Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It's Thrifty Thursday!!

Today I am pleased to share with ya'll a few treasures that I picked up recently.
I found these very substantial candlesticks at a local thrift store for $4.20.  They are 20 inches tall.  Now they do look lovely as they are but I think that I little black spray paint can help these fine candlesticks look even better.

I purchased this basket in a large box with 5 other baskets at an auction for $2.00.  What attracted me to this basket was the tortoise shell looking trim around the top and the bottom.  I just know that a little black spray paint on this basket is going to do wonders for this lonely looking piece of wicker!  My Gracie agrees. :)

As the work is being done I have a couple more helpers...
I really just don't know what to say about this picture...
At last, with lots of supervision from a couple of Shih-Tzu and a bobtailed kitty I have the completed basket...
and the completed candlesticks...much, much better.  Now keeping in mind that we are deep into the packing paper and boxes, the basket just went straight into a packing box.  But I did take a moment to just play with the candlesticks...
on the right is how I usually decorate this mantle, with a matching set on the left.  Just for a minute though I removed the urn and the wrought iron candlestick and replaced it with the new/old black candlestick.  I'm really not too sure which one I like better.  Doesn't really matter for this house though, as all the lovelies on this mantle are now wrapped in paper in a box!

Disclaimer:  Yes, my walls are white and yes that is a mini-blind on that window. You see, this is not our home, it belongs to the U.S. Army. For the past 3 years my hubby, little men and I have been fortunate to call it home but alas we can make no changes to it.  It is a lovely 5200 sq. ft. home that celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2009.  One day soon I will post pictures for those of you who have not already seen it.

OK, I am really lovin' my cheap treasures and can't wait to take a look at all the other thrifty finds over at Leigh's blog.  You too should go have a look and let your imagine go wild!! :)

5 comments:

Poetry Dan said...

Now, I must say, with the near ten dollars that you spent on those things you could have bought me three, count 'em three packs of pencils or a penguin press paperback! I think you need to prioritize mi madre. :)

me said...

Yeah, or something to drink! :o)
Fabulous work . . . I've been joining you in the spray painting today as well . . . you'll see later! (BTW I love the pics with the animals in them!)

Linda said...

I'm sure the help was appreciated! They looked like they wanted to be IN the basket!!! Love the candlesticks! I think I will have to come over to make sure you really are packing things up and not just telling us that! :-)

~ Pink Flamingo ~ said...

WOW, those candlesticks look terrific in black (what an improvement!), and I LOVE the interesting rim on the paper basket. You must've sprinkled some creative mojo into the wind... yesterday, I disassembled a large, turquoise leather handbag in order to create a new handle). (Notable because I have done virtually nothing creative since leaving AZ!) I've been wondering when we would see Miss Gracie! The pic of Chui's face is SO expressive. It deserves a frame.

Katie said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I love those candles sticks!! Totally jealous that you scored those!