Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Everyone knows that I love to thrift.  I love going and finding something special, something that just needs a little care to be amazing.  But I'm also a big believer in donating to the places I thrift from.  That's how they make a difference for people in need.  They need people to continue to give them things to sell.  So a couple weekends ago was not a thrifting weekend, it was a donating weekend!

We started to clean out the garage, so some of the bigger things needed to go.  Our pantry, bathroom shelves, and some glass light shades went to the ReStore.  It was so nice to get that out of the garage, now you don't have to squeeze around anything to get to the back of the garage.  And hopefully, they will go to good homes with people that will get some use out of them.

This went to ReStore 
And we also started tackling the sun room.  I've put together a list of goals for this month, and one of them is to get this room cleaned.  We use the sun room as a catch all for a lot of our projects.  I also paint and stain out there in the winter months.  So, it's a mess.  I mean, just look at it.

Yup, that's what it looked like before I started.  Oh my, lets see what's all out there.  All the food from the kitchen is out there until we get the cabinets and trim done.  Not exactly where I want my food, but it will have to do until we're done.  Our bikes our out there.  Yes, we have four bikes for two people.  Doesn't every one?  Most of the trim we have taken out of the house as well as the stuff that needs to go back in, is in the sun room.  Our outsides lights.  And boxes of clothes and housewares that need to go to Goodwill.  Plus a lot of random things.

But this is what it looked like at the end of the weekend.  That was a couple of trips to the thrift store later.  Looks a lot better, doesn't it?  I know we have a lot of work left to do, but it's getting better.  We have some furniture that will be going up on Craigslist soon.  Anyone want and ugly chair?  Or maybe a large bookcase?  We have both.  We also have a basket ball hoop.  If you want it, it's yours.  

I got up early to try and get the boxes sorted through before the temperature got up in the 80/90s.  And in my rush to get all the boxes sorted, this happened.

The bottom of box containing the dishes broke, and then in turn all but a few dishes broke.  I was so sad.  This would have been almost a complete set of dishes, and I was only able to save a handful of them.  But I guess a few is better then none.  Hopefully someone will want whats was left.

Then with a little bit more cleaning, we have this.

Still not perfect, but it looks a lot better then it did.  The doors for the kitchen cabinet are waiting to be stained.  And as soon as the 90+ degree weather passes, I'll get those done.  My canopy for my art show this weekend is sitting in there, but will be back in it's place come Monday.   And a few other things need to find a home, but overall, pretty nice looking.

I can't wait to start painting this room.  We're going to go light with the walls to brighten up the room.  I'm also going to do a floor to ceiling sheer curtain on the patio door, to block the view into my studio.  Then add a little furniture and we'll have a nice little place to relax.

And I'm serious about the chair, bookcase, and basketball hoop.  If want one or all, let me know.  If you can haul it, you can have it!!


Duni said...

I donate most of my gently used clothes to Oxfam and good condition furniture and appliances go to Caritas.
So sorry about the broken dishes, but I'm sure there are people who will want the plates that are still intact!
Good luck with the renovation :)
best wishes,

papel1 said...

I like to donate to Goodwill or the local SPCA. I have several bags ready to go. I better get busy.

Anonymous said... looks so much better! Great work. Stuff like that is just a pain...when you're really not sure what to do with things. And in your kitchen I spy a rice maker- we have the same one!

Ruth said...

Good for you....I'm trying to get my dd to donate her prom dress, not an easy task! She keep saying she thinks she'll wear it again, but to what?? Maybe as a bridesmaid at a wedding, but I don't see that happening anytime soon...