4 More Things You Can Often Find at Thrift Stores

Spring of 2017 I published a post called 4 Farmhouse Finds from the Thrift Store and many of you seemed to enjoy it! I figured I would post another article with tips on what to look for at Goodwill and Salvation Army!!

Baskets

Every house needs baskets! They’re functional yet cute. Baskets are a easy cheap way to add texture to a room. Look for these at the thrift stores! You can find all sizes – large & small.

Terra Cotta Pots

Give me a used old planter over a new one any day! Especially if the previous owner (or their children) painted it and thus paint is chipping away! Also, I love the way nature ages the pots. (We’ve talked about this before) Anyways, try looking for these at your local thrift store. If the price is right, snag ’em!

Wood Rolling Pins

Of course, wood rolling pins!! Maybe it’s just my area but nearly every time I go to the thrift store I see these. Vintage or not – the wood ones look cool displayed in a kitchen.

Lamps

Lamps are an awesome item to watch for at thrift stores. I’ve bought several. In fact, I’ve bought two gold retro style floor lamps for my sister recently on two different occasions. I’ve even seen nice matching pairs. Keep in mind you can always replace the lampshade to freshen the look!!

So there you have a few secrets from a “picker” on what to look for at the thrift store. Thanks so much for stopping by my website today!!

Another Chippy Cabinet – Vintage Find

Last month I found another white chippy primitive style cabinet & I haven’t shared it with you guys yet! You know my love for old cabinets.. we’ve talked about this obsession before.

I found the old cabinet at a nearby antique mall… again.. same as the last chippy white cabinet I recently bought. Could it be I hit a goldmine??😱Tip – always always shop your local antique malls!  Even though I’m a “picker” I still shop/buy/support local vendors.

So, here’s the deets on the cabinet..

It was a steal! I believe it was under $55. Tip – Yep, you don’t have to be full-time “picker” to find awesome deals. However, you do have to Snag it QUICK while the deal is good!! 

I mentioned it’s white. However, it has hints of brown (what seems to be a really dark wood stain at one time) popping through. Over the years the paint has crackled but it’s not really actively chipping off – Yay, for no messy! The cabinet has two doors – Yay, for storage! One of my favorite parts is probably the back because it has vertical panels of dark aged wood.

Time to stage it! We have a white old metal dresser behind our couch and I thought the two would look good together so I sat the cabinet on to the dresser. The front of the cabinet faces the kitchen and the back faces the living room so I get to enjoy that awesome aged panels of dark wood. In fact, I’m looking for the perfect art to hang on the back!

So there’s another chippy cabinet find! Hope you enjoyed this post. Thank you for reading!!

Bathroom Project Update

We recently began working on our powder room downstairs. All of our home improvement projects are paid out of pocket as we go and our time is limited. So, you can imagine our projects are a tad bit slow moving..

So far, we’ve been able to work on the powder room one weekend and we got a good bit done!!

N E W    S I N K

It’s not exactly a new sink.. more like a new to us one-of-a-kind custom design sink. Using an old authentic white farm sink. We’ll talk more on this later!

B E A D B O A R D   +   P A I N T 

We added beadboard to the back wall and painted the walls white. The paint color was previously creamy yellow. The white really opens the space up nicely.

P O P C O R N    C E I L I N G

Yep. This was totally a surprise. I grabbed a sharp edge (something that looks like a putty knife) and a spray bottle of water. Next, I started scraping. I don’t want to write too much about this since I haven’t completely finished the entire project.. (still needs primer and paint) I will say, it’s VERY messy. More to come soon!

& that’s all! The whole vision hasn’t been accomplished but it will be one day! We have a few more fun plans for the room so stay tuned!

Chippy White Cabinet – Vintage Find

My knees become weak when I spot an old primitive style cabinet. Okay – that may be a little dramatic but seriously I love them & truthfully, always have! I remember being a child (approx. 7 years old) walking around antique malls with my mom and asking her, “Is this PRI-MI-TIVE, mommy?)

A few weeks ago I spotted what looks to be the top part of a primitive style hutch. It was white with glass that was possibly replaced 50 years ago. The inside was a dark red stain. Not all of the screws holding it together seem to be original – not that I mind. Beautiful hand carved details all around. Also, one of the doors was not properly attached.

The vendor was asking $75. I got it for $60. Fair enough..

Eventually, I would love to hand this piece in our kitchen to replace some of the cabinets. However, taking down the rest of our cabinets is going to be a major job so for now the old cabinet found a home in the dining room. We set the cabinet on a white washed piece and the two look like they belong together. Almost as if this is the missing piece to the original hutch. Totally wasn’t expecting that!

For me, it’s fun to incorporate styles I loved even as a child. Although, I’m not always able to do this because my style has somewhat changed throughout the years. Example, I once wanted an all pink kitchen.. I sure hope this blog inspired you in some way today. As ALWAYS, thank YOU for stopping by my site today!

Styling Terra Cotta Pots

I’m writing this blog post as requested, finally!! It’s long over due.

As I’ve mentioned in previous blog post, used terra cotta pots are one item I look for while picking. I love how these pots age over time.. especially if someone had previously splashed a little paint on them that has begun to get “chippy” over time.

You can also find “faux used pots” at Hobby Lobby.. Wait until they’re 50% off before purchasing though.

I’ve been asked how to style these on many occasions. I have several SIMPLE ways of styling them. I’ve used each of these ideas in my own home.

1 – Gathered Pots

This is oh so very simple. Find a metal or wicker basket and drop some used pots in the basket. Arrange them as if they just sorta naturally “fell” into place while you were outside gardening.

I stumbled upon this effortless style by accident. About a year ago I purchased some old pots an an estate sale. The kind sellers gathered them in a cardboard box and handed it over to me. Seeing these pots jumbled around in the box immediately brought me inspiration. After getting home, I simply swapped boxes – exchanging cardboard for metal.

I love the warm natural earthy tones this look brings to any room. I’ve done this in the kitchen, living room and dining room.. oh, and let’s not forget the porch.

2 – Kitchen Herbs 

Every kitchen needs fresh herbs. We have herbs sitting in the window sill above our kitchen sink. (Random note – I need to purchase a few more)

For these herbs I used some old clay pots and it looks cute! The potted herbs are resting on white pedestals to add a little height.

(Btw – here’s some links of pedestals I love.)

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3 – Hanging Macrame Planter

This is a newer addition in my home! I’ve quickly fallen in love with hanging macrame planters. Add an old clay pot to the textured hanger and you’ll be surprised where you can use this look. For example, I have a couple of these hanging under my fireplace mantel.

My favorite place to purchase these plant hangers is World Market!

Alright, so here’s a few ways you can style terra cotta pots. I really hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for reading!!

Karlee Bowman

The $4 Carboy Jug

A few weeks ago, I spotted a vintage 5 gallon carboy jug in a thrift store. It was lying on its side in a glass cabinet (so, it blended in well..) as if it were waiting on me to find it. (or perhaps someone hid it away for next time..) I have a few of these vintage glass jugs throughout my house, but like I said only a “few” because around here they seem to be VERY hard to find for a decent price.

I shortly realized the vintage jug did not have a price tag. Aww, darn! We’ll it never hurts to ask, so I took it to the front counter and was pleased to hear it could be mine for only $4!!😱

After sharing this exciting find on my Instagram stories, I received many messages asking to see how I styled it. Well, we’ve been out of town and my business is booming so I haven’t had the chance to “style it” (Although, these jugs can pretty much style themselves😉). However, I already have a couple throughout my home.

Vintage carboy jugs are really easy to style. I literally place them anywhere and they look cute! For example, there is one above our microwave in the kitchen. Behind the glass carboy jug is a little collection of wood cutting boards. Since the jug is glass you can see the wood texture behind it! So these jugs make for nice layering.

If the glass carboy jug alone doesn’t suit you, add some florals! I’ve seen this done countless times, yet it still looks fresh because you can make it your own by using your favorite faux flowers or leafy greens. Also, you can change out the flower/greens with the changing of seasons.

 

So many ways to style a carboy jug! Thanks so much for reading my blog today.

xoxo,

Karlee Bowman