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10 May, 2009

A Double Post...or...A Metamorphosis Using Thrify Treasures!

I have been Goodwill hunting again and have used my finds to redecorate part of my bedroom, so I am combining two posts! I am participating in Metamorphosis Monday with our hostess with the mostest, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch and also in Today's Thrifty Treasures with the undisputed queen of thrifting, Rhoda at Southern Hospitality! Be sure to visit the amazing blogs of both of these wonderful ladies to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week's participants!

This is the chest in my bedroom as it has been for longer than I care to admit. I have been staring at it for ages. It needs color! Some of the things I love and will keep...the lamp, for instance. It was my grandmother's and I remember standing on her front porch as a little girl and seeing it in her hallway through the glass in her front door...welcoming us in at night. Most of the rest has to go...somewhere else, at least.

So when I was Goodwill hunting the other day with my friend Linda at Nina's Nest, we spied some botanical prints that had just the right colors for my bedroom.

Wow! Look at that...$69.95! Don't you love it when you see the original price?

Here was Goodwill's price. Hmmmmm....still a little pricey. But...good news!...I happened to go in again on Friday and every painting in the place was $4.54!! Well, needless to say this one hopped in my cart so fast it would make your head spin!

And...taaaaa daaaaa! Here is my make-over! I re-used the lamp and the clock. I added my painting and another Goodwill find , the topiary which I bought for $6.76. I have its mate, also. I covered some books I'm not a toile print paper shopping bag and added things I already had from around the house. Total cost...$11.30!! Woooo hooo!

Another great find at Goodwill was this hand-blown Mexican glass pitcher with the cobalt rim for $5.25. Isn't it beautiful? I will be proud to serve my guests from this pitcher!

Here is a closer look. Can you see the wonderful little bubbles in the glass? I love the blue rim! I found it online priced at $35, but on sale for $ shipping. Soooo....I think I did pretty well on this one!

This is one of my favorites! I found this wonderful frenchy sign at a near-by flea market. It is a signed plaque from Connie Pentek Designs and is an interpretation of hand-blocked prints from the South of France, according to the information on the back. I paid $9.00, but I found it online for around $30. If you would like to see more examples, click here. I have put it near the front door to greet my guests as they enter my French country home!
That's it for now! Be sure to visit Susan and Rhoda to see more before and after projects and thrifting finds! See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. Woohoo Debbie!
    That is one beautiful transformation on your pretty dresser. Oh I just love the topiary! What a deal on the gorgeous print and everything else as well. ~Wonderful job!

    I have never visited Rhoda before. I'll have to check out the thrifting meme!

    Chestnut has been a laaaazy kitty today.
    Give your staff a hug from me.

    Thanks for your kind visit.
    I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Mother's Day.
    ~Melissa :)

  2. You sure found some great bargins. I love thrifting.
    I like how it looks.

  3. Don't ya just love a bargain. I usually do well at Goodwill, but I struck out at two of them Saturday. Nothing, noda, zero, zilch, so I went home. Have a great week.

  4. There's nothing like the thrill of a good thrift -- is there!

  5. Hi Dear Debbie! I love your thrifty finds - man, you found some great bargains! Your makeover is beautiful! Love everything and how you put it all together and that you just slipped in that gorgeous plate! :)
    Hope you had a beautiful Mother's Day!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. Hi Debbie,
    You have been a busy girl!!! I love your thrifty morph!!! The vignette on your chest is gorgeous!!! You did a wonderful job with your finds. I love how you covered the books...very clever!!! The topiary and print are wonderful!!! The plate is the perfect touch!!!

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!!!

    I forgot to mention the frenchy blue sign...perfect!!!

  7. Salut, Debbie....J'aime bien tout ce que tu as fait sur le commode (le bon mot?)....très joli. Quelle bonne idée - le papier du sac pour couvrir les livres - et le panneau "bonjour" - je l'adore! Et le picher (je n'ai aucune idée comment le dire) est parfait! C'est une transformation super! Linda

  8. Debbie, nice job on the transformation! Love your bargains too.

  9. I love the changes you made! But I'm so glad you kept the lamp, its just beautiful. And that Mexican glass pitcher was such a find! I just love it. Can't wait to see what you find on your next shopping adventure - and just think, you'll be with two of the best "shopping enablers" in blogville! Hugs, Kat

  10. Debbie, I am so thrilled that you are starting to find some great things at the GW. Your botanical print is just gorgeous and the topiary also. They look so pretty on your dresser. That pitcher is beautiful too. I'm sure you will get a lot of use from it. You did really good with all your bargains. I love them all. Hugs, Marty

  11. Your changes look great. Love the lamp and the topiary and picture and, well, just everything!

  12. Oh goodness everything looks great ! Your buys were great and it really makes me want to re-do some dressers and such ! Love the covered diet books !
    Thanks for sharing !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  13. The changes you made are so classy. The topiary and painting my favorites.

  14. You are a great thrift shopper. Great buys, that is always so much fun to original price. Sandi

  15. Deb!!!! What a beautiful transformation! Me thinks you might be quickly becoming the Queen of Goodwill Hunting. It looks like a million dollars!!

    I love your idea of recovering unused books - especially diet books. LOL

    Can you believe that we will be meeting in THREE days! What a week this is going to be. YOOHOO!!!

    Hope you had a great Mother's Day. Hugs my friend, Barb

  16. Debbie,
    You have such a flair for decorating! I swear, everything you do looks great! Those are some awesome finds from the thrifty stores. Just love that cute little sign, Hugs, Cindy

  17. Persistence pays off sometimes, doesn't it, Debbie? I love the pitcher. Oh and Happy Mother's Day!

  18. Great finds! Your dresser makeover looks beautiful and I LOVe that you spent lass than $12.


  19. Love the dresser top transformation. I can't believe that the print was originally almost $26 at Goodwill -- they are getting pricey! That was WAY too much! Glad you got it on sale. Love your margarita pitcher -- they are pricey -- I've seen them in stores for a lot of money. You did well.

  20. So many great finds!
    I love the Toile covered books! I will have to use this idea :0)
    Thank you for sharing it.

  21. Your a master at Goodwill favorite is the blur rimmed pitcher...You need to go over to the Dollar Tree and pick up some of those great colbalt stemmed glasses that Susan had on her tablescape this week....I went yesterday and got 8 of can you go wrong fo $1. each....your table with the new arrangement looks great too..

  22. Love the transformation, everything looks beautiful together. Love the lamp too and what a wonderful memory. Happy Mother's Day.

  23. Debbie, you are my Goodwill hero! ;-) I would have love to snag that pitcher, too!

    Oh yeah btw, that pitcher, so qualifies you for Blue Monday with Sally. A triple play!

  24. I really like your transformation on and above your dresser. The color looks so pretty. :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  25. Great make over, I love it!!!
    Good taste, is good taste, it doesnt matter where you shop!!

  26. Woo Hoo is right! Those were Fabulous Goodwill Finds! I love the new arrangement and the detail of covering the books -wonderful! It all looks sooo pretty!


  27. Hey, Debbie, love the new arrangement. Your Grandmother's lamp looks great with that red transferware & the whole little vignette is just kicked up a notch. Great botanical too, I have a few of those around my house. Thanks for playing today! I love to see all the thrifty treasures out there.

  28. How lovely Debbie. That picture looks wonderful above your dresser, which I LOVE by the way. The lamp is gorgeous, I love the red glass. WOW.

    I am now typing with one hand, as Miss Sweetie-pie is sitting in my lap (laying upside down!!) She loves this blogging and likes to keep an eye on things ;)


  29. Debbie.. I always enjoy your Goodwill finds and the "morphs" that occur with them. Have a beautiful week. Dixie

  30. Everything you found is wonderful, but I love, love, love the little French sign. ♥

  31. I love the makeover on your table. And I love the pitcher, I have a thing for pitchers. Debbie

  32. Hi Debbie, the makeover on the top of your dresser is absolutely stunning, love it! congrats on the wornderful treasures you have found, i get so excited when i find such great deals.

  33. Gee, I love botanical prints, bubble glass, and French motifs. You lucky duck!

  34. Love the new arrangement and pops of red color! Beautiful! ...and I love your grandmother's lamp! Very pretty! ~Rhonda :)

  35. Love the look! you did a great job and that lamp is wonderful!

  36. Wow! Did you get a great deal on that picture! I'm always so tickled when something like that happens to me.
    That pitcher is so nice, too. I found a hand blown one at a thrift store one time. I think it was a student project, as it has character, but I just love it.

    Mary Lou

  37. Yeeeehawwww!!!

    Girl, I think you are on a roll for finding some great treasures at bargain prices...don't you just love it! You know that I just love your pretty bedroom...I remember that it popped up on somebody's site not to long ago (oops can't remember who though)...and as soon as I seen it, I knew it was yours!!! Hehe!!! Well my friend, what a lovely transformation...I love that beautiful botanical print and you're right it's perfect for your bedroom...just the right colors and the flowers go well in there too!!! I love the topiary...sure added some great height and pretty green to your new vignette!!! It's beautiful!!! I love the idea about covering the books in a pretty paper...I need to remember that's great!!! I'm just so happy for you...I love your new look!!!

    Your hand blown Mexican glass pitcher was a great find has a blue rim so it'll be perfect in your dining room!!! Love it!!! Love your new blue really is soooo YOU!!! So happy for you Darlin'! You found some really great things!!!

    Warmest wishes,

  38. Debbie, I loved your transformation. Very pretty!

  39. Your lamp from your grandmother is a real treasure, and the star of the show!!! Sally

  40. Hello. This is my first visit to your blog and I love all your treasures. Your makeover looks fantastic as well. :)

  41. Great job and at a bargain to boot.

  42. Your dresser makeover looks so pretty all made over. I love all of the colors together. You did really well on that pitcher, those things tend to be a bit pricey. I got a similar pitcher & the matching glasses in Mexico several years ago, but I do not remember how much I paid. I am telling you, you two are forever finding great deals!!

    I thought about you over the weekend while shopping at Penny's. They have their French linens on clearence right now.

    Have a super week, Nicole

  43. Debbie, of course I love everything you bought, and the prices too! It never ceases to amaze me what wonderful treasures are in that GW. You and Linda must be the only people with good taste who are shopping there, or these treasures would be snapped up when they came in the door! I especially love that blue pitcher! It is so pretty and such a deal. laurie

  44. What great finds! I need to get to Goodwill. It's just that mine doesn't seem to have good stuff like I see in blogland.

    You did good!


  45. You are one lucky lady and your new treasures are fantastic! Love the new vignette on the chest and all of your wonderful finds.

    (Hmmm, I could cover cookbooks in gorgeous paper or fabric & cover the house with them! It would be a great use for them, since I don't cook & never open the covers!)

    ☺♥☺ Diane

  46. You have given me a great idea--I'm going to cover my diet books too!! Kill 2 birds with stone--decorate and remove guilt! Seriously your chest looks great and you did it so thriftily!

  47. You got the eye, Ms. Debbie! You definitely got the eye!

    I am looking at a little dog that is near Atlanta. Not sure if it's going to work out or not. But if it does, I would love to try and meet you somewhere for lunch.


    Sheila :-)

  48. Love all the deals! The print was a wonderful deal! So pretty! Love the chest makeover! The sign is so you! Love it.


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie