Monthly Archives: September 2014

Thrift Store Score

I have to admit I am a thrift store junkie. I have a hard time passing a thrift store without stopping just to make a quick round to see if there is something I can transform. I am rarely looking for anything in particular. Furniture or accessories with good bones is usually the criteria. Oh yeah – beautiful dishes but at is a subject for a different post.

So in passing I stopped at my favorite Salvation Army. I have really found some great stuff there at decent prices. I spied this beautiful sturdy lady.

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She was in better shape than most pieces I get. Usually if it is the worst looking piece in the store with fabulous potential it’s the one I drag home. Hubby just looks and shakes his head, jiggles it back and forth and proclaims “it’s rickety”. This girl is sturdy like my grandma that worked in the mill all her life. Broad shouldered and hefty, I had to have her. I tested the drawers, check – shook it back and forth to see if DH would claim “it’s rickety”. No wobble- check! Problem is she is more than I usually spend on furniture. I had to think about it.

Next day, I told you I cannot pass a thrift shop without stopping, she is still there. I test the drawers again, look her over, admire her and walk away again. Next day again same thing. Lady in store gives me a lower price, still more than I usually spend but this girl is in better shape than most pieces I usually buy. I tell DH about her. He says if you like it that much get it. Ok well that’s all I need to push me over the edge, I am getting up the next morning and snatching her up before someone else realizes what potential she has. I got up the next morning got DH’s truck and rushed over……whew! She’s still there. Quickly I paid the said , albeit high, previously stated discounted price and the musclemen loaded her up in the truck and she was all mine.

So I bought her thinking I was going to paint the popular Union Jack flag on her, then I thought maybe an American flag, maybe solid and highlight her curves and details. This is OCD at its finest people. I finally decided on blue and white stripes.

I painted the entire chest Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue and let it dry overnight , just in case. I used delicate surface Frog Tape for the stripes.  Love this stuff.

Stripes look wonderful and they are not as hard as you might think. Just use an extra piece of tape as a spacer and it goes quick.

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After taping her off I used a mixture of Annie Sloan’s Paris Gray and some CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White. This made a very light grey color that blended perfectly with the blue.

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I lightly distressed and waxed her with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax and buffed it to a shine. I cleaned up the original brass hardware but did not take off all of the patina. I LOVE it!! I can’t decide if I should keep it or sell it. I fall in love with all my pieces. She is currently for sale until I decide to keep her. Lol

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I absolutely adore this beauty!

Until next time…..