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My Perfectly Imperfect Thrift Store Find

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You know me –  I love to find old stuff and give it new life with paint, fabric, or something decorative.  I am not afraid to get down and dirty to clean a piece up and make it shine again.  Every time I go into a thrift store I always get super excited as I never know what I may walk out with. That is the fun of thrifting – the thrill of the hunt.

A few weeks ago – I stumbled upon this – actually two of these tall round metal stacking tables at my favorite thrift store – 2nd Avenue in North Wales, PA.


As soon as I spotted them – I swooped them up knowing they would be perfect to use in a tight spot by a chair in my family room.  The pair cost me $6.00.

To make the tables fit more into my style – I saw only two flaws and I knew I could fix.  The first – I didn’t want the crystals  – easy to remove.  Done. (Don’t worry I saved the crystals and you will be seeing them come to life again in another project soon.)

The second flaw was that after removing the crystals,  small holes were left in the scalloped edge of each table.  I figured I would use Bondo filler to fill them in and would do that on another day. In the meantime I placed the tables in their new home.

Thrift Store Decorating

Every time I was in the room and caught sight of them – I smiled – just perfect.  With so many square edges in the room – the round shape of the tables added a pleasing contrast.  The dark metal finish also accents the vibe I am trying to achieve in the room.  The tall one for a reading lamp, the small one for a hot cup of tea or cider now that Autumn is right around the corner – perfect.

Decorating with Thrift Store finds

My family room is the room in my house that has always been the hardest to decorate. It is long and narrow, open concept on one wall  and has a focal point on the other 3 walls.  When Ed lost his job over 3 years ago I was in the midst of redecorating it.  That news put my plans on hold. They are still on hold and I have added a tweak here and there, but nothing major in the way of new furniture, rug, and lighting.  These little $6 tables have brought decorating joy to my life and have inspired me to make a few positive changes to the room – like finally getting around to painting the corner cabinets white. :)   This makes me –  beyond happy as I have wanted these cabinets white since the day I bought them.

Painting Furntiure white

After a few weeks had gone by I decided – if I love them so much just as they are,  why change them?  I found I liked the tables, holes and all – they remind me of just how much joy a thrift store find can bring me.   The holes make them imperfect – yes –but they also give them character and charm and make me smile knowing that they were “a find”.

If I cover up the holes – they will look perfect – something that I could pick up at any furniture store, plus no one would take notice. On the other hand – flawed with holes – friends and family will be curious and ask– why the holes? It will start a conversation – like when you place a book on your coffee table that shows your interests.  These tables do that for me – my passion and interest in all things diy, affordable, and decorative.    Fun – they are an extension of my style and what I am all about.   Perfect, I don’t need – charm, style, and character -I thrive on.  These perfectly imperfect tables remind me of that –so I am going to keep them just the way they are.

*Later on I added some temporary paper to add a little flair. Check out the updated tables here.

Decorating with white

Now I  have to turn my attention to holes that do need filling.  No charm or character to be found in holes in the wall above the tables where there used to be  a wood valance, curtains, and two rods.


These holes don’t add any character – they are just eyesores that I need to take care of with some Spackle and paint – ASAP.  This wall I want perfect – or at least close.



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  1. Hi Diane! You find the best items in thrift stores!!! I love metal tables. They add character to an area if placed in the right way. And yours definitely adds character to your family room. The entire scene is just gorgeous! Your sweet cat looks like he wants to be mischievous and get into that beautiful mum plant. Watch out!

  2. Oh yes, of course I love those tables.

    And are you going to leave your doors uncovered now?

    I am positively moving my curtain rods to almost the top of lowest wall, leaving room for someday crown molding. I have short vaulted ceilings, the almost flat roof ones here in Florida. Plus, since I have I have given up on Plantation Shutters, I have been oogling the window film/clingy window coverings, but like everything else I will have to wait for who knows how long to afford even those. lol

  3. Oh, you did paint your corner cabinets. You have been busy. And is that a new round table too? And a new pillow? You stay so busy.

    And tell little Trax how cute he is… as always.

  4. Pretty tables, Diane! I like them as they are with the holes, too. I don’t think they are a flaw. I may have some curtain rod holes to fill myself. I hung a rod a tiny bit too low in our sunroom and it is noticeable compared to the other rods, so it’s got to move up.

  5. Diane…so funny. As soon as I saw the holes, I thought I LOVE them! It looks like the Fiskars border punch that is scalloped with holes. I think it adds to the dainty edge. Glad you are keeping it! :)