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before and after: tv stand

Monday, April 18th, 2011

This is a revamp of one of the pieces that I picked up at this year’s trash or treasure, (which was last weekend.) I’ve been looking for a new tv stand for quite some time now for my living room and haven’t had much luck. The CB2 one (here is the green version) that I had originally thought would look nice in the space was sold out before I got the chance to purchase it and now they don’t carry it in white anymore. So at trash or treasure I set out looking for something that would work as a tv stand or be converted to a tv stand. Luckily I found a low bureau that I thought could be updated nicely.


This bureau was a little too tall as is to be used for a tv stand. So me and my dad eliminated one layer of drawers to make it the perfect height. The top two drawers were then removed to make a place for my vcr and satellite box I got at (These drawers can be added back in the future if I decide to use this piece as something besides a tv stand.)


I couldn’t be happier with the results. I think it looks really nice, fits the space, holds my electronics and best of all—it was free! All I need to do now is update the hardware…I’m thinking these beauties from Anthropologie in Palace Yell0w will be perfect finish to the piece.

weekend thrifting

Monday, May 24th, 2010

On Saturday I spent the first part of the day thrifting with my friend Alison. We started in Georgetown with visits to Annie Creamcheese and Second Time Around. In Annie Creamcheese there was some really unique jewelry by Monserat de Lucca (Some of our favorites shown above: Western Bracelet, Pac Man Earrings, Measuring Tape Ring.)  Our final stop for the day was Unique Thrift Store in Falls Church, VA where we found these fabulous steel chairs for $10 a piece (sorry for the bad phone picture). They are actually more comfortable than you would think AND in great condition. I can’t wait to make some cute cushions for them. I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to find a suitcase for the vintage suitcase cat bed that I want to make…I guess that will have to wait til next time.

trash or treasure

Monday, April 19th, 2010


Every year a very fancy neighborhood in Chevy Chase, MD has a “trash or treasure” weekend where residents can do a little spring cleaning to get rid of the items they no longer need or want and the town offers a bulk trash pickup. Since I found out about this event I’ve made sure to make my rounds each year to see what treasures I can find. It seems that this year the event was a little more well known by outsiders which was a little discouraging. But I was able to come away with one treasure for the weekend—this cute little turquoise ottoman which is in really good condition; just needed a little cleaning to whip it into shape. I love the color and mid-century modern style of this piece—yay for free furniture!