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~Thrifty Find~

November 3, 2010






Re-designing our 16 year old girl's room on a budget has been so enjoyable. Instead of running out to various home good stores to buy eveything ready-made I have sourced a few accessories for her room from the thrift store. 

It seems that thrift stores here on the west have caught onto us bloggers and their prices reflect that {grrr..}, 
despite that I have managed to find some diamonds in the rough.


I spotted this ceramic bird in all it's shiny glazed glory,  


Using a little white spray paint ...


  it becomes a chic accessory for her bedside table.

Last week I discovered a small local thrift shop where I found this beautiful metallic dish, perfect for storing her jewellry and hair ties she removes at bedtime.



Now I can't wait to replace her wobbly bedside table.

 I visited Ikea on Friday and bought this to hack {I am hoping to work on that today}:


BUT:
They were out of this:

source: Ikea

They told me to check back in a few weeks as they are undergoing renos and have put ordering fabric on hold -hmph! 

Guess the drapes will wait. I did buy some other fabric to replace her hideous venetian mini blinds - my plan is to make a roman blind!


The projects never end around here but I am having FUN!


8 comments:

  1. Wonderful thrift store finds Barbara. The little bird is adorable. Seriously, your daughter must think you are the coolest Mom for working on her room! And great minds think alike - I'm working on a Roman shade too. It's for my laundry room which has gone with out any window treatment for 5 years! I made a Roman shade for the last place I lived - about 7 years ago, I think. I wish I could remember exactly how I did it! We will have to compare notes.

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  2. The bird turned out awesome and I adore the vignette on the side table! Angie xo

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  3. Amazing what a little paint can do!

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  4. Oh I love the bird, see what some spray paint can do and the dish is darling!!

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  5. I am a nut for birds and I would have never thought to paint it white -- love that!

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  6. Isn't thrift store shopping fun? It feels extra good when you find exactly what you are looking for second hand, at a great price (maybe). I shop almost everything second hand! And I adore your simple bird makeover =)

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  7. I love the bird - he looks so modern and chic in white :-) I did the same thing with a not-so-attractive plastic elephant from the Dollar Store. Now he's a much-improved handsome oil rubbed bronze elephant :-)

    Have fun doing the Ikea hack!

    Wouldn't we get bored if the projects ever did end?!

    Kelly

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