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.
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.”
That beautiful, wonderful, incredible, fifth-avenue looking table came from a thrift store?
And she was embarrassed?
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.
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.
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.
For a while, this hutch lived large in my entryway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next? I added books.
I love vintage 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?
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 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 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. 🙂
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.