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Thrifty Upcycles

1970's plastic dresser mirror rescued from the Youth Ranch thrift shop in Dunedin.  I loved the shape and the fact that it was only $11. The color was a puke yellow but with a bit of effort, it became a fabulous room expanding focal point on my dining room wall. The plastic makes it lightweight and easy to hang. These candle holders were also a fun thrift find at only $1.00 each. Made of plastic as well, their shape was perfect for some spray paint and a little aging with chalk paint for dimension.
When you thrift, look for the shape and design and get past that ugly hue.

I found this little table at a beach thrift shop for $5 and just sanded it a bit and painted the white but I wanted to keep it shabby and weathered. It is perfect by the window in my bedroom.

This table was a total score at my neighbor's driveway by the garbage. Yes I'm proud to say I took this from the curb. My dad would be so proud. All I used was some cream chalk paint from Joann's and brown wax, I turned the once ugly, obviously very loved,  pine colored and varnished set into a fabulous centerpiece for my front nook.  The hammered alluminum you see was all part of my grandmother's collection. I've added a few other pieces scored at junk shops to complete the set. I'll feature hammered alluminum in a future post because I'm a bit obsessed with it.
 My dad gave me a bunch of real antique skeleton keys and they are all over my house. The large one is my favorite. I've got them in glass jars all over the place. If you look closely you can see them in this photo. Some have been coated with Modpodge and glitter. I found this crate by the garbage at my old place and painted it red then waxed it with brown to age it. I made the flowers from sheet music and repainted the joy sign from an ugly set I found at the goodwill.
 This was an old frame I decided to change with twine and nails on the back. I used old family photos to give it that antique look. I'm the baby in that photo of my dad, his father and his father. The car on the bottom is my dad. You can see where I inherited my love for antiques.

This tray was found in a bin at the Goodwill in St. Pete one rainy day and I thought I'd died when I saw how old it was and was only $3.00. It has an older printer font on the handle and was just begging to be filled with stuff to hang on my wall. I found the metal letters in a boatyard and the numbers are from an old clock. Everything else I made from scrabble pieces, dominos and bottle caps I've been holding on to for projects just like this. I love how it turned out!

 Antiques from my family are incorporated all over my home. This 1940's red learning toy was my mom's in school. Today we have Ipads. Such a cool piece. The vintage Bingo game board was a thrift find but the old faucet handle and vintage glass bottles all came from my dad.
License plate from an old 1931 NJ car is my favorite family artifact!

Dad hooked me up with his antique keys. I'll never make fun of his antique hoarding again.

 Found this super old gothic frame at the Goodwill and painted it black. Love it.  Antique jars and glass are another favorite.

One of the coolest things to me is when you can use your actual family photos for vintage décor. These are of my grandfather and great grandparents with their oil company truck. My great grandfather looks a lot like my dad in that top photo. No wonder I'm so tall jeesh.
This framed wood was the fourth of the ugly set I found at the Goodwill. Some paint and crackly looking scrapbook paper with Modpodge created this cool wall art. I simply painted and distressed a cheap wood piece and attached them.

This old clipboard found new life with my vintage sheet music cover page. I love how it turned out.

1940's meat grinder makes a neat flower vase. 

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