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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LoveOnSunday Turns One!

one year of blogging, blog birthday, loveonsunday I can't believe it, guys.  Friday marked the one year anniversary of my blog!  When I first started I had no idea where this would take me.  I had no plan and no strategy.  All I wanted to do was share my passion for interior decorating and everything else that inspired me.

For the first couple of months, I kept my blog a secret because I was deathly afraid of what people might think of my writing.  I had zero confidence and about 5 regular readers, all of whom were my family and friends.  But it’s amazing what can happen once you stop worrying about the opinion of others and just focus on what you love to do.  This year has been amazing and I am so thankful. I’ve made new friends and feel so proud to be part of such a supportive blogging community (#blogCA...hollaaa!).  I was able to meet Sarah Richardson and even won a behind-the-scenes look at Chatelaine!  If you told me a year ago that this would all happen I probably would’ve laughed in your face and called you a crazy person.

So thank you to all of YOU who continue to read my blog and leave me comments.  I am so grateful and it honestly brings me so much joy to know that what I put out there is of value to you and may inspire you in some little way.  All of your support means the world to me.  I am so excited to see what the future brings and hope you will continue to follow me on my journey :)

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