Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Thrift Store Adventure/Thrifty Thursday

Yesterday, the kids and I took our first trip to the local thrift store. I have been so amazed by the incredible thrift-store transformations completed by fellow bloggers that I had to see for myself what treasures where to be had!

Okay, first, let me say that thrifting with a toddler and preschooler in tow is NOT fun! I was a nervous wreck as things were precariously close to edges and in arm's reach of little hands. Second, we had to take a potty break in a REALLY yucky public/unisex restroom. And finally, there were lots of "vintage" early-80s finds that just weren't floating my boat, but I persisted and scored big!

Here is my main thrift store find:

It is a tiny kindergarten or first grade school desk and the teacher-mommy in me just could not resist it.
Not too jazzy in industrial-school grade paint, but I had a plan!

We stopped at the hardware store and picked up a can of Ace Hardware Indoor/Outdoor RUST STOP black spray paint. $4.29

I love the way the wooden seat and back slats pop against the black paint! What do you think...should I go ahead and sand/stain the wood to finish the look?

Sweet side profile.

I am going to use this little school desk as a plant stand on our front porch. I positioned it next to one of our rockers so that you you could get some perspective on just how tiny it is! I love the way it turned out and think it will be perfect for displaying a beautiful green fern or basket of brightly colored impatiens. That is, if I can keep the toddler off of it. It is just his size!

EDIT: OOOPS, I forgot to thank and link back to Leigh over at Tales from Bloggeritaville. Please drop by to discover other thifty finds!


  1. I love that chair, I found one a few months ago at a TS, identical to that one. I left mine just as I found it and have my Amish Doll sitting in it.
    I know you had fun with 2 little ones with TS doesn't have public restrooms you have to leave and go to a service station down the street...

  2. What a chair and how great You made it look!
    I´m not sure I understand what a thrift store is. Is it like a sacond hand store, but not for clothes but other things?
    Have a great day now and congrats to that chair.

  3. Oh, Valerie, I love love love the chair! It is darling and a great find! I love how you did it. I'd leave it just how you have it now. I can't wait to see some lil cute fella on it, or some pretty flowers. Hope you have a terrific Thursday!
    Hugs and Blessings,

  4. Oh I LOVE that little chair!!! It brings back kindergarten memories.

  5. Great looking chair -- and so cute!

  6. Awesome job on the chair rehab. I like the wood the way it is, but then again, I thought the chair was just great the way it was --- but the black paint made it 100 times better! (So don't take my advice on the stain lol)

  7. What an adorable little chair. I think you should keep the wood the same. Give it a more vintage feel.

    I know how miserable it can be to drag little around when all you want to do is shop. I have a 2 year old nephew I babysit for and he's a handful. The stroller helps sometimes, until he decides he wants OUT.

    Have a super day!

  8. I love the chair. And that is a great price. I have several old school chairs - I can't seem to resist them and old chalkboards. I think you should leave the seat brown. I convince my kids to go with me by letting them look at the kids books and our thrift store has a free toy bin at the door! Basically McD toys but it lets me shop!

  9. Wow! You did GREAT! And your first trip? Congrats! With toddlers, I can imagine I would be a nervous wreck too (just not wanting them to touch anything). You did great in that chair. Childrens chairs are highly collectable and you got that one at a great price. LOve it! And I love how you painted it. So sweet! Thanks for playing and linking!

  10. Love that cute chair! How lucky are you? Make sure to feature it again soon!


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