Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thrifting and a Project

Last weekend, I was so looking forward to several big events.  Two big church/school yard sales that I have scored at previously, the Lebanese Food Festival, and as always the farmer's market.

Farmer's market was first and by far the most successful.  I picked up garlic scapes, fresh strawberries, and a few other things.  Then I dragged P to the yard sales.  Complete. Bust.  Ugh.  They were both so awful that I can't say any more about them without reliving the trauma and disappointment.

Determined to get some thrifting in somehow, I made P take me to Fan Thrift, also a bust, and then to DT2 where I hit the jackpot.

First up, these beauties:
A set of old metal TV trays.  My parents and grandparents each had a set of these.

And the other big score of the weekend...this pair of gorgeous lamps (don't say a word, OF COURSE I needed another pair of lamps!):
The shades are trash and I need to check the wiring and tighten them up.  Then I'll have to go find the perfect pair of shades and finials.  And then they will be perfect and will replace the old ginger jar ones I have.  Or maybe these new ones will go up in the guest room and replace those old candlestick ones I hate.  I just don't know yet.  But look at the detail:
It's just so pretty with that delicate crazing.  Very chinoiserie without being too over the top.  Lovely. Even lovelier was they were marked to half off!  Got them for the same as the ginger jar ones.  A true steal.

So, what's the project you ask? And what am I going to do with those TV trays?  Especially since I don't have TV service?  Well, this is what I did with them:

I primed them and spray painted the trays a lovely cobalt color, and the legs went white.  Now, even though we don't have an outdoor dining table, we can still eat in style al fresco!  These can move from front to back easily.

I can't wait to try them out.

What do you think?  Have you found any treasures lately?


  1. Ooh, fun! And very versatile.

  2. Erin, Humble,

    Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked the project.