Monday, January 10, 2011

My Latest Thrift Store Projects

A few days after Christmas, Jace and I went to Goodwill in search of sweaters to turn into cardigans. We found one, and then a few more treasures! I was looking through the frames and mirrors in search of something to add to my downstairs bathroom when I came across a 28”x28” solid wood, nail constructed framed mirror for $6.99. I’m sure some of you out there would have found the same thing for way less, but this was an AMAZING find for me. The tag was dated for that day, so it must have just been put on the shelves.
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I knew it was just what I’ve been hoping to find for years to go over my mantel. I’ve had a painting I made hanging there since we moved in, but knew it would go better in the dining room. It was just a matter of waiting for the perfect fine. Little did I know my perfect find would be so cheap!
I sanded down the finish a bit, taped off the mirror (I would have needed to use as screwdriver to remove the glass and was too lazy), and painted a coat of dark red paint. My original intention was to then paint over the red with black and do some distressing so the red would show through. But the red went on so pretty and looked like a dark cherry stain. So I kept it at one coat of red and then varnished. I LOVE the way it turned out!
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Another great find at Goodwill that day was the back candlestick on the left. It was $2 and not my style. But a coat of the red paint, topped with black and then distressed made it perfect!
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Another good thrift store find came from St. Vinny’s. My friend Cari (who also watches Jace twice a week for me) had a birthday coming up. I picked up this solid wood frame for an 8x10 for $.98.
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Sanded it down, gave it a few coats of black paint, gave some spots a distressed look with a copper stamp pad (I liked the shine instead of rough look this time), and made a vinyl cut out of a line from the theme song from our Women’s Retreat this year. It turned out just as I hoped and she loved it!
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  1. I love the Good Will! lol, great finds

  2. Ohh! Jill! It turned out great!! I think the mirror looks great above the fireplace! :)

  3. so awesome. thanks for the inspiration.

  4. The creative finds at Goodwill :) Way to how they turned out!

  5. Mirrors are so expensive and I think you got a great deal on this one. and I love it in red!

  6. The mirror was certainly a great find. You did an excellent job transforming it. It looks lovely above your fireplace.


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