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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thrift Score Thursday 28 & Remodelaholic Contributor Post

Before we jump into our usual Thrift Score Thursday shenanigans, I wanted to tell you about my newest contributor post up at Remodelaholic! I made these accordion swing-arm wall sconces for pennies ($12 each!) and I hope you’ll head over to check out the tutorial after the following festivities!

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Happy #thriftscorethursday, my friends!

I find myself measuring time by number of Thrift Score Thursdays these days…

Aaaand now I’m picturing myself telling stories to my grandchildren that begin, “Once upon a time, many thrift score thursdays ago…”

I digress.

This week’s awesome cohost is Michelle from Weekend Craft! I got to meet Michelle at Haven where she blew everyone away with her adorable and crafty business cards that came with their own sweet souvenir!

Perhaps you are just stopping by today and are mystified by this so-called “#thriftscorethursday”. Allow me to explain:

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Simply share a picture of any recent thrifty find on Instagram or Twitter (or both!) using  #thriftscorethursday!

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 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:

You guys, last was my favorite week yet browsing #thriftscorethursday on Instagram! It was soooo hard to narrow my favorites down to the top three – I think I ended up with a top six or so – but I sucked it up and went with my gut. But seriously: go browse the hashtag for yourself and become insanely inspired to go treasure seeking!
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 just love this shot Instagrammer hearthstonelogcabin shared last week! Something about the colors and the contrast of the ornate swirls of the white frame against that rustic wall – I love it!

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How precious is this whimsical vintage tray Julia (Instagram: juliamadill) found at a yard sale? I can’t get over how sweet the design is!

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Gretchen from Boxy Colonial (Instagram: boxycolonial) was actually given this Goodwill score Oriental rug by her mom (best thrifting wing-woman ever!). Even better: it was only $15! Even better: it has deer on it!

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My Find:

I picked up this set of four hand-painted vintage demitasse (or espresso) cups marked Made In Japan for 50 cents each a few months ago. I just couldn’t resist the colors and the lovely designs. The cups are so petite! I may not have any practical use for them, but I love them.

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So what about you? Did you go thrifting last week? Did you score anything good? Share using #thriftscorethursday!


Brynne
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Be sure to check out the finds and features from Trisha and Michelle!

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TST guest host Michelle

And hey – are you a blogger who loves thrift scores? Interested in guest hosting a week of #thriftscorethursday? Send me a message!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Anthropologie Knockoff Giraffe Trinket Dish

Welcome to August’s round of Knock Out Knock Offs! This is the final round and I’m sad to see this fun summer series end, but we did save the best inspiration store for last, in my opinion… I mean, who can resist the chic, elegant, artsy whimsy of Anthropologie?




A quick refresher on Knock Out Knock Offs if you’re just now joining us:

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It’s a really fun summer series I’m participating in with a few blogging friends – Jennifer from Brave New Home, Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling, Tasha from Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body, Katie from Upcycled Treasures, and Ashley from Bigger Than The Three Of Us! Each month we create a DIY knockoff project inspired by an agreed-upon home d├ęcor store. May was West Elm. June was Zara Home. July was Urban Outfitters. And of course, August is Anthropologie!

I’m not going to lie: I initially set out to knock off this teal ombre fur pillow, but it was not a successful endeavor. The first two ombre layers worked out beautifully, but the third and darkest layer was, to put it quite honestly, a disaster. It was my first time trying my hand at dyeing, and it was killing me… #punny

Thankfully, I had saved this little white and gold giraffe trinket dish as backup project inspiration and it was a fun and easy little craft to pull together. If you already have most of the supplies on hand, this craft definitely comes in cheaper than the admittedly not-too-expensive Anthropologie version.




I already had a little oval shaped plate from the thrift store ($1), some leftover glossy white spray paint,* and gold leafing supplies on hand (gold leaf,* gold leaf adhesive*). So all I needed was the giraffe figurine* which I found for $6.99 at Hobby Lobby (but I used my 40% off coupon!).

*If you, like me, prefer to do your craft shopping from the comfort of your own couch, I've included some Amazon affiliate links to the products I used (or very similar ones) to make your life easier and help keep this blog running. Win-win!

Step 1

hot glue giraffe to plate

Step 2: Spray Paint

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Light, even coats. Preferably not on the hottest day of the summer in Texas: spray paint has issues in 104 degree heat.

Step 3

ready for gold leaf

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Note: if your paint is still tacky, you might have problems with the gold leaf sticking where you don’t want it to. Ideally, give your painted dish plenty of time to cure before moving on to the gold leaf step.

Gold leafing is fun! Paint your metal leaf adhesive around the rim of the plate, allow it to dry until it becomes extremely tacky, and then press little pieces of gold leaf onto the adhesive. You can use your fingers or another paint brush to brush excess gold leaf off the surface. Next, use a cotton swab to lightly dab polka dots of adhesive onto the giraffe’s body and repeat the gold leaf process.

The polka dots will not be perfect, but I think it adds to the charm. If you need to, you can touch up any stray edges with a little brush and some white paint.

And voila!




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This is a fun addition to my night stand for jewelry drops before bed – tell me I'm not the only person who forgets I’m wearing earrings until I’m about to fall asleep! :)

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Ready to check out the other amazing knockoffs?

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this knock off series as much as I have! What was your favorite project or inspiration store?

Brynne
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thrift Score Thursday 27

Holla for #thriftscorethursday! Such a good day of the week – I hope you guys look forward to it as much as I do!

Today our wonderful guest host is Paula from Sweet Pea – an avid thrifter and furniture rescuer after my own heart. We’re so glad to have her here with us today!

Any #thriftscorethursday newbies in the house?

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Simply share a picture of any recent thrifty find on Instagram or Twitter (or both!) using  #thriftscorethursday!

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 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:

Kayla Louise from The Gilded Bear (Instagram: kainaible) had a fantabulous thrifting week – if you want to turn green with jealousy, just visit her Instagram and scroll through her recent thrifty finds! My favorite is this set of brass bamboo nesting tables she scored for a steal (although the gold Greek key tray and brass Mastercraft lamp were pretty insanely awesome finds as well):

kainaible brass bamboo tables

Tanya from Dans Le Lakehouse (Instagram: danslelakehouse), a recent #thriftscorethursday guest host, is at it again with her enviable thrifty finds! I love this little lucite swan tray she found!

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What a beautiful shot shared by Allison (Instagram: singlestory)! She found the flat file for $10 on Craigslist and turned a $3 brass light fixture into a swanky terrarium. Absolutely gorgeous, Allison!

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My Find:

Did you spot this little brass strawberry in Monday’s DIY Wall Hanging post?

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Isn’t it cute? It’s actually a little container with a lid, which for some reason makes me love it approximately 57 times more than before!

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So what about you? Did you go thrifting last week? Did you score anything good? Share using #thriftscorethursday!

Brynne
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Be sure to check out the finds and features from Trisha and Paula!

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TST guest host Paula

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And hey – are you a blogger who loves thrift scores? Interested in guest hosting a week of #thriftscorethursday? Send me a message!

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Hi, I'm Brynne! Welcome to my little home on the world wide web in celebration of finding and making!

I'm an admitted Craigslist addict, cheapskate, and dyed-in-the-wool DIYer with a weakness for anything brass and a penchant for hyperbole. Read more...

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