modern thrifter

modern thrifter

Thrifter & designer. Blogging about life in our MCM home & living on a budget. I also design things with my husband. You can see our work at The Mahoney Studio

[ WAY WASHINGTON ]
We have an embarrassingly large stack of prints and posters sitting in our art shelves that have been waiting for frames, but this Way Washington print by Aaron Draplin has been at the top of the pile. We’ve been fans of Draplin’s work for a while, and Patrick picked up this print at a lecture he gave in Seattle last year.
The frame and glass were thrifted for $14, then Patrick cut a custom matt with our new matt-cutter. The frame was kind of a pinkish gold color, but a few coats of Rustoleum took care of that. 
I think this wall needs a little more art, so I’ll have to go through the pile and figure out which piece will be next. We also picked up some vintage maps at a book sale over the weekend for 5¢ each, and I’m trying to decide if/how I want to display them, too.

Here’s one more look at the wall, and a little sneak peek of the black trim and curtains (that are hanging funny because they still need to be hemmed).
 
You can buy your own Way Washington print here. Have another state you love? Choose from Ohio, Texas, Minnesota, Arizona, Georgia, Colorado, South Carolina, Vermont, Kentucky, Utah, and even Canada.

[ WAY WASHINGTON ]

We have an embarrassingly large stack of prints and posters sitting in our art shelves that have been waiting for frames, but this Way Washington print by Aaron Draplin has been at the top of the pile. We’ve been fans of Draplin’s work for a while, and Patrick picked up this print at a lecture he gave in Seattle last year.

The frame and glass were thrifted for $14, then Patrick cut a custom matt with our new matt-cutter. The frame was kind of a pinkish gold color, but a few coats of Rustoleum took care of that. 

I think this wall needs a little more art, so I’ll have to go through the pile and figure out which piece will be next. We also picked up some vintage maps at a book sale over the weekend for 5¢ each, and I’m trying to decide if/how I want to display them, too.

Here’s one more look at the wall, and a little sneak peek of the black trim and curtains (that are hanging funny because they still need to be hemmed).

 

You can buy your own Way Washington print here. Have another state you love? Choose from Ohio, Texas, Minnesota, Arizona, Georgia, Colorado, South Carolina, Vermont, Kentucky, Utah, and even Canada.

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[ WHITE FLOORS… FINALLY! ]
After a lot of sanding, two coats of a special adhesion primer, three coats of industrial floor paint, and two weeks of drying time without furniture, we finally have our living and dining rooms back. I wish we could have painted the bedrooms, too, but it was just too much to tackle at once. So far, the white hasn’t been any more difficult to keep clean than the awful espresso color, and it lightened up our sun deprived rooms more than I could have hoped for.
I know the rug doesn’t look that bad in the photos, but in person, the contrast of the cream wool with the bright white floor is terrible. It makes the rug look so much dingier than it really is, though I’ll admit there are a few small coffee stains. We knew that we’d probably need to replace it when the floors were finished, so we’ve ordered a few sample tiles from Flor and I’m going to Ikea this week to check on a few other options. 

Did you happen to notice the new lamp? It was actually our combination Christmas gift to each other, but was on back order until July. We didn’t get around to ordering it from Blu Dot until April, but our procrastination paid off because by entering their Swap Meet contest, they sent us a 20% off coupon just a few weeks before we placed the order.

I’m way behind on my summer house projects, but of all the things that I wanted to cross off my list, this one was the biggest priority. I don’t think I could have handled another drizzly winter with those dark, depressing floors.

[ WHITE FLOORS… FINALLY! ]

After a lot of sanding, two coats of a special adhesion primer, three coats of industrial floor paint, and two weeks of drying time without furniture, we finally have our living and dining rooms back. I wish we could have painted the bedrooms, too, but it was just too much to tackle at once. So far, the white hasn’t been any more difficult to keep clean than the awful espresso color, and it lightened up our sun deprived rooms more than I could have hoped for.

I know the rug doesn’t look that bad in the photos, but in person, the contrast of the cream wool with the bright white floor is terrible. It makes the rug look so much dingier than it really is, though I’ll admit there are a few small coffee stains. We knew that we’d probably need to replace it when the floors were finished, so we’ve ordered a few sample tiles from Flor and I’m going to Ikea this week to check on a few other options. 

Did you happen to notice the new lamp? It was actually our combination Christmas gift to each other, but was on back order until July. We didn’t get around to ordering it from Blu Dot until April, but our procrastination paid off because by entering their Swap Meet contest, they sent us a 20% off coupon just a few weeks before we placed the order.

I’m way behind on my summer house projects, but of all the things that I wanted to cross off my list, this one was the biggest priority. I don’t think I could have handled another drizzly winter with those dark, depressing floors.

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[ LIGHTING SWAP ]
Last weekend I found out, via Twitter, that Velocity Art & Design was having a warehouse sale. We had planned to spend the weekend prepping our floors for our painting project, but after seeing a photo on twitter of the sale lighting selection, we abandoned our plans and made a mad dash downtown. 
Thankfully, there were two Nelson Bubble Lamps left in the size that we’ve been looking for, and they were both 40% off. Unfortunately, we were beaten to them by literally thirty seconds. There was a nice couple who grabbed both lamps, debating over which shape they preferred. After some eavesdropping, I concluded that they were only planning to purchase one, so quickly asked them if they would hand their rejected lamp to me when they made their decision. I admit, I never let the two of them out of my sight, just in case they forgot. After much deliberation, they decided to go with the “Apple” shape, and we happily snatched up the classic ball shape.
40% off a Nelson lamp is still nothing to sneeze at, and we typically wouldn’t throw this much cash at one item, but I still had all of my proceeds from the sale of my dining set. Since the chair hunt seems to be going nowhere, we decided to use those funds for the lamp, and wait a little longer for chairs.
Here’s the thing about the discounted lamps… they didn’t come with the canopy/mounting hardware. For us, though, it wasn’t a big deal. We knew we wanted to switch the ceiling mount from the kitchen into the dining room, because it was custom built for our house and was the right size for the beam over our table. We just needed to find a new canopy for the kitchen ball pendant.


A quick trip to the ReStore resulted in the perfect white metal canopy for a whopping $1.50. Patrick made the switch over the weekend, and was able to raise the kitchen light in the process. I’ve been annoyed with that light since we moved in because it was originally hanging at nearly eye level. Sorry for the terrible before and after photos. I never remember to get a good “before” shot until we’re half-way through a project, so the one on the left was all I could find… and the photo on the right, well, let’s just say I was too lazy to get out the good camera, so I settled for an iPhone photo.
In other good news, Velocity has announced plans to open an outlet store at their warehouse. It sounds like it will be open once a week and by appointment. I’ll update you when I hear more details, or you can watch for news on their blog.

[ LIGHTING SWAP ]

Last weekend I found out, via Twitter, that Velocity Art & Design was having a warehouse sale. We had planned to spend the weekend prepping our floors for our painting project, but after seeing a photo on twitter of the sale lighting selection, we abandoned our plans and made a mad dash downtown. 

Thankfully, there were two Nelson Bubble Lamps left in the size that we’ve been looking for, and they were both 40% off. Unfortunately, we were beaten to them by literally thirty seconds. There was a nice couple who grabbed both lamps, debating over which shape they preferred. After some eavesdropping, I concluded that they were only planning to purchase one, so quickly asked them if they would hand their rejected lamp to me when they made their decision. I admit, I never let the two of them out of my sight, just in case they forgot. After much deliberation, they decided to go with the “Apple” shape, and we happily snatched up the classic ball shape.

40% off a Nelson lamp is still nothing to sneeze at, and we typically wouldn’t throw this much cash at one item, but I still had all of my proceeds from the sale of my dining set. Since the chair hunt seems to be going nowhere, we decided to use those funds for the lamp, and wait a little longer for chairs.

Here’s the thing about the discounted lamps… they didn’t come with the canopy/mounting hardware. For us, though, it wasn’t a big deal. We knew we wanted to switch the ceiling mount from the kitchen into the dining room, because it was custom built for our house and was the right size for the beam over our table. We just needed to find a new canopy for the kitchen ball pendant.

A quick trip to the ReStore resulted in the perfect white metal canopy for a whopping $1.50. Patrick made the switch over the weekend, and was able to raise the kitchen light in the process. I’ve been annoyed with that light since we moved in because it was originally hanging at nearly eye level. Sorry for the terrible before and after photos. I never remember to get a good “before” shot until we’re half-way through a project, so the one on the left was all I could find… and the photo on the right, well, let’s just say I was too lazy to get out the good camera, so I settled for an iPhone photo.

In other good news, Velocity has announced plans to open an outlet store at their warehouse. It sounds like it will be open once a week and by appointment. I’ll update you when I hear more details, or you can watch for news on their blog.

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