Wednesday, May 19, 2010

IKEA 'as is' decor

I love playing house. I love taking what I already have and giving it new life, a new purpose, a new place of honor. And you can be sure this kitchen vignette won't be looking this way for long. Tomorrow it may have a whole new look.
I'm like that.

This steel hat rack was one of my first purchases from the IKEA 'as is' section when they opened back in 2004. And I live a mere mile from IKEA. I know, very dangerous. Anyway, believe it or not, this is the first time the rack has ever been hung. I know! After 6 years it finally has a home... in my new kitchen. And the possibilities are limitless!

I bought the white stoneware container in 'as is' yesterday for 49 cents, retails $5.99. I couldn't wait to get it home and fill it with water and a bouquet of yellow Lantana flowers.
The Old Pal galvanized minnow bucket finally found a home too. Isn't it just the cutest ever! I've seriously thought of using it as a purse. And I still think I might.

Did you know that when you let artichokes flower they eventually dry into these dried thistle puffs? These are over 5 years old and still look great... and add the perfect texture to any dried floral arrangement.

Oh and the blue jean apron was found at my little thrift store for 99 cents. BTW, Tiedemann's (aka my little thrift store) is also a vintage thrift store and they are having a killer sale this Saturday (May 22nd) starting at 7 am- ANY 5 vintage items for $10.00!! Click HERE for location.

I'm linking up to these awesome parties-


Laura said...

Only 49 cents? What a steal! And how cute : )

Erica said...

I love your "as is" finds-and I love flowering artichoke! Great post. Stopping by from Fireflies and Jellybeans party.
-Mama E

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

Great As-is deals! I love that rack! :)

Suzanne said...

I agree, artichoke flowers are gorgeous! I love your IKEA find too!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That looks really nice Linda! I love your finds, the cute little blue jean apron and the .49 cent vase, wonderful!
Hope all is well,

Decor To Adore said...

Oh you dear sweet soul.

Thank you for your kind comments. May you always be charmingly blessed.

I hope you'll stop by my blog. I am hosting a giveaway for a darling French tote.

Laura said...

I love it! Great finds.

I'm hosting a blog party on Saturday and I'd love it if you linked up!

Unknown said...

The little white container looks so sweet with the yellow flowers!

Amy Kinser said...

Never been to Ikea but get to go next week while on vacation. I can't wait. How sad is that?

Your project looks great. Wonderful finds and wonderful display.

Partying with you. Stop by for a quick visit.

Cindy said...

That is a wonderful little rack and what you have done with it is just perfect! Who couldn't use more space to hang something in the kitchen?

Pam said...

Repurposing "as is" objects to use with other "as is" objects made a winning combo here. (and what prices - wow!) Great project!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Oh I'm a huge as is fan! Love the rack and what you did with the little white pot. How cute! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~Stephanie Lynn

Tiedemann's Family Thrift and Vintage said...

What a great BLOG. Keep up the great work!