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 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

Fave Furniture Friday with Tiffany Leigh Interior Design

Happy Friday! Today I am so thrilled to be part of Tiffany's Fave Furniture Friday. Not only is she a talented Interior Design major, she's also an amazing artist. So be sure to check out her blog and read my guest post here.

Lately I've been on a mission to try and help my parents update their home. They have bold red couches which originally killed me but now I'm thinking, this can work. I'm loving the navy and red combo. I think the colours are classic enough to take you from season to season, especially when you mix in some neutral colours like white and gold. You could even throw in a touch of teal to brighten it up in the Spring and Summer.

What are your thoughts on this colour combo?

Billie Holiday Poster | Leather Candle Holder | Essex Upholstered Ottoman | Kazak Navy Decorative Pillow | Surya 18" Square Navy Throw Pillow | Rouge Tile Pillow Pair | Chinese Wooden Storage Trunk | Switch 3 Castell Salad Plate | Doily Placemat | Worlds Away Cameron Nickel Plated Chair Navy Velvet | Bungalow 5 Taboret Side Table Red

Project Louis Update

I still remember my first upholstery class like it was yesterday. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I have to say the entire experience was amazing and truly eye-opening. Now I understand why it is SO expensive to professionally reupholster chairs! This is a skilled craft that when done correctly, can protect your chair from sagging and just general wear and tear. I learned about tightening springs, choosing the right upholstery fabric, how to use a magnetic hammer (total stress reliever by the way) and so much more. And these are just the basics, there's so much more to learn.

I'm happy and excited to see how far Louis has come. Last night was my last class and I finally managed to get my new cushion on and wrapped with canvas. Most students don't manage to finish their pieces with one course, especially if it's an elaborate chair or setee. I'm actually pleased with how far I've come considering I've only been working on it one night a week. But back to the foam...instead of regular foam I've used these wonderful soft layers of cotton batting. It feels so soft and luxurious and much more durable then my current Ikea dining chairs. This canvas fabric is the last step before putting on my fabric. WOO HOO!

Do you remember what Louis looked like before? You can see other posts about Project Louis here. But here's a quick before shot:

I feel like a proud mother. Now the question is, do I sign up for another class or give it a shot on my own? How will I get the fabric on myself without ruining the foundation and all that hard work? EEK!