If you haven’t already heard then get excited….get REALLY excited!!! You just stumbled upon the best collection of thrifted gems in the inter-world!!!! 33 amazing bloggers have shopped thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales to find some fun and quirky items that could get a great new life. Then they mailed them to each other to see what magic could be worked! I was lucky enough to be asked by my friend Charlotte at Ciburbanity, to take part in this super fun swap. I couldn’t have been happier to oblige.
Let’s get one thing out of the way. Mr. Poppin Fresh over there, I couldn’t bring myself to change it! Is it the kid in me that remembers the cute little giggle when he was poked in the stomach? I don’t know, but I thought of painting it or covering it in rope and turning it into a lamp. But at the end of the day, he became part of my pantry organization craze and he now holds mini marshmallows. Yay Poppin Fresh!
That cute little treasure box needed some touching up. It just wasn’t my style.
With a fresh coat of paint and some gold polka dots, it is adorable and the PERFECT size to hold all my memory cards for my pictures that I am forever losing!
And finally, the piece de resistance, the bamboo placemats. I initially thought of this little box I have in my living room for inspiration.
I absolutely love the look of this box and I thought I could duplicate that vibe using the bamboo pieces. My brain instantly said “wooden table runner.”
So all those little bamboo pieces came a-tumbling down.
I happened to have a piece of wood that was a perfect size for a runner so all I really needed to do to get started was grab my glue gun.
In true Homemaker fashion, I was very technical when starting my first row of beads, as you can see. I used a scrap piece of wood as a guide so my first line didn’t end up trailing off. Once my first row was on, I just followed that row.
Once I got going it went pretty fast. I would recommend that you arrange the pieces before you glue, that way you know you have the pattern you want.
Obviously, now I had the issue of the beads being higher than the base and that wasn’t going to work. So I had a piece of plywood underlayment cut to give me 2 four inch pieces to add to either side. It just so happened to be just the right height.
I used Loctite to glue them and then, again being very technical, I used library books to weigh the pieces down until they dried.
Once it was all dry, I used Minwax Polyshades to stain the wood. In retrospect, I should have done this BEFORE I glued it because I hate having to be careful. I may have gotten a little stain on the beads but it was fine.
After all was said and done, I had my husband run it through the table saw to get the extra length of wood off that you can see on the side. He is my personal carpenter.
And here we are, the finished product!
I had so much fun doing this and I want to send a big THANK YOU to Charlotte for including me! I already can’t wait for next time!
So no, off you go to visit Jennifer at Town and Country Living. You will love her. I am so excited to see what she did with all these goodies that I sent her. So let’s head on over and see what beauty she created!
And since I know you want more of all this thrifted fun, here is the list of all the wonderful ladies that took part in this challenge. Start at day one and just keep on going.
Day 1- Monday
Day 2- Tuesday
Day 3- Wednesday
Day 4- Thursday
I Am a Homemaker You’re Here
Town and Country Living Now go here!
Day 5- Friday
Gourley Girl & Guy
Shades of Blue Interiors