Thrifty Treasures: 8-12-12

Hey, it’s August already!  How did that happen?  It seems that summer goes by quicker every year and I’ve always loved the lazy days of summer.  Usually by August though, I’m so over the heat and ready for some cool autumn weather and this year is no exception. Working on the house this summer hasn’t been that easy dealing with the heat, but I’m hoping that the worst of our projects are behind us and when September rolls around and the weather cools off, we can actually get outside and do some projects without killing ourselves in the heat.

Oh my goodness, the cabinet installation began on Saturday and this is another project that I’m jumping up and down over, so excited and happy to see my plans come to life.   Seeing a drawing come alive in 3D is just the best feeling and I am SO SO happy with how the kitchen is looking.  The doors and drawers are not all in yet, nor is it at all finished, but just seeing the boxes in place makes me happy.  I’ll show you some progress pics on Tuesday and then a complete kitchen reveal when it’s done (without the granite or sink yet, of course).  Countertops and all the finishing touches like the backsplash will be happening in the next few weeks.  But, I really really love the kitchen already.  What a breath of fresh air these white Ikea Adel cabinets are to me. In fact, getting closer to moving in the house has me in teary-eyed feelings of thankfulness that it’s finally almost here.

AND, I hired help for the install on this project too.  My neighbors next door (who are the nicest couple) installed their own Ikea cabinets (same door style as mine, Adel) 2 years ago and their kitchen is fabulous.  He is a former kitchen cabinet installer and had a friend who is a pro at it, so I hired his friend, Vic and we are in business now.  Victor knows his stuff!  So glad we didn’t attempt this one either.  It is not a piece of cake to get kitchen cabinets installed correctly, we are so happy he is in charge.

Today, I’m sitting by my friend, Debbie’s pool enjoying a somewhat cooler day for August.  It’s a beautiful day in Atlanta!

Before we get to the party, I have to show y’all something I got in the mail last week.  A very sweet lady, named Judy, who has an Etsy shop (20 NorthOra)  hand made this and sent it to me.  I am absolutely blown away by all the thoughtful people out in blogland. Judy is not a blogger, but an Etsy shop owner and she came up with this pillow all on her own and asked if she could send it to me. I had no idea what she was sending, but when I opened it, tears came into my eyes that THIS pillow will now be housed in my new haven.  Haven, the conference, has become my own personal haven as well.

God is truly GOOD!

Thank you, Judy, I absolutely LOVE this pillow and will treasure it always.  It’s going to find a special spot in my new house.  The details on it are amazing.

But, today we are talking thrifty treasures again, so here are some highlights from last week.

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Vintage cameras are quite collectible and Charming Zebra scored a nice one for her brand new collection.

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Chippy cabinets are so cute and Debra at Common Ground found a nice medicine cabinet for $30, not bad for an older piece like this.  She and her hubby got into a discussion on where she would put it.  Not sure, she says, but had to have it!  Oh yeah, can relate to that one.

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Bridget at Cozy Little House hunted down a campaign desk on Craigslist and came home with this cute one.  A little paint and it’s reborn.

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My friend, Dagmar, who I just got to meet at BlogHer, loves to shop vintage things and scored an old and chippy trunk for a mere $5.  Her cute son decided to pose on it.

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The transformation on these bamboo tables to ottomans is really clever. Elegant Nest scored this pair at a yardsale and documents the renovation process.  They were dark stained side tables to begin with.  Love them!

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Fine Point Creation’s roadside rescue turned into this beautiful painted dresser. You never know what you might find hanging out on the curb, do you?

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These cute Florentine tables and other gilded pieces like this have always caught my eye too.  Heaven’s Walk found hers at an antique market for  $15, not bad at all.

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Haley from The Mouse House found a mid-century modern dresser at the thriftstore and painted it yellow for her kid’s playroom. Now it really modern and fresh!

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Revive that old Queen Anne furniture that is all over the place!  My Passion For Décor did just that with a pair of Queen Anne side tables she scored at the Goodwill for a mere $7.50 each.  Paint updates them and now they are ready to be used all over again.  Do you know anyone with suites of cherry Queen Anne furniture?  I don’t think that will ever be back in demand again.  I say paint it!

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The Painted Piglet went junking one Saturday and came away with this original oil painting treasure for $1.99.  I love finds like these!

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Silly Pearl was showing off her cute mixer that she decopagued, as well as her collection of vintage Pyrex.  Isn’t that old stuff colorful and fun!?

Did you score something fun this week too?

There are a TON of parties out there to highlight all your projects, so please let’s keep this one about thrifty finds that were bought 2nd hand! Not a great sale from the store, or a recipe, or just a plain project, but 2nd Hand finds only! And please DO NOT go back in your archives to OLD posts and link up. Let’s keep this party fresh and current! If you have already shared your find in a previous party, DON’T share it again! Please, girls, I don’t want to have to delete links.

  • Add your permalink to the link list, which is the actual post that you did for this party, NOT your general blog url. To get the actual post, after you publish the post, just click on the title and THAT will be your party post url. PLEASE try to get the correct url in the first time! :)
  • Please add my button to your post or blog OR at least link back to this post in your post. That’s all I ask. It’s common courtesy to link back to the person having the party, so that all of your readers can find it too.
  • Please do NOT link to an Etsy shop or something similar (even if you think it’s a fabulous deal) or I will delete the link. This party is for sharing thrifty finds from yardsales, thriftstores, or something along those lines. If I see that your post is not really on track with this theme AND you don’t link back, I’ll delete your link. Sorry, but I’d like to keep the party consistent!


Again this year, I’ll be highlighting great finds from the party, so if you want your find highlighted, PLEASE link back to the party. Only those who link back will be considered for highlighting the next week. Thanks! SouthernHospThriftyTreasures copy_thumb

- Rhoda


  1. Thank you so much for the party Rhoda! XO, Aimee

  2. Beautiful pillow and great features! Thank you for hosting .

  3. There is almost nothing better than thrifty treasures, so I’m excited to see what everyone’s been finding out on the hunt! Thanks so much for having us all here for so much fun.

  4. What a cute pillow and how nice of Judy to think of you! I’m going to check out her Etsy shop. Thanks so much for hosting!

  5. Hi Rhoda!
    Thanks so much for hosting this fun party. I love seeing what 2nd hand items your readers find. Have a blessed week!

  6. So excited to hear about … and soon see … the new kitchen cabinets!

    And that Haven commemorative pillow from Judy is so special! What an amazingly thoughtful gift to you at a time when creating your own new personal haven is so important to you!

    Thanks for hosting again. Your readers are just so kind when they stop by and visit!



  7. Rhoda – so exciting to get a new kitchen!! And that Haven pillow is perfect for your new abode!

    I am loving that Pyrex collection – the colors are fabulous!

  8. Hey Rhoda…I adore your Haven pillow. What a lovely gift. Thank you so much for hosting!

  9. Okay so I was scrolling through your post, admiring the Haven pillow and all the other wonderful finds… and came upon a photo of a painting that looked exactly like the one I found at the thrift store last week. So my first thought was, “You mean there are TWO of those paintings??” And I was so disappointed that mine wasn’t an original. And then I scrolled back up, did a cobweb-clearing head shake, and it hit me: I’D BEEN HIGHLIGHTED!! So, Rhoda, thank you very much for making my day – what a treat to see my special find featured among the others, and as always, thank you for hosting a party where we can share these lovely treasures!

  10. It’s always fun to see your great features! I have never seen so many wonderful thrifted items! I love the Haven pillow! It’s so cute! I know that’s a special pillow you dedicated so much time to making Haven so special! Thanks for hosting!

  11. Hi Rhoda! Oh, how exciting that you’re getting your cabinets installed in your kitchen. I can’t wait to see them. What a sweet special gift – the pillow is darling!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  12. So glad you can enjoy cooler weather. It’s nice here too. Cute pillow. Thanks for hosting.

  13. I am so happy for your kitchen progress! I saw some great kitchens when I visited IKEA.

    Wonderful features this week, and that pillow is a treasure.

    Thanks for the party!

  14. Thank you so much for featuring my little Florentine table this week, Rhoda! What a nice surprise! ♥ And thanks for hosting a fabulous party, too! So much fun and inspiration! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  15. Oh, Rhoda, how sweet of you to feature the picture of my trunk, and my son, thanks!

    This week has been crazy and I didn’t get to thrift, not a bit, which is unusual. I had a lot of wall painting to do myself. But I hope to show off a new find next week.

    My husband is a finish carpenter and I can tell you getting cabinets in correctly is not a job for a hobby carpenter. I’m glad you got a pro doing that 🙂 Can’t wait to see the reveal.

  16. Thanks SO much for featuring my gray and yellow playroom!


  17. I love the pillow – how sweet of your friend to send it. As far as the cabinets – I visited IKEA Atlanta for the first time just two years ago and was AMAZED!!!!! I get lost in there!

  18. Thanks so much for hosting! I can’t wait to see your kitchen all done! Great features and blogs to take a look at:)

  19. What a beautiful pillow, in more ways than one! God is truly good!
    And thank you for featuring my mixer. Have a wonderful week and thanks for hosting!

  20. Judy is so sweet to send you that pillow. It’s beautiful! Thank you for hosting.

  21. Love that chippy old medicine chest! I can SO relate to the “where are you going to put it” discussion. I’m guessing everyone of us that love vintage can!

  22. Barbara (hunicutt) Moore says:

    Can’t wait to see the kitchen – that’s where a house becomes a HOME. So very excited for you. Adorable pillow, too – lucky you!

  23. Oh Rhoda…what an unbelievable gift, truly from the heart…The pillow is magnificent and I am sure that you will treasure it forever!….I am so looking forward to seeing your cabinets…I can truly feel your excitement.
    Great features from last week!!.

  24. Rhoda,
    Love your new Haven pillow, what a sweet and thoughtful blogging buddy you have.
    Thanks for hosting and have a fabulous week.

  25. What fun projects and pieces!! LOVE the mixer. I’m tempted to do mine, but afraid I’d mess it up. :S Thanks for the fun party!!!

  26. Good Morning Rhoda! Thanks for featuring my bedroom stools…I am really happy with the way they turned out. Looking forward to seeing your kitchen…and am enjoying following along with you on the whole house transformation! And I thought re-doing a couple of side tables was exhausting…you and your parents ROCK!
    Have a great day ~ Laura

  27. Like always, Beautiful Features! and I love your pillow. I joined the party, I pasted a “link” on my post, for some reason I can’t work you button… Love your parties!

  28. Love the Haven pillow! What a thoughtful gift! Thrifty Treasures feature is the best! Look forward to them every week! So happy for you and your new kitchen + cabinets. We are all waiting anxiously for each post. Just’ll be in your renovated house soon and in no time….decorating it for the first time for the holidays!

  29. Very cute pillow! Thank you for hosting the party again this week.

  30. Thanks so much for hosting Rhoda! I love your parties!

  31. Love the decoupaged mixer! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new Haven pillow! What a sweet reminder of your first Haven conference, too!

  32. Hi Rhoda,
    What a pleasant surprise to see my dresser featured on your blog! I’ve enjoyed your parties and yours is the first I’ve ever linked to!! Thanks for allowing me to share this with you. Have a wonderful week – Debbie


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