Do you love to decorate with thrift store finds? Here’s one of my favorite thrift store finds and how I styled it in my entryway.

decorating with thrift store finds entryway

A while back I was visiting my friend and we were laughing and telling each other that we forgot how much we loved stirrup pants and that Saved By the Bell was the best show in the universe and that we couldn’t believe scrunchies are even a thing again.

And mid hair accessory conversation, I noticed her table.

It was chippy and distressed and had character and personality and joie de vivre. I told her it was amazing and that all tables should get in line behind it and asked her where she got it. She looked down and avoided my gaze.

As if she was sad.  As if she didn’t want to talk.  As if she was embarrassed to answer the question.

Then timidly, quietly, softly she said, “I got it at a thrift store.”

What?

That beautiful, wonderful, incredible, fifth-avenue looking table came from a thrift store?

And she was embarrassed?

NEVER.

I grinned and laughed and told her I already thought the table was amazing and standing ovation awesome, but when she told me it came from a thrift store….

…it made me love it so much more.

thrift store finds hutch

This, my friend, is one of my favorite thrift store finds.

It was $75 at our local Habitat ReStore here in McKinney.

If you live within two hours of McKinney? This is my favorite thrift store. The furniture selection is incredible—there’s an entire warehouse FULL of furniture and lighting and vintage finds.

All waiting to be found.

By me.

It was damaged when we bought it and there were glass shelves and the wood needed a little TLC. We patched it with wood filler and sanded it down and replaced the glass shelves with wood shelves.

And painted it Mindful Gray SW 7016.

If you are looking for other gray paint suggestions? Here are a few of my favorite gray paints.

decorating with thrift store finds before of hutch

For a while, this hutch lived large in my entryway.

But then?

It started collecting things.

Kind of like a junk drawer.

I kept adding and adding and adding and oh wait…adding some more.

Until it looked like this. I shut the doors and closed my eyes and every now and then I added one more glass vase to the mix.

And yes.

Those are Christmas packages sitting on top of the hutch that I’m trying to pass off as if they are happy birthday presents for America.

Until

Until yesterday.

When I had HAD ENOUGH.

It started like all really good decorating projects do.

With a frenetic removal of everything.

It’s so much easier that way. You have a blank slate and you’re not distracted by the vases or the number boxes or the birthday presents.

If you love to decorate with thrift store finds like me and you have a hutch like this that needs a makeover?

Let me show you how I did it.

layering in plates when decorating with thrift store finds

Decorating with thrift store finds: Add vertical

When decorating a hutch or other thrift store find, it’s important to start with the vertical spaces first.

If you look back at the before picture, all of these platters were in the hutch, but they were off-center and hidden by other larger items in the space.

I brought them out and put them center stage.

These platters and plates add a backdrop to the painted gray background of the hutch.

Add books

Next? I added books.

I love vintage books.

I love to cover books.

When adding your books, you want to create a random, symmetrical pattern. I know that’s an oxymoron, but it’s true. You want your shelves to have a mix of different types of books. Some flat. Some stacked. Some layered. Some tilted.

But you want there to be a pattern to the randomness.

Does that make sense?

layering in books when decorating with thrift store finds

Decorating with thrift store finds: Fill in the holes

I edited out the stuff that was already in the hutch and layered it in.

Here are a few fun ideas for layering:

  • add a vase to the top of a stack of books
  • add a vintage stack of books as bookends
  • place a whiteware container in front of a group of books
  • stack several books next to a pitcher
  • set several books at angles instead of simply straight up and down

Keep everything in the same color palette

I know.

I get it.

When did our hutches start having color palettes?

It’s just so much easier to decorate and edit what goes into a hutch if everything in the hutch is in a similar color palette.

If neutral isn’t your thing, here are some other options for this hutch that would work:

  • blue and white dishes with whiteware
  • red and khaki books with wood accents
  • wooden boxes with fiesta ware
  • brightly patterned dishes with accents of greenery

Want to see some examples?

Here’s how I took another great yard sale find–this hutch in the kitchen and decorated it for fall three different ways.

One neutral.

One full of color.

One with two classic colors.

But here’s the thing—each hutch had its own color palette and that made it so much easier to decorate.

Here are a few more views of one of my favorite thrift store finds in the space.

It fills up the space and that wall without being too overwhelming. I still can’t believe it was $75.

That’s the thing with thrift store finds.

They are easy to decorate with.

Easy to get along with.

And so easy to love. 🙂

decorating with thrift store finds coco and buddy

decorating with thrift store finds our family

PS And just in case you were wondering if any people actually live in this space?

Here are three of my favorite.

We have a new friend visiting us for the week. Her name is Coco. She is my brother’s dog and she’s the cutest little dog ever.

She loves snuggles and Hallmark movies and cozy blankets and girls with blonde hair named Westleigh.

I think Buddy approves. 🙂

PPS Do you have a favorite thrift store find? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

PPPS I shared videos of this project over on my Instagram stories.

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Comments

  1. Image for betty in arlington betty in arlington

    Aren't thrift stores fun? Such great ideas to work with, too! I can't wait til our thrift stores open fully here to scrounge for more lucky finds! Love how you change up the look!

  2. Image for Patricia Whitford Patricia Whitford

    In picture 13 with the orange pumpkins, where did you get the wall hanging of oak leaves above the cabinet? Just what I'm looking for. Love your decorating and creativity. I enjoy a bit more color in my home but so enjoy looking at your's. Thanks, Patti

  3. Image for Mary S Mary S

    Love that cabinet!! Perhaps you might consider adding picture frame moulding on the front of the doors. Maybe it will add some dimension to the doors?? And easy and inexpensive. Just a thought..

  4. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    My whole house is full of them. If it weren't for thrift stores I'd be naked and the house would be bare!!!Lol

  5. Image for PJ PJ

    My favorite thrift store find is my kitchen hutch which I found at my local ReStore, Most of my blue and white dishes are from various local thrift stores and consignment shops. Thrifting is one of the things I have missed most during our self-isolation time.

  6. Image for Amy Schisler Amy Schisler

    I LOVE your blog and look forward to it every day, but might I make a suggestion? I've been following you for a few years now, and I've always wondered why you put the pictures BEFORE instead of AFTER you've described them. I find that I have to back up over and over to really see what what you're writing about. It would be much easier and less confusing for readers if you were to write what you'd like to say about a particular item or scene and THEN show us. Anyway, just thought I'd toss that out there. I really think it would help make your already delightful blogs even more enjoyable.

    1. Image for Michele M Michele M

      I have to agree with you, Amy. I have often thought the same thing over the years.....not a big enough deal to EVER not read every single post and every single word- but it does affect the natural flow of reading. I am glad you thought of mentioning it;

  7. Image for Becky Becky

    Oooh yeah, WHAT a find! I think my favorite find thus far is a medium and a large wood-and-glass lantern set, $1 for the smaller, $2 for the big. My eyes about fell out of my head. You've never seen anyone grab so fast in your life. The lady at the cash register just about died. 😁

  8. Image for Kathy Menold Kathy Menold

    I agree with one of your other readers . If it were not for thrift stores I would have lot less things in both my house and in my closet. The fact I volunteer in a thrift store just feeds my addiction. One of my best buys was also from the restore, a large rectangular maple coffee table that is perfect for my sectional in our family room. I think it cost $15.00!. I thought of having it painted but decided the wood was too great once I cleaned it up. The table is indestructible and with 10 grandchildren this is so important. Thrift store hunting are so much fun.

  9. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Thrift store shopping is the best and i have missed going, lucky find and great price. Thanks for the ideas on decorating it.

  10. Image for Nancy Nancy

    I LOVE thrift shop finds! We have an excellent one right here in Valparaiso, IN that supports the Men’s Shelter. It gets all the “good stuff” from the community and has plenty of space for display. Anything I need from interesting flower containers to a hutch it’s the place to look first!

  11. Image for PJ PJ

    Thrift stores in my area don't have much to offer and it's pretty much the same with the yard sales. I live vicariously through your site. Anyway, I've wondered whether you actually use the vases, platters, and books you use to style your hutches? Nice post, thanks. Bless you.

  12. Image for MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!)

    KariAnne, I love thrift stores, too! Our thrift stores here are still closed so haven't been able to go and seek our the bargains that are waiting patiently to come home with me! Plus, I have some things packed up here to take to them. That picture of Westleigh, Buddy and Coco is so cute! Also, your cabinet is lovely! You have done a great job at styling it. Have a great week!

  13. Image for Chas Greener Chas Greener

    I just love thrift stores, garage sale, and a good bargain! I love it even more when the proceeds go to a charity. Great find my friend, I ironically have a thrift store find on my blog today of something I flipped :)

  14. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    I love thrift stores! I am currently in the process of restoring a sturdy, real wood, square thrift store table, to sit between my new twin sofas (which are at a 90 degree angle from one another). It was only $10.00, the perfect size, and with a little TLC and my magic paintbrush, it will look like a million dollars!

  15. Image for Michele M Michele M

    Oh, decorating with thrift finds? Yes, ma'am! Absolutely! And I love it even more when I am lucky and frugal - then I am able to splurge on ridiculously high priced bedding linens and such. There is a balance when budgeting. Second hand things are some of my fav things in our home. Love the job you did on your finds.

  16. Image for Kris Kris

    I wondered if you had gotten a new dog! So cute. I'm surprised your friend was embarrassed about a thrift store find--doesn't she know that you pick up stuff by the side of the road (wink, wink)?? We don't have great thrift stores in my area although my daughter did find a pelican Beanie Baby a week ago at an antique store for 50 cents (tag still on it).

  17. Image for margo margo

    I adore your find, how you filled it with such prettiness, how you changed it up seasonally but also how you curate your words! xoxo margo

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