No Sew Drop Cloth Curtains and Budget Rods

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I’m getting so close to finishing up my screen porch. I know you guys are waiting for the big reveal but I wanted to share one last DIY before you get to see it all come together. Since we don’t have a three season porch, only screens, I decided to add inexpensive drop cloth curtains lined with shower curtain liners. By adding the shower curtains with liners I am hoping to extend the use of our porch further into the fall and also keep it warm enough that my plants will survive the winter. Since we live in South Carolina I don’t need a ton of insulation just enough to get us through the few days that temperatures may drop below freezing.

Here is what you’ll need to begin

Materials: (This list contains affiliate links)

Curtains

Rods

Design (optional)

  • Frog Tape (any size)
  • Ruler or Tape measure
  • Black Paint

Let’s start with the curtain construction. I bought 6’x9′ drop clothes because my largest screen size was just over 8′ tall and about 11′ wide. By using two drop cloth panels I can cover the screens completely when the curtains are closed. (The drop clothes come in different sizes so you can choose which works best for you.) Since 9′ was too long, rather than cutting and having to hem the drop clothes, I simply folded over the amount that they needed to be shortened at the top creating an overlapping valance. I then added eyelets along that top edge using an Exacto knife to cut small holes and then a hammer and eyelet setter to set the eyelets.

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Since I decided to line my curtains with shower curtain liners I used the shower curtain liner as my guide on where to set my eyelets by laying the drop cloth on top and marking the placement. (Note: I did have to trim down the shower curtain to match the size of the drop cloth.)

Now it’s time to decorate. I chose to do a band of black along the edge of my valance and a wider band at the bottom of my curtains but you can get as creative as you like.

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Using your ruler and Frog tape I masked off the section you want to paint.

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I used black chalk paint thinned 1 to 1 with water to paint in my taped off stripes. Be patient here, it takes a bit of work to get full coverage on the fabric.

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Once you have the stripes filled in remove the tape

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You should have perfect stripes. Once they are dry they are ready to hang.

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For the curtain rod, I used 3/4″ Metal Conduit from the hardware store. This is super inexpensive and comes in 5′ and 10′ lengths which run about $2.50 and $3.50 each. You will find this in the electrical section of your hardware store.

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To hang them I used 3/4″ Rigid Clamps and a wood screw. These claps are under $1 and work perfectly to attach the conduit to wood framing.

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I spray painted mine black but they work nicely left silver as well. The conduit should resist rust for several years so it is perfect for use outdoors.

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For rod lengths over 10′ you can use a 3/4″ Coupling at the center of the rod to connect two pieces of conduit. If you do this be sure to support the connection point on either side with a clamp. If you need to cut any of your lengths you can do so with a tubing cutter or see if the hardware store will cut it for you.

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Now your ready to hang your curtains. Use the shower curtain rings just as you would if hanging a shower curtain and voilà!

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Outdoor curtains at a small price that make a big impact!

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Thrift Score Thursday No. 130

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It’s #ThriftScoreThursday and time rock those thrifted goodies. This week I scored a great pair of Dixie furniture nightstands that with just a little bit of love were ready to go. When I spotted them in the thrift store they were sitting on the floor and looked like this.

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I thought to myself those would be great with tapered legs added to them and as I checked the drawers to see if they were in good shape look what I found!

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Only problem is the legs were two different lengths not a great look for a pair of nightstands and the tops had seen better days.

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So I decided on a coat of white paint for the boxes only and did a little surgery on four of the legs cutting them off to match the other set.

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Once it all came back together they made a perfect pair.

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Now let’s have a closer look at what you found…

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But first, for the newcomers let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is. We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and true treasures.

You can share your finds any day of the week but features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week-long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it! And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Cassie from Cassie Bustamante, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Brynne from The Gathered Home, myself and occasionally a guest-host will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature on our blogs! 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 Favorites:

thisatticvintage couldn’t pass up this kitty cat cookie jar… It was missing the lid, but look what a nifty planter it makes. I love when people come up with creative new uses for found objects so they can live another life.

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I love everything about this thrifty room from found_phoenix_restoration especially the mint condition Skovby Denmark teak table and J. L. Moller chairs. Great combination!

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I feel a little responsible for srosen44 first embroidered picture purchase since she said I started her obsession. I have to say this one is a great start. Don’t we all want a house to looks like this picture?

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jmwearing found this mcm recliner beside a dumpster at her local thrift store. She had to convince the manager to let her buy them even though they believed them unfit for sale because they had ripped cushions. I need to find this thrift store, sounds like they have some high standards!

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Gotta love these finds!

Now don’t forget to stop by and check out all my co-hosts to see what they’ve been up and their favorite #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

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Thrift Score Thursday No.129

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Happy #ThriftScoreThursday guys! This week I finished a project I wanted to share but also tell the story of a lesson learned (again!) Spoiler alert, it has a happy ending but still is a valuable lesson to share.

I ran across a yard sale not too long ago and spotted this little table from the street so I decided to stop and check it out. It was sitting in the grass and seemed stable with no deep scratches, I did notice one of the legs was loose but nothing a little glue wouldn’t fix so I snatched it up for just $10.

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When I got the little guy home I notice something I should have noticed at the yard sale. One of the feet was broken off and the opposite had been sawed off to match. I honestly don’t know how I missed this since I did notice one of the legs needed gluing…but I did. So after a bit of pondering, I decided all the legs needed to come off and be cut to match and then reglued. Fortunately, there was enough leg left to make this work and the table to still be stable.

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This story turned out okay in the end because after giving the whole table a coat of paint you couldn’t even tell the legs had been a problem. The downside was the project took a lot more time than I had intended and when it is something I am planning to re-sell, time is money.  It was also a reminder to me that sometimes you come home with a “bargain” that can’t be fixed.

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Public Service Announcement: Check your thrift finds thoroughly because sometimes they are a bargain for a reason and sometimes that reason cannot be fixed. Happy hunting!

Now let’s have a closer look at what you found…

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But first, for the newcomers let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is. We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and true treasures.

You can share your finds any day of the week but features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week-long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it! And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Cassie from Cassie Bustamante, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Brynne from The Gathered Home, myself and occasionally a guest-host will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature on our blogs! 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 Favorites:

I always think of unicorns as one of the thrifting gods so I’m kind of jealous that triciabearmccrory’s husband scored her this needlepoint lucky charm. What a good husband!

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My house (including the garage and attic) is full of vintage lighting so when golddustgoods shared this beauty I swooned a little. I need one of these in my collection, the colored glass is absolutely fabulous!

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This blue velvet sofa is one of claire_de_loom_et_plume’s favorite Craigslist purchases ever. You know I’m always in for a blue velvet sofa so why doesn’t my Craiglist ever have a beauty like this?

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What great goodies!

Now don’t forget to stop by and check out all my co-hosts to see what they’ve been up and their favorite #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

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Outdoor Rug in Black and white

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Are you guys tired of seeing my screen porch yet? I hope not because we are almost to the finish.

This morning I wanted to share a big success with you… We have a rug!!! I love this rug but I have to say I am most excited that it is huge 6’x9′ and only cost me $80. I tell you I am a sucker for a bargain and this one makes me so happy.

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Last week I shared that I felt like I needed to change directions with the rug color once I added the new wicker sofa in blue. That meant all the places I had already checked for a blue or orange rugs needed to be checked again. Luckily, I remembered this woven geometric berber rug from Southeastern Salvage because I had actually taken a picture of it even though I didn’t think it would work.

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Now with the addition of the blue sofa and the black cushions, I think it is a perfect match.

Now I just have to work on the curtains and we’ll be ready for a full reveal!

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It’s Friday, High Five!

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Yesterday was a big day, my first day at the new job. I kept the details hushed when I first told you that I was going back to work but now that I’m through all the hiring process I’m free to share. I also wanted to share because it may be something that could be beneficial to you if you have a kitchen or bath remodel coming up. First, let me start by saying my new job is with Lowe’s Home Improvement one of the happiest places on earth for me. I know, some people like Home Depot but I am a Lowe’s girl thru and thru. For all the hours I have spent in Lowe’s I should have been working for them long ago. That being said, starting next month Lowe’s will be offering a new service. For kitchen and bath (and I guess any other interior) remodels that encompass three or more department and use the Lowe’s contractors for installation, customers will be provided free of charge an interiors specialist to guide them through the decisions, planning and management of their projects. At our Lowe’s that is me! I have been so excited to start this job because I feel like it is the perfect use of my talent and experience and because I have been so impressed with the Lowe’s team and the family atmosphere they promote with their employees.  So hee we go…High-five to that and wish me luck!

Here are a few more high-fives for the week…

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1.When clients wanted a sparse, white backdrop for their expansive art collection, as well as an authentic design response to their mid-century home Alison Damonte delivered. I love the vibrant colors in this home and the sleek yet cozy feel  Alison manages to create in all of her work, check out her portfolio and you’ll see what I mean.

2. Just a bunch of funny Tweets about HGTV shows. If you get all of these you may be an HGTV addict like me!

3. How fun are these fretwork finials from Taylor Burke Interior? I love all the colors, too bad you only need one per lamp.

4. Totally out of my price range but this Quincy Sputnik Pendant from Horchow is totally fabulous!

5. I have been following Australian artist Liz Payne on Instagram for a while now and am always so amazed by her textile art. You can see her portfolio at her website or stop by her Esty shop to place an order for a custom piece of your own.

Have a great weekend,

Maggie

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Thrift Score Thursday No.128

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Hello my friends, my favorite day of the week is here…#ThriftScoreThursday! I love that each week I get to share all my thrifted goodies. This week was one of those weeks when all the stars or at least the Foo Dogs aligned. I’m not usually a hunter of blue and white decor but when I went to an estate sale with tables and tables of it, I couldn’t help but be sucked in.

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And seeing as there were Foo Dogs, lots and lots of Foo Dogs…how could I resist? Especially since I bought these guys on the third day of the sale when everything had dropped to half price.

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Four Foo dogs and a super cool fish covered dish for around $25. I love me some chinoiserie!!

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Now let’s have a closer look at what you found…

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But first for the newcomers let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is. We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and true treasures.

You can share your finds any day of the week but features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week-long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it! And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Cassie from Cassie Bustamante, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Brynne from The Gathered Home, myself and occasionally a guest-host will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature on our blogs! 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 Favorites:

As long as we are talking chinoiserie I thought I’d share a few of my favorite you found.

I love anything faux bamboo or real bamboo for that matter, so when a saw jenniferdimplesandtangles, craigslist score I swooned a little. This little desk has some real potential!

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This thrift update from ellegeestudio has met it’s potential with square brass handles and new coat of white paint.Looking good!
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thericharmedlife scored a whole slew of  all cupless saucers which she dreams of reuniting them with their mates but I think they are a pretty fabulous collection living single.

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And who can end a chinoiserie fest without a little brass? thisatticvintage has had lots of brass finds lately, gotta love all of those critters!

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What fun finds.

Now don’t forget to stop by and check out all my co-hosts to see what they’ve been up and their favorite #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

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Love Your Space Ebook

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Today I have a little sneak peek just for you! My friend Kathy at Up to Date Interiors just launched an ebook called Love Your Space. I got a chance to read and review the book during the writing process and it had some pretty inspiring content that I thought you might enjoy.

The goal of this book is to help you create a space you love in 30 days! In this ebook, you will find budget friendly tips for decorating and styling, step by step instructions for unique DIYs, and organizational tips and tricks for each room in your home. Spend as a little as 15 minutes a day to transform your home into a space you love! It also has beautiful images and printable checklists included.

So since I got a sneak peek I wanted you to have one too!

Here’s an example of what you can expect with a typical daily challenge and a cute DIY to help!

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How cute is that? And that is just a taste of what you’ll be getting!

If you’d like to purchase Love Your Space or sample a FREE chapter click below.

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Or if you’re feeling lucky? Enter for a chance to win one of five copies of Love Your Space ebook. Just retweet and/or pin one of the images showing the book up to once a day for entries! Contest open to the US and Canada, 18 and up.

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Thrift Score Thursday No.127

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Happy #ThiftScoreThursday everyone, how’s the junking going this week? I have bought a few little things but I have mostly been trying to get some of my “project” pieces finished up so I can get them out of my garage. This week I finished up this cute vanity set to take over to my store (FIY it sold immediately.) But the bigger news, I can now fit a car in my garage … major progress!

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But enough about my garage, let’s talk about this vanity set which is not a set at all. Well, at least it didn’t start as one.

I bought these pieces at three different times and they were three different finishes but I wanted to show you how they came to look like they were made for each other.

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Of course, the Amy Howard Chalk paint and D. Lawless hardware help bring it all together but it’s really more about the details. Notice I chose pieces that all had the same scallop detail. The stool is actually that awkward middle table of a nesting set that really doesn’t work well alone but was the perfect height for a stool. It’s scalloped along the under edge and has the same feel as the under edge of the desk and the top of the mirror. Once painted out in the same finish you would never know they weren’t a matching set.

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And since I mentioned buying a few little things, I thought I’d share my little china girl I got at an estate sale last week. I love her colors and she’s looking pretty snazzy on the new vanity don’t you think?

I’m just glad I could bring them all together!

Now let’s have a closer look at what you found…

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But first, for the newcomers let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is. We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and true treasures.

You can share your finds any day of the week but features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week-long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it! And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Cassie from Cassie Bustamante, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Brynne from The Gathered Home, myself and this week our guest-host Mila from Jest Cafe will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature on our blogs! 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 Favorites:

In the spirit of my vanity set and bringing thrifted items together I decide today I’d like to share full rooms of thrifted goodness rather than single items.

Whether you like over the top thrifted bohemian like blissfully_eclectic‘s gathered gallery walls, and super hip furniture.

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Or a simple sleek elegance like biggerthanthethreeofus and her amazing brass and brown leather chairs.

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or maybe a mid-century vibe like jmwearing managed with everything thrifted but the plant.

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Or maybe you’d rather something a little in between like thebeauideal always seems to manage so effortlessly.

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Whatever your style these rooms prove the thrift store has it, all you have to do is go out and find it.

Or maybe just move in with one of these guys!

Now don’t forget to stop by and check out all my co-hosts to see what they’ve been up along with their favorite #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

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DIY Bohemian Rug Sample Pillow

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Hello guys, today a have a quick easy DIY for you that you may not have considered before. I was recently shopping at West Elm when I ran across a huge pile of rug sample squares in their clearance area. There were so many great flat weave samples with great color and texture that I was dying to come up with something to do with them.

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I mean at only $4.99 a square, I could hardly pass them up. (FYI: If you love this pattern the full-size rug is on clearance)

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I got excited I ran across this one with a great shag pattern.

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I it thought would work well with the fabric I was already considering for my bohemian screen porch update and even the back side of the sample was cool.zipper-back-rug-sample-pillow-diy-decor- fabric-sample

So I came up with the idea to turn these samples into a quick easy pillow by making a back panel with a zipper cut about an inch larger than my sample. If you’re not that advanced a sewer an envelope back would work just as well.

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Iron under the raw edges to fit just inside the edges of your sample. Do this directly over the sample because they tend to be irregular and even slightly different sizes from one to another.

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Pin your back wrong sides together to your sample and sew all the way around the edge. The rug samples are thick so it’s not going to be the prettiest seam since the needle will jump around a bit ut hopefully no one will be inspecting the back of your pillows.

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Now insert your pillow form and you’re done.

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Gorgeous shag bohemian pillows for about $10 a piece.

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Now I need to get to work on the rest of the space!

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Thrift Score Thursday No. 126

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It’s time again for #ThriftScoreThursday and this week my find is pretty colorful. I actually bought this pretty little needlepoint pillow on a trip to Savannah where I did some antiquing with a friend.  The pillow was sitting right in the front of the store on an orange mid-century chair the exact same color as my sofa. My mind said “Hmmm, I think I need this!”

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The details were so amazing I figured it must be vintage maybe 1960’s but I saw the date on it was 1990. Of course, 1990 was 26 years ago so I guess it is vintage.

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I fell in love with the colors and since I knew exactly where it would go at my house I checked the price. When I saw it was marked down to just $8 there was no question whether to buy it or not.

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Now that it’s mine,  it’s looking perfect on my little orange sofa.

Now let’s have a closer look at what you guys found…

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But first, for the newcomers let me explain just what #ThriftScoreThursday is. We want you to participate! Hit up your local thrift stores, craigslist, yard sales, estate sales, side of the road, anything! Thrifty doesn’t necessarily mean from a thrift store. We want to see your good deals, wacky finds and true treasures.

You can share your finds any day of the week but features are shared on our blogs and Instagram on Thursdays, but we’re all checking in on (and using!) the hashtag all week-long. So, when you see/find it, feel free to share it! And we love it when you tag your friends to play along, too!

Each week Cassie from Cassie Bustamante, Corinna from A Designer At Home, Brynne from The Gathered Home, myself and occasionally a guest-host will pick a few favorite thrift scores to feature on our blogs! 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 Favorites:

When her cousin said she had some chairs she thought she’d like thisvintagegrove’s snatched them up. Now she doesn’t just like them, she loves them and so do I. Looks like the cat did too but a little fresh upholstery and these guys are perfect!

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candacedee scored this bent wood pendant light on a random trip home. I love the shape of this beauty, don’t you?

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The thrifting gods must have been shining down on casacavaliere when she found this rug because it is simply divine! I wish I could find a beauty like this one.

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You gotta love when your thrifting mom  is looking out for you. Ourdiydwelling’s mom found her this pretty little tea set. I might put her to work scoring some things for me.

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Love these pretties guys, now keep on shopping and keep on sharing!

Now don’t forget to stop by and check out all my co-hosts to see what they’ve been up and their favorite #ThriftScoreThursday finds.

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