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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thrift Score Thursday 38

Oh you guys – do we have a #thriftscorethursday treat for you today!

Not only do we have TWO fabulous guest hosts joining us today – Stephanie from Sandpaper & Glue and Corinna from For My Love Of – we are doing our first ever themed Thrift Score Thursday…

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While you are absolutely free and encouraged to continue sharing any and all of your thrifty finds, THIS week, we want to encourage you to post your thrifted or thrift-store Halloween costumes!

- It can be a costume utilizing thrift store finds or a costume from the thrift store (no need to purchase – a mirror selfie is fine!) – the awesome, the kooky, the fancy, the crazy… We want to see them all!

- Next #thriftscorethursday is the day before Halloween and we will be featuring YOUR best thrifty costumes! (Please note that by using #thriftscorethursday you are giving us permission to feature your submissions on our blogs and social media.)

Are you ready to join the #thriftscorethursday costume party?! We can’t wait!

To get you in the mood, my cohosts and I decided to provide you with a little inspiration (and perhaps a smirk or two)…

You might remember my Buffy the Vampire Slayer costume (thrifted leather jacket) that was part of my April Fool’s Day blog takeover:

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But that was not my first foray to the thrift store to put together a costume. Oh no…

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This fun vintage plaid dress just screamed “Mary Tyler Moore” to me, so naturally my husband did his best Buddy Holly impression… (Name that song!)

Oh Halloween 2011, you were fun!

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Are you ready for it to get better [worse]?

This photo actually represents the fruits of my VERY FIRST THRIFT STORE TRIP EVER in 2010 (I’ll let that sink in for a second).

And then I’ll let this photo sink in a little bit.

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Back then, I had long big hair. Also, a little bit of attitude.

And sparkly red shorts.

So 80's3

The Features:

Kayla from The Gilded Bear (Instagram: kainaible) is basically my thrifting soul-sister. I need to move where she lives (not creepy or stalkerish at all) and shop where she shops (totally not weird) and quite possibly find a way to Italian Job her recent thrift score Pace glass and brass coffee table out of her home (definitely a very normal friend-thing to do)…

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OR this gorgeous tufted Chesterfield she scored at the same thrift store.

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I mean, she basically had the greatest Thrift Score Thursday of all time… Wear it proudly Kayla!

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“Obsessed” doesn’t even begin to describe the way I feel about these brass “Boss” bookends Sarah from 702 Park Project (Instagram: sarah_702parkproject) shared. In fact, I jumped onto her Etsy shop ready to throw money at them, but they had already found a new home!

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I passed on a pair of overpriced cuckoo clocks a few weeks ago, but Shannon (Instagram: aninspirednest) scored her adorable version for just $1! Aren’t the colors precious?

thriftscorethursday aninspirednest cuckoo clock

Okay. Ladies & gentlemen, start your engines… Get ready to share your fabulous (or cringeworthy) thrifted costumes so it could be YOUR awesome photos up there in the features section next week!

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Be sure to check out the Halloween costumes and features from my cohosts Trisha, Cassie, Corinna & Stephanie!

Thrift Score <br /><br />Thursday Trisha color

Thrift Score Thursday <br /><br />Cassie

TST guest host Corinna

TST Guest Host Stephanie

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra

Today’s project might look familiar because I originally shared the tutorial for this copper pipe candelabra on Remodelaholic earlier this summer. But if you missed it there in June, never fear because you can enjoy it here today!

You will need:

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Supplies for Copper Pipe Candelabra

(8) 1/2” copper elbows – these come in a bag of 10 for $3.50
(5) 3/4” x 1/2” copper couplings – $2.30 each = $11.50
(3) 1/2” copper pressure tees – $1.20 each = $3.60
(1) 10’ x 1/2” copper pipe – $10
JB Weld Kwik Weld
Pipe Cutter

Copper parts total: $28

Step 1: Cut your copper pipe pieces

Cut List for Copper Pipe Candelabra

You will need to use your pipe cutter to cut seven 6” pieces, two 5” pieces, and six 2.5” pieces. I like to mark my cut line with sharpie and then lay the cutter on a flat surface and rotate the pipe through.

cutting copper pipe

Step 2: Build the candelabra’s base

Gather your cut pieces (all pieces EXCEPT three of the 6” pieces and the two 5” pieces), your elbows and tees to form the base of the candelabra.

How to Build the Base Copper Candelabra

That picture shows a dry-fitting of the pieces – four 6” pieces, six 2.5” pieces, eight elbows, and three tees. Make sure everything looks good, and then mix up some of your two-part epoxy (JB Weld). Use a popsicle stick or the end of a plastic utensil to apply the epoxy to the fittings. The epoxy dries fairly quickly, so mix up small batches.

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Step 3: Build the arms of the candelabra

Use your epoxy to attach the coupling pieces to the top of the four 6” pieces and two 5” pieces you set aside earlier.

How to Build the Arms Copper Candelabra

Step 4: Attach the candelabra arms to the base

Again, use epoxy to attach the arms to the base of the candelabra. I used the three 6” arms on the back side, and the two 5” arms on the front (see picture). If necessary, use a box to prop the arm upright in a level position while the epoxy dries.

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All finished! I didn’t seal my copper pipe with any kind of a protective coating, because I love the patina the copper achieves over time. If you want to keep it shiny and new, you can polish it up with extra-fine steel wool and then seal with a clear coating!

P.S. My “table runner” is a roll of embossed paintable wallpaper – I decided that I needed a white background for my little photo shoot and I ended up I falling in love with the texture paired with the copper and the rest of my dining room elements!

This copper candelabra was such a fun addition to my dining room! I love the way it echoes the burl table’s tones, the mirrors above the mantel, and it plays so nicely with my new diy marbled credenza

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Copper is also perfect for fall, so if you’ve been wanting to add some copper to your d├ęcor, it would look lovely on your Thanksgiving table or mantel!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thrift Score Thursday 37 & Remodelaholic Contributor Post

Hello you guys! Welcome to another fantastic week of #thriftscorethursday!

Before we jump into the thrifted goodies, I want to share that I’m over on Remodelaholic again today, posting about an easy, colorful update to my white and gold leaf credenza that I recently moved into my dining room. I hope that when you’re finished reading here, you’ll hop over there to check out my DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover! Bonus: it makes an appearance alongside today’s thrift score as well!

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Back to #thriftscorethursday!

Our guest host this week is my sweet friend Corinna from For My Love Of. I think I first found her blog through Thrift Score Thursday (I featured her gorgeous midcentury china cabinet score way back in week 5!), and I love her boho thrifted, vintage style! She’s been finding some amazing things on Craigslist recently (check her Instagram) and just shared a tutorial for making the most adorable mini wallhanging ornaments that I can’t wait to use on my Christmas tree.

TST guest host Corinna

If this is your first #thriftscorethursday, strap in tight! And welcome to our hashtag party in celebration of all things thrifted, vintage and secondhand!

To join in, 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:

I don’t normally pick a Thrift Score Thursday theme, but this week is all about the chairs! I guess I just have chairs on the mind as I’m currently searching for the perfect midcentury modern pair for my living room makeover. I would be thrilled to find a pair of any of these!

I love these curved midcentury chairs shared by Instagrammer AllQdUp! She was lucky enough to grab a set of four and I think they will just be stunning all cleaned up!

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I just recently followed Casacavaliere on Instagram and our decorating tastes are totally on the same wavelength! Leopard, brass, malachite… She found a pair of leopard Milo Baughman chairs at the Salvation Army for just $30 each! So good it hurts!

thriftscorethursday casacavaliere milo baughman leopard chair

Sabrina from Retro Future Furniture (Instagram: futuristichuman) is at it again with her amazing vintage finds! I’m so in love with this perfect sunny yellow midcentury arm chair! I’ll take two please!

thriftscorethursday futuristichuman yellow midcentury chair

My Find:

I spotted this mirror at a thrift store recently and made a beeline for it right away.

Earlier this summer, I would have walked right by and not given it a second glance. But in doing some research on a midcentury dresser for Brynne’s List, I ran across the Bassett Mayan collection – a beautiful series featuring Aztec-inspired carvings. So I recognized the design on the mirror instantly and happily scooped it up.

That week, I was shooting pictures for my Remodelaholic post and the mirror was exactly what I needed above the credenza. I’m not sure whether it will stay in the dining room permanently or make an appearance in my living room makeover… We’ll see!

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thriftscorethursday bassett mayan mirror

What about you? What have you found recently? I can’t wait to see!

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Be sure to check out the finds and features from Trisha, Cassie and Corinna!

Thrift Score <br /><br />Thursday Trisha color
Thrift Score Thursday <br /><br />Cassie
TST guest host Corinna



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...