Friday, October 15, 2010

Bargain Find Redos

This week has flown by! I can't believe it's already time for another Show and Tell Friday. Today I'd like to show you a couple of my bargain finds and how I dressed them up.

First up, a red chair that I recently nabbed at Goodwill for $3.00. This is how it looked when I bought it.

There were a few cracks in the seat, so I filled them in with wood putty.

Next, I gave the chair a thorough sanding.

It was during the sanding that I encountered a small problem. Once of the screw holes was almost completely stripped and would no longer hold a screw. Since this is a pretty common problem, I thought I'd share my solution with you. I simply took a toothpick and bent it in half as shown.

Next, I inserted it into the hole.

Once fully inserted, the screw went in quite securely.

Next, I painted the chair black.

Here it is after I painted it.

To jazz it up a little, I painted the shield-shaped grove with white.

Then, I made a stencil and added a fleur de lis to the back.

And now for what just might be my best bargain of all time...a vintage cardboard wardrobe that I picked up at a yard sale for the grand sum of $2.00! I've actually had this piece for a while...long before I started blogging so I don't have photos of it in it's original brown color. The photo below shows it after its first redo, with blue trim and floral wallpaper panels.

That look worked well for the room as it was decorated at the time.

But it was due for a bit of a facelift. To bring it more in step with my updated scheme, I painted the trim black and decoupaged pages from an old dictionary that I found in a freebie pile to the panels.

It was a very simple change, but I think it gives the wardrobe a completely different character.

Here are my two bargain pieces with a bookcase that I'm using in my currently-in-progress redesigned guest/craft room.

I love finding bargains like these and fixing them up as one of a kind accents. I hope you've enjoyed my little tale. Happy bargain hunting!

Until next time,

Be sure to check out "Show and Tell Friday" at Cindy's Romantic Home. Lots of great ideas to discover!


  1. Dear Sheilla ... what a clever trick with the toothpick in the screw hole! Now won't hubs be impressed with what I learned from blogging! Both your makeovers are fabulous and I love how your screen has now undergone not one, but two makeovers by you! Look at how much use you've gotten out of a cheap find! Have a great weekend!

  2. Hi Sheilla,
    By adding some imagination, elbow grease, paint and pages from an old dictionary, you have two beautiful, one of a kind pieces. Very impressive...thanks for sharing!

  3. Your chair turned out great! I love mismatched chairs from the Goodwill!!

  4. Your chair turned out great! I think alot of people would've passed it by in that condition, now it has a whole new lease on life! And your decoupaged cupboard is such a fun project! I also really love the touches of aqua on your bookcase! Thanks for all of the great inspiration!

  5. Great job Shiela! You have a good eye for seeing the possibilities. That chair has great "bones". Thank you for sharing!

  6. Great the updated cabinet...gotta love old book pages!
    THANK YOU for the kind words of encouragement!

  7. A little bit of love sure went a long way on your 2 pieces.

  8. Clever, clever my dear. I love the black with the text pages. Such a wonderful look!!!


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