Recent Thrift Store Finds

Well it happened again.  Last year I told Tom that I was finished finding random furniture at thrift stores but last week I found a dresser I just couldn’t pass up!  We actually did need a new dresser because my old Ikea one was falling apart, so I stumbled upon this dresser right at the perfect time.  

I’ve been a sucker for faux bamboo for years now and I just love the details on this dresser.  Plus it was only $40!!!  The brand is Omega and I’ve seen this exact dresser and the matching credenza redone a few times on the internet and I can’t wait to tackle this piece.  Here is this same dresser fixed up in a fun teal color:

Image via StyleMutt Home.

Isn’t it so pretty?

Unfortunately a few of the original drawer pulls were missing so I’m going to have to find a good replacement.  The drawers aren’t stinky (a problem I’ve had with one of my other thrift store pieces of furniture…and I can’t figure out how to get the stink out!) and they open and close smoothly (after using some WD-40), so once I’m able to paint it it’ll be good as new.  

I’ve recently realized that I tend to be impulsive when redoing furniture and I think things are a bit too colorful in our home.  Individually the pieces all look good, but I’m really starting to get a little overwhelmed by all the color.  I think I’ll likely just paint this white to keep things nice and crisp. We are moving to Kansas this summer so I’m just going to paint it once we get there.  I can’t wait to work on it!  

I also found this faux bamboo mirror at the thrift store:

I guess someone had just donated it because it hadn’t even been priced yet.  I asked the manager how much it was and he told me $5.  I think I lucked out!  I’m pretty sure he was going to price it for quite a bit more than that, but for $5 I jumped on it immediately.  I’ll probably paint it but I’m going to be more deliberate in my color choices so I’m not going to settle on anything quite yet.  What color would you paint it?

Have you found any good thrift store pieces lately? 

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Katie Vail
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  1. March 21, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Nice finds. If you want to remove odors, I have found that the best thing to use is charcoal- the kind made for plants or aquariums. I have found it in Home Depot and Lowe's. You just put a bit in a bowl in each drawer and it will absorb the unwanted odors. It works in removing odors from all sorts of things- furniture, clothing, cars, etc. Good luck!

  2. March 21, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    Love that dresser! I've never had an eye out for faux bamboo before, but I might have to start looking. It's definitely not within my natural comfort zone, but that's what I love about getting inspiration from other blogs!

  3. March 21, 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Thanks Maureen! I feel like I've tried everything to get the stink out but I have not tried charcoal. Baking soda, cedar balls, newspapers, febreeze, vinegar…nothing has worked. I'm definitely going to give the charcoal a shot. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

  4. March 21, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    Thank you Lola! It's certainly a very specific style, but I think a little faux bamboo could work well in any home. It's amazing what you start finding/noticing at thrift stores once you learn about certain styles on blogs and pinterest. Thanks so much for reading!

  5. March 21, 2016 / 10:32 pm

    Great finds! Have you done a blog about your favorite websites or blogs for furniture? I'm always blown away by your great finds and the way you bring them back to life 🙂

  6. March 21, 2016 / 11:52 pm

    Hi Katie,
    Here's a trick for getting smells out of furniture. Place some charcoal coal (the kind you use for bbqs) in the drawers or under furniture seat cushions and then wrap the piece with Saran Wrap. Let it sit for 4 to 6 days and any smells will be gone. The charcoal absorbs the odor.
    Looking forward to see how you transform the dresser.

  7. March 23, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    I definitely need to try this charcoal trick out. Thank you so much for sharing this tip with me, Shelly!

  8. March 23, 2016 / 3:04 pm

    Hey Karen! Nope I haven't done a post on that, but I certainly should! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

  9. March 29, 2016 / 11:34 pm

    I love that dresser and the mirror!! What great deals. I cannot leave any great bamboo finds behind at thrift stores. It's an addiction. And I have had great luck recently lightly spraying a faux bamboo china cabinet that had been in a smoker's house ( apparently for a loooong time) with vinegar, letting it dry and spraying again. I did this quite a few times over a period of 4 days and all smoke smell is gone! I don't spray heavily so that it's soaked or dripping but it works and it's natural so I like that especially if you are going to put your clothes in there!! can't wait to see them all finished!

  10. April 11, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Thank you! I will definitely give the vinegar trick a shot. There really is nothing worse than a pretty piece of furniture that smells really bad. Thank you for the tip!

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