No Bulb Needed

Hey there!!  Just a real quick share –  I was so excited about the – I’ll call it - Breakfast at Tiffany’s – inspired Chandelier I caught on sale at Lowe’s that I forgot to show you what else I picked up.

This was $2.00 – not sure what I’ll do with it.. but I liked the shape and the thickness of the glass.  Pretty cool.. not bad for two bucks

and this was $6.75 —  this one.. I freaking Love!

Since I did not have anything in mind to use it for I just got one – till I got home and realized what I could use it for —–

 

 

(I could kick myself for not getting 2 or 3 or 4 uggghhhhh!!)   Did you ever do that???

Shop Progress

Well Good Morning Everyone!  The painting is all complete!! Yayyyy!!!   If you can remember last week I showed you some color swatches – which was big dilemma to choose from.  I wonder which color did you think I chose???  Take a quick guess… Well this is what I chose -

 

I wanted something that would be fresh and bright, yet have a hint of southern charm and Pantone Beach Glass was perfect!

I hope a few of you picked that color  :-)  then I won’t feel so alone..    I ventured into Lowe’s on Friday to pick out floor paint for my brother’s house (yes he’s still chipping away at it) God bless him, while in the midst of painting our shop and working on my mom’s floors, he’s managing to do them all.

While they were mixing the paint, I figured I’d do a bit of browsing to see what I might find on sale.  Low and behold… look what was on sale!!

I couldn’t believe it.. for $24.97. So naturally that was a “Gotta-get ‘er”  Perfect for the shop.  I REALLLLY (in my Vanessa Williams M&M commercial voice) did not want to have to settle for  that old fashioned ceiling fan fixture that was in the entry way of the store, but I was going to make do until…..

How lucky was that!!

Kinda reminds of – Breakfast at Tiffany’s Theme  :-)

Well that’s a bit more progress made!  Still finding deals to make things happen.   I’ll be touching base with you again.. I hope all is well and that you’re following along with me on my VivaGram journey.

 

 

Farewell Summer

Hey everyone!! Remember me ???  I just want to touch base with you and say Hi and let you know all is going well.  It’s so hard to believe that Summertime is over and  Fall has begun.  I’m already missing the beautiful summer days, lounging around and enjoying the easy living.  I’ve always loved this particular song and the way Sylvester sings it- just moves my soul.  ( I know you’re probably saying – this girl and her music – and you’re right.. this girl and her music is her life) ..  I’d be a lost soul without it.

Well, we are finishing up painting the shop.  Boy, it’s more work than I thought, but it’s worth it.  Just thought I’d share a few before pictures of the shop and what I’m working with.  Please don’t be too critical, because it’s been vacant for months and TLC is all it needs.  We’re pretty excited about it.

This is the beginning stages of “Pieces of Time” Antiques & Home Decor Boutique.

 

Of course we’ll be adding some curb appeal too! Perhaps a window box and of course some planters.

We were pleased to have the display cases which will come in handy

 

I thought picking out paint colors would be fun, but it’s actually very challenging but these were a few selections I came home with..

Considering the size of the space we are working with I had to narrow down the selection to one color.  It was a tough decision, but  I think you’ll like one I chose.  I also have to tell you about my good luck fortune.   Sometimes, God works in mysterious ways and he’s really blessed me with finding things.  I was extremely happy when I found these brass shelving units which would be perfect for the shop and the price was $35.00 for each, but the gentlemen let them go for $30.00 ea (talk about insides screaming – yippeeee).

Then I came across a lady selling paint.  Could you believe this!!  She had a 5 gallon bucket of Behr flat white paint – never used or opened.. for $5.00.  I just couldn’t believe it.  All I could say was-  “Thank You God” for your blessing, because he knows I’m working on a shoestring budget.    Well that’s all I have to share so far.  Like I said, I just wanted to touch base – and hoping all is well you.  Have you found any goodies lately or done any projects?  If so, please share, I’d love to hear all about it.  Also, don’t forget to follow along with me on my VivaGram and Twitter.  If you find goodies and like to share, use hashtag #urthriftygirlfinds so I feature them on my Friday Finds.  Until next time – ta-ta.. smooches,

 

 

 

Fab Find Friday

Happy Friday everyone – I have to say I’ve been feeling a little bluesy – not the emotional kind bluesy – but the music tunes bluesy.  I thought I’d share one of my favorite tunes with you in this post.  Koko Taylor, who is the Queen of the Blues sings this song which reflects how I felt at the time I found this week’s fab find.   They call me the “Hunter” ! cause I’m always on the hunt for some fab finds, thrifty deals and terrific scores.  But before I show you, I would like to share some terrific news!  I won’t be doing too much blogging in the next coming weeks (please don’t get too excited about that part -hahaha) buuuuuttt.. guess what???  I’m opening a shop  – Yayyyyy !!!!  Yes, finally YourVintage Girl is back in business.   We (meaning me, my sister Amina and our dear friend/ business partner Renee ) have decided to open the second location of Pieces of Time Antiques.  We have a space in new Jersey – and now one in South Carolina.  So I’ll be busy setting up shop, but I’ll touch base with you from time to time – so please – don’t forget about me..  :-)

Ok..let’s move on to my Hunted Item –  I’ve haven’t been getting too lucky lately but just when I was ready to give up shopping at this particular Goodwill, my woman’s intuition decided to give it one more try.  I popped in there, walked straight to the back and look what I found sitting on top of a table – all by it’s lonesome self – waiting for me to strike – the catch that I was after….

O00ooo weeee… ain’t He sweet!!!       A Franco Albini pouff ottoman… Talk about a Teeeeerific Score!!  Remember I already had one that I posted about here.   The price was even of a shocker — $9.75  Can you say WHAT!!!! SHUT THE EFEN DOOR!!!!  – cause that’s exactly what I said…   naturally I gave it a quick inspection.   The only thing wrong was this little paint splash – which will be removed.

Ain’t no  need to hide – ain’t no need to run – cause I’ve got you in the sight of my — Luuuv gun  ;-)

I love these ottomans  and so does my twin.  She’s been wanting one. .. so now I have one and she has one !! Just in time for our birthday – so pre-Happy Birthday Amina!!  It’s Yours!!  

So… I guess I’ll dub myself the “Hunter”  – thanks to Koko and her bluesy song.  I hope you all have a good-feeling bluesy weekend!  Smooches!

 

Tray Chic!

Hey, Hey!! It’s your thrifty girl here.. First off,  I want to say thank you to all those who voted for me in the Krylon Paint #miycontest.  This past week- that was the only thing on my mind, and thanks to your help I took 3rdplace – whoohooo – My goal was 1st place, but better luck next time for me.

now that’s over with, I finally decided on the look I wanted for the 4th and final tray.  Remember a few weeks back I started on the makeover of these four cranberry trays:

Here are three of the new looks

This Jonathan Adler tray retails for $150.00 – no offense- but REALLY???   smh…

It’s very similar to these Pier 1 trays that I got for $5.00 ea during a clearance sale years ago

 

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and this Pottery Barn (looks for less) sells for $29.95

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I fell in love with the glossy white, so I sprayed it with two coats of Rustoleum glossy white.  I also added a special touch to it.   Oh sure, I still have plenty of the wallpaper samples, but for this one I decided on shelf liner paper.  It’s durable, wipeable, and beautiful.

Contact Brand Grip Prints Non-Adhesive Shelf Liner, Virtu Black, 18" x 4'

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Here is the finished look for the tray

Hand-painted the edges with Martha Stewart Metallic Gold for that extra Midas touch

The vintage gold-rim glasses are the perfect touch for this serving tray

 

So now it’s “Tres Chic”

 

Has anyone decided to do a  tray makeover yet??   If so… please share…

These tray designs are also featured in my Steller Story 

 

 

 

!!! Krylon Contest !!!

Hello everyone!! I’m so excited about this..  you remember my dining room makeover last week?  Well I entered it in a Make it Yours with Krylon contest sponsored by Krylon paints .   I could really use your support by voting for me.   As you k now – I’m like the spray paint queen around my house.  I love using their product.   Just click here for contest link to cast your vote,  scroll down, look for my picture and vote.  Also, share with your friends to gain more likes for me.   Just in case you missed it.. here is the makeover I entered.  For this makeover, I used Krylon metallic brushed nickel spray paint to give my set a new look.  Thank you all for your support.. it is deeply appreciated.

 

Monday Makeover – Part 6

Good morning everyone.. I hope you had a fantastic weekend!  Today’s segment of Monday Makeover features this table  I came across at Goodwill last week.  It was marked $4.75.  I dawdled around trying to decide whether to buy it or not, but since it was Tuesday (senior discount day) that means 25% off which would put it slightly under $4.00.   So, what the heck,  I bought it.  (btw.. Mom was with me)

 

 

I found this tray for $2.25 a while back…  ( I love these trays)

I decided to revamp the table this weekend.. First I had to disassemble it..

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The brass was tarnished quite a bit

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These were the decorative backings on my dining room chairs.   After the makeover, (if you missed it click here to view) I decided to leave them off, but,  figured they’d come in handy for something else.

It pays to save things , because you never know.   My goal was to spruce up this bland table, perhaps add a little more pizzazz.

I chose Krylon navy blue and Rustoleum metallic bright gold to kick it up;  the ornaments added the perfect touch.    Here is the table’s new look

 

The bamboo tray was revamped with a new look as well.  I really enjoy working with trays and love how this one turned out.  I spray painted it with the brassy gold and of course, used more of the wallpaper samples (I have so much of it – I need to use them.. remember – as I said – I’ll be happy to share – just let me know)

My intention was to use it on this table top, however, it was too big..  But guess what?  It fit perfect in between the top and the little rack.  So, I used it as a makeshift drawer.   Here is the table now

 

 

Doesn’t it look a thousand times better!!

 

The black curly wrought iron plant stands didn’t match too well –  A quick spray gave them a brighter look

The gold gives them a more richer appeal (mind you I paid $5.00 for the pair at a yard sale about a year &  a half ago)

 

 

This tray went from Plain to Pretty

And the table went from Terrible to Terrific!

Have you recently given an item a new look?  If so, please share

Design Idea by :  JamalaWallace :  aka   UrVintageGirl

This makeover is featured on  Hometalk

Follow along my thrifty journey on  Twitter and Instagram

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Finds

The week has come to an end and so has summer.. but your thrifty girl’s finds are still going.  Me & Mom went thrifting in Columbia, SC at the Palmetto Thrift Store and here’s what I found during our journey:

A perfectly good leather club chair.. Price tag $35.00  – what a bargain  (if only I had room in the truck to bring it home – smh)

In the corner I  spotted this really nice mid-century lamp.. The teardrop base mixes perfect with the barrel shade (of course I would work a little paint magic on it.. )  However, they were asking $30.00 for it..  hmmmm… I’ll wait on that…

I also saw this kitchen chair, which I loved….Can you imagine how great it would look with new fabric!!  I wish they had three more..  drats!!  Do you see the price tag ????  Yes – $8.00

Unfortunately none of those came home with me.. but what did come home with me were these wonderful barstools!  We went to the grand opening of the new Salvation Army in Chester, SC and of course lady luck was with me…

 

They were $40.00 for the pair.. That was a big deal.. considering they still had the original store’s ticket price of $99.99 each stapled under the seat.   Although they came home with me but they left the next day to head to their new home..because weren’t for me.. They are for my son, Jamil’s place.. He told me he wanted some barstools and I told him be patient.. I’ll find some…  and so I did!!   Like I always say.. Patience is a virtue.. It pays to wait …  Have you all gotten lucky lately??  If so , please share…  I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and I’ll see you Monday with a new Makeover.    Tah-tah!!!

 

$2.00 Tuesday #12

Hi everyone – I hope you all enjoyed your Labor Day holiday.  As they say, it’s a bid to say farewell to summer, although the weather here in South Carolina says summer doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere (which makes me happy).

Today’s episode of $2.00 Tuesday  item was shared with me by my friend Elizabeth Claytor of the beautiful Inn Upon Moon River Plantation Bed & Breakfast.  Elizabeth, like myself loves to hunt for thrifty finds.  You can read about her other fab finds here.    Just in time for Fall – she lucked up on this hand-embroidered vintage table linen set at her local Salvation Army in Chester.  They had a big grand opening last week and I was there.  I, too, lucked up with a fab find which I’ll post about on Friday’s Fab Finds.

The set includes the rectangular tablecloth with 6 matching napkins.   Vintage embroidered linen is always a must to have somewhere stashed in your collectibles.   The hand sewn details are beautiful and I’ve always admired the details taken to create these lovely items.

See how the multi-color thread is used to highlight the flowers and leaves to add the right amount of fall essence to the cloth.

Can you imagine – all this handwork-  sold for $2.00..Wow…The crispness of this freshly washed, starched and ironed vintage linen adds the perfect touch to any Fall table setting.  Kudos to Elizabeth on her fab $2.00 Tuesday find.   Remember, if you come across a fantastic item for $2.00, by all means do share.  I’d love to hear about it.   You can also post it on Instagram using hashtag #2dollartuesdayfinds or  #urthriftygirlfinds.   Here’s wishing you an enjoyable week ahead.. Take care and as always “VivaLaVintage!!”

Smooches..

Dining Room Reveal

Happy Friday Everyone !!    Here’s a quick math question –  What does $132.00 + 1 cool brother + a peach cobbler =?   The answer – One beautiful dining room  :-)     The week has ended and so has my dining room makeover… Yipppppeeeeee..    I’m so happy with the new look.   When I told my husband I wanted to do it.. he re-informed me.. we have a strict budget.. $100.00 was my budget, so I took on the challenge.  He didn’t think I could do it.  Well – guess what –  I DID!!!!  ( slightly over by $32.00 – but hey – that’s ok..I’ll forgo this week’s manicure & pedicure and d.i.m it – that’s do it myself)

Ok…. let’s look at the before….   I’ve had this set almost 25 years.. and it’s still in great condition.

I grew tired of the black and it needed a new look.  Although its not dreadfully ugly.. but the color was all wrong.  The wall color blended too much with the furniture and the floor.  I love the fabric of the window treatment and that was my inspiration.   So without much ado.. here’s the after..

Did you say “Wow” ???  or at least smile   ???    ( I hope so)

Paint and fabric is all it took.  The wall color is Pantone Illusion Blue and I painted the furniture with Krylon metallic brushed nickel.

The chairs look fantastic with its new make-over

The print on the chair fabric has that exact paint color

The antique music cabinet went from this:

To this by using Martha Stewart Metallic paint

Re-arranged  a few pieces and art.  It was re-placed in this corner

 

I gathered a few other items I already had to pull the look together

The vintage swan dish holds air plants.  I made the table runner about 15 years ago and it still looks great.  Instead of making another one for this table, I just neatly tucked the sides in for the appropriate length.

 

I was skeptical about the “Goodwill find” mirror (I purchased this a few weeks back for $15.75) but mixed with a few plants  it gives this corner a great look (my speaker dummies as a plant stand)

Pots purchased from Goodwill came in handy for a pop of color and an antique lamp base is used as a stand to give it height

For the tabletop – I had a mirror runner made for $20.00.  The ends were given to me by a co-worker who was going to throw them away but thought to give them to me instead (thanks Pat :-)  )

The beautiful painted vase was a thrift store find for $8.00 (and of course the feathers I already had)

The wick dipper sits daintily close by as my candle jewelry.  These handmade beauties were created by LindaG who also created the Bohemian Butterfly.  I still have a few more for sale.  If you would like to order one, please contact me.  They are the perfect candle accessory – use the swirled end to dip the wick into the melted wax and lift it back up – there’s no smoke in the air,  just a lingering fragrance from your candle.

 

I had the bar cart for about 13 years.  It was one of the first items I bought when I moved south.  I truly lucked up because back then they weren’t so popular.   I paid $80.00 for it.. what a steal of a deal…

The vintage crystal ice bucket holds faux roses, while the white ice bucket was a Goodwill item for $1.00

The lady statue holds a favorite plant

 

A closer look at the window treatment fabric

 

A perfect blend

 

Since we couldn’t afford a new set – I created a new look…. which saved us a lot of money

The metallic paint has the perfect glossy sheen.

The hubby had to give me a high five.. because this is Mission Accomplished!

Here’s the tally – Wall paint  $43.00

Spray paint    $28.00

Fabric     $33.00

Vase      $8.00

Mirror runner  $20.00        Total spent  – $132.00

Cost to pay my brother for paintng the walls   –   1 Peach Cobbler  (he loves my cobbler)   :-)  He’s a real cool guy..  Thank You Anthony!!  You Rock!     I think I feel a dinner party in the making  :-).  I hope you enjoyed my makeover – if so – holla at me.  :-)

If you’d like to have a makeover styled by me, I’m up for the challenge.  Remember – fab doesn’t always have to cost a fortune.

I hope you all have a Super Cool – Fun-Filled weekend.

Smooches,

 

The design makeover is featured on www.Houzz.com

 

 

$2.00 Tuesday

Good afternoon everyone!  It’s your thrifty girl and it’s Tuesday.  I’m here to show you that I’ve struck again and lucked up with a $2.00 find.   Today’s lucky purchase was from The Lighthouse, a local thrift shop in our town that’s ran by volunteers.   I took a much needed break from my dining room makeover.  I must say it’s coming along quite nicely and I look forward to showing it to you soon.

Today’s $2.00 item was this lovely vintage Samsonite suitcase.

They had them tucked all the way in the back and my keen thrifty eyes spotted them.  The suitcase was $2.00!!  I couldn’t believe it.  On top of that.. I found the matching train case for $1.00.  Wow!!!  I love vintage suitcases.  The train cases are so sturdy and have plenty room for all our toiletries.   I opened up the suitcase and it was never used..OMG!! I couldn’t believe how clean and pristine it was.. and the best part – no smell!!!!

Do you see how clean this is… wow…

Even the little side pouch was in perfect condition.  Realizing how bad the airplane crew damages luggage, I began using vintage ones because if they’re damaged I wouldn’t loose too much money on expensive luggage.

The train case was slightly used.. but nothing that a little awesome can’t clean

I like the fact they have my first initial (too bad not the W but I’ll look for a sticker  to fix that.

If only I could luck up with a plane ticket then I’ll be good to go :-)

Well that’s all I have to share for now.   If you thrifty eyes have found any items, and would like to share,  post them on Instagram using hashtag #urthriftygirlfinds  and I will feature them.  You can also follow me on my thrifting journey on Twitter or Instagram where I’m posting pictures of my other fab finds.  Remember as always “It’s VivaLaVintage”!!

Bon Jour Loveys.. Smooches..

not For the Birds Cage

Hello Everyone –  Here’s hoping all is well with you.. Your thrifty girl has been piddling along with this dining room make-over project.    I really opened Pandora’s box with this one.  My first decision was to simply paint the set – which I did.. I grew tired of the black legs and wanted to change them up a bit.   Here’s a sneak peek at the progress.. I really love the new color.. (I have to admit – I was verrrrrry nervous).. chuckles.. The color used is by Krylon called Metallic nickel.  The paint has a smooth glittery finish and really makes the set look richer.

 

Well???  What’s your thoughts..

Up next – Fabric.. I will keep you posted.  I had to break away from this mind boggling project, so, I updated another tray.    Remember these.. well this is the third one.  I decided to use it in the family room.

Here is the new look:

It really adds color to the coffee table and blends much better than the cranberry red

Okay –  let’s move on to the birdcage.   If you can remember a few weeks back – I picked up this vintage birdcage for $13.00 at a thrift store/yardsale.

When I spotted it I knew exactly what I was going to use it for.  You know I like to change things up a bit and have multi-functional pieces.   First up.. a new look.   I used Rustoleum Glossy White and Metallic Gold spray paints to freshen it up. .. I’m so happy with it.

Can you say ahhhhhhh!!! with me… :-)

The wall paper samples… well —- they came in handy again.  I used a gorgeous piece that had tree branches and a few birds (for nostalgia purposes) to line the bottom tray.

Guess what I’m using it for..

Yup… towel storage..  if you can remember I once used a planter for this bath,

I’ve been a  naughty girl by buying more plants so it went back to being a plant stand.  You know something,  I think the bird cage looks even better as my towel holder.

 

This bird did not fly over the coo-coo’s nest..  :-)  ..  no sireee..  this bird’s thoughts can’t be caged in …

 

 

Do you think I’ve gone Coo-coo… ???

If not – welcome to my world of un-caged thoughts.  Have you used a piece for unconventional purposes lately?  If so, do share.

I’m off to fabric hunting –  Wish me Luck!   Have a great day