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!


Thrifted Thursday with Sabrina of The Pink Little Notebook

Thrifted Thursday, The Little Pink Notebook I am so happy to feature one of my newest blogger friends, Sabrina from The Pink Little Notebook.   We actually met at Blogpodium last Saturday and it was great to chat and get to know one another in person!

Your favourite thrifted item:

One of my favourite and most memorable thrift item has to be my bamboo side tables.

Where you bought/got the piece from:

I found this piece during my first visit to a thrift store. I wasn't too sure what to expect but I instantly spotted & fell in love with this piece. I can definitely say from that very moment I knew I found a new passion. I'm now a frequent thrift store visitor!

Thrifted Thursday, The Pink Little Notebook

What drew you to the piece:

1-it is a sturdy piece of furniture that will probably last me forever; 2-I couldn’t resist the curvy geometric pattern; and 3-the price! At $10 a piece, I had nothing to lose!

Thrifted Thursday, The Pink Little Notebook

Describe any work you did to give it new life:

It was a fairly simple process since the piece was still in good condition. A light sanding and a coat of primer was applied to prep my surfaces. I opted for a neutral colour and spray painted the entire thing (two coats to be exact). I finished it off by hand painting some of the geometric pattern in white paint and added some rope accent to finish of the piece.

Thrifted Thursday, The Pink Little Notebook

how you use/display it:

Today the piece sits proudly in my family room as a side table. What I love about this piece is that it is also sturdy enough to use as a stool when I need the extra seating. It was definitely an awesome find!

Thrifted Thursday, The Pink Little Notebook

Thrifted Thursday, The Pink Little Notebook

What an amazing find for $10!  I love how the rope adds a little somethin' somethin'.  It definitely adds more interest and texture to the piece!

I have to admit, I scoped out her blog before the conference and I was instantly hooked when I saw her cooler and home office update.  So head on over to Sabrina's blog and give her some love!

Thanks so much for taking part in Thrifted Thursday, Sabrina.  It was great to meet you and we should definitely get together soon :)

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Thrifted Thursday with Gwen of The Makerista

thrifted thursday, the makerista I'm so excited to have Gwen from The Makerista here today. I found her blog several months ago and I've been hooked ever since. She is one talented lady and I'm sure you will agree!

your favourite thrifted item

My Dining Room Set

thrifted thursday, the makerista

where you bought the piece from

I got the table and 6 chairs off of Craigslist.  The man I bought the table from cleared out estate sales after they were over.  It still had the sticker from the sale on it for $900, but I got it for $100.  It seemed like too good of a deal to pass up!

what drew you to the piece

Prior to this we had a rather large, counter height, square table.  It was nice that our black lab couldn't get to anything on it, but it was difficult to do projects at (I like to letter, and the height was awkward for that) and too high for our son to sit at.  It was also really contemporary which is not really my style.  I was drawn to the pedestal base, classic details of this piece and the color of the stain.  Not having to paint or strip and re-stain is always a bonus in my books!

thrifted thursday, the makerista

describe any work you did to give it new life

The wood was in pretty good shape, I just used some Restor-A-Finish to give it a good drink and fill in any small scratches.  The upholstery was also in good shape, but not what I was looking for - a vertical stripe of blues and golds.  I thought that the chair fabric needed to be something fresh and a contrast to the style of the chairs, so I went with a black and white striped outdoor fabric and upholstered it on the horizontal to further modernize it.

thrifted thursday, the makerista

how you use/display it

We use it every day, and it really works well for us!  We keep the table as a round with 4 chairs and keep two in front of the fireplace.  It's nice to have a leaf and the extra seating if we need it, but I like the space a small table gives our dining area.  The back door is used often and the smaller table makes it easy to get to.  Sometimes people put drinks or hot things on the top that leave a ring, but a little mayonaisse or Restor-A-Finish has taken care of them.  I figure for $100, if I have to refinish the top at some point or I decide to splurge on something different, I certainly got my money's worth.

thrifted thursday, the makerista

the makerista

I'm always amazed at what people find for crazy prices. $100? Yes, please. The dining set looks beautiful in her space and that fabric is perfection, just the right touch to modernize it!

Thanks so much for sharing today, Gwen! If you haven't already checked out this talented lady's blog, make sure you do. Today is actually her wedding anniversary and she's sharing loads of beautiful details from her wedding (perfect inspiration for me). So head on over and leave her some love!

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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 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.

thrifted thursday, solid wood table

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