So, as you know by now, I frequent my local thrift stores….regularly. Sometimes I’ll come across a piece of furniture I’d love to have but the price is too high. No worries, most stores lower the price on these items each week or so.
So I wait and stalk…and pray no one buys it before it can be lowered to a price that I feel is worthwhile considering the work I know I will put into it. Which hasn’t gone so well in the last 6 months or so…you guys out there buying up all the thrift store furniture at these higher prices, stop it, k?
But yes, truthfully, it’s been a bit harder in recent months to come across those deals I used to come across easily. Thankfully, I’ve noticed a shift recently. Either way, it’s always fun to “hunt”!
This lovely hall tree was priced at over $100 when I first saw it. Um no. I was semi interested but not so much that I made a point to stalk the piece weekly. I did, however, take a look at the tag each time I came in.
Next visit, down to $85. Still no.
Next visit….$65. No. (I was thinking it was going to become a permanent fixture at this store…which is unusual for this place!)
And yet on another visit (after what seemed like forever) they had removed the old tag and replaced it with a new one starting at $50. I almost bought it ….but didn’t. Honestly, $50 was fair but I had lost interest.
BUT as luck would have it, I came back in a week later and it was still there. I thought for sure it would sell at $50. Nope, it had just been marked down to $35.
So, yep, $35 was a deal…..and SOLD!
It was kind of ugly. ( I think so anyway, sorry to those that like it as is) But I knew I could do something with it. Sell it in the shop or use it somewhere in my home. But in the end, it found it’s way to my front porch….and I love it there.
I used Old White and Duck Egg Blue (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®).
Please disregard the mess in this room (the Study). It’s a large room that ends up being my “work” room when the garage is full. (oh! And I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it in another post but I’ve painted this room again…wait til you see it. I love it so much. Loved the yellow too…but love the new color so much more in this room. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen it. )
I did 2 coats of paint…..and then distressed the edges. I almost always sand before sealing. It’s just my way. You can sand after too.
Even though it was going to be outside (on my covered front porch), I decided I wanted it to have more of a shiny finish so I put a coat of poly on top.
The hooks got spray painted in an off white primer and then painted with the same Old White. The side pieces got spray painted in Brushed Nickel. (both were brass to begin with)
And some up close details……
Hazy shot….(still trying to learn this new camera) For some reason I could not get a shot from back here without the haze? I’m thinking it was because it had rained and was humid, maybe? Clearly I am not a whiz with the new equipment yet. But I still thought the shot was sort of cool looking so I am including it.
So yes, I do have a “hall” tree on my front porch. Not the usual place for one, I know. But I like it….for now anyway. Everything is subject to change around here.
I am loving the touch of blue up there though. Think I may need to add some pillows and things with that same color.
Well, eventually, it’s a work in progress. As is the back screened porch . There will be much more to come for both. So stay tuned…..