February Thrift Challenge REVEAL: Vignette

It's Thrift Challenge Reveal Day, my new favorite day of the month!

This month Dina challenged me to recreate this cool vignette by the talented Rachel from Smile and Wave. I ADORE it! (Quick thanks to Katie from Forest City Forever for knowing the original photo source!)


Thrifting some of these pieces was a real challenge, but there's nothing better than being on the hunt and successfully finding exactly what you're looking for! I was able to recreate the inspiration photo for just $17.50.


The Thrifty Details:

Vintage Handybreeze Fan | $12 | The Bomb Shelter
Cabinet Door | $5 | Givits Thrift & Recycle
White Bird | $0.50 | Salvation Army 

-----Items I already owned-----

Orange Lotus Bowl | $1 | Estate Sale 
Tribal Beaded Necklace | $6 | Garage Sale 
Books | $0.25 - $1 each | Thrift Stores & Estate Sales 
Yellow Place mat | $0.25 | Thrift Store

I found the vintage Handybreeze fan at the The Bomb Shelter by being a little bit nosey! It was actually back in a roped off maintenance/cleaning area and I caught it out of the corner of my eye as I was headed up to the register to buy a few other things. It was on a cart with about TEN other fans (fan heaven!) so I simply asked if I could buy one (it never hurts to ask!) and they said of course!



The Bomb Shelter also had a ton of big old letters. Like tons and tons and TONS of them! They were about $30 a letter (depending on size), which isn't bad, but since they didn't have a letter "P" (for our last name) in a color I liked I didn't get one. Since I only had a few more days to complete the challenge I decided to attempt a DIY Version by painting a letter on an old cabinet door that I picked up at Givits Thrift & Recycle in Hudson. Quick tutorial: Print off your letter, trace it on the cabinet using carbon paper, then paint with your color of choice and distress with a sanding sponge. I love how it turned out!! In fact you may see something like this reappear in that Etsy shop I'm always talking about starting.


And let me tell you about trying to find the birds! I see shelves full of little ceramic figurines at thrift stores all the time so I assumed that included little white birds. Wrong! It's all angels, swans, and cats. Thanks to Dina though, she was able to find me the one and only white ceramic bird available in all of Northeast Ohio at a Salvation Army in Akron. Thank you Dina!! 


I found this orange lotus bowl a few years ago at an estate sale, and the beaded tribal necklace came from a garage sale.



Thrift Challenge No. 2 is complete! Thanks to Smile & Wave for the inspiration!


And NOW it's time to go check out Dina's fashion challenge! I gave her this super sassy sequin & chambray outfit. She gave us a sneak peek of her version here -- but let's go over to Dina's Days and see the FULL outfit reveal!


The next Challenge will be given on March 3rd and we're excited to announce that it will be our first reader challenge! That means we want YOU to get in on the fun and show us your version of our challenge photos. Stay tuned for details!


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14 comments:

  1. Katie!! You nailed it!!!!! This belongs in a diy home decor magazine. Unbelievable.

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    1. I still can't believe you pulled that outfit together.This one was a major WOW!

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  2. nicely done, Katie!!! awesome fan, and what a cute idea with the painted cabinet! win win. headed to Dina's Days now!

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    1. Thanks Em! The fan was a super last minute find! I hope you'll be doing the reader challenge next month!

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  3. wow fun i think you did great on the challenge what fun ill be following to see the next challenge

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    1. Thanks, girl! I hope you'll be joining us next month for the reader challenge!

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  4. I love the monogram! I have one like that on my "to do" list so it is fun to see other ones for inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Amanda!! Check back tomorrow... I think you might like the prize for March's Thrift Challenge/Reader Challenge!

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  5. Nice work! I can't decide which part is my favorite, the colorful stack of books or the darling little bird statue. So pretty :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel! The bird figurine was a real jerk to find but Dina the master thrifter helped me out!! Hope you'll consider participating in the March challenge -- all the details were announced today on the blog. Check it out!

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  6. What a fun challenge. I love your take on Smile and Waves vignette. You did a spectacular job recreated her vision in your own unique and stylish way.

    I'm kind of looking forward to the March challenge to see what you come up with and to see what your readers come up with as well.

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    1. Thanks Amy! Would love to have you join the challenge if you have some free time :)

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