Monday, August 29, 2011

I've been Junkin'!

What do you do when you have a whole house to furnish on a less than adequate budget?  

You go JUNKING!  

Now, I love to shop the high end interiors showrooms, purchasing stylish and beautiful pieces for clients, but secretly, I'd almost rather dig around in a jam-packed thrift store, searching for treasure.

So that's how I spent part of last week, and I've found several pieces for my clients home.  They're still in various stages of redo, so I'll have to show them to you later.  But one of the upsides to my job is that sometimes I find things that I love!

I've been looking for a small, narrow piece for behind my love seat.  It needed to be a demure little piece that would blend into all the other things in my open concept space.  I found a cutie!!

Size is perfect.  It needs a little TLC....maybe a complete makeover?....I'm thinking vertical black and white stripes...or maybe I'll just leave it alone....I've got time to decide.   It's exactly what I didn't know that I wanted!  And guess what?   It was $20!!
I did goooood!

So, now I need something to go on it.  A lamp is always good, right?  So I go on the hunt for a cool vintage lamp (that's what you call a lamp that is as old as me....vintage....nice!).
I was scanning the lamp section and saw this shape....the perfect shape...and I grabbed it!

I looked all over for the it mattered!  I would have paid up to $20 for it, big spender that I am, so I grabbed it.   The price was written on the brass bulb socket....$3.98!!  Score!!   It looks like a pretty creamy white, but trust me, it was a nasty painted on finish that was chipping off in places. 

Spray paint in hand, it is transformed.  I had an old lampshade in the closet, so I searched through my fabric stash and recovered the shade.  

Check it out!!

Is she fabulous or what!! 
I'm almost ready to show you the room, but for now, you just have to know that this is so cute, it makes me crazy!!

I love being an interior designer, but I have just as much fun being an "artistic transformer".  I love making a silk purse from a sow's ear!  (I hope all my northern readers get Southerners know what I'm talking about, don't you!)

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  1. Good job! I love what you found. Can't wait to see it finished. I am in love with the shape of that lamp. You need to tell me where you go to go junkin. I can never find that good of stuff up here in McKinney.

  2. Sometimes there is treasures in junks. It all depends on how you utilize a piece and transform it to a piece of artwork.

  3. Love the lamp in the third photo. The yellow and black combo is great!!

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  4. Can't wait to see the finished room!

  5. That is a fabulous lamp! I can't wait to see the final room!

  6. Gorgeous lamp.
    VT Interiors

  7. That lamp is crazy fabulous!!!!!!! Can I have it?

  8. Perfection, love that electric yellow

  9. LOVE both these
    pieces and how you
    transformed the second
    one...WOW! I have to
    admit that as I get
    more and more vintage,
    I get such a charge
    out of rescuing these
    older finds and snagging
    "the deals!"
    xx Suzanne

  10. Creativity is a talent. The way you make ordinary piece extraordinary. I admire your work here.


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