Good Score! is a weekly feature here at Red House West highlighting our readers’ secondhand finds. If you scored a great bargain at a thrift store, found a treasure on the side of the road, or discovered a one-of-a-kind gem at a yard sale, we’d love to hear about it! Please send a picture and a brief description of what, where and how much to firstname.lastname@example.org -OR- use the hashtag #rhwgoodscore on Instagram and each Friday we’ll share a couple of highlights. To see Good Scores from previous weeks, click here.
When I first moved to LA, I threw all my stuff into a Uhaul storage unit as I was subletting for a month. When I moved all of my stuff out of storage, I found this desk in the free pile and promptly grabbed it. I cleaned it up and painted it black. It is one of my favorite pieces in my home. And it is a left-handed desk, a rarity! (I’m a lefty.)
A few years ago I was looking for a new table to put beside my reading chair in my painting studio. I’d been using a small stool, and there really wasn’t enough room on it for books and a cup of tea AND a snack. I finally found this table on sale at Pier I Imports. It had a plain top, but I cut out a piece of an old failed painting and fit it into the nice tray-like niche on top, and it has made a very handy and cheerful surface for crumbs and teacups and all the unread books in my book pile.
–Carol C. B.
These gems were left at my house by the previous owners. As you can probably tell from the woodsy grandma vibe, the previous owners were in their 90’s. I put them in the Goodwill pile and then removed them because I decided I would try to bring them out of the 1950’s. I purchased some high gloss white spray paint and gave them a few coats. I love the result! I think they now look woodsy-chic with a taste of anthropologie and Spenard Roadhouse. I now want to spray paint all of my belongings, including my dinner plates and my dog, glossy white.
Don’t forget about the giveaway! For each Good Score you submit between now and May 28 – either via email@example.com or the Instagram hashtag #rhwgoodscore – you will receive an entry into a random drawing for a set of Mera’s hand carved and printed avian cards! We’ll announce the winner in the Good Score post on Friday, May 30. This contest is open to residents of the United States (including Alaska!) and Canada.