A few weekends ago, was helping a friend pick up a glass desk top and made a pit stop before heading home. This lovely gem is in DC called Miss Pixie's. They sell vintage home furnishings for reasonably priced! Every Wednesday they have new inventory arrive which is ready for sale the next day. All items are in good to excellent shape and ready to use. Everything from victorian to yesterday with a bit of midcentury and shabby chic thrown in. They always have farm tables, bookshelves, beds, upholstered pieces, dressers, garden furniture, original artwork, great lighting, fun serving pieces, ceramics and silverplate and textiles. They even have homebaked chocolate chip cookies baked fresh everyday!
Latest vintage finds adventure: Stylish Patina. It's a place where vintage meets modern in home furnishings & decor. On Sunday, as part of the store, there is Rough Luxe which is a warehouse into a vintage furniture shopping extravaganza. It is a 2,500 square feet chock full of re-imagined vintage furniture, modern accents and fabulous salvage. This is a monthly weekend event, the next one is the weekend of October 17-19. There are photos of the inventory that is updated on their Facebook page.
Remember my old coffee table?! Been wanting to change it up for awhile now. But I had a hard time finding just the right one. When I did find one that I like, it was a bit more than what I wanted to spend on a coffee table. Mostly, sold on etsy and those run anywhere from $200-300. So I thought, what if i build one based on the inspiration I see. I was so lucky to find a wooden roundtop table at Second Chance for only $5! What a steal!
So it all started with this lovely green wooden round tabletop. From the crayon drawings, looks like it was used for a children's table.
I borrowed a sander from my friend Marie. I was amazed by the change. Can't believe a table this green can be striped down to the bare bones.
It didn't take long at all to sand the entire roundtop, probably 30 minutes max.
Next, staining. I went with the Rust-Oleum Wood Stain in a Dark Walnut. I had used this color before in staining some crates. Had enough left over to stain this the area of this tabletop.
I Applied probably 6-7 coats to get to the color I liked. I let each coat dry for about an hour.
Had ordered Raw Steel Hairpin Legs (16in) from Hairpinlegs.com. Using the #10 Pan Head Screws, screwed all the legs in.
Final stop is add the Polyurethane, it was recommended to add 3 coats.
The finished product! Lets see the savings breakdown:
- Wooden Roundtop Table: $5 (From Second Chance)
- Hairpin Legs: $83 (Biggest splurge for this project! Looked around for sometime and the ones I really wanted from Spring Modern were sold out. I ended up going with ones from Hairpinlegs. Shipping was the killer part, the standard was $15.)
- Wood Stain: Already had (Color: Dark Walnut)
- Polyurethane (Wood Sealer): $7.79
- #10 Pan Head Screws: $8.71
- Power Drill: Borrowed (*Thanks to Robert's Parents)
- Sander: Borrowed (*Thanks to Marie)
GRAND TOTAL: $ 104.50!
After our adventure at Second Chance (Link to post here). We made our way to Ryan's Relics. It opened in June of 2004, and is locally owned, offering estate selling and buying. They buy out and liquidates estates so we're able to sell a vast quantity of antiques, used furniture, and collectibles. Also sells various household and business items. You can find new, antique, and contemporary items.
There are two locations for Ryan's Relic, both had a ton of mid-century pieces. I believe my sister would love to come here because she is a lover of china sets!
Architectural salvage places. I believe this has become a regular weekend hobby. Last weekend, we had went to Community Forklift where my friend was searching for a piece of vintage glass for her china cabinet redo. Unfortunately, she is still on a hunt for the piece of glass. This past weekend she decided to hit up Second Chance. It is a nonprofit that provides people, materials and the environment with a second chance. They deconstruct buildings and homes, salvage usable materials and make those available to the public. With the revenue generated, they provide job training and workforce development for those with employment obstacles in the Baltimore region.
My coworker who have also been to this place before said it used to be about 5 times as big. Where items were spread out across several warehouses. They have now condensed down to one warehouse but it is still big with lots of items. I thought it was well organized, they separated out items into different sections such as glass in one area and wood in another. There was even different "show rooms" where they had displayed items to create a room.
My friend successfully found a piece of vintage glass for $30!
I believe this is also a great place if you're looking for vintage/rustic pieces for a wedding. Like these shutters below, so many different colors, can use this as decoration or escort cards.
There was even a final clearance section where there were further discounts. What I liked about this place was that they have several dates on the price tag. Once the date passes, they price of the items goes down.
I have found my next DIY project with this wood round table top. Would love to add some hairpin legs and create a new coffee table.