Thrift Store Find!

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You know how I’m a thrifty-DYI-er and you can guess I frequent local Salvation Armies and Goodwills. I found this guy yesterday at one of my favorite thrift shops. It was $40 and too rich for my blood, but I had to snap a picture of this incredible find. It’s Melissa Gilbert’s 2003 Media Access Award. Only in LA!

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DIY: Thrift Store ART!

I’m still working to revamp my blank canvas¬†and I have to share this DIY art project that cost me $1! There’s nothing like going to Goodwill (especially on one of their 50% off days) and finding cheap goods to repurpose and make awesome. Not only is it sustainable, but you can make completely unique pieces for cheap.

Isn’t she pretty? Even in her raw “before” state, there’s so much potential. Now I just need to decide how to upgrade this!

Using the colors of the spray paint I already own, I did a quick mock-up. This one is okay but…

… I like #2 better. Now it’s time to make it real! Step 1 is to paint the entire thing gold. LEt it dry, then flip it over and paint the other side gold, really covering the whole thing.

Once it’s dry, tape up what you want to keep gold. In my case it’s the outside and the top grid pattern. I also used cheap foam core to cut out the pattern so I could use it to make sure Im spraying the paint only where I want it.

Tape + Spray time! Then when it dries, do it all again to the other side!

And one more time for the middle turquoise color!

Doesn’t it add a nice pop of color to this dull bookcase?

I love my name art piece! And the best part? It’s cost me $1

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DIY: Cleaning A Leather Love Seat

Once again, I’m working to revamp my blank canvas. I’ve been meaning to share this excellent Salvation Army find ($64). This leather love seat just needed a little tlc, and cleaning, to become the beauty that she is.

Isn’t she pretty? This couch clearly spent lots of time collecting dust in a basement of garage, so it needed a through cleaning but nothing that professionals needed to be called in for.

With some fast google searches, I figured out the best way to clean leather is a 50% vinegar/ 50% water solution… ingredients I happen to already own. Total cost to clean the couch: Zero dollars. The solution worked perfectly. It didn’t smell great while cleaning, but the solution took the grim and grease off with one wipe and the scent went away almost immediately.

I brought the vacuum into the garage and gave the inside of the couch a deep cleaning. If you’re really worried about thrift store furniture, you can even douse it in Raid before you bring it in the house.

It’s she so pretty? I got the map pillow and blanket from Ikea (crazy cheap) and the right side pillow from the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Since it was “damaged” (aka had a thread on it) I got $5 off! Doesn’t the couch look nice next to the gold side table. Love!

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