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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thrift Score Thursday Week 13

Happy Thursday, my friends! Oh how I look forward to Thursdays! Thursday signals the end of my work week (piano teacher) and the beginning of some wonderful time spent browsing Instagram and Twitter oohing and aahing over all your fabulous thrifty finds!

If you’re new to #thriftscorethursday, let me catch you up…

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The Facts:

- #thriftscorethursday is a riotously fun hashtag party hosted by Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Megan from Rental Revival, and yours truly! Simply share a picture of a recent thrifty find on Instagram or Twitter using #thriftscorethursday to join the fun!
- You can share any thrifty finds with us – whether they hail from a thrift store, Craigslist, estate sale, garage sale, side of the road, or apartment dumpster! The fun, the funny, the awesome, the odd - this hashtag party is open to all!

- Feel free to use #thriftscorethursday any day of the week! We'll be keeping up with the hashtag all week long to find our favorites for the following Thursday.

- Each week, Trisha, Megan, and I will pick a favorite thrift score or two to feature! So please note that by linking up with #thriftscorethursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

The Features:

Tania from Run to Radiance (Instagram: runtoradiance) totally stole my heart with this wicker peacock chair! And – get this – the best part is that it was absofreakinglutely FREE! Can you believe that? Read her post here for more details!

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Cassie from Primitive and Proper (Instagram: primitiveandproper) scored not one, not two, but THREE ginormous pieces of original abstract art at the thrift store. Doesn’t this one look amazing with her dark walls and teal dresser? Sigh. I dream of finding art like this!

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My turn!

My thrift score this week is this fun little vintage barometer I found at Goodwill for $3.99. I don’t think it works any longer (sad face) but it makes a fun addition to my growing art wall in the office. (Read more about the “For justice, for puppies, for Christmas” canvas here). It has a little note saying that it was made in Western Germany, and I love the little window peeking into the “clockwork” (for lack of a better term) inside.

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Well, now I want to hear from you! Did you thrift this week? What did you find?


Brynne
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Be sure to hurry over and check out the finds and features from Megan & Trisha too!

Thrift Score Thursday Megan

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dining Room Updates: Sunburst Medallion & Honefoss Mirrors

This is fun.

I typically hop around from room to room in my house doing whatever current project strikes my fancy. It takes me months to add to various rooms. Nothing is finished yet.

However, I started this dining room project with an end-goal in mind and step by step ideas to accomplish that. So for once, I’m focusing on one project – start to [hopefully] finish. Having never decorated in this way before, it’s so fun to share each stage of the process with you guys – one layer at a time!

Last week was “Layer 1” – the new wall color and painted brick fireplace:

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This week for “Layer 2” I painted a midcentury inspired sunburst ceiling medallion, hung my midcentury chandelier (courtesy of the former-dining room), and created a free-form mirror installation over the fireplace using Ikea honefoss mirrors.




You guys, I warn you – this is a picture heavy post. I just can’t get over what a huge difference these additions made and it makes me ridiculously excited to add more layers in here!

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Are you ready for details? Oh, do I have details for you! Let’s start with the sunburst ceiling medallion…




You Will Need:Scrap cardboard
Protractor
Pencil
Straight edge
Painter’s tape

Gold craft paint
Small craft paintbrush(es)
Heating pad, copious amounts of ibuprofen

This is a project that requires more math. I’m a glutton for punishment. Geometry is haunting me. Basically, you need to know the diameter of your light fixture cap (in my case/most cases – 5”) and create a cardboard template. I cut out a 5” diameter circle and then drew 24 equally spaced tick marks for the arms of the starburst using a protractor – the distance between the tick marks will vary depending on the size of your circle, but when you measure the angles in the center, your lines will be 15 degrees apart. In terms I better relate to: think of a pie and then cut it into 24 pieces. Cool? Cool.

Figure out how large you want your starburst to be. I made the long arms of mine 18.5” and the short arms 12."5” from the center of my template (the spokes). I sketched it out on a large sheet of paper first to see if I liked the size. I picked a size for the starburst that would be slightly larger than my chandelier.

This graphic shows you how the starburst is created from your little round “pie” template:




Then, turn off the breaker.

^ See how I put that in all caps? It’s a very important step. It’s easiest to paint before the light fixture is installed (in fact, in this case, it would be just about impossible to paint with the chandelier up there) so you’re going to be working around an exposed light fixture junction box and you do not want live electricity up there.

So kill that electricity. Kill it dead.

Next, you’re going to use that little cardboard template, a pencil, and a straight edge to draw the spokes of the starburst onto the ceiling. 12 long spokes & 12 short spokes alternating around the circle. Then, use the straight edge to draw the sides of the starburst’s arms from the tick on each side of your spoke to the end of the spoke. (See detailed graphic above.)

Finally, tape away. I figured out that if I was careful with how I taped the long arms of the starburst, I could paint them all at once, and then go back and do the short arms afterwards.

Super secret tip: For perfect clean lines, use some of your ceiling paint to go over the edges of the tape before painting your actual starburst color. This prevents ANY AND ALL bleeding. Magic, I tell you!




Now, I did have some issues in between “round 1” and “round 2” when the tape I used for those beautiful, clean lines ripped up a good portion of my ceiling paint with it… Yikes!

This room was the first room where I scraped the popcorn ceilings, mudded, sanded, primed & painted, and I’m guessing that in between my sanding and priming step, I didn’t do a good enough job of cleaning the sanding dust off the ceiling, which caused my ceiling paint not to adhere very well. You probably won’t have the same problem, but perhaps use a delicate surfaces tape just to be safe.

This led to hours of careful touch up work with a tiny angled paintbrush and painting in the second round of sunburst arms by hand! And days of extreme neck pain. Just call me Michaelangelo…

However,  the end result is totally worth it!

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The metallic paint glows beautifully!

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The second element of the new dining room additions is this fun free-form geometric mirror I created using the Honefoss mirrors from Ikea.




You Will Need:Honefoss mirrors ($14.99/10 pack) – I used 3 packs.
An hour or two of free time


First, I laid out my Honefoss mirror tiles on the dining room table to come up with a design I liked. This took me way too long, as I was very particular about interspersing the smoke and gold colored tiles in a “effortlessly” “random” fashion. Spoiler alert: the placement was neither effortless nor random.

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And if you’re especially observant, you’ll have noticed that the pattern laid out on the tabletop is not the pattern that actually ended up on the wall. The culprit being my measurements.

If I had started the bottom tiles an inch closer to the mantel, there would have been room for the topmost tiles beneath the white header trim.

But I didn’t, and there wasn’t, so I had to reconfigure my design slightly on the fly. I survived.

The tiles installed very easily with double sided foam squares:

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The Ikea instructions show that they aren’t supposed to be butted up edge to edge, so I just eyeballed a few-centimeters between them. Once the foam hits the wall, it sticks and sticks tight, so you want to be very careful with your placement.

However, there was one tile that I decided to move after the fact – it was pretty hard to peel up, but it didn’t take any paint with it (yay!) and only left a little adhesive residue behind that was easy to scrape off with my finger nail.

So, this is isn’t glued-to-the-wall-with-liquid-nails permanent, but I don’t think I’d recommend it for a temporary placement either. Just FYI.

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I love these tiles so much. Ever since I spotted them in the Ikea catalog when they first introduced them in 2012, I’ve brainstormed ways to incorporate them into my life.

This is just perfect. They belong with this chandelier.

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Well, that just about wraps up today’s photo-intensive Layer 2 post! Check out Layer 1 here if you missed it!

What do you think of the newest dining room updates?


Brynne
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thrift Score Thursday Week 12

Hello, my dears and welcome to week 12 of #thriftscorethursday! It’s lovely to have you here!

For anyone just now happening upon Thrift Score Thursday, here’s what’s going on. Each week my lovely cohosts Megan from Rental Revival and Trisha from Black and White Obsession and I share a thrifty find of our own and feature our favorite thrift scores that you guys linked up the previous week!

To see hoards of awesome thrifting inspiration in one place, simply check out #thriftscorethursday on Instagram & Twitter! And while you’re at it, add a thrift score photo of your own to join the party!

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The Facts:

- You can share any thrifty finds with us – whether they hail from a thrift store, Craigslist, estate sale, garage sale, side of the road, or apartment dumpster! The fun, the funny, the awesome, the odd - this hashtag party is open to all!
- Feel free to use #thriftscorethursday any day of the week! We'll be keeping up with the hashtag all week long to find our favorites for the following Thursday.
- Each week, Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Megan from Rental Revival, and I will pick a favorite thrift score or two to feature! So please note that by linking up with #thriftscorethursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.

The Features:

Elena from ‘a casarella (Instagram: a_casarella) shared this brass deer figurine that completely stole my heart. One of these days, Goodwill, one of these days you will have brass deer and I will snatch them all up and run (after paying for them, of course). Elena’s Instagram account is so pretty – head over for a visit and follow along!

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The ever-awesome Sabrina of Retro Future Furniture (Instagram: futuristichuman) has the best midcentury luck ever! I adore both the shape and shade of this amazing yellow lamp!

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And finally (although I could seriously post like five or six others because it’s THAT hard to choose), I just had to share this crazy awesome panther planter that Stephanie from Sandpaper and Glue (Instagram: sandpaperglue) scored from her town’s online auction. Because now I want one too.

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My turn!

I’ve had this little brass bottle opener for a while now. I picked it up at Goodwill for around $1 because I have this bad habit of picking up every brass piece I find, and because I loved the little hand shape!

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So while I writing today’s post, I decided to Google and see if I could turn up any information on it…

Holy crap.

Did you see that? That’s my little brass hand bottle opener. And that’s a price tag of $450. Here’s another more modestly priced at $235.  And here’s Kelly Wearstler’s knockoff version.

P.S. Did I just one-up Kelly Wearstler? It just got real in here. Eat your heart out, K-Dubs.

P.P.S. That’s my affectionate gangster-celebrity nickname for her. It’s like ScarJo.

P.P.P.S. But seriously, I love Kelly Wearstler.

THIS IS WHY I HOARD, people.

Carl Aubock is the whimsical Austrian modernist designer who loved turning little brass hands and feet into household objects. His designs rock!

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Am I selling mine anytime soon? Probably not. If you want to give me $450 for it though, it’s yours. I will, however, probably retire it from daily use as a bottle opener. ;)

Well, now I want to hear from you! Did you thrift this week? What did you find?

Brynne
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Be sure to hurry over and check out the finds and features from Megan & Trisha too!

Thrift Score Thursday Megan

Thrift Score Thursday Trisha