Monday, October 19, 2009

Why I love thrift shops

I am in love with my new dining room table, (or games table, or desk - depends where you put it). It is inlaid by hand in lovely colors and has a rich patina to the old wood.

It looks wonderful with the Reac Macintosh chairs, and would suit any house furnished in the last 100 or so years.

I haven't decided yet which dollhouse it will look best in, but plan to try it in several.

I found this lovely inlaid box and these fancy chopsticks at a thrift shop last weekend, and the light bulb went on over my head.

Using a dollhouse dining table as a guide for height, I cut the grooved ends off the chopsticks and sanded them smooth on top. At least I tried to sand them smooth - they are almost smooth. I kept the top of the chopsticks and the bottom of the box for future projects.

I removed the tiny screws from the hinges of the box and glued a leg to each corner of the inlaid top.

I had been itching to use these lovely Reac Macintosh chairs in a dining room and was delighted to see that the colors of the chairs matched the inlaid box top perfectly.

I waited impatiently for the glue to dry - I have a bad habit of picking things up too soon and knocking off the pieces I have glued to them - and set up the new table and chairs in my cardboard Ikea house for a photoshoot.

The carpet is cut from a page in Architectural Digest. I don't know how it would look in on a wood floor, but it looks just fine in the cardboard house.

I am so pleased with myself for finding the box and chopsticks and seeing the potential. Let's all pat Susan on the back ; )

Hugs to all



  1. That table is beautiful! Great finds!!

  2. you definitely deserve a pat on the back ;-)
    that is amazing! I love the way you put it all together! its brilliant and inspiring!
    thanks for sharing

  3. What a brilliant idea and lovely resulting table. What are you going to do with the remainder of the box - surely there is something you can make of it?

  4. What a great idea and what a beautiful result!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Hugs Taenia

  5. Consider yourself patted! Those were great finds. The other end of the Chopsticks would make great bedposts. Love the table.

  6. Very inspiring - I love the way both the colours and the lines of the chairs are echoed in the tabletop!

  7. The table is fabulous, what a great find and an even greater idea!
    And I love the colours in the scene and the chairs too, Macintosh is one of my favourite architects/designers.

  8. Beautiful and thanks for sharing your ideas.

  9. Thanks everyone! I am glad you like the table as much as I do. It's finds like this that send me back to thrift shops as often as I can get there. You just never know what you'll find.
    I agree with Casey that the rest of the chopsticks will make great bedposts. I picked them up before I found the box and that was my first thought for using them.
    And Dollmum, I will use the bottom of the box for something. The sides are inlaid, but the top is plain wood. Maybe I could cut it in half and make a server for the dining room using the other chopstick legs. I'm not sure yet.
    I love the way the colours of the inly go with the chairs so perfectly, Now I need to find items to make a sideboard or cupboard. I'll keep my eyes open for more treasures.

  10. Wow Susan...that looks wonderful...well done.