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Thrifted Beauty

Hello friends today is the day to show a piece we found thrifting for $35.

She needed lots of ove but we knew it would be worth it in the end.   We can see the beauty behind all the grossness. 


Just a glimpse of the bottom.  I know it’s a mess but we see potential.

I will be using the top part to finish off the dining room project I spoke about last time. 

The owner of the thrift store said this piece was from a family piece that was left in a shed.  A lot of disinfecting took place before work began.

The first thing my husband had to do was cut the portion that is a small mantle off.  He’s the power tools person, not me.  I  don’t want to learn to work with them and I’m okay with that.


Once he removed the piece it was sanded to remove chipped pieces of paint. 

Next, I  added wood putty, a lot off putty in spots to fill in holes and broken spots and let this dry for 24 hours.


As you can see, this piece was pretty dirty and needed love.  As I mentioned,  much sanitizing took place.


On the top flat part I used this much on the other side too.


John then took it outside and gave it a really good sanding and got in all the nooks and crannies.   He wiped it down and brought it back in for me to make her beautiful. 


This piece has details that I love.  One of the reasons we brought her home.


I painted her with two coats of ASCP in Old White and decided to use only clear wax to finish her off. 


Below are close-ups of the detail.



Here you go she looks beautiful again, I love the frames I fixed with her.  I kept decor simple to let the entire marriage of these pieces shine adding a pitcher filled with cherry blossoms and one of my crowns.





Below my terrarium sits with some tea cups from my grandmother.   I wanted to add a few nods to spring,  dried hydrangea and  rose buds seem to work well with a few pieces of silver plate.  Adding a crown seemed to be fitting to add a touch of whimsy.





The bust placed on a small florentine tray adds a touch of French.  Adding dried Chamomile works for me.   The bust I found while thrifting and it is plaster ware.  I did some checking and I think it may be from the 50’s or 60’s which is fine by me.  I  have a female to match I found the same day.  They seemed like they were waiting for me to give them a home.


The bottom half of this piece still needs love and we need dryer and warmer temperatures to finish her off.


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34 thoughts on “Thrifted Beauty”

  1. Oh you bring all of that over to my house right now!!!! You my friend are becoming a real furniture whisper! Just beautiful re love of these pieces. Seriously bring them over here and bring Peanut and Reeses to play with Buddy. Great job.

  2. Oh my goodness, Cindy what a find! I love all the details on your mantel and it pairs perfectly with your chippy frames! Love that terrarium and all the pretties too!

  3. New follower here! I saw your name on a comment you left for Rooted In Thyme and I had to come see what you’re all about, hehe! Looking forward to following you. Love how you guys brought that beautiful piece back to life, so pretty!

    1. Angie,

      Happy to have you follow along. I love painting furniture and pieces in our home to give them an update.

      You’ll see some recipes too. I’m going to go look at your blog and give you a follow back.

      Thanks what blogging is all about. Supporting one another

  4. Cindy, you are so talented. I adore what you did with the piece to restore it and how you have it so artfully displayed. You really have a gift for design. I laughed when you said you have no desire to work with power tools! Me neither!! Ha! We’re so lucky we have such handy and helpful husbands. I always tell him, I’ll dream it and you do it! 😉 Enjoy the weekend!

    1. Thanks Kim so much! Funny, I tell John can you cut this like this and build it to this? He says let me look and I tell him I’m not worried you can fix anything. I’ll take care of the pretty.

      We are truly blessed. He loves building things and coming up with a plan.

      Have a super weekend my friend!

  5. Cindy this is gorgeous! sometimes it’s hard to see if something is able to be salvaged. you guys did a beautiful job. Love how you have those amazing windows resting on the shelf. love all the detail!

  6. Oh I love your new find and the whole display! The terrarium vignette is fantastic too. I do hope you will share this post at TFT or All About Home on Monday.

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Wow, that is gorgeous! Great teamwork. I also love your display of beautiful teacups with the rosebuds. So romantic and beautiful.

  8. You definitely took this piece from rags to riches Cindy! I love how it turned out, and also how you styled it! It looks perfect mixed in with your decor. Love all the sweet little touches you’ve added! Many blessings 🙂

  9. Cindy, this piece turned out so well! I’ve seen some Annie Sloan videos, and the paint looks amazing. It was the perfect paint for this piece. I’m so impressed by the results! You also accessorized so nicely with the cherry blossoms. Happy almost spring!

  10. I am so impressed with what you have accomplished. This is absolutely beyond my skill level! You have a great talent!

  11. OOOH!!!!! So much to love in your post today, Cindy! What a great idea to repurpose that center part of the old Victorian mantel into this new mantel shelf… This give me an idea of what to do for our laundry room which has THE UGLIEST wire shelf for hanging clothes… 😀 I will be searching! Happily featuring your post (as you know) at Share Your Style this week, #246). <3 Oh, and isn't plumber's putty wonderful stuff? Just mix and rub on with your fingers, sand and voilà! Great job cutting, John!!

    Enjoy your new shelf and happy almost spring,
    Barb 🙂

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