Ever heard of the saying “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”? Of course you have. Well, the same principle applies to thrift store shopping and DIY projects. At first glance, any second hand store you enter will appear to be full of trash. It will look something like this:
But to the veteran thrifter, the Salvation Army-s and Goodwill-s are nothing but treasure boxes waiting to be opened. With a little patience and a lot of vision, you can snag some really cool pieces that need little work. To me, a thrift store looks something like this:
Let’s get to the point. I found an amazing, Mid Century Modern foot stool at a guild shop in Houston a few months back for $30. Only one problem: It needed a little love. I was delighted to find that transforming this less-than-lovely stool into a beautiful, trademark piece was as easy as (lemon)pie.
Here is what the stool looked like when I brought it home:
I picked out a really pretty green fabric from a fabric store that cost me about $7.00.
I was once told that when picking an eyeshadow, choose a color that is not in your iris. I use the same rule for picking any color scheme-I think about the origin of the color (neutral, warm, primary, neon) and stick to that family. Within that family, however, I like to choose two colors that complement each other, like blue and brown, or sage and orange, but that are not related in any other way.
From here, the job was pretty much done for me. All that was left was unscrewing the pencil legs (this is a common function of a lot of Mid-Century furniture), staple the fabric on to the stool base, and screw the legs back on. In total, this project took me about 20 mins. The instant gratification was priceless!
Now, I have this beautiful stool that I have used in every room- either to fill space, act as a side table or simply, to rest my barking dogs =).
And in the spirit of cohesiveness, here is an excellent cocktail recipe that tastes like grown-up lemonade:
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1 dash absinthe
Tools: shaker, strainer
Garnish: orange peel