Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thrifty Finds and Before Photos

Here's a sneak peek at some projects I'm working on. I'll post afters within the next week!

The finial above was found at a thrift store for $4.94 - a little more than I usually pay for most of my treasures. It's a nice size and one of the items on my list, so I decided to splurge.

You may have noticed, lately I can't seem to get enough lamps! I tell myself, "They're so cheap!" and, "I will do lamps for my daughter/son's house!" Well, it IS all true. SO, when I find a good lamp, I also look for old drum shades to revise. Here are a couple of "befores.":

The smaller one has been stripped of the outside fabric. I have a plan to bring them into this century...

Here's a cute little footstool. I'm still trying to decide whether to paint it or just recover the cushion. It cost $5.00 in its current condition several years ago. I even kept the green fabric, but now it's gotta go! Bring on the white stuff!

Did I mention lamps? I found this one, and it's got great crackled glass, but the faux antique brass finish on the metal parts does absolutely nothing for it. I'm going to do something about that!

And last but not least, my Martha Washington chair. I've recovered this girl at least five times! I found her in a thrift store in Houston. She had a very worn crackled leather on her. When I took it apart, there was an old bus token in it from the Houston Transit Authority. I wore it on a necklace for years, but now I don't remember what happened to it.

Recovering her now is easy - I just use the old fabric as a pattern to cut the new one. She'll wear a new frock soon.

This weekend, I'll continue painting my living room, removing windows, patching sheet rock, and while those things are drying, I'll tackle some of these smaller projects. Check back next week for after photos!

Word for the Day:

Nehemiah 6:9
They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”

Lord, please strengthen my hands so I may complete my work! May He also strengthen you for the work you have to do today! And may you enjoy your rest as well.


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Laura said...

How nice to meet another Texas blogger!
Thank you for coming by my blog-

I know exactly how you feel about lamps. I can't resist them either!

Enjoyed visiting, and I am a new follower-

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Courtney said...

Ooh i'd love to get my hands on all of those things!!! So much fun to do them all up, can't wait to see what u do Revi!!

Tiffany @ said...

Love your Word for the Day! I need strength for my hands today to finish some chairs due by next Friday. New follower!

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

It's the best to find a great lamp at the thrift store! I can't hardly stand to buy a "new" one anymore. Love that finial, too. Glad you splurged!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

You have some nice things to work with. I'll check back to see what you do.

Honey at 2805 said...

Thank you for sharing your great finds at Potpourri Friday!

cindy said...

i love those finials! can't believe you got them for that price. all of my thrift stores are way to high, even the G.W.
i can't wait to see what you do with everything.

your to do list also sounds like mine. we got a new couch yesterday! i am so excited, the other one was really sad. but this new couch is going to cause me to 're-do' my entire family room. its a deep gray/charcoal. i love the color, just does not go with the greens and yellows.

enjoy your weekend!