Thrifted Thursday with Tanya of Dans le Townhouse

I'm always impressed with couples who tackle fixer uppers. The ones who pour their own blood, sweat and tears into making their house a home. My patience wears thin just stripping furniture (hence the delay on my poor Louis), so I really admire Tanya for having the guts to DIY her entire house.  I couldn't be more excited to have Tanya from Dans le Townhouse here today, sharing her favourite thrifted find...

I couldn’t pick a favorite thrifted item! I’m an avid thrifter, estate-sale junky, and yard-saler, so I’ve found quite a few gems I love. I’ve stumbled across some great mid-century pieces, turned a thrifted microwave stand into a play kitchen and even found some cool art and accessories. In the end, I picked a find that, with a little paint, never ceases to make me smile! Plus, it’s a pretty easy thrift store or yard sale item to come by, for anyone who likes the project.

Favourite Thrifted Item: Ornate Mirror

Where you bought the piece from:

I bought this ornate frame at a yard sale for $5.00.

What drew you to the piece:

It’s nothing special, but I loved the oval shape, scale and price!

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

I gave it a coat of primer, then painted it with some leftover pale turquoise latex paint. Next I stenciled on a little note that I need to remind myself every day.

How you use/display it:

I’m in the process of moving so everything is jumbled in the townhouse, but I’m planning on putting this mirror in my front hallway so guests can be reminded too!

What a great find!  And that stenciled message makes the piece even more beautiful; a perfect daily reminder.   You can check out the entire DIY here.  Thanks so much for sharing your thrifted find with us, Tanya!  If you guys love DIY's and mid-century furniture, you need to check out her blog! And by the way, she's in the process of moving to her dreamhouse, how cool and exciting is that?!

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And of course we had to satisfy our tastebuds! We headed straight to the Pupusas stand. Something we don’t get to enjoy that often in our hometown of Mississauga. If you haven’t tried pupusas, you are missing out friends. Definitely worth a try, they are Delish!

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Thrifted Thursday with Thalita of The Learner Observer

I don't recall how I stumbled upon Thalita's blog but I remember reading "ice cream addict and thrift shop scourer" in her profile and I was hooked. Thalita just completed an impressive bathroom makeover for $170. I love it when people do great things on a small budget!

Your favourite thrifted item:

Danish wooden kitchen table and chairs

Where you bought the piece from:

My favourite spot to scour for all things old and well-loved - Kijiji. It's the Canadian Craigslist, in case you're not familiar? Anyway, this whole set was $25. That's not a typo. It cost $25! Usually I barter a bit, but when I saw this I didn't even bother. I was just happy it didn't sell before I got to it, which sadly happens all too often! Did I mention the table has a leaf? Because it does! It doesn't make the table quite big enough for six people (unless you all want to get very cozy), but it certainly makes eating for four much more comfortable.

What drew you to the piece:

I wish I could say it was my unfailing eye for awesome Danish furniture, but I was actually looking for a round table for our kitchen. It's a small space and round is always better for tiny spaces, right? It wasn't until I went to pick up the set that I noticed how amazing the chairs were! The upholstery needed a bit of help, but the frame was solid and the shape? Oh my! What draws me to it now is definitely how fantastic the chairs are.

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

So far all I've really had to do was clean it up a little. Like I said, the upholstery is boring and sad, and certainly needs some TLC, so I plan on using a narrow black and white striped cotton fabric on the backs and a wider striped fabric on the seats. I literally just acquired these pieces a couple of weeks ago, so discovering how to remove the backs in order to reupholster remains a mystery. It should be a fun adventure!

How you use/display it:

The table remains in its round shape for every day use, and when we have guests the leaf gets put to use. The chairs are also used as extra seating in our living room when we need it since they are pretty comfortable, and just so darn pretty! When we're not using it for its intended purposes, it's a desk for me to blog on and a surface for crafting madness! Multipurpose for $25. Sorry for mentioning the price again. I just can't get over it!

Thanks Thalita for sharing your favourite thrifted find here on Love On Sunday! Make sure to visit Thalita's blog here and check out her latest makeovers and inspirations, I promise you won't be disappointed!

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Thrifted Thursday with Elisa of Fancy Free Me

I love seeing something ordinary transform into a beautiful and useful piece for your home. Elisa of Fancy Free Me won me over when I spotted this beautiful DIY of hers. Read on to check it out!

Hello! I’m Elisa from Fancy Free Me and I’m so excited to be here on Love on Sunday. I love Amy’s Thrifted Thursday Series, so I was tickled when she asked me to be a part of it! Today I’ll be sharing my favorite thrifted item!

Favourite thrifted item:

My favorite thrifted item is my grandparent’s old metal rolling cart.

Where you bought the piece from:

I got this bad boy from my grandparent's basement.

What drew you to the piece:

My grandparents used this cart to store their laundry soap and cleaning supplies. When I was a kid I used to push it around their basement for fun. So I guess I was a little sentimental about it.

describe any work you did to give it new life:

This poor cart was rusty and it had the worst 70’s yellow paint job. The handles were chrome but again, splattered with paint and rust. It was one of those things people just think you’re crazy for taking. It was even missing a shelf. But, I had plans for this little guy. With a lot of cleaning and a little sanding to smooth out all the old brush marks, I could tell he was going to clean up quite well. I primed the entire piece except for the wheels, and spray painted the handles gold and the shelf/tray white. He also got a glossy clear coat to make the surface ding-free.

How you use/display it:

Normally my cart lives in my kitchen, he gets used to store cookbooks and acts as a mobile counter top, rolling from one side of my kitchen to the other as I’m cooking. I love to roll him over to my pantry, load him up with all the ingredients my meal calls for and roll him back over to my prep station. He also makes for a beautiful temporary bar. The cart is light enough to be moved from room to room, so it gets used a lot.

Thank you so much Amy for having me today! It was so nice sharing my cart with you and your fabulous readers. Feel free to stop over to fancyfreeme.com anytime and say hi (God knows I’m always working on something!) xo

Who doesn't love a nice bar cart? Thanks so much Elisa for taking part in today's Thrifted Thursday! If you haven't already done so, make sure to check out Elisa's blog here and see some of her fabulous DIY's

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Thrifted Thursday with Lesley Metcalfe

I love connecting with local bloggers especially the ones that love thrifting and decorating so I was both excited and flattered when Lesley contacted me to take part in #ThriftedThursday. This girl loves antiquing and is also studying interior decorating so I couldn't be happier to have her here today. Take it away, Lesley!...

Hi there, Love On Sunday readers! I'm Lesley and I'm delighted to be featured on Amy's Thrifted Thursday series. I'm a big fan of Amy's style, and I love reading about and seeing her projects and the images that inspire her. I've stopped by today to share my favourite thrifted piece of furniture with you.

FAVE THRIFTED FIND:

My favourite thrifted item is this marble-topped antique cabinet

This piece was given to me from my boyfriend. It's an antique that had been in his family for years. I love browsing thrift shops for great furniture, but I was lucky in this case to have received a piece that comes with a traceable history.

What drew you to the piece:

The grey-veined white marble top on this cabinet is definitely its best feature. It's complimented by intricate carved detailing in the wood below.

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

This cabinet was in rough shape from years of use - one of the back legs was missing and it needed freshening up overall. I appreciated the classic, elegant features of the piece and I wanted to maintain them, but I also wanted to make it a little more modern. There were two large corbels at the front of the cabinet on either side of the doors that I removed (they were just a little too ornate for my liking) and I filled the holes they left with a wood filler. After giving the surface a light sand, I painted it with four cans of Krylon Gloss Black spray paint. I then applied a couple of coats of acrylic polyurethane so that it resembles a lacquer finish.

how you use/display it:

This marble-topped cabinet is the bar area in my living room. It's large enough to offer both display space and functional space. I can display my frequently served bottles on top with some glasses, and extras in the cupboard underneath (I especially love the new antique silver tray I purchased, it works perfectly with this bar). Bar tools are kept in the drawer. There's enough space on the counter for pouring drinks and cutting up limes, with room to spare for a vase of flowers, or a lamp, or with whatever else I'm in the mood for styling my bar with!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite piece of furniture as much as I enjoyed sharing it with you! Please feel free to stop by my blog anytime at www.LesleyMetcalfe.com. Thanks very much Amy, for having me as a guest!

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If you haven't already done so, make sure to check out Lesley's blog to see her latest and greatest decor inspirations and projects.

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Thrifted Thursday with Tiffany Leigh Interior Design

thrifted thursday, tiffany leigh interior design, elte rug I remember searching for local bloggers and Tiffany's blog was among the first I discovered. What really resonated with me upon first glance was her passion, drive and creativity. This girls got crazy skills (check out her Watercolour Wednesday series) and I really commend her for moving to another city to study her true passion, Interior Design.  So I'm beyond thrilled to have Tiffany here today!

Hi all! I'm so happy to be here today to share with you my favourite Thrifted find....although I have to admit when Amy asked me to pick one I had a bit of a panic! Being a full time student (studying interior design - hollla!) means that almost every piece in my tiny studio apartment is thrifted, and I love them all. Finally I decided on one piece that is definitely my biggest thrifting win.

Fave Thrifted Find:

Elte vintage wool rug, handwoven in Pakistan

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Where is this piece from:

I found this rug at my first ever estate sale, which was an adventure in and of itself! I ran around the house like a mad woman but everything was already sold. I hung my head and was about to leave when I noticed this beauty under a dining room table and could not believe my luck that it still had a price tag on it! I snatched it up right away.

What drew you to this piece:

At the time I visited the estate sale, I was studying Textiles at school and had just learned how to spot a high quality rug. I could tell that this piece was a rare treasure. Best of all was the price, only $95, and it's huge at 8' x 10.5'. When I got home the tag on the back of the rug confirmed that the rug is from Elte, is 100% wool and was hand woven in Pakistan. More importantly than any of that, I found this rug absolutely beautiful, graphic and showstopping. I knew that it would go perfectly in my studio and that the black would help ground my airy space. The pinks and mint blues in the rug stole my heart too.

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

All this baby really needed was a good cleaning. I sent it off to a reputable local rug cleaner in Toronto and it came back looking and smelling great. I also got the rug appraised. I couldn't believe the value they came back on - let's just say this rug is a very valuable piece that I plan on passing along as a family heirloom.

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How do you use this piece in your home:

I use this piece to anchor the living room portion of my studio. It helps to define the space and add to the layered, collected feeling I have created.

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Thanks so much for having me, Amy! I hope you will all stop by my blog, Tiffany Leigh Interior Design, and say hello!
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Isn't that rug divine?  A 100% wool, handmade rug is definitely hard to come by and for that price, how can you go wrong?    What a steal!  Tiffany's blog has become a daily read of mine and I suggest you add it to your reading list as well!

A big thanks to Tiffany for sharing her favourite piece and sending over these gorgeous photos!

You can see more of the Thrifted Thursday Series here.

Thrifted Thursday With Mamarazzi

So I was thinking the other day, #ThriftedThursday just wouldn't be complete without featuring the person who introduced me to the thrifted life: Mamarazzi. For those of you who know me or have been following my blog since its inception, you will know my Mom is quite the queen of fab finds. She always seems to find something great and if you want solid proof, make sure to check out this post and this post.

Favourite thrifted item: Solid Wood Dining Table with Metal Legs

Where is this piece from?

I found this solid wood table at Restore (Habitat). I was so happy to find this piece, the label even reads 'Made in Italy'. This table also came with 2 wooden chairs (which are put away in the garage for now). I thought it was a great find for $150.00. The metal chairs were actually found at a Thrift Store before finding the table and my husband and I realized that the table would be perfect with these two chairs, to complete the set. We decided against using the 2 original wooden chairs in order to create more interest and Amy suggested we reupholster the chairs with something graphic to give the space a more modern feel. But I'm sure I will find some good use for those extra 2 chairs someday soon.

What drew you to the piece?

The shape of the legs and the size of the table top which was a perfect fit for my banquette; wasn't too small or too big. The craftmanship is quite amazing. The best part is that my 2 chairs can be tucked all the way in, creating a clean look when not in use.

What work did you do to give it new life?

We stripped the paint off the table top, sanded and stained a darker shade. The original was yellow and I wanted to bring out the natural grain of the wood. We then gave it a coat of clear varnish for protection. It made the grain really shine through and gave a great contrast complementing the black metal legs.

How do you use this piece in your home?

We use it as a dining table, computer table and my grand kids do their painting here too since they can sit beside each other on the banquette. This table is quite versatile, you can also put it outside on the patio as an extra party table. I'm pretty sure I will be using this table for a long time, and maybe pass it on to the next generation.

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Excuse my messy hair in this photo, this was taken at my Mom's retirement party. When she's not watching her grandchildren, guess where she's at? The THRIFT STORE. Thanks so much for sharing your fave thrifted find with us, Mom! The banquette was actually designed and built by my Dad and if you haven't already seen the before and after shots, you can check it out here.

Happy almost weekend everyone! xoxo

Louis Got A Paint Job

I know I promised no more updates until Louis is done but this is one long project and my weekend progress is definitely worth sharing. So let me start off by saying that this paint is the SH*T. Pardon my french but it's incredible. I honestly saved days of work by using it.

What started off looking like this:

Needed something like this:

To end up looking like this (once I completed an upholstery course):

I decided I wanted a whitewash look on the frame, something that looked a little more rustic which brought out the wood grain. Besides removing the staples, stripping this chair of it's terrible green paint was one of the most laborious parts. Louis has so much detail and tiny crevices that the stripping needed to be done very slowly and the whitewashing done in layers to achieve that weathered look. The process went something like this: strip, strip, sand, strip, sand, clean, whitewash, whitewash again, and again (all this X 4). Honestly, I was running out of patience. AND THEN...I discovered this paint:

And it changed my life. I tried it on a piece of the chair and I love how crisp and white it looked. And the best part, I didn't have to strip the chair beforehand! So we just went off and decided to give all 4 chairs a nice first coat of paint. Here's my boyfriend helping out, he's now an expert spray painter:

And here is what it looks like now with the first coat of Rustoleum Paint and Primer:

LOVING IT. I was afraid a bright white would take away the beautiful detail of the chair but I don't think it does. I think it actually gives it a more modern look. So happy with the progress on #ProjectLouis. What do you think of Louis and his new paint job?

Thrifted Thursday Series

It's time for a new series, peeps! I've been an avid thrifter since my teenage years (Mamarazzi taught me well) so naturally, this series is very exciting for me. I will be sharing the fabulous thrifty finds of some of my favourite bloggers. Pieces from good ol' thrift stores, flea markets, even Kijiji and Craigslist. So make sure you follow along every Thursday to see the unique items that have found a new life in these bloggers homes!

I’m going to kick things off with Laura Collins, a decorator and stylist from Toronto. Her and her partner share a beautiful 1920’s townhouse in Cabbagetown which is totally magazine worthy. After you check out these photos you will quickly see why. Beautiful colours which are all on trend right now and a mixture of modern and vintage style which I love.

Fave Thrifted Find: Vintage Glass Table with Brass & Lucite Legs

Where is this piece from? I purchased this piece from Kijiji, I had my eye on it for several months however it was located really far away (who knew brass and lucite could be found in the countryside!) I finally kept at the opportunity as the price decreased- and it fit seamlessly into our living space.

What drew you to this piece? I am a HUGE fan of retro pieces that incorporate modern elements into their design. I knew I wanted a glass top table, that was of this scale- the bonus was finding an original custom made brass capped lucite leg piece. Looks incredible with the Moroccan shag rug. It really tied our space together, it grounds all of the other pieces.

How do you use this piece in your home? I use it to display my coffee table books (I have a collection), and pieces I have thrifted over the years. I love vintage ashtrays, brass figures, and sea inspired decorative objects.

What an amazing find Laura! Thanks so much for sharing your favourite piece with us. Be sure to check out Laura's blog here to see what other loveliness she cooks up on the regular.

Decorating My Teak Dresser

Okay, maybe not decorating. More like organizing. This poor piece has been used and abused. I've had this dresser for a long time now. In fact, it's followed me to 4 different homes. It was a friend of a friends that would have otherwise been left at the curb if I didn't snag it for myself. When I was living with roomies we used it in the living room to store housewares and cds. I also used it as a media console with a TV on top. So I just love the versatility of this piece. I currently use this in my bedroom as a dresser, which sits in front of a large window. I've always wanted to try and decorate this area a little nicer but could never decide on anything. Maybe because it's such a wide space, or because it sits in front of a window? I don't know. So this is my first crack at making it look a little nicer but still comfortable.

You can't see it in the photos but it's pretty beat up. It has cup marks that won't come off, scratches, broken pieces- it's definitely seen better days. But I LOVE it. I guess you can say I'm 'embracing Wabi-Sabi'. (Thanks Kisha for introducing this term to me. You can read more about Wabi-Sabi on her post here). According to Wikipedia: "The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete"

I love jewelry and have lots of it. Lately I've been trying to clean out my drawers and only keep the ones that I absolutely love and wear on a daily basis. Other items like that pretty cylinder jewelry case was a gift which I LOVE, the wooden bust was a thrifty find and the carved box was from a trip to Cuba.

But my most favourite part of this dresser are these beautiful earrings that belonged to my grandmother. She loved jewelry and I remember being a teenager and loving the smell of all those wooden boxes she had filled with all kinds of baubles. After she passed, my Mom gave me these 2 pairs which I wear often and cherish with all my heart.

We also have his and hers watch boxes which house my boyfriends expanding watch collection and some favourite books of mine (and yes, I love to read about furniture history!).

This bell jar was another thrifty find. It has this gorgeous bronze top with an amazing patina on it. It did have a small plant inside but it outgrew the jar! Hmm....what to replace it with?

What favourite things do you have on your dresser? Do you have any ideas to spruce up mine?