Thrift Store Showdown - The Marilyn Denis Show

thrift store showdown, DIY Hi everyone!  I hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far.  It's beautiful in Toronto today; can't wait to get outside!

Earlier this week, I was invited to take part in a Thrift Store Showdown on the Marilyn Denis Show.  Myself and Natalie from My Little Secrets were each given a budget of $250 at Value Village and $200 for DIY supplies.  We were each tasked to create a vignette with our thrifted items and DIY projects.


Today, I wanted to share a little bit more about my vignette because it was such a fun process with so many different projects.  Every single item was found at Value Village (with the exception of the polka dot pillow.  The Marilyn team said I could add one personal accessory to a thrifted piece).  But from the furniture to the desk accessories to the little wicker basket (which I painted a neon pink) everything was completely thrifted!

During my first trip to Value Village I spotted this wooden, industrial desk.  I love Midcentury so this had my name written all over it.  It's reminiscent of the 60's, a similar style to what you would see on the hit show Mad Men (which, I'm obsessed with by the way).  So it didn't take me long to decide that this would be my main piece for the show. Nothing but some walnut oil would fix this baby up.  I wouldn't dare paint that wood, everything was in great condition!

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I then stumbled upon this wooden side table.  I opted for some white spray paint since the desk was a darker and heavier piece.  I taped the legs off while leaving the bottom section exposed and also taped the top to create a graphic pattern.  I love how it turned out.  What do you think?

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side table diy

This red chair was a $5 find. I used a Matte black spray paint on the seat and gold spray paint for the legs.

And here's how it turned out.  I think it looks great with the desk, what do you think?  The little carpet was $2.99 and I thought the colours complemented the other accessories so well.

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The lamp was found for $9.99 and the shade for $1.99.  In order to bring in that graphic element again, I simply used some black washi tape to create a fun pattern.

thrifted lamp

Every office needs an inspirational art wall so I found a bunch of different frames at Value Village and modified them to make them my own.  I decided to paint the first frame black and replace the artwork with something more abstract. The tiger was a illustration on fabric canvas, mounted on a wood frame.  I thought the tiger was pretty cool so I decided to pull of the fabric and keep a piece of it for my art wall.  The third frame was a framed canvas so I simply painted over the portrait in black and wrote an inspirational message with white paint.

art wall before

Have you ever transformed frames or canvases from Value Village?  It's such an easy way to customize the art in your home.

thrifted art wall

A big thank you to the Marilyn Denis team for inviting me to take part in the show, I had so much fun putting this vignette together.  I also want to thank everyone who watched the segment and supported me by voting on the website and via Twitter.  It truly means a lot to have all of your support.  You guys are awesome.

thrited art wall

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This project is proof that you don't need a lot of money to update your home.  Go hunt for pieces you love and update your space with thrifted items and simple DIY projects that reflect your personality.

If you missed the Thrift Store Showdown,  you can check out the full segment here.

Congrats to Natalie of My Little Secrets who created a beautiful outdoor oasis and won the first ever Thrift Store Showdown.  You can check out her winning vignette here!

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