Sunday, August 22, 2010

Anatomy of a vingette.

So, I had this weird little space in my front room that I didn't know what to do with.
Then one day as I was purusing the isles of my favorite thrift store I saw this little beauty. It was like being reunited with a long lost love. I swear I even heard fireworks. (Okay, maybe it was really gunshots. My thift store is kinda in da hood). When I saw her I knew...writing nook

She needed a little TLC, but not much. All I did was wipe her down and give her a coat of dark walnut stain.
I love the variation of her wood and how the dents and scratches give her the "worn over time" look I was going for.

Did I mention she only cost me $8? Bargain.
I put her in her new home and paired her up with these three little guys.

I found them at the thrift store as well. They got a fresh coat of paint in apple green and then I glazed them to make them look old and worn. These three cost me $3.
Then I remembered a thrift store purchase I had made a few months back and decided to introduce him to the gang. He fit right in.

Then came Mr. Twigg's. (An old, glass milk bottle I found at the thrift store. I dressed him with a few willow sticks from the backyard and he was good to go).

And Booksy. (This cool idea comes from my sister who saw it somewhere. All you need are a few old, hardback books that you don't might desecrating. You simply tear off the hard covers and...voila, a cool bundle of ancient looking books. I tied them up with an old piece of twine I had lying around).

Then finally Ole Blue. (This item was my only splurge as I purchased him at a retail store rather than a thrift store. Isn't he the cutest?)

Here's the completed space.

The best part is that I was able to do all of it for under $24. I am thinking about putting some decoupaged numbers or letters inside the empty frames so stay tune for the tutorial. This just goes to show that creating a space can still be chic and cheap at the same time.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for breaking that down and showing that the items can be inexpensive to create a winning, stylish look.


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