Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Salvation Army Chic

As I searched my house yesterday for something to feature on The CSI Project's Thrifty Makeover day, it occurred to me that the question was really, "what shouldn't I feature?"

Thanks to the empowerment I experienced after reading about other bloggers' victories with cans of spray paint and glue gun sticks, I started finding my own treasures to remake and blog about. Many of my favorite things are thrift store makeovers!

My $8 Salvation Army Desk Makeover is, to date, my biggest thrifty makeover. You can click that link to read about how I did it, but I'll share some before and after photos here today as well as some updates I've made to the space.

Before ($8, glass top table from the clearance aisle at Salvation Army):

After (Salvation Army Chic):

I frosted the entire glass top except for a small fleur de lis cut-out, and made a pleated muslin skirt that attaches with heavy duty decorator's velcro:

The back hallway stayed bare for awhile until I hunted down the items I wanted to accessorize with:


The chair (a $4 thrift store find) needs to be recovered, but most everything else is a thrifty find:
A $1.50 madeover planter holds craft supplies, a Wal-Mart ribbon-embellished lampshade lights up the area, and all sorts of other thrifty pretties make up this spot.


Don't you just love my Chalkboard Quote Tray?

So that's my biggest Thrifty Makeover...so far. If you keep reading, maybe I'll have more.
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Happy Thrifting!


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40 comments:

  1. hahaha, I felt the same way when I heard the topic! Great improvement on the table, I love how it turned out. The whole space looks like the perfect spot to create :)

    -Ann Marie

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  2. I agree...I have can name more things that are twice loved than I purchased new in my home. I love the table. What a change. It took the hard lines and made them soft with the fabric. I like it Amanda.

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  3. I love how you dressed your space up! It's so cute & eclectic, I bet you can't help but be creative when you sit there :-)

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  4. Love the clean crisp lines of the skirt around the desk. Great job!

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  5. What a great makeover! I love the skirt and the fleur de lis is a really nice touch!

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  6. Love that table! Especially the frosted glass. I can't believe you got it for only $8.00!!

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  7. Love that frosted glass! Great great finds!

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  8. wow! great job-it all looks great! i would have never thought to frost the glass! what a difference!

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  9. I remember reading about that table. That was 'way back before I knew you--but I loved that project of yours. I'd say you should keep going--your projects are great!

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  10. Wow Amy! What a great table renovation. So good for hiding things. Thanks for stopping by http://adventuresincreating.blogspot.com/

    Rachelle

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  11. Great finds! I have found some great things at the Salvation Army, including my favorite denim jacket for $5.00-it fit me much better than the $40.00 new ones at the mall!

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  12. Love all your makeovers! I came over from CSI! Will be back for sure! The transformation on that table is phenomenal!

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  13. I love your table & the fact that you frosted the glass. Your space is just adorable, too!

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  14. Loooove the table and the jar of spools! Love it! I need to go thrifing with you. I have such a hard time finding cute stuff!

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  15. I wish I had a better eye for things like this. Your nook is perfect!

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  16. oh my gosh ... that is so cute! you did a FABULOUS job!

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  17. Fantastic transformation. I love how cute everything looks. All the special details, perfect :) Great job!

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  18. Wonderful! Simply beautiful!

    I edit a blog for The Salvation Army and I'd love to link to this piece.

    Also, when you pick up stuff at our stores and turn them into spectacular, designer pieces, we'd love to see them.

    We have a brand new Tumblr site where we encourage folks to let us know about the Thrift Store 'gold' they find in our stores. Just upload a photo and a little story and away we go!

    http://sathriftstoregold.tumblr.com/

    Thanks for what you're doing. It's beautiful!

    Kathy Lovin
    http://www.expectchange.dreamhosters.com/

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  19. Amanda, I remember the desk, and I still love it! But I don't think I had seen the whole area before, and it looks fabulous! I love all your little touches...the spools and clothespins, the quote tray...it all looks great!

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  20. Cute craft room on a budget to boot! Looks like a great place to create :).

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  21. I love the desk make-over. What a great idea. The whole space is a charm. You really did a great job. Thanks for sharing. Kare @
    karieschiccreations.

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  22. Wonderful makeover!!! And I love your chalk board tray...so cool!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  23. This project is perfect for the CSI project. I hope you get featured this time!

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  24. I LOVE this whole space.....what a transformation! The tailored tableskirt is my favorite. It really gives it that edge that says trendy and chic. You've got the touch girl!

    Thanks for linking up with us over at CSI!

    ~Amanda

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  25. that looks amazing! what a great idea with the tabletop! my house is also full of thrifty makeovers- is there any other way to go?

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  26. LOVE THE TABLE. great JOB! INFACT i love it all the entire wall, shelves, chair, jars... the entire display, way to go! Jenn

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  27. Love it!!! I "thrifted" today...kinda...ok, the places I went were not as inexpensive as I'd hoped, but they were soooo cool! Hopefully I will have some makeovers to post in the future...I think I'm going to start taking my girlies thrifting on Thursdays (the first garage sale day of the week) or something...treasure hunting. How fun!

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  28. It's awesome and I love all your accessories too.

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  29. I adore the table. It's so chic. Love the pattern on the top, too.

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  30. Fabulous my friend!! I love when you find a cheap find and make it over and it turns out better than you had hoped!
    Those are definately days that you should pat yourself on the back and tell yourself how AWESOME you are!
    You should do that today!!

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  31. Girl, you are so creative! That special little space you made for yourself is precious. I'm trying to motivate myself to make myself a space like that, too. I have a desk upstairs in our bedroom that could really use a redo. I should do it!

    Hope you're having a blessed day. Happy Wednesday to you!

    Love, Laura

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  32. Amanda, this looks awesome!! So organized and pretty! Can't wait to see some of your other finds!

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  33. Everything is adorable as usual! You should write a book Amanda! You're just so clever and creative :) Great job lady. Hope all is well xo

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  34. How pretty this turned out. I love the banding on the fabric and all of your pretty accessories, esp. your vintage camera.

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  35. What's up, Sebast Here, I enjoy this joint I could definitely get stuck here.

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  36. What a GREAT makeover! LOVE it! I wanna go shopping at your salvation army!

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  37. Your room is JUST beautiful amanda! It's truly an inspiration! I just redid my craft room in Shabby Chic as well and found a LOT of great finds at our local Salvation Army. :)(Just FYI) I just found some beautiful apothecary jars at Home Goods for $6.99!! amongst some other fabby stuff.

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