Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Thrift store rehabs revealed

We bought this house about 5 years ago and have slowly worked our way around the house redoing everything. Most of this was cosmetic, consisting of taking down wallpaper (kitchen and bathrooms), painting, redoing the floor, etc. We didn't get to the guest bath until about 2 or 3 years ago. We took down the wallpaper, pulled up not one but TWO layers of linoleum, smoothed out the walls, painted, put down ceramic tiles (hubs rocks) and changed out fixtures. I couldn't figure out what I wanted to put on the wall over the towel rack, so it's remained empty since that time. I thought about painting some canvases, but that never happened. I actually bought a piece of funky metal art at a Dallas art festival a year ago, but decided it didn't work for me in there.

Then last week I found these at the thrift store.



I loved them the minute I saw them. I knew I'd paint them silver....I could definitely see the potential. They reminded me of those retro midcentury modern starbursts from the 1960s (photos courtesy of etsy).





I originally thought I'd put them in the dining room, but tried them out in the guest bathroom and loved them there. (side note: I don't know why my wall colors always come out so funky on camera...the bathroom isn't apple green...the 2nd picture is more true to the actual color)







Not everyone's style, but I love a little funkiness in every room. Not bad for $4 thrift store find.

Remember this hideous gold mirror?



I love it now. It resides in our bedroom. (again, my wall color isn't Texas Longhorn orange..though I do love the Longhorns since I grew up in Austin :) , it's actually a pretty pumpkin color, though you wouldn't know it by these pictures!)





Then there's the $3 hook rack I found at Goodwill last week. This didn't need a rehab, it simply needed a lot of cajoling, prodding and begging for me to have hubs hang it up outside. It works out *perfectly* for hanging our towels by the pool! This eliminates the need to lay the towels on the ground, having ants crawl up in them and then doing an "ants in my pants" dance when drying off. Not that that's happened or anything. ;)



I feel like I've gotten quite a bit accomplished this week. My "to do" list is getting shorter. It feels good. But then I will have to make another "to do" list for next week. So the fun starts over again. :)

39 comments:

Ally0005 said...

I love your finds, they are wonderful.
Your house is very pretty.

Ally

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Way to go, you thrifty girl! Love it all!

Amy

Chrissie Grace said...

Great changes!
I love the stars. Of course, I love funky finds in every room too!:)
Chrissie

Shaina said...

Great finds! I've gotta start looking for some fun stuff like this!

Joanna said...

Oh, I love your finds!!

I really need to hit up those thrift stores and yard sales!

Gwen said...

My parents had one of those old clocks. It's probably still at their house somewhere in a closet. :)

Your doodads look great above the towel rack. What kind of paint did you use for the silver?

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Love your redo on the frame...tooo cute!

Bill said...

You shared some excellent finds! I really enjoy your writing style ... clever and fun!

Thanks for the nice comment you left earlier. Glad you stopped by!

Bye for now,
Bill

Julia said...

Oh so pretty! I love the little mirror you turned into a chalkboard.

Katie said...

I'm really loving the starbursts, but all your finds are great!

Kammy said...

Great job on the funky ! Super eye for style, sista ! I love your little chalkboard and that rack is the bomb ! I just bought 2 racks the other day ...dang, I just remembered I don't have a pool...oh well maybe the barn....LOL !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Hartleys said...

OK, I'm loving your finds!!! The stars look great and I LOVE the frame transformation. I will definitely be back!

Beach Vintage said...

Everything looks great. I love how your to do list is getting shorter. Wish mine was.

Candy Allen said...

You are on the ball, girl! Whenever I buy things at thrift stores to rehab, they always hang around my house for twelve and a half months before I do anything with them. Very nice!

Thought you were a smarty-pants on the towel rod by the pool, too! Nice job.

Candy - AKA Junk Sophisticate

Sara said...

That's some pretty cool stuff! I always worry when I pick up something like your previously hideous but now cute frame what people are thinking about me. And suddenly the filter between my brain and mouth shuts down and I feel the need to justify myself to the cashier. You know, like, "Oh, I'm going to paint that and turn it into a chalkboard." (Hmmm...maybe that's just me.)
Anyway. Great projects! Love the rack, btw. Gotta watch out for those fire ants!

Kara said...

Fun projects! Love how you hung the chalkboard with ribbon, that just makes everything cuter!

Kelli said...

The little mirror turned out cute! And I actually thought it was a HUGE gaudy mirror the first time I saw it. I didn't realize it was so small. That totally changed it for me!
The bursts are cute too. I wish I could make something like that work in my house, but it's just too traditional.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

You go girl! Those things bring back memories of my house growing up..yep {that old} hehe. I love your color green in your bath. I have something very close to it. So bright and happy!

Kristi said...

They look great w/ the green wall, what an incredible color!

Twice Remembered said...

I love that chalkboard frame! Great job!

Lucky in Love said...

I love those stars in the bathroom!! I didn't think they were that big...hard to tell from the picture...looks great!

Sweet Simplicity said...

These are all fantastic!! Those star thingies look great in the bathroom!

Leslie said...

Those starbursts are great....you did a good job of painting!

Stephanie said...

Very cool finds!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

My favorite is that mirror makeover! Fabulous!! The towel rack is such a good idea. :) Thanks so much for the visit and comment.

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..great great finds!
sandy toe

Jenglamgirl said...

great super fab. finds! i ADORE the mirror that you made into a fab. chalk board. I have seen so many crafty bloggers turn canvas paintings or mirrors into chalk boards... I am going to be on the look out for one I CAN transform.

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Love them! They look awesome and love that little chalkboard!

Shannon said...

Those stars are so much bigger than I first thought! They look great there. I have that same shower curtain in one of our guest bath's too. :)

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Oh it's so fun to see pictures of your home! I love, I mean absolutely LOVE, the orange color of your walls! I think the (iron?) pieces you found look so good painted silver and where you placed them in the bath looks wonderful. Actually I like everything~ the mirror turned out beautiful and what a great idea to use the hook rack for pool towels! That is such a good idea...why hadn't I ever thought of that? Our kids don't mind them on the ground, but I do! :) I am going to have to copy you, girl! :)

Are you having a good summer? I sure hope so! :)

Sunny said...

These are great! Love the little star burst thingies! Very nice find. Love that mirror too. Hope you are doing well and having a relaxing summer!

Finding Home said...

Those starburst are great! They really work over the towel bar. And I love the towel bar outside. What a neat-o idea. Glad your too-do list is getting shorter. It does feel so good to accomplish things. Have a great weekend!

Little Lovables said...

The stars and mirror are so cute! What thrift store did you find them in? I am in Fort Worth and still trying to figure out all the best places.

Johann The Dog said...

Some cool ideas there! Mum loves to reuse stuff, repaint, make it belong and look renewed! Cools!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Hi, thanks so much for stopping by. Looks like you like to go to thrift stores as much as I do. I frequent one in my hometown several times a week because you just never know what you'll find. Have a great Sunday, Theresa

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Fun finds! I love how you revamped the frame especially! :)
Carrie

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Maybe you should sweet talk your Mom out of some of her sticks..hehe!

melissa said...

I love what you did with the mirror...and I just have to say: "guns up!" from Lubbock. I think that room would be much better in red, white, and black :)

Jill said...

love the stars - they turned out great!