Just for Fun… Some Easy Project Ideas

I am loving these looks right now… apparently I am ALL about the COLOR this week! 🙂
Not sure where the photos came from, I’ve just shimmied them into the “inspiration” folder on my desktop over the past week.

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Love, love, love the look of this desk. The blue paint could really brighten up an old desk!
Loving this faux bamboo look that is taking over right now! This would be perfect in hot pink!
Loving this faux bamboo look that is taking over right now! This would be perfect in hot pink!
This drum table was listed at $429 on One Kings Lane. Love it! If you found something similar at a flea market/ thrift store, the look would be easy to recreate with a can of spray paint.
This drum table was listed at $429 on One Kings Lane. Love it! If you found something similar at a flea market/ thrift store, the look would be easy to recreate with a can of spray paint.

Notice a common theme (other than color) going on here? All of these items would make for pretty easy projects (the chair would probably be the hardest one because you’d have to re-upholser depending on what you find.) A coat of paint and you’re pretty much done. Perfect ideas for time pressed rehabbers who want to breathe new life into their space!

Coffee Table Magic

Coffee Table Magic

Loving this gorgeous coffee table by Heather Garrett on One Kings Lane. The shape kinda reminds me of my “$2000 coffee table”! But the true brilliance is the wallpaper pattern.
This would be easy for any rehabber to recreate… just put the wallpaper (or even a cool piece of fabric that you could change out with your mood) under the glass or have another piece of glass (or even wood) cut and just cover it, and top with the glass you have.
Gorgeous!

Mid Century Modern Makeover

Maybe I’m a little behind, but I can’t get enough Mid Century Modern furniture right now!

I’ve always liked lots of pattern, flowy curtains, and a more romantic feel in general but sometimes it’s good to step outside the box. I doubt I will ever like a totally pared down utilitarian space (I need to be comfy!) but I would love to throw these items into the mix:

I am absolutely obsessed with these chairs. The lines, the colors, everything. Here's a link to the sale on Fab: http://fab.com/sale/21893/product/405852/
I am absolutely obsessed with these chairs that are for sale on Fab.com. The lines, the colors, everything. They’re a bit too pricey at nearly $1300 on sale, but I’ll be on the look out for something similar at flea markets and yard sales.
I love the lines and colors of this desk, which is from Hutch Vintage in Echo Park.
I love the lines and colors of this desk, which is from Hutch Vintage in Echo Park.
This coffee table from Hutch Vintage in Echo Park is simple and gorgeous (and a steal at only $60).
This coffee table, also from Hutch Vintage, is simple but gorgeous (and a steal at only $60). No rehabbing required!

My $2000 Coffee Table

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Just kidding! If you know me at all, you should know better! I am wayyy too cheap to spend $2K on a coffee table. And you really don’t need to in order to get a great piece. I’ll tell you how much I spent after I tell you the story.

For weeks, I was searching for a gold and glass coffee table. Especially after reading an article in HGTV Magazine that featured a gold and glass beauty.

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Here’s the original article: http://www.hgtv.com/living-rooms/a-mothers-day-living-room-makeover/index.html

I started out looking for the table in the article, which is from Worlds Away. Epic fail, HGTV Magazine, because this table is only available as a wholesale item. So then I did a google shopping search for this specific table. Almost $2000. Yikes!

So I decided a replica would be good. World Market is a good go-to for items similar to this, but they didn’t have anything. More googling got me to tables between $420- $500. Still too much for this thrifty chick.

What to do, what to do? Craigslist!! I found a table listed for very little and went to check it out… deep deep in the Valley. It was in awful shape. Rusted, dirty, spider webbed up from sitting in a garage. But perfect for me– clean lines and good bones.

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So how did I transform this little guy? I simply sanded off the rusty spots with my handy power sander, then hit it with two coats of gold spray paint.

The total cost? After some negotiating, I paid $10 for the table. The spray paint cost about $7, so for under $20, I got a great piece. That’s like A HUNDRED TIMES LESS than the Worlds Away version. I must say that I’m a pretty happy rehabber!

Fairfax Flea Market Finds

A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles is at the Fairfax Flea Market. In the parking lot of the high school on Fairfax and Melrose, this market has live music, good food (tacos, crepes), and lots of stalls with all kinds of goodies. Of course my favorite items are the ones that have been re-worked or repurposed.

I’ve been going to the flea market for years, and have noticed that with rising popularity, prices have also gone up. The key to flea markets is negotiating, so you can still get some things at very reasonable prices.

Here are a couple of my favorite things from yesterday:

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This was just awesome. I wasn’t brave enough to even ask how much it was going for, but it would make an amazing statement!

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I love the look of all the industrial/ metal furniture from the 40’s and 50’s and have noticed a trend where stores have been stripping the paint off pieces to show off the pretty natural gray. This table is wood, the effect is achieved through paint. A pretty cool piece, and the drawers were stable (it’s pretty normal to find a piece you love that’s a little off kilter.) The center of the table lifts up, it would be a great place to store your notebooks and laptop if you’re a student, or you could install a mirror on the top and keep your makeup inside. He was asking $230 I think, but you could probably talk him down. Still, I think that’s a little overpriced.

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This piece was awesome. The guy had some really cool stuff. His lamps were cool, too. I love the metal and wood mix that’s so popular right now. This piece was super sturdy, and my friend and I both were wishing we could weld. This booth was kinda in the corner, so he wasn’t getting as much traffic as he should, but people were still flocking in, talking about the pieces, and taking photos. Because his stuff is clearly that good.

I didn’t end up buying any furniture, I prefer to source stuff that’s a lot less expensive (and a lot of the vendors have pretty much already redone their pieces.) But more on that later! All in all, a pretty successful and inspiring Sunday afternoon at the Fairfax Flea.