Thrift store show and Tell

I should probably wait until i have ‘final final’ pics to show you stuff – you know, pictures that have nice light and are styled and, like the bed is made and there aren’t random peoples clothes lying around, but unfortunately i have the patience of a 2 year old child after having eaten 100 jelly beans.

I want what i want and i want it now, on speed.

So Orlando and i were thrift shopping last week (read his latest post of us shopping for plants in the valley here) and we found some gems for me.  I love me some thrifting. Always have.  Its changed a lot in the major cities, and gems are harder to find, but if you get your hands dirty enough and go far enough into the valley, treasures are a’waiting.

This bad boy was $40 from a huge thrift store near downtown (for you L.A.-ers this is a big one, but man their prices are starting to reach ‘i think i’m a vintage’ store prices.) There were four pretty adorable but DISGUSTING and lousy dining chairs that they were trying to sell for $60 each.  This place is not exactly ‘clean’ or ‘free of germs’ or ‘free of pee odor’ so i take issue with the vintage store prices.  But, some things are still deals. Like this headboard.

I’m going to paint it charcoal, i think.  Why such a masculine color you ask? Well, because it is going to be flanked by these girly girls:

Uh, huh. They are hot pink, velvet and they screamed ‘Emily’.  $200 for the pair from a vintage store in Ventura. Not a steal, but they are in perfect condition and the amount of impact they have is worth every penny. Brian actually really likes them but he wanted me to try to ‘masculinize’ up the bedroom after that.  So i’m getting black leather bedding….with cars silk screened on it….with chicks with big tits inside the cars…..  wearing Slayer t-shirts….

Here’s where we are now in the master boudoir.  I’m shopping for a king mattress – probably going for the Ikea HOLMSTRA.  And this perfect Dwell Bedding is going into the guest bedroom since its a queen size duvet, so then i can grab new bedding….which will be a very fun hunt indeed.  Then obviously i need to hang something above it.  But i think that this headboard in a grey (and then maybe bring out some detail in gold) is going to be the perfect combo of a feminine shape but in a masculine color  = perfect balance.  I may even upholster the two wood rectangles so its softer on my fragile little head.

Not sure i have expouded that wisdom before, but my rule is that if if the shape is super feminine and you are worried about it being too girly (or you live with a man that you would like to keep), then make sure the finish (or fabric) is more masculine.  For me, i could do bright yellow, white, light pink or navy, but i think that the charcoal will calm those crazy hanging girls down a bit.

Oh, hi cute bamboo desk.  This guy came from Goodwill. It’s thomasville, so its all sturdy ‘n stuff.  I love it white, but am debating painting it because it sits near my white lacquer West Elm dining table/desk so it kinda competes.  It’s like they are too similar to be next to each other without looking accidental, but if they were drastically different they would work.

I kinda want it to be dark green, but keep the bamboo part white and add amazing brass hardware.  But, I can’t tell if that would be too ‘designer-y or just totally awesome…..or so busy that it looks crazy.  OR maybe i just paint the whole thing a dark/bright green….thoughts?  Right now this room has that crazy antique blue chinese rug and the walls are a super light blue/grey, and the windows bring in so much green from the trees surrounding it, so i’m thinking that color palette could be simple and calm, but totally saturated and bright.  Blues, greens, whites.  Boom.

So my questions are:  What color should the headboard be painted? do you think upholstering it would be genius or too much? And what color should the desk be?

 

 

  1. Maribel

    These are amazing finds, love, totally love the bamboo desk!

  2. Hannah

    I think the desk would be adorable in a super glossy navy. I would stay away from painting it two colors, as it might be too busy. Love the brass hardware idea, though!

  3. Kelly

    Those lamps are unbelievable. Can't wait to see the finished room!

  4. Kim

    I share your frustration with nasty thrift stores charging vintage store prices. My former favorite thrift is pissing me off with $59 mirrors I could get at HomeGoods for $39.00 (unused and without the nicks and dust). Love your vintage pieces – I need that headboard for under my yet-to-be-installed Chinoiserie screen. And deepestdarkestgreenblack on the desk with brass hardware!
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  5. Lauren

    I'm sorry, I can't concentrate on your questions… I can't calm down from the excitement of those pink velvet lights! Holy crap. I saw them laying down in a pic from your last post and I was trying to post a comment asking about them, but sometimes I just get an error that says unable to post. That kept happening. Anyway, they're incredible! Dying.

  6. Crystal

    I think the headboard would be great just painted or painted with upholstery, but I tend to really like extra details. Like when you said \\\\\\\"with gold details\\\\\\\" my heart started beating faster. I really love your thrift store/shopping posts with ideas of what to do with them. Like those 80s tables are just awful and look extra 80s-ish next to the terrible couch. But lacquered and flanking a bed…yep, super awesome.

  7. Marie

    What about an antiqued silver for the headboard with a color popping upholstery or just a classic graphic print in black and white. So yes on the noggin protection.

  8. Hilary

    I can't really tell what the headboard is now, but what about trying to lime it? I say definitely upholstered. And yes, dark green or navy on the desk. No two-tone. Wow, this is a lot of opinions…

  9. amyks

    40 bucks for that awesome headboard, no way! The Goodwill and Salvation Army stores here in Boston…S.U.C.K. and other thrift stores are non existent, they are all \\\"antique stores\\\" and are way overpriced or have nothing but junk. Or may be I just don't have your amazing eye, either way, I am super jealous! Can't wait to see how it all turns out.

  10. Chandra

    The headboard would look gorgeous painted a smoky charcoal with ivory cotton velvet panels. I'm jealous, what a steal for $40! You should check this artist out for an installation to hang above the bed: http://www.paulvillinski.com/artwork/beercan.html. Not sure about the pricing but something like this could also be easily be diy'd. :)

  11. You were at my favorite vintage store in Ventura! Had I known I would have totally gone into full stalker mode. Love all your finds. I think if you upholster the headboard then maybe a non high contrasting fabric would be good. The change in texture would be enough without a color contrast. xo

  12. Sarah

    I say go navy colored headboard, no upholstering on this baby. The simpler the better. I say go kelly green and leave parts of it white…like maybe the legs or the drawers on bamboo desk. Can't wait to see it all come together (and can't wait for SFAS to start!!!)

  13. So jealous of those lights, I have been looking for the perfect pair for years, and you found them.
    I am currently repainting a Thomasville bamboo armoire high gloss black with a white interior and brass hardware, so far it looks pretty lush! Much better than the orignal icky yellow finish. You must be in good with the thrift store gods, I do ok once in a while, but I always think, hmmm, would Emily buy this? shamless http://www.highstyling.com/2012/02/fabulous-finds.html

  14. First of all I love your thrift store shopping posts! I love reading about all the steps…not just the amazing finished product. You have such an eye for color. You are great at picking the colors that work amazingly together. I am an artist and so I love color and think you are gifted in that area.

    Anyway I agree the would look great in charcoal. I also think upholstery is a great for reading in bed and such. Plus the manly color will totally balance the pink I think a painting above the bed with deep sea greens and touches of light would compliment the amazing HOT pink! Kind of old world but simple.

    loving your blog…can't wait for the new season of your show! Kimberly

  15. Hi Emily! Thanks for sharing this process with us.. it should be a show! *HGTV, are you reading this?! *hint*hint!* I really like the idea of upholstering the headboard, it's so fun to be able to get comfy with your headboard. With the desk, I think that you should paint it high gloss dark green, I like cutwork, but for a desk that small, it seems like it would be too much going on, ah know?
    That's my two cents :) Heather

  16. I say yay on upholstering the headboard. Love the shape but it needs a little fluff!

  17. Kelly

    The bamboo desk would be amazing in a Kelly green color. I'm trying to decide what color to paint the wood frame on two chairs I got on craigslist. It's between Navy & Kelly Green.

  18. I like the idea of charcoal on the headboard, but I'd leave off the cushions unless they will blend in a bit. Go with all green on the desk. Just my 2 cents. I'm sure whatever you decide will be awesome :)

  19. Paint the headboard? Yes. Upholster? I say no since you have those plush lamps on both sides. Might be too much plush (as if there was such a thing) and will skew the balance between masculine and feminine.

  20. Upholstering the headboard is genius. Do it! And I think painting the entire desk with a bright green would be the way to go. That's my two cents.

  21. I really like the idea of painting the desk green. That's an awesome find. I would leave the bamboo white too. Charcoal is good but I am skeptical about the upholstery part, guess I'd have to see the fabric and the way it would work with potential bedding/curtain/rugs, but i'm sure you're already thinking allll about that! Totally jealous if your sun filled office!

  22. Charcoal for the headboard would be awesome and I personally would paint the whole desk a solid color, but I'm no designer. Green would be pretty sweet though-it's not used enough in my non-designer opinion.

    Cracking me up about masculinizing the bedroom. Don't forget to add some swords and axes or something on the wall as accessories.

    LOVE!

  23. I vote for a gorgeous navy color on that headboard….it would be lovely with some gold accents!

  24. Ah you've got me going on the ridiculous thrift store prices in SoCal. The prices at \\\"Gouge-Will\\\" in SoCal have just gotten unbearable. When I see Target blouses on sale for more than they cost new I just get infuriated. I used to get the most amazing furniture at Goodwill, not it's just totally unreasonable. Love what you found. Can't wait to see it all Henderson-ed!

  25. DoJo

    Love the headboard- love charcoal, if you do upolster= keep it the same color, so it doesn't with those cute circles! I think for the desk all one color with the brass accents- kelly green would be great, but my favorite green is that appley, springy green- please post finished product. Love you and can't wait for new season!

  26. karen l

    I have been looking for a king headboard in the thrifts for months! Months! and you won the prize (wah!)
    But it is awesome – yes on the gray, yes on the upholstery in the square bits – I can see gray linen -
    The desk is crying out to be painted kelly green. Can you imagine how awesome that could be?
    Just got back reupholstered couch I bought at estate sale last month – covered in tweedy looking charcoal cotton – a little masculinity on a curvy 70s sofa – we're on the same page.

  27. Tiffany

    Thanx for sharing Emily. This is always so much fun. Love the lamps. I can't wait to see the final look. I would paint the headboard charcoal or navy to balance out the bright color of the lamps. As for the desk I think it would work all white, navy, or a lighter gray. I don't care much for green. Since the walls are blue I think of colors I would coordinate.

  28. Holy crap…what amazing finds!

  29. Dawn

    I'm for navy on the headboard, and I like the shape as is without any upholstery. I'd love the desk in a bright kelly green, one color please!

  30. Christa

    Those lamps are THE GREATEST THING EVER. Charcoal with golden brass tones to match the metal on the lamps. I want your head to have upholstery panels too, in the perfect print fabric. The desk is to die for. I would probably try doing a deep green 2-tone with brass – you can always paint out the rest of the white and make it solid green if it's too busy. Those clunky 80's tables – good luck with the painting but I think they are just a bit off proportionally. Way to chunky. Maybe a gloss black with a little pinstripe would suit them.

  31. The headboard is pretty awesome. I think you could upholster for your head, but I don't think it needs it. Although you might think it needs it when you're trying to read a book and are bothered by your hard head rest…

  32. Julia Reiersgord

    I actually enjoy the (gasp!) natural wood on the headboard (insert sound of crickets chirping). … I think it plays well off the patina on the I-Dream-of-Jeannie lamps' metallic hardware. What about upholstering the headboard in a chocolate brown to match the wood? Or, in lieu of fabric, do an aged gold leaf in the inset/panel thingys?

    Yes, the bamboo desk is lovely in white. Would it fit behind your blue sofa? Perhaps the scale is off.
    I suppose a dark dark green would be nice, or a hot tomato-orange, like persimmon. Cute! That color could be tough with the existing rug in your office. Hmmm… .

  33. I live in L.A. and am dying to know what thrift store you found this stuff at? Maybe I can nab some stuff before they go completely vintage :) But I agree, the Goodwill store near me is trying to get into the vintage biz… I know it goes to a good cause but some of the prices are ridic(ulous).

    As for the headboard… am I crazy to want to see it upholstered?! Just the squares parts in a light grey fabric and the rest painted charcoal would be purdy.

  34. Carissa

    Charcoal for the headboard and no upholstery. I would go with your crazy-possibly-too-much desk. That guy looks like he just wants to be exciting! White bamboo/bright green/brass… if it sucks just paint the whole thing green

  35. Maybe a charcoal velvet that matched the paint would work for the panels of the headboard. I don't think the fabric should compete with those super swag pendants. Personally, I am not fan of two-tone paint jobs. It's too trendy. Not to say that I don't jump on trends but I think I would get sick of the two-tone look very quick. So my vote is for an all green paint job on that awesome chinoiserie desk.

  36. Maybe a charcoal velvet that matched the paint would work for the panels of the headboard. I don't think the fabric should compete with those super swag pendants. Personally, I am not fan of two-tone paint jobs. It's too trendy. Not to say that I don't jump on trends but I think I would get sick of the two-tone look very quick. So my vote is for an all green paint job on that awesome chinoiserie desk.

  37. Robyn

    Those lamps are amazing! I am voting on one color on the desk as well, but you are a genius, so I'm sure whatever you do will be fab.

    As far as thrift store prices go, I generally agree that they have gotten ridiculous on pricing. Sometimes I don't mind, like the Habitat for Humanity ReStore or other kind of thrift that is charitable. I like the idea of buying treasures and helping less fortunate people being able to buy their own homes all at the same time. Or helping out the local SPCA by buying from their thrift store. Everything in my house is either from Habitat or Craigslist!

  38. Robyn

    Those lamps are amazing! I am voting on one color on the desk as well, but you are a genius, so I'm sure whatever you do will be fab.

    As far as thrift store prices go, I generally agree that they have gotten ridiculous on pricing. Sometimes I don't mind, like the Habitat for Humanity ReStore or other kind of thrift that is charitable. I like the idea of buying treasures and helping less fortunate people being able to buy their own homes all at the same time. Or helping out the local SPCA by buying from their thrift store. Everything in my house is either from Habitat or Craigslist!

  39. You are a talent. I L-O-V-E your red hanging lights. so unexpected and fab.

  40. Kat

    Love the idea of a charcoal headboard. I wouldn't upholster the panels. Well OK maybe I would. A pretty pinstriped charcoal wool suiting fabric would look interesting and be neutral enough to go with whatever bedding you purchased. Ohhh a charcoal gray wool suiting with a pink pinstripe! Love love love the hot pink hanging lamps! I'd paint the bamboo desk a happy kelly green with fun brass hardware.

  41. Lindsay

    Emily- you are hilarious. girly girls? chicks with big tits in slayer tee's? loved reading this. talent and personality. big ups.

  42. Andrea

    Wow, I had those exact lights in the early '90's and I bought the pair for $25. Funny to see things come back around!

  43. laurielulu

    Hmmmmm……
    1. The headboard – I say monochromatic and I can visualize the inset upholstory in the same color.
    2. I think you have enough antique gold accent, don't do the headboard accents, but I get the need to tie it together. It just feels too much.
    3. The desk is beyond divine. (I'm a freak for white). I admit I am NOT on the green band wagon…..sigh. It would be classically elegant in Navy or another shade of blue…..m.mmmmm.
    4. I like the Chinese tables too, don't love 'em.

    Have FUN Emily.

  44. Jen

    Haha, I have one of those "Chinese tables" and I have been trying to get my husband to let me get rid of it, along with the matching coffee table that we got at a garage sale for a total of $50 I think… Painting would be a fun option, but I have a "don't paint the wood" kind of man :)

  45. Melissa C.

    The headboard is cool – either in wood or upholstered…I would make the decision whether to upholster AFTER I had the bedding.
    Call me crazy, but I keep lookin' at that cute bamboo desk & all I see is "gold paint"…not anything too brassy, or irridescent & shiny but a gold w/grey undertone.

    Can't wait to see your "finished" home!

  46. Joni

    Charcoal or deep chocolae brown on the headboard would be fabulous with the hot pink. Uphostered is best if you like to sit and read in your bed. Comfy is important. Desk would be cool reversed from what it is, with the taupe being dominant and the white being the accent, totally not competeing with the big white table. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the blog. AND THE SHOW. And YOU, of course!

  47. Kara

    I say upholster the headboard, but do it in a matching charcoal linen fabric so that it is still masculine-like and blends in. I agree with the other commenters that bright green would be hot on that desk.

  48. I nearly fainted when I saw your amazing find… those lamps are PERFECT and fun for the bedroom! Now I feel the need to go thrifting.

  49. Lauren

    There was a blue pendant light in Mad Men this week that reminded me so much of your hot pink pair!

  50. Molly

    Have you seen your lamps in the new season of Mad Men? There's a blue one in Don Draper's apartment!