I Cleaned Out my Closet with ThredUP: An Honest Review

You already know I’m a big fan of vintage and thrift shopping. 90% of my wardrobe is second hand clothing, with the exception of a few special pieces. Still, since leaving my office job when I moved to the US, I realized I no longer had a need for the formal and professional clothing that I used to need for running workshops and hosting meetings.

Usually I would just sack up my clothes and donate them — which I still did with a majority of the spoils of my spring cleaning — but I was also intrigued with the idea of making back a bit of cash on some of my nice and rarely-worn pieces. So, I  requested a free clean-out kit from ThredUP and got to work. Read More »

A Very Vintage Christmas

It is so easy to be dazzled with every new sparkle and bobble that fills the stores this holiday season. I get it. I freaking love Christmas. Still, the environment takes a huge hit by the end of the month when every family starts to trash their packaging and gift wrap and all the plastic decorations that won’t survive another year.

I try to limit myself this time of year – though it’s really, REALLY difficult – to only buying one or two new decorations for the collection. It keeps the impact on the earth low and forces me to be creative with what I have. It’s a fun challenge to try to make something new and crafty or just decorate using the pieces that I already have in new and interesting ways.

For me, vintage is an easy medium to work with in terms of decorating because my favourite Christmas vignettes are the ones that evoke a feeling of nostalgia. I like to think of the old pieces in family homes spruced up with a little holiday cheer.

Here are few examples of how to incorporate vintage into your holiday decor.

Simple Silver

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Combine a few bottle brush trees with vintage silver pieces. BIG thanks to my gal Renée for scoring the tray and the sugar, creamer set for a cool 25 cents! A quarter! Talk about a Christmas miracle.

A Colour Story

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Pick your favourite Christmas colours and make their proximity part of the holiday scheme. These vintage books and other red pieces only needed a few candy canes to drive it home.

Merry Milk Glass

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Milk glass is the perfect vessel for your holiday treats and trinkets. I threw in this red Pyrex fridgie becuse I just love red and white – must be a twinkle of Canadiana Christmas spirit.

Mixed Metals

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Deck the halls with copper and mercury glass and gold leaf! I painted some white canvas with gold paint for a bonus backdrop as well.

If you’re looking to add some fun, high quality vintage pieces to your own collection – ones that will last for many Christmases to come, check out my Etsy shop where you’ll find some of the pieces pictured above and many new pieces added weekly.

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Like this post? Check out my other holiday posts here:

The Quintessential Feminist Gift Guide

Simple and Rustic Christmas Tree in a Frame

100 Movie New York Christmas Countdown

Minimalist Eco-Conscious Alterna-Tree

Best Worst Christmas Movies

30 Acts of Kindness (And a Christmas Printable)

UpCycle that Vintage Bar Cart

This post is part of a Blog Hop featuring other super fun posts on flipping furniture by ECM bloggers. Be sure to check out all the links after reading this post and follow the hashtag #ECMFleaMarketFlip

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I absolutely adore being able to rescue a dated piece of furniture by giving it new life with some simple upcycling tricks. Sometimes pieces need a bit of restoration and sometimes they only need a fresh coat of paint.

When I found this tired old bar cart at the Halifax St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop, Hand in Hand, I was thrilled to snatch it up for only $10.

Now, I love faux bois as much as the next gal but the cheap MDF shelves didn’t exactly scream chic. For that matter, the tarnished brass frame was also crying out for help.

At first I wanted to remove the casters and shelves to paint just the frame. Unfortunately, those shelves were there to stay. Seriously! Try as I might I just could NOT pry them from the frame.

So, onto plan B.

I painted the shelves white and decided to just percolate some alternatives while I went on to spray the frame with Rustoleum Paint & Primer in Copper Rose.

It took three coats in the humidity but eventually that lovely sheen had covered up the sins of this bar cart’s past.

Eventually, I decided to pull

out the big guns: that’s right, découpage. I started by covering the shelves in the same Copper Rose as the rest of the frame. Then, I found these lovely thick scrap booking pages that complimented the colour perfectly.

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This is the best my iPhone could capture the colour but it really does have a lovely glimmer to it.

Enter Mod Podge.

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Mod Podge is an easy medium to work with, even for beginners. If you look closely at the above picture, you’ll see the hint of white starting to fade around the sealed paper. Fortunately, it dries clear so after a few coats, the paper was secure and there was nary a trace of Mod Podge left. The best part is that it also lends a touch of water resistance to increase durability of the over all piece.

By morning, everything was dry and ready for business. I decided to nix the casters full stop since I’ll be using the cart in my home office and not for serving drinks (or hey, maybe I’ll do both!).

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Happy upcycling!

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