoration Hardware.  But $250.00 PER chair was definitely not within my budget (since I needed 3) so I decided to hold off and see if I could find some at a thrift store.

Where I bought the piece:

My boss found some Louis chairs at a Consignment Shop called Chicaboom. That same week I rushed over and picked up the chairs. They worked out to $50 per chair and I got not 3 but 4 of them!  The grand total for 4 chairs worked out to less than 1 chair at Restoration Hardware. Booyah!  But they looked something like THIS:

louis chair makeover, before photo

What drew me to the piece:

What I really love about the louis chair is it's versatility. It goes with every decor style and it's such a classic shape. I love the fluted legs, carved detail and round back.  I also wasn't happy with my Ikea parson chairs because the backs were so high.  The height of the Louis backs were just perfect.  Also, because our dining table is rectangular with white glass and chrome legs, I wanted to introduce more of an organic shape and the Louis chairs create a nice contrast against the hard edges of our modern table. I also wanted to infuse some old world charm, something with a little more character since the space was looking a little bland. Here is what it looked like before:

dining area makeover, before photo

The hard part:

This became a huge labour of love that definitely took much longer than I thought it would.  I even took an upholstery class in January to help me learn the basics. I stripped, ripped, removed staples (which was the worst part), hammered, spray painted and so much more. Instead of boring you guys with a long and wordy explanation, I decided to put together a little collage in chronological order of all the work (a.k.a. blood, sweat, tears and A LOT of cursing) that went into this project:

louis chair makeover progress

And with the help of some incredible people like David (shown above removing staples and spray painting), my girlfriends Mom (who sewed the piping for me. Thanks Mrs. Pham), as well as my amazing parents who helped SO much (Dad smiling above) we were able to restore my 4 Louis chairs!

How I use it:

I have 3 Louis chairs on one side of my dining table and a rustic wooden bench on the other. They are so lightweight and can be moved around the condo easily should we need extra seating when friends are over.  As you can see, I opted for a grey fabric which is extremely durable (I chose to forget about the velvet since any little spill would freak me out) and I love throwing my colourful pillows on them!  For my home, I prefer to go with neutral colours on my major furniture pieces and introduce more colour and pattern with accessories and art.

And here are the After photos:

louis chair makeover, before and after

louis chair makeover

Louis chair makeover

louis chair makeover

Louis chair makeover

louis chair makeover

 

louis chair makeover

louis chair makeover

We're still planning on changing a few things in the dining area but we're so happy to finally have our Louis chairs finished and ready to use.  It was definitely a valuable learning experience for me as well as my parents who also love to re-upholster furniture.  Would I do it again?  Hell no.  I say that now but I have 2 other chairs waiting in line!

I actually have about 12 posts documenting my entire process.  It's not very pretty but if you want to see more, you can click this link:  Project Louis.

Do you also have love for the Louis chair?  Or had a really hard time with one of your upholstery projects?  I'd love to know!

 

Antler love

decorating with antlers Yup, I did it.  I bought antlers.  I'm probably 2 years late on this but I've always been drawn to the look of antlers hanging on a wall or just placed on a table.  I think they're pretty versatile, and can work with any decor style as long as you're okay with hanging a dead animals skull on your wall.  I was immediately drawn to the colour and texture, it looks weathered and I love it.  We haven't decided how we want to mount the antlers just yet but we have a good idea of where to put it.

decorating with antlers

David and I were checking out some vintage shops this past weekend and as soon as we walked into Captain Treasures, who by the way, has the best booty in town.  If you don't believe me, check their website) we thought, these would look pretty cool on our wall.  And when the fiance likes it too you GRAB that thing and run to the cashier like your life depended on it.  Ok, I'm being dramatic but you get the point.  I'm just happy he loves it too!

decorating with antlers

It's just in time for fall and Christmas and I can't wait to do a few creative things with it.  Below are some rooms which I think have included antlers in a very tasteful way:

decorating with antlers

decorating with antlers

decorating with antlers

So what's your opinion on antlers?  Love it or hate it?

Sources:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Thrifted Thursday with Julie of Elliven Studio

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday Happy Thrifted Thursday!  I'm so happy to have Julie of Elliven Studio here today.  As soon as I laid my eyes on her home tour I knew I had to feature her favourite thrifted find.  Her home is the perfect combination of old and new and you all know how much I love a good mashup.  So here it is:

Favourite Thrifted Item:

To be honest, it was a toss up between our dining room set (six chairs, table, hutch & sideboard) and a gorgeous white console that has amazing carving and a layer of gold leafing that is peeking through where the white paint is chipping off (I know, so amazing, right?!).  But because the dining room was such a wonderful find and the price was out of this world, I'm going with it.

Where You Bought The Piece:

I found the set on kijiji.  It was being sold by a vendor at an Antique Market in Kingston.

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday

What drew you to the piece:

We have a good size dining room, so we really wanted to fill the space and take advantage of the fact that we could easily fit a large table.  A table the size we were looking for would have been pretty expensive new and I wasn't having any luck finding a vintage table that was larger than 70"-80".  This one is 98" with all three leaves in, so the minute I saw that, I had to go and see it in person.  I loved that the listing was for an entire set too, not easy to come by. Then there was the price, would you believe we got all of the pieces for $650?!

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday

Describe any work you did to give it a new life:

We were pretty lucky in that we didn't have to do anything to fix any of the pieces up immediately.  One thing that is on my to do list is sourcing new hardware.  I am not a fan of the existing hardware and I'm now down to only one functioning pull on the upper drawer of the sideboard (which extends the entire width of the piece).  We will eventually have to re-stain the entire set, but that can definitely wait a few years.

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday

How Do You Use It:

Right now, the hutch is used to display my favourite white ceramics and our silverware, the sideboard currently showcases some crystal that we inherited from hubs Grandmother and I also use it to store our holiday decor and some other odds and ends. I'm trying to find a set of lamps to place on the sideboard as well.  We usually eat in the dining room for holidays or when we have guests over for dinner.  We have moved the chairs that came with the set into the kitchen, I love the way that they look with our harvest table, so now I'm on the hunt for the perfect chairs.

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday

Elliven Studio, Thrifted Thursday

What a classic and timeless piece.  Love how she decided to mix it up with some white parson chairs.

Thanks so much for sharing with us Julie!  If you haven't already seen this beautiful lady's home, you can fall in love with her home tour just like I did here.

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Thrifted Thursday With Melissa of The Sweet Escape

Today's Thrifted Thursday is brought to you by my newest blogging friend, Melissa from The Sweet Escape.  We actually have a lot in common: we're both graphic designers, wannabe stylists and we both love thrifting.  I think I love her already!

Your favourite thrifted item:

It's really hard to pick a favourite because my loft is filled with thrifted furniture & accessories.  Hunting & collecting thrifted treasures is a passionate hobby of mine. BUT if you're going to make me pick I would say that my vintage Scandinavian style teak dining set and wall of vintage plates is probably my favourite.

Where you bought the piece from:

I got the dining set from craigslist and the plates from various Value Village stores. I was lucky to get the dining set because the seller ended up going out of town and wasn't taking any the phone calls but I was still calling over a week later when she finally was home to answer and it all worked out. I got the whole set with 8 chairs in mint condition for $500. Major score!

What drew you to the piece:

I love anything mid-century modern and teak. It's definitely my favourite design style. And the wall of plates were inspired from from a Design Sponge post I saw years before. I was really attracted to the use of colour, the vintage style and the playfulness of the look.

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

no work needed for the dining set, it was in mint condition and I really liked the black leather seats of the chairs.

How you use/display it:

I like to keep the table expanded to it's full length at all times because that's when it's at its best and the plates are suppose to look random and playful but there was strategy to how I mixed the sizes, colours, and placement.

I absolutely love that dining table and the vintage plates are so much fun!  Thanks for sharing with us today, Melissa and I look forward to meeting you very soon :)

You can check out this Melissa's blog here and don't forget to leave her some love in the comments!

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Thrifted Thursday with Charmaine of My Best Friend Craig

my best friend craig, thrifted thursday, cantilever chairs Today I am SO excited to feature the queen of Craigslist, Charmaine of My Best Friend Craig.  This lady has serious style.  I mean, take me to Wisconsin and move me in NOW.  I love every one of her pieces and her Instagram feed has me drooling on the regular.

Your favourite thrifted item:

It was seriously hard to pick a favorite since I have a lot but I ended up choosing these chrome cantilever chairs.

my best friend craig, cantilever chairs, thrifted thursday

Where you bought the piece from:

I purchased the set of 6 chairs on Craigslist for $60!! That's $10/chair. Major score.

What drew you to the piece:

I'm addicted to chairs and am partial to mid century modern furniture. I also love the navy blue velvet fabric.

my best friend craig, thrifted thursday, cantilever chairs

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

I bought them in mint condition so some minor cleaning and polishing are all that's needed.

How you use/display it:

They sit in my dining room and I and am currently on the hunt for a wooden dining table to perfectly match my chairs.

my best friend craig, thrifted thursday, cantilever chairs

my best friend craig, thrifted thursday, cantilever chairs

Thanks so much for sharing today, Charmaine.  These chairs are to die for and I still can't get over that ridiculous price, what a steal!   The navy velvet is so delicious, I'm going to have to re-consider navy for my Louis chairs, eek!

If you haven't already done so, make sure to check out Charmaine's Blog and her Apartment Therapy Tour.  Then right after that, open a new tab and pay Craig a visit...I know you want to!

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Thrifted Thursday with Jennifer of Brave New Home

thrifted thursday with Jennifer of Brave New Home Today's Thrifted Thursday features a new-to-me blogger, Jennifer from Brave New Home.  I'm really loving this series because not only do I get to check out some amazing finds, I also get to meet some crazy talented bloggers.  Jennifer is an avid DIYer with great sense of style and we also have something in common - we both live in 900 square feet of coziness!

Your favourite thrifted item:

This is a bit of a two-fer---my favorite thrift store items I picked up on the same shopping trip so in my head I sorta lump them together. My favorite items are this gold quatrefoil mirror and original koi painting.

Thrifted Thursday, Brave new home with Jennifer.

Where you bought the piece from:

I was scoping out some thrift stores near my parents' place with no intention of buying anything---it's good to know which shops carry what---and stumbled upon these gems.

What drew you to the piece:

Uh, the price? Haha, while the low costs of purchasing second hand are always an incentive, I loved the shape of the mirror (I initially had intentions of spray painting it) and as for the painting, it was the colors. I didn't even realize the painting was of koi fish until I started turning the canvas around in different directions! The mirror came out to two dollars and change with my military discount and the koi painting was originally 90 cents but they were having a half-off paintings and frame day so it came out to less than 50 cents.

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

Just a good cleaning/dusting. The mirror may get a coat of spray paint down the road, who knows.

jennifer of brave new home

How you use/display it:

My koi painting sits atop our tv (gotta find a way to dress up that giant thing somehow!). I used an old book stand from my college days and an extra book to prop it up. My little mirror was included in a little vignette I created on a small ledge off our kitchen.

jennifer thrifted thursday, brave new home

Thanks so  much for sharing today, Jennifer!

Beautiful finds for such a great price.  A deal like that gives me goosebumps.  I'm really loving both pieces and they complement each other so well.  Oh, and notice that orange N?  Jennifer crafted that from cardboard.  You can check out the full tutorial here.  Now make sure to check out Jennifer's blog and leave her some love!

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Thrifted Thursday with Elizabeth of Little Black Door

thrifted thursday, little black door It's no secret, I have a thing for chairs. Like these, and these, and of course these beauties. So when I saw these lovelies from Elizabeth over at Little Black Door, I instantly fell in love. Read on to find out more about Elizabeth's amazing thrift find!

Your favourite thrifted item:

My pair of cane arm chairs

thrifted thursday, little black door

Where you bought the piece from:

I got the pair on Craigslist for $25 for the pair! How could I say no?

thrifted thursday, litte black door

What drew you to the piece:

I was drawn to the curves around the top and bottom of the chair and I was impressed with what great shape the caning was in. And they are super comfy to boot! In my book, they were diamonds in the rough.

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

I put a lot of work into these puppies - sanding, painting and reupholstering them. They sealed my reupholstery addiction for sure.

thrifted thursday, little black door

How you use/display it:

They sit front and center in my living room and are the first thing people see when they come thru my front door.

thrifted thursday, little black door

thrifted thursday, little black door

Okay, how cute are her 2 daughters?  Thanks so much for sharing with us today, Elizabeth!

25? What a steal! I'm really loving the bold colours and mixture of patterns Elizabeth chose. So yummy! Make sure to head on over to Elizabeth's blog to see more of her fabulous projects.

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