Tag Archives: thrifting

My “New” Old Desk

I’ve been MIA.  Last Friday I had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus and I’ve been minding my Ps and Qs since then following Doctor orders.  It’s nice to be able to take a step without having a pain run through my leg.

Last week I shared my horse picture I found at a neighborhood  garage sale.  I also found a 1950’s writing desk and a 1900 depression glass lantern that was used in the mines north of my house.

New 1950 Desk

I fell in love with it at the garage sale on Saturday when I saw it but it was $175 and that was too high for me.  Everything was half price on Sunday and along with the horse picture, I got the 3 items for $50.00.    I had a corner in the family room that was perfect for this little beauty.

Full view no chair

When I brought it home it was pretty dirty and needed some TLC.


I wiped it down with a soft cloth to remove the dirt, then rubbed in some Rejuvenating Oil by Watco.  I waited 10 minutes, then buffed it out.  There are a few scratches, but it’s not my intent to paint it.  I just wanted to enhance it’s character.


Lets see the before and after side by side, shall we.

before After

We have a sub-woofer and I tried to hide it behind the desk and the cords behind the sub.  I was a bit more successful doing this when I added my recent DIY entry chair.

Full with chair

I also added the basket (picked up at another home sale for $1.00) and filled it with some blanket throws.

The depression glass lantern was a find.  It has the original wick and I love the color.

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I added some  Readers Digests  (left to me by my Dad), and a white vase found at the good will for a few dollars.  Both are sitting in an orange tray I recently saved from the trash and spray painted.

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Pretty good for $50.00, right?  Have you picked up any garage sale finds lately?


Metal Shelf and Craft Pen Holder {Updated}

On one of my recent thrift trips I found a cut two tier metal shelf at the Goodwill and knew it was mine for a mere $2.99.  I gave it a little update last weekend.


Spray Paint is my hero!  Rustoleum Gloss White to be exact.  I used a little Simple Green to clean the metal, then wiped it down good to make sure it was dry.  I gave it 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of gloss white and this is how it turned out.

before after

Then I grabbed 3 empty (and clean!) pickle jars, a jelly jar, an apothecary jar, and a canning jar and sprayed them all white again using the gloss white Rustoleum spray.

Jars jars painted

I have a “large” supply of painter pens, scrapbook pens, metallic markers, well, you get the picture.  The jars are a perfect way for me to keep them together in one spot.  I found a wonderful spot for the metal shelf and containers in my ever evolving woman cave.

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I gave my spray painted giraffe a turquoise ribbon collar.  The box is part of a set of cell phone boxes that were empty and I decorated with some scrapbook paper.  The turquoise vase was a find from last year, I think on the clearance aisle at Marshalls.  I don’t remember the cost.  I just remember I was having a turquoise thing going on.

I love my addition to the woman cave and it also means I’m one step closer to getting all my crap {she said with a smile} organized.  How do you organize your craft supplies?


White Accessory Obsession

Welcome to Lattenene Chat.  My name is Renee and I have an obsession for white….dishes, vases, bowls, plates.  You name it, I’m sure I have it in one form or another.

I’ve always loved white and yes, even though there is a continuous debate, I consider it a color.  It’s clean. crisp and bright all at the same time.  I have lot’s of white accessories throughout my home, but recently the stock pile has increased due to multiple trips to the Goodwill, St.Vincent DePaul, Value Village, Marshalls, and other choice spots.

The total dollar amount for my treasures below is less than $50.00 .  See what a little time and a sharp eye does and I had a blast with my girlfriends doing it.

All white

All white 3s

heart and silver birdbath and heart

milk vase



Blue white bowl

Do you have a favorite color you decorate with?  Happy Friday!


DIY – Glossy Black Side Table

How’s everyone?  It’s hump day.  That always puts a smile on my face.  I stopped at a garage sale not too longs ago.  I scored 5 pillows, a wood tray and a mall table meant for the outdoors.  I needed a small table next to my chair in the living room and I decided this little gem would be perfect.

Before-After Collage

I picked the table up for $4.00 at a garage sale.  That cost plus a can of Rustoleum Glossy Black and it’s looking great as a side table .  The scrolls and petals are so finely molded and I’m really happy I went with a dark color.

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Side Table After 1 Close up 8

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To give the table top some stability I added a reversible tray liner I made previously and covered that with plexiglass cut to fit.

Have you been doing any spray painting lately?


** I’ve changed my blog name to Lattenene Chat. If you do an internet search you will still find posts from it’s previous name, Lattenenes Cup of Chat.

Free to Fab Flower Pot

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had an excellent weekend and had time to do whatever your heart desired.  On April 27 we participated in our city-wide garage sale.  It’s a huge event and draws quite a few people.  A bonus to this year’s event was the free Spring Clean pick-up that was offered by the city.  Just put your excess out with the garbage pick-up and it was and taken away for free.

I did something I’ve never done before and now I wish I’d done it sooner.  My neighbor and I hopped in my SUV and we ran around our neighborhood checking to see what others were throwing out.  And boy did I score!  I’ll share the other items in some follow-on posts, but today I wanted to show you this…

DIY cover photo

And it was free!!!  All it needed was a good scrub with some Simple Green, Rust Oleum Slate Blue Hammered spray, sealant, some pretty flowers, and some TLC.  Here’s the before and after pictures.

Flower Urrn Curbside 5-6-12

and a few more…

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Flower Urn before 2 Flower Urn after 2

I’m really happy how it turned out.  I’m so excited to share more projects this week.  Have you been out thrifting lately.  What  have you scored?

I may be linking up to a few of my favorite parties this week…

Southern Hospitality

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style, Tip Junkie, Home Stories A to Z

Shabby Creek Cottage, Katherines Corner, Serenity Now

TT & J, http://www.craftytexasgirls.com/, http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/

http://www.notjustahousewife.net/, http://www.houseofhepworths.com/



Glass Rod Iron Table

Hope everyone had a fantastic 3 days off.  I know I did, in fact, I had 4 days off.  Bonus!  I scored the best deal from a friend’s husband who buys storage units.  I was one of the lucky ones to get the preview sale and this glass rod iron table was a deal for $8.00.

Glass Rod Iron Table 001 I was so excited to put the table in place I didn’t have time to make the deal with my husband to move the sub-woofer.  Stay tuned, still working on that one.  Here’s some additional pictures and yep, I’ve got a little bit of clean up.

Glass Rod Iron Table 004   Glass Rod Iron Table 006

Glass Rod Iron Table 002  Glass Rod Iron Table 007

I decorated with all the things I love; a mirror I scored at Tuesday Morning, a plant from Michaels on sale, a picture of my son and his golf team, seashells from our cruise stop in Aruba, copper birdhouse, and Reader’s Digest and other books from a collection my Dad left me after he passed away.

Glass Rod Iron Table 009 

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I’m hooking up to Rhoda’s Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality.

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