Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fun Finds

I visited a new thrifty store the other weekend and wanted to share some cool finds.  My first stop was A new store called Thrill of the Hunt in Ashland, VA.  Kind of a mix of painted furniture and vintage finds.

I'm madly in love with this old antique grain/seed bin.  I can totally see it cleaned up in a dining room as a buffet.  The price seems hefty but the owner of the store said they saw a similar one online for $9,000.  I bet they negotiate price there too...not sure but seems like that type of place.

Thrill of the Hunt $1,595

Love this letter N...wish I had a significant N in my life but my last name is a W, kids are E and C...couldn't justify buying it!  And totally forgot to ask the price.  

Love this elephant garden stool.

Thrill of the Hunt $65

I hoped over to Habitat ReStore on Mechanicsville Turnpike too and they had a BUNCH of these carpet squares I've seen them use on HGTV room makeover shows a bunch.  Great for swapping out if you have kids who like to use your carpet as a napkin like mine do!

Hope everyone is having a great day.  I for one need a drink.  Day 1 of potty training my 2 year old was a MAJOR FAIL.  Girls got some serious willpower.  

I'm feeling a little bit like this right about now!

Friday, February 24, 2012

VA Goodwill coupon-For Realz this time!

Remember a few weeks ago I basically instructed all you Virginians to go steal from Goodwill by sharing an expired coupon with you that I didn't realize was expired!  Well I'm back with a legit one this time.  If you go to Goodwill Industries of Central VA's Facebook page here you will see they have reached their goal of 750 Facebook fans and want to reward us Goodwill Hunters with a coupon.  20% off next purchase of $20.  So make sure to "like" them and get shopping people!  There's got to be a campaign dresser, Chippendale chair, or card catalog hiding out just waiting to be taken home.

Happy Shopping!
Anyone going thrifting this weekend?!? 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Class and Trash finds

No, you are not seeing things.  Two posts in one day.  Call me crazy!  Wanted to give a quick shout out to my sponsor Class and Trash.  Was dropping things there today and spotted a few of their goodies I had to share...hence the two posts in one day.  I didn't want someone else to snag these things up before you all got a chance to see them!!!

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!  There are no words.  
Industrial barrister bookcase.  Be still my heart.  Want it but have no room.  
Adding to my To Do List: Buy Bigger House STAT!

Class and Trash $185

Great Mirror, Great Price, few dings but still very workable.

Class and Trash $28

Call me crazy but I thought this wire industrial completely 
un-upholstered (minus the horrid floral arm rests) chair was cool.

Class and Trash $65

Call them if you want to hold one of these items or buy over the phone.  (804) 798-0567.

Campaign it and Frame it!

I used to hate gold.  If it was gold I was spray painting it.  Something has come over me, though, and all I find my self thinking about is gold, gold, gold.  I'm buying gold stuff with the intention of leaving it gold and I'm even purposely painting things gold!  My mom emailed me this House Beautiful brass frame knockoff project from A Thoughtful Place...


...and I knew I had to try it (feeds right into my love of campaign style furniture!)  But because you all know how lazy time efficient I am....I tweaked it a little (bagged the spray painted masking tape she used) so I had to put as little effort out as humanly possible.

Can everyone say Rub 'n Buff!!!  

I used a piece of paper as my guide to where to mark my lines (pretend I'm holding that pen with my right hand instead of the camera and marking the frame...another arm would really come in handy in more ways than one around here ;)....

Then taped off ...

I rubbed my fave Rub 'n Buff in Gold Leaf in the taped off area...

AMACO Rub N Buff Finish 1/2 Ounce Tube Gold Leaf 76361; 3 Items/Order

And in literally minutes you get a fun little blinged out look with little time or money.  

Here's a quick reminder of the BEFORE:

And the AFTER!

It's a subtle change but a fun little project if you have a tube of Rub 'n Buff and about 10 minutes!

I made sure to go around the corners too.

Oh and did you notice I moved the drawers around in a checker board fashion on the card catalog!  I'm kind of loving the look and think I may keep it like this for a bit.  Seems more authentic to me than painting it...at least for the time being.  And this photo reminds me I still need a BETTER FITTING LAMP for that area.

So what about you all?  
Are you on the "gold is the new black" movement with me or think I'm stuck in a time rut?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Starburst Mirror on the Cheap!

Fellow Richmonder,very talented decorator, and hysterically funner blogger Julia over at Pawley's Island Posh tipped me off to this great starburst mirror.  It's surprisingly from Home Depot!  The price is so great too!  At $35 its a no brainer. 

Love how it looks on Julia's mantle. 

I immediately got online and ordered one to pick up in my local store.  Searching Home Depot with my active two year old doesn't usually end well so I figured if they had it waiting for me it would be my first successful trip to the Depot and probably a record setting time!  And because I'm a weirdo and possible hoarder I ordered two just in case! 

I wasn't sure where it would land in my house and tried it out in a few places but decided over the bed in our master was the winner.  Here it is with some Tarjay pillows, lampshades, JCPenny ruffle duvet and a peacock pillow and throw from Pier 1.  They  have a $10 off 50 coupon here but it expires today :(

Love how it ties in the gold in my dresser and map drawer projects I recently completed. 
Pick up your own  mirror here.
Hope everyone had a great weekend! 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Best Intentions

I had the best intentions to try and finish up this bar during the kids nap time today. It's been hanging around the garage way to long and I had hoped to make it pretty today but.... guess who has strep throat!  Your truly.   Soooooo, instead I'm going to take a nap since I was up all night last night with what felt like knives in my throat.  Plus it's a little rainy here so I guess it wasn't meant to be! 

Remember my before:

This is what I got accomplished yesterday.  Primed and ready to go.  Did you notice the hardware has almost disappeared.  Well my laziness got the best of me yesterday and I didn't tape it off.  I've actually convinced myself its a good thing since I'm going to be rub n buffing the hardware a pretty gold leaf anyway.  We shall see.  It may be something I regret in the future but I'm keeping my fingers crossed it actually helps the rub n buff stick better.  Oh and a little while back I also added casters to the bottom so its a mobile bar, because who doesn't love a traveling cart of alcoholic goodness!?!?! 

I'm going to be using the paint I have left over from this project, a purdy peacock blue. 

See you soon!  Thanks for stopping in!

Monday, February 13, 2012


It's been a good run but after a lot of thought I've decided to shut down my space at Through the Garden Gate.  Having two spaces ended up being more work than I was really ready for and when we started doing our taxes for this year the profit I was going to make was not enough to keep it going.  I'm sad cause I love that place and will continue to shop there for sure, but it is a relief to know I just have my little square of space to fill at Class and Trash.  The rest of my time can be spent focusing on my kiddos and husband.  And think of all the brain cells I'm going to save by not having to spray paint so much furniture!  I really have few to spare so that's a big plus ;)

So I'm having a sale to try and get rid of most of my stuff as to not have to move out a bunch of items.  My entire booth is 30% off.  I highlighted some of my favorite items below.

Here's what the space is looking like right now.

Pendant light-LOVE this.  SALE PRICE $70

kitchens - Yoke Pendant white kitchen granite wood floors  Tori Spelling's white kitchen  Parquet wood floors, white kitchen cabinets, black
Tori Spelling's kitchen.  Something tells me she didn't pay $70 for her pendant!

okay...back to my sale...

Riddling Rack (wine tower) SALE PRICE $66

Riddling Rack (wine tower) (from different angle) $66

I think it would be so cool to separate my piece and hang from the wall like these!!!


This one goes for $330 in an etsy shop

Alright...back to the sale...

Can't believe this never sold!!!  SALE PRICE $63

Great antique Windsor chair SALE PRICE $77

That's all for now...

Thanks for stopping in!  xoxo!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Card Catalog Finds a Home.

I think I've found a home for the card catalog but need to make some more changes.  I've searched the whole house and attic for a better fitting lamp but couldn't find one here so I'm thinking I need to make a trip to Hobby Lobby or Home Goods for that.  Something smaller for sure.

Wanted to give you a look from farther away but the sun coming in makes it not such a great shot.

Love these foo dogs...ummmm, did you know...$10, Target 
(anyone watch Real Housewives of Bev Hills..."ummmm, did you know, $25,000!" 
That woman makes me crazy!)

One of my vignettes wouldn't be complete without a bottle of wine!!!
   Fits perfectly, clearly meant to be!

So now the question becomes...to paint or not to paint?!?  Maybe sand and stain?  New legs...hairpin perhaps?  For now I'm happy but there is still work to be done.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Like I won the Lotto!!!

First of all, thank you to anyone who ran out and picked up my Class and Trash stuff from my last drop off post.  It's such a thrill to know people are bringing my finds into their homes.  Makes this little hobby of mine so exciting, so a big THANK YOU!

Okay, now on to the big reveal.  Like the title of this post says, I feel like I have won the lottery!  Remember my tease from Friday...

Well  here is a clearer picture!

AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!  Unless it wasn't sitting in my house right now I wouldn't believe it!  A real life card catalog.  The thing I have been chasing but never caught for the past year or two.  And listen to how I came to own one.  Remember my friend "Diane" who redid her dining room with a teensy bit of help from me and a whole lot of hard work from her....

Well do you also remember she purchased two card catalogs at an auction in CT a while back.  Guess who got the other one!  And listen to this!  She refused to let me pay her for it and instead wants me to help her with another room in her house.  I think she must be smoking the wacky tobacky.  Can you even imagine.

If you live in CT, heck, if you  live anywhere near Connecticut you need to find "Diane" and beg her to be your friend!  She is THE most generous person!  I mean, do you know anyone who would give away a card catalog?!?!  Me neither!  Well, actually I do!  But you know what I mean!

So I don't know yet what I'm going to do paint wise or where I'm going to put this pretty lady.  I feel so much pressure to get it right so I want to live with it in a few places first before I get to painting it.  Okay, I'm off to stare at my card catalog a little bit more ;)  Hope everyone had a great weekend!!!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Scentsy Plug!

My friend and blog sponsor Whitney over at Scentsy wants to let you all know that Scentsy has a brand new catalog with lots of new warmers and new spring/summer scents. AND...anyone who books a party through my website will get a free plug in warmer and scent bar.  That's a crazy good deal.  I love my plug in warmer so much!  It is one of my favorite things I've added to my house...and I'm not just saying that because Whitney sponsors my blog!

Scentsy is also coming out with a body line called "layers" that will feature lotions, body sprays etc. in some of the popular scents.  Here are some items I'm crushing on!

One of my all time faves and also ON SALE!

These hold a Scentsy pack in a zippered pocket.  Nice way to cover up the smell your diaper genie doesn't hide!  So cute and also ON SALE!

Nice neutral...also ON SALE!

Stop by Whitney's site here and shop around while your watching the Super Bowl tonight!!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Class and Trash Drop

Wanted to show  you my recent drop offs at Class and Trash. 

I can see this on some hairpin legs as a very cool table.


GREAT mirror kinda wanted to keep myself...$40

Not in my booth but reminds me of the chair my sister and mom redid.  $48

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!  Anyone up to anything fun?!?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Special Delivery!

I'm getting a special delivery tomorrow...I'm beyond excited and can't wait to show you all and see it with my own two eyes.  And just to keep you interested...here's a little teaser thanks to the Crazy Photo booth app on my IPhone.