Thursday, March 17, 2011

I like these kinds of redos.

I don't go often, but every now and then I stop at the Thrift Store.  The other day, I found this little diamond in the rough.  It was only $1.99, in all it's silvery brilliance.

Here's the after!  Now it looks like something you'd find in a cute prim shop, but a fraction of the price.  All I did was paint it with two coats of black latex paint.  I would normally sand it down a bit after I paint it black, but I didn't want the silver coming through, so I left it solid black.  I have it sitting on my kitchen counter, in front of an electrical outlet, to hide it.
If you've never been in a second hand shop, I suggest stopping at one.  Go in with an open and creative mind.  A little bit of paint will do wonders for some things.


  1. I have one of these sitting around, some place...
    I better find it and make it over....Thanks

    Bear Hugs~Karen

  2. awesome makeover! :)

  3. Oh my, that is weird. I have one like that. I bought it a few weeks ago at a thrift store and redid it too. I will have to post the pictures of my redo.

  4. Those are my favourite thrift pieces... that is what I look for all the time. You are right they are so quick and easy to makeover and the results are amazing.

    Looks fabulous... I had to chuckle that you don't go in thrift stores often. I wish I could say the same, I can't stay out of them.

    I don't remember the last time that I actually went in a real store to buy anything for my

    Have a great day Lori...

    Hugs, Deb

  5. Lori
    looks wonderful~prim perfect!!

  6. Such a cute little thing! I love it painted black!

  7. Just love it!

    These always inspire me to go to the thrift store!

    Awesome job!


  8. Love seeing thrift store makeovers

  9. Silver? Why would someone paint that silver? I guess they had a plan. It sure looks much better now that you've redone it:)

  10. Awesome makeover, Lori. I love that you used it to hide an outlet - I am always trying to hide those ugly things.

  11. Here in Chateauguay, Quebec, there are a few second hand stores, and I find you have to visit them frequently to get the good stuff. I found a few treasures the other day, and I got 3 colonial ladle -rod iron candle holders. One about 2 feet long, one 3 feet, the other 4 feet long! Man I was thrilled! lol 1.50 each!!! The long one looks fab hanging off my hutch. LOVE IT when you find something gooood!!

  12. Hi Lori! Black paint can fix anything!!! I used to have something similar and am kicking myself I ever got rid of it! If I only knew I'd be back into country/prim!!! I really need to start going to my Goodwill store!! Love the jar w/beans and candle - I'm going to steal that idea - hope ya don't mind!! Have a fun weekend - Jeannette

  13. I like it without sanding. Looks like the perfect size to fit on the kitchen counter too. Cute!

  14. What a find! I actually found one just like it (only mine is a cranberry color). I just cleaned it up and use it by the stove to hold my salt & pepper, and sweetener in the drawer!

    The Goodwill and Salvation Army are wonderful places to shop, you never know what you are going to find.

    Happy Hunting!

  15. Lovely makeover and display! Perfectly prim.

  16. I just found your blog and LOVE it!!! I have soooo many thrift store redos that I need to start on...seeing yours makes me want to go get started! I love your black cutie!!


  17. Perfect makeover. I'm lightening up my house with lighter colors but black furniture, assessories are still a favorite of mine! It looks great and so does the arrangement. Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten!

  18. Lori, I featured your makeover on my blog today. Come grab an "I'm featured" button!

  19. Cute piece at a great price! Every where I go, I keep my creative eyes open... even at department stores I can find things to prim up. It's so much fun!


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