Friday, August 16, 2013

SYL - Thrifted Lamp & Coffee Table

Linking up to SYL at Kelly's Korner again!  Because I'm not very thrifty or very crafty, but I do really, really enjoy reading blog posts written by people who are thrifty and crafty!

My favorite 'genuine' thrift store find is this old brass lamp I purchased for about $3.  My handy hubby (Big Daddy as he's called on this blog) had just purchased a paint sprayer and he was anxious to try it out.  So I pulled out a sample of pale green paint I had purchased when I was looking for paint colors for the dining room and Big Daddy gave the lamp a few coats of paint.  

We were both skeptical that the paint would stick to the brass, but I loved how it turned out and decided to put the lamp in the office.  Our office is a pretty high traffic area, but the paint has stood the test of time!  Not sure if we would have had the same results if we'd brushed the paint on, but that paint sprayer was worth it's weight in gold as far as paint application!

 Now I have a lamp I love to illuminate all 100000000000000 papers that need to be filed.  Ha! (Just keepin' it real people.  Keepin' it real.)

Next up is my family room coffee table.  It's not quite a 'genuine' thrift store find, but it was a find none the less and one of my favorite furniture pieces, so I'll include it.  :-)

I actually found it at a shop that was going out of business.  It had been a ladies dress shop that catered to the Red Hat Society members (Remember those?  Everyone dressed in purple and wore red hats and went to lunch?  Because what we ladies need is another excuse to get together and eat, right?  Ha!)  Any way - it had been sold to another lady who tried to add in some funky vintage clothes to the mix, but I guess it didn't go over well and she was selling everything, including the furniture.  This piece was actually her desk.  I had Big Daddy cut down the legs and viola!  Coffee table.  

(Please excuse the messy couch.  I probably should have at least straightened  and fluffed the pillows before taking the picture, but once again - just keeping it real.  Real as in, I just told my kids to get off the couch so I could take the photo real.  :-)
Our family room is pretty big, so I knew I wanted a big coffee table to fill some of the space.  Normal coffee tables are dwarfed by the size of the room.  The desk worked perfectly and over the years it has been such a blessing.  

It has been our coloring table, 

Our playing table,

Our puppet show theater,

Our birthday party table,

Our game night table,
And so much more!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my 'finds.'  Excited to read about yours!


aka Bailey said...

I love the idea of cutting down the legs of a desk to make it a coffee table - that's brilliant!! You just opened up my world to so many possibilities... ;)

Stopping by from Kelly's Korner!


Brittany said...

Your living room is beautiful. Love the white couches

Nancy said...

Love your living room!

erinstwo said...

Thank you all! You are very kind. The couches are from Ikea! So inexpensive and durable. Thanks again!