DIY Gold Stripe Tray

When I was considering adding the tulip table to my foyer I wanted to have a little spot to corral the mail, my keys and other things when I come in the door. I knew a small tray would be ideal for that purpose, so I set out to find one that met my criteria – it needed to be rectangular, not too expensive, and it needed to have some colour given the table and the walls in my foyer are white.

To be honest I had absolutely no plans on DIYing anything, and I actually did find a lovely contender for the spot at HomeSense that was just $13. Then of course I went to the thrift store and found a tray for $1.99 and my plans changed.  Given its thrift store provenance the tray was predictably ugly, but it was the right size and shape and I knew that making it prettier would be easy.Thrift store tray before

I’ve been in LOVE with this tray forever, and if it had been the right size I may have been tempted to buy it for my foyer (but only if it also went on sale). Since the original wasn’t to be I decided to make my own version using my thrift store tray and spray paint I already had on hand.

(Appologies for the bad cell phone picture)

(Apologies for the bad cell phone picture)

After spraying the tray white I set out to mark off the pattern on the top of the tray using masking tape. I eyeballed the pattern and used a small piece of tape to help with the spacing between the lines.  I did have painters tape on hand, but it was too wide for the scale of my tray so I ended up using the regular masking tape (I use it in class to tape my drawings to the drafting table).  Thrift store tray painted gold

Once the pattern was complete I sprayed the tray top and bottom with gold spray paint, and when it was dry I peeled off the tape and voilà – a gold stripe tray.DIY Gold stripe tray

There was some bleeding under the tape that more than likely wouldn’t have occurred if I’d used painters tape, but I’m honestly not too concerned.DIY Gold Stripe tray.

Not bad for $2 right?

Thrifty Thursday – Recent Finds

I’ve had some pretty good finds recently when shopping at my favorite stores – namely Value Village and the Salvation Army, and since I haven’t done a Thrifty Thursday post in a while I thought I’d share a few things.

Thrifted Cake StandIn all honestly I have no need for a cake stand. I’ve never used one and cake is more likely to end up in my belly before it gets anywhere near this but at $3.99 I couldn’t pass it up. I love the pattern – the repetitive bumps and the scalloping around the edge are pretty. Maybe I’ll use it to display something other than cake.

Thrifted Le CreusetI have to say, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this on the shelf – a 4.2L Le Creuset French oven, but there it was. It’s got some damage (crazing) to the enamel on the inside and some burn marks on the bottom, but I don’t think it’s too bad. The pot was rather filthy when I bought it, but some scrubbing with a magic eraser and then with some baking powder cleaned most of it up. I think it looks pretty good for a $10 pot.

Thrifted Time Life CookbooksThese cookbooks are currently my favorite thrifted find as I’ve been looking for some of these for what seems like forever.  I know you’re wondering why the heck I bought 15 cookbooks (without pictures!!) from the 70’s, and the reason is simply because my parents have them, and some of my favorite dishes come from these books.

Thrifted Time Life World foods cookbooksThe books are part of the Time Life Books ‘Foods of the World’ series. There are still a number of other books that I haven’t found including the recipe index, so the hunt continues.

I must remember to ask mom and dad which recipes they use a lot and if I don’t already have the book it comes from to keep a lookout for it.

What do you think of my finds? Would you have been tempted to bring them home?

Thrifty Thursday – Miss Nancy Drew

A few months ago I shared with you my thrifting find of some Hardy Boys books, and explained my rather short-sighted decision as an early teen to sell my collection of Nancy Drew books which I regretted almost immediately.

Over the years I’ve spotted some Nancy drew books at antique stores and markets, but they’ve always been priced at from $6-8 each which I’m unwilling to spend (especially when you consider the guy who bought my rather extensive collection got the whole thing for something ridiculous like $10).

After Christmas I went into a Value village and look what I spotted: Thrifted Nancy Drew BooksYay! They were priced at $1.49 each, but when you buy 4 you get the 5th free. So for $12 I’ve restarted my collection.

PS – I always thought that if I ever had a little girl I’d share with her the Nancy Drew series that I loved so much as a child. They were my first big-girl chapter books and I spent hours reading and rereading the pages. Since finding the books above I’ve reread some of them, and I may change my mind – there are some things in the books my modern female self has some issues with, so that plan might have to rethought.

Thrifty Thursday–It’s for the Birds

I haven’t always loved thrifting. Growing up my mom would go to the thrift store every so often to drop off some stuff we didn’t need anymore, and while there she would normally browse the books since there were usually lots of read-only-once books for about $0.50. I didn’t like to go into the store with her because thrift stores have a certain smell that, as a child, I couldn’t stand.

Over the past year or so I’ve developed a deep love of thrifting which in all honesty I blame squarely on blogs. Before I started this one, and reading so many others, I never went thrifting. Now, every time I read a post about someone’s wonderful find I find myself plotting my next thrifting adventure. I don’t know if it’s the thrill of not knowing what you’ll find, or the crazy belief that one day I’ll walk into a thrift store an discover an original Eames lounge chair and ottoman with pristine leather, but I now recognise that ‘Thrift store smell’ for what it really is – buried treasure.

The other day I was looking around my home and I realised that over the last few months I’ve collected a number of thrifty finds that I haven’t told you about, so I’m starting Thrifty Thursdays – where I blog about some of the random things I’ve found – some of which I’m leaving as is, and some I’ve made improvements to.

A few months ago I was in value village when I spotted this rather gaudy little guy for $2. Thrift store ceramic parrot

Now, normally I would have just walked right by (the picture doesn’t do the colours justice – they were bad, and they were also rubbed off in some places), but earlier that day I had been in HomeSense where I had spotted this guy for $25 and for a moment was tempted to bring him home.

Ceramic Parrot - HomeSense - $25

Ceramic Parrot – HomeSense – $25

I bought my ugly new find home, and after a bit of spray paint and some felt to cover the bottom (leftover from this project) I had a decidedly less ugly bird statue, and all for just $2. Thrift store ceramic parrot - whiteWhat do you think? Would you have brought him home? Or would you have left him to languish in misery on the thrift store shelf?

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