Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Series: Thrfity Tuesday | Winning with Pennies II

Hello Friends,

It's that time again to share my thrifty finds and hopefully inspire you to think out of the box for your home decor.  

Thrift stores are becoming increasingly popular for inexpensive home decor.  You just never know what you'll find that will inspire you to take your home decor to another level or be the inspiration for a new project. 

My most recent trips to the 'thrifty boutique' were good ones.  Aren't they all?

Recycled Art: I found two great frames to use in my office.  One with a very classic drawing of two grey hounds in an antique frame and another antique gold frame. 

I used wrapping paper in a damask patter as art for the other one.  

This office now has a strong focal point.  I also used some of my existing frames with some pictures from a recent trip to Napa Valley for this gallery.
Art work ideas: Special photos blown up and placed in matted frames, wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, children's art and even letters someone wrote to you that have special meaning--are all inexpensive ideas that can be used for art work.  That is what makes artwork personal and have meaning in your home.  

I really do love the dog artwork.  Both frames work absolutely perfect in my office.  Don't you think?

Light it up: Again, I found a desk lamp at the thrift store.  Do these things seek me out? 

I was drawn to this brass one and could see it on the top shelf of a tall bookcase.  This is a great inexpensive solution for highlighting your treasures in your bookcase-- Instead of calling an electrician to hard wire a sconce in the wall.  Same look, small price.  ($6 to be exact.)  What do you think?  Can you see yourself doing this one?

This desk light has a 'swing' so you can adjust just exactly how you want your light to shine on your bookcase.  I can not tell you how many of these I see at the thrift store.  You could even paint them bronze or silver..

Book Worm: The thrift store is a great place to recycle books.  This months treasures include-- An Encyclopedia of Wine and Spirits, A Dictionary of American Slang (because every house needs one of those..), Magic Tree House and My Father's Dragon.  They are all perfect addition to our library and add lots of character..

Painting existing frames (Again): Recently I helped my friend purge some stuff from her basement closets.  While in the mist of the purge this lovely frame was in the 'donation' pile. I just had to snag this one for myself.  (Ok, this one is not from a thrift store, but it's a good example of how stuff gets there...  I probably would have bought this exact frame a few weeks later.)

The plan: I wanted to paint the frame off white, but leave the gold accent. 

Just a few minutes later and this frame makes a completely different statement.

I hope you are enjoying this series and are inspired to visit a thrifty boutique.  Will you?

The Series: Winning with Pennies
Winning with Pennies I

From my house to your house, Happy Hunting!

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