Today I am super excited to be a guest host for #ThriftScoreThursday, all the way from Germany. If this is your first visit to my blog I will let you know I am a thrift store, flea market, classifieds junkie. I stop by my local thrift store almost everyday and Sunday afternoon are dedicated to the amazing flea markets they have all over Germany. I am always amazed at the great finds that can be had for just a fraction of their original cost. I also love that I can find or create a one of a kind pieces that can’t be found in every store. The photo above is of my #ThriftScoreThursday find of the week. Of course that is not what it looked like when I scored it for 25€ ($27.50) at my local thrift store.
The little brown number you see below is what I started with. This is a pretty common style of furniture at the thrift stores here in Germany. Straight lines with a veneered finish over plywood, kind of a mid-century look, but not quite.
Although the piece is solid and sturdy the veneer was not in great shape. Lots of nicks, scratches, and watermarks on the finish that might be worth fixing on a nicer piece but too much work for this little guy. I decided painting was a better (quicker) way to go.
I started with white gloss paint on the body if of the cabinet. This worded out well because I was trying to use up all my spray paint before our big move back to the States next month.
A pretty emerald-green for the doors and drawers that a friend had leftover from another project (free!)
To get a high-end look I added some pulls that were a little more modern. This was actually the most expensive part of the project at 27€ ($30) but with the whole piece coming in at under $60 I think it was totally worth it.
And just a FYI, almost every item in this photo is thrift. The art on the wall is an original pastel I got at a garage sale. The vintage blue vases I collected from my local thrift stores and the rug I go just this week for 100€ ($120) on my local online classifieds site. To top it all off the orchid I got for free, leftover party decor from an event my friend hosted.
Before I share with you my favorite Thrift Score Thursday finds from others I thought I’d tell you a little about how it works if you’d like to join.
How #thriftscorethurday works:
– You can share any thrifty finds – whether they hail from a thrift store, Craigslist, estate sale, garage sale, side of the road, or apartment dumpster! The fun, the funny, the awesome, the odd – this hashtag party is open to all!
– Feel free to use #thriftscorethursday any day of the week! They’ll be keeping up with the hashtag all week-long to find our favorites for the following Thursday.
– Each week, Trisha from Black and White Obsession, Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Corinna from For My Love Of and Brynne from The Gathered Home will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature! So please note that by linking up with#thriftscorethursday, you are giving us permission to share your finds via social media or on our blogs.
My #thriftscorethurday Picks:
I have to say there were some pretty amazing thrift finds this week. It was so hard to choose just a few but here are a some of my favorites.
This vintage art from Anna at Lecrafteur on Instagram has me thinking of my paint by number collection even though Anna says it is more of a watercolor up close. You can see more of her finds on her blog Le Crafteur.
And last but certainly not least this blue velvet loveseat from Kayla at Thegildedbear on Instagram. You know how I feel about blue velvet sofas. I’m thinking this one would be quite sexy if you removed the skirt and had it show off some leg and those embossed pillows, swoon…
What great finds this week! if you are on Instagram feel free to check them all out or even add your own #thriftscorethursday items.
If you’d like to see my co-host’s favorites, be sure to stop by and check out Brynne, Trisha, Cassie, and Corinna’s favorites at the links below…
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