From thrift-shop bargain to designer decor

(Saving with 6abc - Amy Buckman)

May 15, 2013 8:53:52 AM PDT
A beautiful solid-wood dresser for $65. A unique lamp made from a clarinet for $15. A designer leather-trimmed headboard for $67.

Those are just a few of the project ideas you can get at this weekend's Eco-Fest Home Show at the Impact Thrift store in Feasterville.

Jo Greenawalt of Impact Thrift explains, "Really, you're going to pay bottom-dollar prices for them, a little bit of elbow grease, maybe a little bit of supplies from your hardware store, and you can have this beautiful piece that people would say, 'Wow, where did you get that?'"

Furniture expert Roger Foster is an expert at bringing out the inner beauty of well-made, but sometimes badly-finished antique furniture. Like a $65 dresser that was painted blue from top to bottom.

He stripped it, spray-painted the base black and clear-coated the drawers.

You can also see the before and after on a $15 dresser. Roger sanded away the worn faux-finish and revealed the beauty of the wood underneath. He brought out the carved-wood details by filling them in with a black marker.

Beth Allen of DIY HIP Chicks will share her tips on re-purposing thrift shop finds, like turning a cheap dress into a lamp-shade, or using leather placemats and a belt to add a pop of color to a plain, $65 headboard.

In addition to Foster and Allen, Jeannie Weber from Oskar Huber Furniture will be offering decorating ideas, including how to mix thrift-shop finds with more expensive pieces.

And Audrey Cup of A Better Space will offering tips on organization.

Click here for more information about the workshops. To RSVP, you're asked to call 267-387-0300, x-511.

The event runs from 12:00 noon until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Impact Thrift Store at 91 East Street Road in Feasterville, Pa.