Thrift Shop Challenge Accepted!

Thrift shop challenge loot 1

You all know I love op-shopping and will go any chance I get, so when I saw that John and Sherry of Young House Love were hosting The Macklemore Thrift Shop Challenge I knew I had to get involved! For those of you who haven’t heard, Macklemore have come out with a song called Thrift Shop and it is my jam! Go and have a listen!

Macklemore-Challenge

John and Sherry had 3 steps to this challenge:

1. Go to the thrift shop with $20 and take a photo;
2. Spend that $20 on whatever you like and photograph your spoils;
3. Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic.

I'm gonna pop some tags, only got $20 in my pocket....

So with $20 in my pocket I headed to my local Savers…

And here is what I found:

I found a lovely old blue book with gold writing for $1.99

The Moon and the Bonfire

A small brass vase for $1.99

Little brass vase

A vintage French drinks tray for $2.99

Vintage French drinks tray

And the pièce de résistance… A 1930’s Sparklets Seltzer Bottle! (We call seltzer soda water her in Oz). Ok, confession, the soda bottle was $24.99 but I couldn’t resist. I’ve never seen one for sale in an op shop before and I knew it would be a fab addition to our bar cart in the sun room. So, yes, I overspent and therefore I cheated. But that’s how I roll.

Sparklets vintage seltzer bottle 2

For step three “Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic” I found the Dookie brown leather jacket.

Dookie brown leather jacket

I also found something amusing that wasn’t mentioned in the song. An old book with a lovely birthday card glued to the inside with a not so lovely message “to my loveable, lazy, little sister”. Lazy? Errr…thanks for that Marcel…

Sweet card inside a gifted bookNot so sweet message inside the card...

I was very happy with my spoils today. I love the blue colour of that book and actually wore a dress of the same colour to a friend’s wedding last week. I love the little brass vase because I am going through a massive gold/copper/brass phase (more on that here) and I love the Sparklets bottle because it’s just awesome and I like to imagine all the glamorous 1930’s cocktail parties it has witnessed. Most of all though, for some reason the vintage tray is my favourite thing. I think it’s all those lovely pastel colours and the fact that since it’s come home with me it now has a new life as cheerful art to adorn the sunroom walls and there is no place more fitting for a former drinks-tray-turned-art than above the bar cart. Happy days.

Vintage drinks tray as art

Sparklets vintage seltzer bottle up closeVintage French drinks tray up close

Thrift shop challenge loot 2

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The Midas Touch

Ok, I don’t have the *fascinating* post I was planning on posting. Which means that rather than making fascinators on Friday for the Spring Racing Carnival, my bestie and I polished off a good red and a big chunk of triple cream brie. Awesome. But, I promise they will be done this Friday!

What I did do was get my crafting mojo back with my trusty friend Mr Spray Paint. Isn’t is funny how, even when you love something, if you get out of the habit of doing it, it can be hard to get started again? Like the gym? Except I hate the gym. I have been so busy lately and so used to trying to just ‘chill’ after being busy that I stopped focussing my energy on getting creative in my (limited) spare time. And I tell ya what, it wasn’t good for the ol’ soul. I am just one of those people who is better busy.

I have been on a bit of a gold craze at the moment. There is just something lovely about the richness and glam of gold that warms up a room and adds a luxe feel. I especially love it paired with natural elements like wood (Rustic+Gold=Fabulousness). So naturally I am obsessed with painting everything gold (similar to the time I painted everything white and black).

I have also picked up some amazing gold pieces recently while out op-shopping (thrifting). Stay tuned for an op-shop dedicated post coming up soon!

I updated a $1.99 second hand bin for our bedroom. We had this ugly green plastic thing that Angus and Tinks had used as a chew toy and it was just killing the room. I love how the new bin looks now and smile every time I throw rubbish away. Call me crazy.

I also wanted a cute little vase for the guestroom so I glued a sundae glass and a tumbler together with my crazy hobby glue (medium setting cyanoacrylate super glue to be precise) and gave it a few good coats. Love it!

Here are the thrifted gold lovelies that I got for a steal:

Gold leaf ceramic bowl – $0.99

Gorgeous floral oil painting with gold frame to add to my collection – $20

Gold stemmed cocktail glasses – $0.99 each. I LOVE these pretty things!

Gold goodies to warm up any room in the house!

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Winter… a time of plenty


I mean plenty of cups of tea.

And what do you need when you have two couches, two bodies and only one coffee table? You need a little side table to hold said tea when the best couch real estate is taken. In our house, there are two competing properties on the couch market. Couch number one is our ‘original’ couch, located in a warm western corner of the lounge, this cosy (read: smaller) couch has excellent coffee table frontage with local reading lamp access and sweeping views of the television. Couch number two is a roomy 3-seater nestled between two bustling walk-ways (read: high traffic area) – a minimalist’s delight!

If you can decipher real estate talk then you can guess that couch number one is the cosy household favourite with the coffee table right in front and couch number two is a big lonely-feeling couch with nowhere to put a cup! Due to the freezing weather, and therefore extra couch time we’ve been having, I had to come up with a cup-friendly solution. On our last trip away Dave took me to Healesville where there seems to be one op-shop for every ten people. Awesome. In one of them I found an old brown laminate table that I think was originally part of a nested set of three. It was $5 and it had to come home with me to become my new tea table.

I had big plans for this table. Big plans of a Moroccan trellis pattern top in turquoise and antique white. I was so enthusiastic I made the entire pattern template from scratch (I don’t have a printer at home) but the whole thing just didn’t work. It happens. Not every project goes the way you want.

Luckily that morning I had picked up a can of gold spray paint and already painted the table legs with it so I scraped of the layers of paint (using my best kitchen pallet knife…whoops) from the table top and sprayed the whole thing gold instead. Then I Mod Podged a gorgeous vintage teacup I found at the Graphics Fairy (fastastic site with free vintage images) on top. I was so ‘done’ by the gold-painting stage that I didn’t sand off the paint from the doomed pattern experiment, I just sprayed right over it, but I actually like the slightly flawed look it gave the finished table top.

Turns out I like the gold teacup version better than the pattern anyway. So there.

Things you will need for this project

A table

Sandpaper

Electric sander (optional)

Primer (I actually just used white spray paint)

Gold spray paint

Printed and cut out image

Mod Podge (I used gloss)

Foam brush

Sealer (TBA)

If possible, remove the legs from the table top – I was lucky, mine just unscrewed. Sand the table top with the electric sander or sandpaper to rough up the surface. Clean with a damp cloth and allow to dry.

Sand the legs if they need it – mine had been attacked by a kitten or small child at some point so I had to sand out the teeth marks. Clean with a damp cloth and allow to dry.

Coat top and legs with one layer of primer or white spray paint and allow to dry. Coat with two coats of gold spray paint, allowing each layer to dry before the next.

Decide on the position of your picture and glue to table top using Mod Podge. Smooth out any air bubbles and then apply a layer of Mod Podge to the whole table top and allow to dry. Coat with two more coats of Mod Podge, allowing each layer to dry before the next.

Now, the only thing I haven’t done yet is coat the whole thing with some kind of sealer. I didn’t think this was necessary until a damp hot cup of tea seemed to stick a bit to the table. I’m using coasters until I go to the hardware shop and find the right sealer for the job – stay tuned!

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