Dun dun dun duuuuuuuun! I (as well as many of you) am a bit obsessed with thrifty design. When you are trying to find your grove learning how to spray paint (I dont care how many tutorials you read you have to actually do it to learn) the last thing you should do is try it out on some family heirloom. Start with a thrift store find that has potential and learn on that puppy.
All of today’s WWYD submissions are just that. Thrifty goodness at its core. So make sure to chime in with what YOU would do, and if you have something that you are sick of overanalyzing about send it on over and I will share it with the world for you! (vintagerevivalsblog AT gmail DOT com subject line WWYD)
Up first is this AWESOME table from Laurelle:
Wow! I am so glad that you are doing this series! I bought a tiny mid-century style coffee table at a market a couple of months ago and I have been searching the internet since then for inspiration on what to do, but so far no luck. I would prefer to paint it because I just don’t know if I would be able to strip it down, sand it, fix up the wood (which is completely dis-coloured, all the edges are black – and I’m not even sure if it is made out of wood!) and re-stain it. But I am worried that paint would completely destroy the style of the piece. Anyway, I need ideas and this seems like the perfect way to get some!
Dear Laurelle, I am IN LOVE with your table. The end. Just kidding. I would totally paint the frame a crazy fun color, like hot pink and then sand down the drawer and legs and leave them wood. Make sure you don’t paint over the awesome brass details, and maybe find a new handle (scroll down to Becka’s paragraph and you will see some awesome hardware suppliers!)
Our second victim (and I use that term very loosely) is Becka’s dresser
Can I first just tell you that I love your guts! Your blog is the reason why I now have a thrifted dresser I painted an amazing shade of teal in my living room. It’s probably my favorite thing in my house! Thanks for making me use color!
I have another thrifted dresser that I am planning to paint black and turn into a new TV console/entertainment center. (Pictures attached)
I have two WWYD questions:
What would you do with the hardware? Should I keep them and spray paint them or buy new hardware all together? What kind?
Also, I am going to remove the top left and right drawers and create a shelf for our cable box and Play Station. Should I paint the inside of the shelf a pop of color? Perhaps the same teal I used for that other dresser.
Hey Becks! 2 things. Is the hardware at all curved? I cant tell from the pics. If it is then you might have a hard time finding the right curavature. If its not then by all means change it up! You can find some great ones here and here. As well as your local thrift store. Remember when I bought a dresser just for it’s hardware? As far as the color goes, I would totally paint the insides of the open spaces a fun color, the teal would be great or if you are wanting to bring in another color this is the perfect way to do it!
So what do you guys think? How would you update these thriftilicious items?