When I go thrift shopping – I have a plan of attack. First, I check out the camera bin, next I scour the bric-a-brac section for vintage ephemera , then I head to the furnishings for interesting pieces. After that, I wander the entire store at a leisurely pace knowing that I’ve checked out the most important areas before fellow pickers got to them…
I usually find some really great furniture at my local Value Village but hardly make a purchase because the prices are pretty high. Something has to be damaged, dirty or really ugly to be put out at a fair price. A few weeks ago I found this wooden shelving unit for $12 (forgot to take a proper before picture – oops). The unit looked pretty ugly and had small cabinet doors that were falling off. Since this was the cheapest thing I had found in a long time and we were in desperate need of shelving space – I thought I would give it a chance.
I went to my local Canadian Tire to pick out a good paint. Luckily CT sells ‘sample size’ paint cans for $4.99 you can choose any color you like and it’s a decent sized paint can! I also bought white spray paint to spray a base coat (turned out it was completely unnecessary).
After about 40 minutes of spraying and painting – my project was complete. I let the unit dry overnight and dragged it into the apartment. Although I like the look of the unit, I never intended it to look this way. My intention was to make it look rustic with lot’s of white poking through..something like this >
So it’s a little neater and brighter than I anticipated but it’s grown on me. I’m thinking of sticking some vintage wallpaper to the back of it or painting some designs. What do you think?
I enjoyed filling the unit with vintage goodies…
^ These vintage cans (still have the original powders inside) were bought at auction for $7. They were part of a lot that included about 25 vintage bottles and other random goodies. P.S. I smelled the cocoa powder – it smells so amazing…mmm 60 year old cocoa powder.…
^ Flowers were a housewarming gift, bottles part of the aforementioned auction lot
^ tins both found at Value Village for under $4
^ various thrifted pyrex
^ flowers from Homesense
^ sign – Value Village $4.99
Total cost of this project was $19. I’m now on the look-out for vintage picture and window frames to turn into jewelry displays. Have you done any DIY projects with thrifted finds?