Thrift Stop & a DIY!

A little less talk and a lot more action, people. It’s what this girl needed. Here is a recap of my most recent trip into Providence Thrift and a quick DIY with one of my finds!

It took a lot (and I mean A LOT) of restraint not to buy this big ole chunky necklace. A little boho, a little weird, mixed textures = right up my alley… Actually it’s still taking a lot of restraint.

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Well, hello, Neiman Marcus fur… you are looking amazing today. Unfortunately, I have to spend my cheddar on housey things. (More unfortunate is that head of gym hair. Whew, sister.)

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He’s not upset. That’s his “CHEESE!” face. We’re working on it.

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I liked this little vintage dress. The shoulder pads would have to go and it would require a slip (which is true of most any vintage dress you will find thrifting, FYI); but otherwise it was a fun summer print and flattering shape. Pulled it on… too long. I don’t have time to go it hemmed or grow 4 inches, so it stayed put for someone else.

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Now on to the DIY for today…


*Backstory… When I was a little girl at the pumpkin patch in the fall, I always picked out the ugly pumpkins because I knew no one else would and I felt bad for them. Truth: My husband still has to dissuade me from purchasing the ugliest Christmas tree on the lot. More truth: I always let him win because he really does pick the best trees.

I found this sad little scale at Providence the other day, #blesshisheart. He was lonely and pitiful and $2.99. So my crazy brain decided I would take him home and make him into something pretty. I played around with a few ideas, eventually added two pots I found on the shelves, and knew immediately how I wanted to transform this ugly duckling.

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shopping

I stopped at The Home Depot on the way home and picked up some white, textured Rust-oleum spray paint ($6). (Imagine the door in a garage or shop – that slightly rough feel? That’s what this paint feels like when dry.) I got two matching terra cotta pots (78 cents/ea) because although I did buy that terra cotta pot from the thrift store photo, I wanted to make sure two would match for my finished product. I got home, put the kiddo down for his nap, and went to work!

 

My supplies…

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One coat of paint in… That gold’s still peeking through a bit too much for my taste…

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IMG_3726I happen to be the world’s most impatient DIY-er, so while my scale parts were drying in the sun I started searching around the house for other things I could spray paint. I found an old wine bottle I had previously sprayed silver for a Christmas party and slathered him up too. (I also got my fat, sweaty finger stuck in the top of that bottle to the point of a moderate panic attack. Ever get stuck in an outfit in the fitting room? I mean like – really, really, “I might have to call the employee so she can cut me out” stuck? This was that kind of red-faced, nervousness-makes-you-sweatier-and-hotter-and-stucker.)

The first coat on the scale chains…

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Are you ready?

Here he is in all of his new, white, “come live at my house” glory!

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I’m so pleased with the final product! Two coats of textured paint makes what was once gold plastic/fake marble look like wrought iron. The pots and green are a good pop of color, but the whole piece is neutral overall. I can see this guy working well in a decorative shelf or on a side table. All he needed was a little TLC! Because it happened to be 90 degrees the day I did this, the sun helped dry the paint quickly and it was a fast little project.

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The wine bottle turned out cute too (after I got my finger out…). I had a split candle holder stowed away that I popped in the top. I don’t know how or where I’ll use it yet, but something will come up sooner or later!

 

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