Sunday, February 24, 2013

Revamps in Suburbia


I did not intend for things to be so quiet around here this week. So on that note, let me show you how productive I have been. I started off the week with a quick vintage lamp revamp. This lamp was all kinds of $3 ugly, seriously! It had a coffee- cream light shade with pink puffy lace and the base was a nasty shade of maroon. No, for obvious reasons I do not do before shots on this blog ;-O! Having said that, I still think it was quite a thrifty bargain and $3 well spent! Here is my vamp. I chose this lovely neutral grey linen fabric to recover it and then sprayed the base a light grey (it looks purple-ish in the above snap but it is actually more of a soft grey). Sprayed ceramics do come up a treat!
 

Then on a more beachy- vintage kind of note, I also revamped this roadside stool find. This one needed screws, a thorough sanding and paint and restyle to save it. It would have been literally reduced to dust during a scheduled council kerb/ shrub clean up... I do hate to see things just disregarded!




This particular re-style turned out a tad more coastal looking than I am actually used to, it's amazing how a simple change in paint colour can do that. I do love a simple white wash! Would you too have saved this one?? I have also registered an ebay user name: TheSuburbanStylist. It is a tongue and cheek name but also very deliberate; I do want my listings to stand out from the rest. No I am not selling up, it's just that I physically cannot house everything that I lovingly save, revamp or restore; we just do not have the room. Its a good idea in theory but shall we see whether I can actually part with these treasures or not?? Rach x

Linking up at Ivy and Elephants and Scandi Coast Home.

11 comments:

Scandi Coast Home said...

They look amazing......
I am so glad we are finding a way to reuse items......it's so much better for the environment. Imagine if everyone did it???
T xx

Peaches and Maple said...

Oh Rach I love your work :) I completely hear you about needing to sell stuff on due to lack of space. I've been ebaying like mad lately too :)
Cas x

Desire Empire said...

Oh I am loving that stool. I saw it on facebook and had to click over here to see it all. Love. Your repurposing is great Rachel.

Hope you have a great week
Carolyn

Sonia LifeLoveandHiccups said...

LOVE both the lamp and the stool. You should definitely set up a store hun xx

Hip Brown said...

Hi Tania, yes me too! Am so passionate about it. I know, imagine if everyone did it! Rachxx

Hip Brown said...

Ooh have you Cas. Bet you have some treasures...You totally should let us know. Rach xx

Hip Brown said...

Thsnks Carolyn. Love repurposing...gives my things so much more meaning. xx

Hip Brown said...

Hello lovely Sonia, I should. Would really love a physical shop more of sorts... nothing like seeing & touching the real thing. Have a lovely week hon! xx

Stylish Kylie said...

Love the name - The Suburban Stylist!!!

How did you paint the numbers on the stool - with a stencil or are you one of those very clever people who can paint freehand?

Hip Brown said...

Oh thanks Kylie!. I just make my own stencils (found the sticky ones you buy sometimes damage the actual paint job especially if you leave your gloss/polish coat till last). I find simple paper stencils & sponge brush give me a more precise result. I let the paint Im using dryout a little too so that it doesnt bleed on the edges. xx

bec said...

the stool is great I must take a look at your ebay shop...although I'm trying to get rid of some of my repurposed items....maybe someone should set up a bater site, and simply swap items when were over them!
Bec x

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