Monday, September 8, 2008

Thrift store Makeover of Chair and Mirror

I purchased this chair in a local thriftstore with my son in mind. He needed a chair for his room and when I saw this, I realized it would be perfect. At the time, his room was decorated in a "rustic" decor which included some bears and pine trees. He's older now so thing have changed considerably. He actually moved into another room a few years ago. This chair, which cost me $5.00 was sturdy and in great shape-all it needed was some paint and a little imagination.

It was painted using mostly metallic acrylics. For a kid's room I thought this would make it more interesting. Each part or section of the chair had a different color. It took a while to paint it but it really looked good in that room at the time. I clear coated the chair with several coats of paint.

The mirror below was $3.00. I painted it and added the wood cut out trees and stars to the top, adding some more interest to a plain mirror.

The mirror was painted with a dark brown base coat and sponged with a rust color. The tree you see on the wall was painted with acrylics. The whole room came together very nicely.

The only problem with decorating for a kids room is they grow up so fast. Before you know it, they have grown out of the "room motif". If you like to decorate and re-decorate, it's not a problem. The goods news is that all the furniture was cheap (and I mean cheap). It can all be re-painted and fine tuned for the teenage years.

Ok.....that's just more work!!

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  1. I love your ideas for decorating and I'm trying to work in a few around here.

    My one problem is finding the great deals on used furniture that you find. I went to one "thrift" store the other day... the prices on used furniture was outrageous! $90 for a dresser that trust me....needed work! LOL! Any tips on finding the right thrift store?

    I guess I'll have to keep looking for that great bargain.

  2. Wow, that's a lot of money for furniture in a thrift store. I usually go to the Goodwill-there are several in my area. It's hit or miss there. Sometimes there is nothing to buy and sometimes I get really good buys. Look around and see if there are any in your neighborhood or at least close by. I know they have a website where you probably could locate the one closest to you. Good luck and don't forget garage sales. Sometimes you can get great things there too.
    Best wishes,

  3. I'm busy planning and decorating my little boy's nursery. I like to decorate, but I'm still trying to make the nursery neutral and timeless. Love the chair! You must be patient! :)

  4. I do have a lot of patience when it comes to painting and sometimes it is really worth. Let's face it-if you have kids-you have patience, by default!!

  5. That chair is really cute - perfect for a kid! Love the metallic paint. I agree, Goodwill is very hit or miss. I could go 3 or 4 times in one day and everytime there would be something new out!