Turtle Turtle

Allow me to take you back…
waaaaaaaay back…..
to a decade you may not even recall…
a decade I don’t recall ever existing…..

Back to when the kitchen of our ONLY 14 year-old house


Simply Style - Kitchen Before



No your eyes are not deceiving you, that is a real live kitchen in the real live house that we actually were in competing offers for…. believe… or not {no but seriously I’m not kidding}!

After a whole lota primer, paint and elbow grease we managed to transform our lemon lime dream kitchen to something a little more manageable…. it looks like this

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 She aint fancy, but it is pretty amazing what a little paint and hardware can do isn’t it!

Though our chocolate brown {for now} kitchen it a heck of a lot better than the yellow and lime mess we were working with, we pretty much stripped this space of like all it’s personality.  Enter TURTLE!

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I was wandering my fav local thrift store {Vinnie’s} when I stumbled upon this open shelled beauty.  While other’s may have overlooked this $1 dude, I saw nothing but opportunity for him!

I brought him home, doused him in a coat of white spray paint and voila!

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Like an all new man… I mean turtle!

Now you are probably wondering, what the heck are you going to do with this turtle who is missing half his shell.  Well to you strange person asking me rhetorical questions {wait that’s me} I am going to add a little personality to my kitchen that’s what.

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ta-da, sure I could have painted him a fun bright colour but lets me honest after this mess

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a little white turtle to hold sponges is about all I can handle…
I’m working on it with my therapist {ps. I don’t have a therapist}

So there you have it, an easy peasy ceramic animal makeover to add a little “personality” to your space!

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Thrifting Finds

It is a beautiful Saturday and the sun in shinning, and the dog had me up at 6am…. I managed to squeeze an extra hour out of him but by 7 am he wanted me up.  I wasn’t happy, I am not going to lie but now just before noon I want to thank him.  I feel like I have already had a full day and it isn’t even lunch time!

I’m home alone today so I was able to get some much overdo blog stalking reading in as I sat in bed enjoying the quiet of my house.  It’s a nail trim day for the big beast but it was much too hot to do our usual 7km round trim walk to the doggie beauty salon so we did a quick 2km around the neighbourhood to get him good and tired before heading there in the car.

The doggie salon is just across the road from our old apartment building which just happens to be next door to one of our favourite parks.  There is a great little spot just down into the trails where we used to take the little mutts to enjoy a cooling of swim {before we moved to our house which is AC equipped} so since Mr. Shaq was such a good boy during his pawdicure, I decided he deserved to a cooling swim on this hot day.

For those of you that don’t know Shaq is our 80 some odd pound Weimaraner.  This is taken straight from the ever-so-reliable Wikipedia, “ Weimaraners are great water dogs as evidenced by their webbed toes” and as I someone who has owned a Weim before, I know its true, so I figured Shack would be pretty pumped about his swim….

Simply Style Blog - Thrifting Finds{Shaq the Weimaraner}

Not so.  That’s right, my big tough, somewhat intimidating beast of a dog was terrified of the babbling stream and what I finally figured out to be the large rocks that are in the water.  I don’t even think he got a chance to enjoy the cool down because he was so anxiety ridden by the fact that the water was moving and “what the heck, there ANOTHER rock!”

Alright, enough about my big grey beast, but this is leading somewhere because before I could get through to confirm we could get the dude in for his pawdicure I decided that a little thrifting was in order.  I had spied these lamps at Vinnies earlier in the week that I had {mistakenly} left behind so I decided a trip there and to Value Village couldn’t hurt on a Saturday morning.

I was in Value Village’s parking lot at 8:59am {they open at 9} and not wanting to look like the crazy thrift shopper {i am}, I decided I would head across the street and pick myself up a Starbucks.  Now I am entirely aware of the irony of enjoying a $5.45 black tea latte before heading in to Value Village but hey!

Now as I have mentioned before I have been finding out Value Village to be a little out of control lately.  The sweet deals we once had appear to be long gone so I rarely walk out with anything but today was a totally different story.  Along with a variety of different small decor items and projects I found this.

Simply Style Blog - Thrifting Finds{hexagon table}

Oh yay, a hexagon table you say.  What’s so exciting about that?  After all I already did over two of these bad boys for our living room so what could I possibly want with another.  Well this smaller version with a little more height on it caught my eye.  I stopped to check it out and as much as I loved it had no idea where it would go, buuuuuuuut then I saw the price tag …  $4.99, that’s right FOUR DOLLARS AND NINETY NINE CENTS.  For those of you that haven’t yet fallen asleep or skimmed past the blabber above, you will know that that is LESS than I just paid for my Starbucks latte, so after coming to that conclusion I determined it simply could not be left behind.

After spending my $25 or so at Value Village I headed over to Vinnie’s to check on my lamps.  Luckily there were three of them left {there were like 6 or 8 on Monday} and I decided at $5 a piece they were coming home.  Our Vinnie’s is great because if you get them hope and they don’t work they will take them back {because $5 bucks is $5 bucks and you can buy yourself a lamp or a hexagon table or a Starbucks latte with that}.

I spent my $22.50 at Vinnies, loaded my additional treasures into the car and headed to Home Depot to stock up on spray paint because despite having about 15 cazillion projects currently on the go, there is nothing better than a quick and easy DIY on the cheap!

Alright enough chatter you wanna see the loot don’t you?  Well, here it is!

Simply Style Blog - Thrifting Finds{the loot}

There was one piece that I didn’t want to pass up but with a price tag of $120, it really isn’t a spontaneous buy.

Simply Style Blog - Thrifting Finds{sa-sa-sa-sa-saweet unit  – yup… that just happened}

Those doors on top open up and there are drawers and shelves and all kinds of crazy amazing things.  This would have a great office addition for storing craft supplied or be super fun in a bedroom was was lacking in storage.  I think I will be re-visting him to see if the price goes down.  Last weekend Vinnie’s had a 50% off furniture sale, maybe one of those will come up again. I’ve liked them on Facebook so if it does I will know right away!

So what do you think of my finds?  This was by far more most successful thrifting adventure yet!  Now I am off to spray paint but I leave you with more pictures of my finds.

Simply Style Blog - Thrifting Finds{thrifting finds}Simply Style Blog - Thrifting Finds{how much do you love that elephant}

Simply Style Blog - Thrifting Finds{this table may cause a divorce, or I could just buy him a latte to make up for it}

Simply Style Blog - Thrifting Finds{how sexy are the lines of those lamps?}

Simply Style Blog - Thrifting Finds{it’s a brass party…. not for long}

Simply Style Blog - Thrifting Finds{honestly, how cute is this guy?}

Thrift Store Finds: Mr. Bar Cart

Every once in awhile, while perusing Pinterest or some of my favourite blogs I will be inspired to get out and see what sweet deals I can find.  It seems to be happening a lot more recently as I find myself stopping into our local St. Vincent de Paul (Vinnies), our Habitat ReStore or Value Village.  Our resale, and thrifting options are limited but every now again I will find something that is just perfect for a project.  Sadly I have never had any major finds like Sherry or Katie but not too long ago, on a random trip to Value Village I spotted this bad boy.

{my value village find}

{bar cart}

Yes ladies and gentleman that is none other than the infamous bar cart!  You may be familiar with him from such appearances at some high end home decor retailers.  Here are some of my favourite bar carts that I have seen all over Pinterest, magazines and the web.

{source – Maison 21)

{source – Veranda}

{source – Design Chic}

{source – Restoration Hardware}

Needless to say Mr. Bar Cart was everywhere and sporting a hefty price tag right along with his stylish good looks, so, needless to say when I spotted this number sitting right inside my very own Value Village, I trampled every Granny walked calmly and slowly over to it.  I was careful not to draw any attention to myself because you never know when another design obsessed bargain hunter may also be on the prowl.  When I finally made it to said bar cart I was a little nervous to find out what price ticket this vintage Value Village version would be sporting.  I don’t know if you know but the prices at Value Village have been getting a little crazy lately, where I once was able to find a coffee table for $7.99 they are now selling for $24.99 and some even $39.99.  There is no denying that is still a good deal {depending on the coffee table} but $7.99 made turning it into a cute upholstered bench so much easier to swallow.

Anyways, I slowly flipped the tag hanging from Mr. Bar Cart’s shoulder and what did I see?

{bar cart – $4.99}

THAT!! That is what I saw, a little tag sporting the ever so reasonable price of $4.99!  FOUR NINETY-NINE can you believe it? That’s four dollars and ninety-nine cents, jeez lets call it $5 I don’t care, compared to its brothers and sisters and cousins that have been popping up everywhere $4.99 was a STEAL!

Obviously I continued to act with poise and grace when I nearly screamed a little shriek of excitement, quickly looked around to see if I could share my joy of this bargain with anyone around me and then proceeded to drag Mr. Bar Cart around the store with me making a helluva racket everywhere I went.  Usually I wouldn’t be so keen on drawing so much attention to myself but this time I was so excited you can bet I wanted everyone in that Value Village to see me and my bar cart and think “Wow, check out that sweet bar cart”.  In reality I doubt anyone in the store even knew what a bar cart was let alone how in style they had recently become and more likely were wondering why a 20-something girl felt that dragging a piece of brass on wheels around Value Village on a Saturday was a good idea, but I much prefer the first scenario.

So you’ve probably guessed that I happily paid my $5.64 for my very own bar cart, loaded it into the back of my car and headed home, where Mr. Bar Cart has now lived for the last 3 months or so.  I knew he needed a new paint job but it was too cold out to spray paint effectively so he just had to wait.  Very few visitors appreciated my bar cart as much as me but I knew that Mr. Brass Bar Cart could be something fabulous!

{the before}

Well this weekend we finally experienced some warmer weather and I was able to get out back and get my DIY on.  I had a million and one projects on the go and I am pretty sure my neighbours think I am absolutely nuts {they’d be right} because if they looked over the fence, spread throughout our backyard were different painting, staining and spray painting projects {I had a very productive weekend}.   I had some silver spray paint on hand from a previous project so I taped off Mr. Bar Cart’s black wheels and got to spraying.

{my weapon of choice}

{taped off the wheels}

I had the whole day and was sure to let it dry very well between coats.  Two coats was all I really needed then I flipped him over and did the underside.  Once he had dried completely I brought him inside, removed the tape from his wheels, cleaned the glass shelves and put him back together!  I am kind of in love with what an easy peasy coat of spray paint can do for previously forgotten home décor.  I have been using it in a lot of my projects lately and am enjoying the quick and easy update it offers.

{the finished product – oh hi shaq}

When I picked up Mr. Bar Cart, I really had no idea where he was going to go but for $5 I couldn’t resist.  I then thought he would live in the basement family room {like he had been for months} but now that he is all sprayed up pretty and silver I think he may have to make his home in the living room where he coordinates oh so well.  Here is where he is at right now.  With some simple styling and a few accessories I think my $5 bar cart will be a pretty fun addition to our home.

{the after}

{the after}

The total cost for the project was just the bar cart itself at $5.64 {that’s $4.99 plus tax} the tape and spray paint I had on hand.  I will need to spend a little on accessories to get him all spruced up but I am thinking those could be potential thrift finds as well.  I can’t wait to share the finished product once Mr. Bar Cart is styled and finds his permanent home.

Do you have any amazing thrift store finds?