Welcome to my favorite short cutting post I’ve written so far.
If you’ve been following along you know that for 14 days, I’m sharing tips to make your decorating life a little easier.
We’ve discussed the one thing every lamp needs and how to transform a builder-grade door for under $10 and an easy way to makeover furniture and a unique hardware DIY. and budget centerpiece ideas and how to pick paint colors that make your room smile. and super easy budget remodeling ideas for your kitchen.
We are talking about thrift store finds.
And the homes that love them.
Today I’m talking all about how to decorate with thrift store finds and celebrating quarters everywhere.
The dining room
1. The table was $10 at an auction (a fancy cousin twice removed to a thrift store). I repaired it and painted it white and waited 10 minutes and painted it black.
2. I found that old fabric holder at a local antique mall. Baskets from thrift stores are your best friend. You can paint them and stencil them with numbers and add a ribbon and a wreath for creative wall decor.
3. The chairs on the end are from my mother’s house. I grew up eating every Sunday dinner with these chairs.
4. All those white dishes came from a thrift store. None of them were more than $1.00.
5. I stained the wood floor with different colors of stain.
6. The bookcase in the background came from a thrift store store.
7. The books on the book case are from a thrift store. Notice that I covered some of them them with craft paper and add labels to make them match a room.
If the spine isn’t cute, I just face the pages to the front.
8. I found this wood box at a thrift store and it’s perfect for layering pumpkins into your bookcase.
The front entry
9. You can find galvanized anything at a thrift store. Galvanized anything is perfect for decorating. Fill it with hay and decorate your stairs.
10, The pieces on the wall in the hallway came from the side of the road.
They don’t like to discuss their roots, now that they’re art.
The living room
11. The two tables in the picture came from an auction. The top was damaged on the table on the left and I added a fun stain treatment.
12. The table came from a thrift store used to be a dining table and we made it into a coffee table.
13. The boxes on the wall used to be a crate from a yard sale (country cousin to a thrift store) and I made them into wall organizers.
14. The F A R M letters on the wall were made by my brother.
15. The chandelier in the living room came from the thrift store.
16. The barn door on the mantel came from a thrift store, too. If you can find a barn door, they make the perfect wall art. Just hang a wreath or another picture on top. It makes their barn doorness really shine.
The family room
17. Everything on the bookcases (almost) came from thrift stores. It’s the perfect place to buy texture.
18. You can also find old keys at thrift stores. I like to attach them to old pieces of molding and make an art display.
19. We made the tray with the handles on the ottoman.
20. The light fixture came from a yard sale for $10. It had a weird clock thing in the middle that I removed.
The laundry room
21. The large piece of furniture on the right came from a thrift store. It had this weird mirror thing in the front that we took out and added ship lap to.
Now it has a basket on it that holds paper towels and I store all the gift wrap supplies and extra blankets in the bottom.
22. The armoire that’s striped came from a yard sale for $5.00.
23. The dishes all over the room came from yard sales.
24. The table between the chairs was $2.00 at an auction.
25. The sign over the fireplace came from a thrift store.
Thrift stores are great places to find old signs.
Or old things you can make into signs.
The decorating lesson in all of this?
Thrift stores should be renamed treasure hunting boutiques.
The world can be yours for under $10.00.
And never, ever, ever….
…pay full price. 🙂
I wanted to press pause on our decorating short cut journey and put the book and book promotion aside today.
There are much more important things going on in the world.
I am a Texas girl.
My heart is breaking.
Today my thoughts and prayers are with all the people who are displaced and lonely and homeless and scared and watching the flood waters continue to rise.
There are amazing organizations working night and day to search and rescue and save and stand in the gap for all of us with tears on our faces that need our donations and our help.
Won’t you join me in standing with Texas?