Well, it’s been a pretty busy last few weeks over here at sZinteriors. For quite a while now I’ve been scouring the USED ads, thrifting my little heart out and just plain visioning in search of makeover pieces for my project ‘to do’! Here’s a…
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Well… who knew? A Macklemore inspired thrift shop challenge! I caught YHL’s post just after my thrifting outing last week, and had big plans for today’s thrifting. Only the excursion was called off due to a nasty flu bug trying to swarm in. Instead, here’s what I’ve cobbled together from last week so I can play along!
The three things you need to do to play:
1. Go to a thrift store with $20 and take a picture…
Since there’s no pic of me holding $20 in front of the store… but $20 is my normal budget for a thrifting day, I mocked this up with the treasures we loaded up from our adventure. The checked things are mine! Notice the red tool box? It’s the one I just wrote about here and pinned here!
2. Spend your $20 any way you’d like and photograph your spoils…
- $3 Dovetail Box (it has a great old burnished brass clasp on it!) – I’m thinking of stenciling the box to create a vintage inspired look-alike crate… still deciding.
- $9 Wine Carboy – not sure just yet where this will end up, but I liked it, even though it’s kind of new!
- $1 Hoop – this will go into a DIY project somewhere down the line.
- $5 Vintage Tool Box (made by Climax, c. 1930s to 50s) – you can see what I did with it here!
But I’m kind of cheating to include the table in my $20, because I actually saw it three weeks ago, just didn’t buy it at the time. I kept thinking about it, so when we popped back to this thrift store last week and it was still there, well I decided to make it mine! I paid $20 for it, a little too much, I know, but it was one of those pieces that was calling me. Besides, I saved my $20 three weeks ago!
3. Find one item (or more) referenced in the song and snap a pic.
Well, I figured you might find a few of these things in grandma’s closet, and maybe, just maybe the leather boots would be in grandpa’s!
Even though I didn’t get to play completely by the rules, it was still fun to pull this together from our outing last week. Whew, good thing for phone pics, isn’t it? Like I said, who knew?
I’m linking up over at Young House Love...
You seriously need to pop over and check out all the other Macklemore inspired finds!
Thanks for stopping by!
Photos by Sheila Zeller
On the weekend I had the pleasure of joining the group, Renaissance Women, to learn a new craft to me, but one that has been mastered for years! We spent the afternoon in Leola’s Studio at Whippletree Junction learning how to dry felt, wet felt, paint and…
The ancient Japanese technique of charring wood to preserve it for use as exterior siding. Traditionally, Japanese Cyprus was used, but now we’re seeing this technique applied to cedar, and other woods. We’re also seeing the wood being utilized in new and interesting ways beyond exterior siding.
I first learned about shou-sugi-ban on HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins, and fell instantly in love. No, not with the cousins! With the distinct and unique look of the wood.
Here’s a close-up.
The wood is carefully charred, doused in water and cooled. Once cooled, it’s brushed to remove the dust and loose debris, and then cleaned, meaning washed and dried. The shou-sugi-ban can either be finished with a natural oil or left as is.
Why would you want to do this? Well, its cool factor, for one! But actually, the charcoal barrier preserves the wood and is fire, rot and insect resistant!
Here are a few examples of shou-sugi-ban in action.
Such a great panel look without the nastiness of paneling! Let’s not go back the 70s, okay?
This siding is an example of how the wood silvers once it’s brushed, cleaned, and oiled.
And here you see how it looks cladding a fireplace.
I can’t tell if the wood has been oiled or not. What do you think?
I love this table top burner.
And the irony behind it and the fireplace… you know, charred wood as a feature where fire burns brightly 😉 But seriously, isn’t this burner pretty awesome?
These stools speak for themselves.
Designed by Steve Hamm and Don Wroth of Urban Now Design, in their words, they “Like to create cool stuff, plain and simple.”
I’ll leave you with this last piece, a table by Materia Designs.
This is a great example of blending ancient technique with modern design, and topping it off with a little vintage statement… did you guess the table top is made of reclaimed barn board? Hemlock, actually.
What’s not to love?
I’m thinking a shou-sugi-ban headboard would be pretty cool. But, I do wonder how long it takes for the the charred smell to disappear!
So how about you? Have you heard of shou-sugi-ban before? Do you love it… or would you rather leave the charring back at the camp fire?
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Where I grew up, chest freezers were a staple in just about every home. As the years changed, so did the freezer styles, but what didn’t was their necessity. Though I’ve moved, I haven’t made the lifestyle change – having a freezer is just part…
Wow, can you believe it’s Friday… and August 31st, too? Where did the summer go? I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready for our summer to end. My sunflowers just started to bloom!
Although, I have to admit, it is nice to get back into the swing of a regular routine with the beginning of school closing in.
And what better way to end off the summer, and start into the fall than to be guest posting over at Home Bunch? Today you’ll find me stepping in for Luciane with a little Cool or Fool Friday fun…
Luciane is one of my very dear blogging friends who has been with me since the beginning. And right now she’s knee-deep in a big design project, along with being incredibly busy raising her family, blogging five days a week, and just being the amazing woman that she is.
I hope you’ll pop over for a visit, and weigh in with your thoughts… is it cool or fool?