Category Archives: thrifty

Vintage Restyled gets an Update

Hi All,

I believe I am a bit behind on sharing photos of Vinatge Restyled – my booth.  It has seen many changes lately.

Added this

And the booth looked like this on 3/9.

But as luck would have it, items sold…yeah!

So we added some more things on 3/15.


And the booth looked like this.



But then I happily sold some bigger items and when I arrived on Monday, the booth was a mess!

What a mess!

When the media sideboard sold (sorry JJ), all the stuff was scattered around.  Now it looks like this:

2 tier metal basket from the flea

Metal stand in my new fav color

That green is my new spring color.  Many items have been transformed!

Plate stand scored on Sat!

Ready for Spring

Hope you have a great day!  As always, your comments are encouraged and appreciated!



A Thrifty Weekend


Hi All,

It is amazing where this hobby/business has taken me in such a short time!  I am branching out and trying new things weekly.  And surprising even myself!

Another bonus to all of this, are the people I meet.  I had a “girl date” (as my hubby calls it) on Saturday morning with a fellow blogger! 

Kimm of Reinvented is a true blogger!  She has been working it for a few years, has traveled to Blissdom, has advertisers and an amazing following.  The beauty is she lives in the same town that I do!  Small world, since I have been a follower for some time now!

Our date took us to the flea market!  We were both newbies, but had no trouble navigating our way.  We each scored some treasures and the creative juices were flowing.  I love that Kimm is right here in town and loves the same stuff I do.  I hope to thrift with her again soon.  Be sure to check out her blog, she is quite creative!

I promise to share pics of my thrifty finds, but right now I need to show you my french inspired chair.

I got the chair at an auction.  It had no seat, but Hubby made me a wood one.


Following a technique that Miss Mustard Seed has perfected, I painted the whole chair with a funky blue.  It was an oops paint from HD.

Brushed Blue

I did not sand or prime it, just painted.  Next, using 80 grit sandpaper, I roughed it up a bit.

Roughed up

Then came a gray paint – another oops color.

Dry brush gray over the blue

I have to say, I was liking it at this stage. But, I sanded even more.  I was going for the distressed look.



To tie it all together, I applied a stain to the entire chair, wiping it off with a paper towel as I went.

With stain

For the seat, I used 3 inch thick foam, covered in Duck cloth.

All done

The cushion is so comfortable!

look how thick!

I hope you like it, as much as I do!  I believe this is a keeper for now!

Tell me what you think about this new technique.

Thanks for stopping!



A Table Reveal

Hi All,

I am excited to share a finished makeover! 

First, I found this table at a thrift store.  I had to fight for it, it was a coveted item.

The top was recently stained and varnished but the base was a bit rough.

Brown legs, before.

Sorry for the shot, it was already in the paint booth.

Great detail

I love the detail of the legs but the brown paint was not doing them justice.

A light coat of Creamy White

Some distressing (of course) and a light stain.


The entire base received a light coat of white.


Thought I was done, but decided I was not a fan.  The finish was too blotchy.  So, I dry brushed the base with the Creamy White.

Now Complete!

In place

Yes, I said it – in place.  The table is behind the sofa in the living room.  So for now, I believe it’s a keeper.

You like?  Leave a comment!

TGIF!  I am linking up to my fav: Furniture Feature Fridays


Old Bench

Hi again,

Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors is having a party featuring benches.  Since I have one that I love, I thought I would link up.

I got this baby at a barn auction.  It is the real deal.   I applied a protective coating but other than that, I left her alone.

Here she is in all her glory:

In the store

Since it is in the store I cannot take more or better pictures.  You get the idea though.

Authentic farm bench


This is very cool!

New here?  Follow along by email.  Simply input your email on the home page and you will receive updates.  Thanks for stopping!

Partying over at

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special


Spring at Vintage Restyled

If I decorate for Spring, then it will come…right?

Some updates to share.

Love the pop of green.

Easter is so late this year, but screams spring, so a few bunnies were added.



Some shots of the booth:


Love the bench


The booth:

As of 3/4

Enjoy your weekend!  Have you started to get Spring Fever?


Let there be light

Hi All,

You may remember when I discovered that Santa worked at Lowes (here)


I found this light, new in box, for pennies.

Here it is in its new home.

All hung

This baby is hanging over my kitchen sink.

We have recessed lighting in the house.  To hang this baby, I purchased a kit from Home Depot. The recessed light adapter kit by Hampton Bay, was easy to use, so Hubby said.  I have nothing to do with electric work!  The kit allows you to hang anything up to 25 lbs.
We removed the window treatment and now we get a ton of natural light too.  We (meaning hubby) will place a dimmer switch on this baby, since it really throws some light!
I am deciding if I should place a window treatment back up there.  What do you think?  What kind?
I will be back to share some before and almost afters shortly.
Have a great day,  Linking to:

Work in Progress

Hope you all had a great weekend!

We were busy with the usual stuff and I spent some time with my paint gun.  It took a while to get back in there for many reasons, but one I will share.  We are working on a table and chair set.  We opted to paint the table top black.  Because black paint is 30% color, it takes forever to dry.  We tried a new product that promised to cure faster.  At a contractor rate of $56/gallon, we were expecting perfection.  Not so much.

First it would spray, then stop.  This happened twice.  Mind you it takes roughly 1/2 an hour to clean the components and set back up, so we were not happy.  Then I got the blame because it must have been my fault for not cleaning the sprayer correctly.

We trecked back to the store.  After consulting the experts, were told that the paint was drying too quickly in the gun and to add water.  Not fixed.  Same thing happened. 

We gave up and rolled it.  We were not happy! 

Just for the record, the sprayer was perfectly clean!

Needless to say, we fell far behind on production.

So I worked like a mad woman trying to catch up.  While not much is complete, here are a few projects in progress.

Before & After Paint

Original was yellow with speckles


I painted and distressed the chairs.  I glazed each one by hand.  Then came the decision for fabric.  I was going neutral, after all I plan to sell this set.  After a trip to the fabric store, I opted for this.

2 of 4 complete



There are 4 chairs and an oval table.  I think the set will look sharp with this fabric!

Just for the record, I used my new air powered staple gun!  Louve this baby.  The only hiccup was the stripes!  Keeping it all straight was a challenge.  But totally worth it.  I am thrilled with the fabric!

Let me know your thoughts.  New here?  Follow by email.  Simply go to the home page and input your email and start following today! 


%d bloggers like this: