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.”

What?

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

And she was embarrassed?

NEVER.

Did she read my blog? Did she know I shop the side of the road? Did she know I brake for yard sale signs? I 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 even 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.

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. This is what it looked like a little while ago. It was full of all the things from different decorating projects that were all jumbled together.

Yikes.

I’m not really sure how this happened.

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

I’d walk by it and close my eyes and every now and then I’d add 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 March.

Until.

Until last week.

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.

1. When 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.

2. Then 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?

3. Then 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

4. 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

To make it easier and take the guesswork out of accessorizing a hutch—-I put together some accessories for a neutral color palette and a blue and white color palette that work together.

Neutral Hutch Decor

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Blue and White Hutch Decor

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This piece will always have my heart. 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 Do you have a favorite thrift store find? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

PPS Photo credit goes to the amazing Kenna Lynn Photography.

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Comments

  1. Image for Julie Julie

    Oh KariAnne! I have a lot of favorite thrift store finds - where to begin???????? I can walk around my home and point to this and that with a smile and likely tell you where it was purchased and for how much! ha Thrift store shopping is the best kind of shopping! This way I should tire of it, and sometimes this happens, there's more willingness to part than with something that cost more....... sad but true.

  2. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I love the hutch but.....look at YOU!!!!! You look absolutely amazing!!!! Your hard work has definitely paid off!!! WOW 🤩

  3. Image for MaryJo MaryJo

    I love your style! I hadn’t thought about the tv thing in years. Back 100 yrs. ago, when I was in labor with my first child I remember watching tv until the test pattern came on, yikes ! I did the same thing with my son. Didn’t Kate Smith sing “God Bless America” before the test pattern clicked on? It’s amazing what memories your text about late tv triggered. Thanks for the memories! Hey, Bob Hope always said that. Keep telling us your wonderful ideas! You’re amazing! MaryJo

  4. Image for CarrieH CarrieH

    Love this, but is there any way you could post a picture of the hutch from the front? It would be awesome to be able to see the complete finished project. Styling my china cabinet is on my list, so this was nice and timely. Thanks

    1. Image for beverly e beverly e

      I was thinking the same thing... progressive pictures from the front as each layer is added would be most helpful!

  5. Image for JC JC

    The hutch looks simply amazing in Mindful Grey and all decked out in neutrals! Do share where you re buying all your cute clothes! I bought a sweater and scarf from Joules and love them :) Thanks for the shopping tip!

  6. Image for Anette Airey Anette Airey

    I always look forward to your amazing posts. This isn’t a decor question - but fashion lol! Can you share where your awesome tortoise link bracelet is from? Thank you!

  7. Image for Kris Kris

    I can't give you a wolf whistle on a comment, but that picture of you??? Wow, girl! Anyway, you have a special talent for taken forlorn pieces of furniture and making them great. I have inherited a dresser and nightstand which I would like to paint but frankly, I wish the Good Paint Fairy would drop down and magically do it for me. But I'll try to use this post as the inspiration I need to get going on it.

  8. Image for Tracy Tracy

    Well, I like all of the goodies you shared but I love your jeans. Can you tell me where you purchased them? Thank you.

  9. Image for Susan Dennis Susan Dennis

    The hutch looks amazing. I love the gray. Most of my furniture is from rehab, consignment, thrift stores. The hunt is half the fun. I've shopped and bought from the McKinney Rehab store. Love it!! I use to live in Fairview and the kids and grands live north of McKinney. I try to shop there when we're in town.

  10. Image for Colleen Colleen

    It looks nice KariAnne. You do have "the" knack! I had a " big" china cabinet at one time. And when we renovated our home, I took it to the thrift store and got rid of it and a big dining room table and chairs. It was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders! I really don’t care for clutter and knick knacks and now when I think back, I can’t even understand why I had one. I am not a collector of things and I don’t enjoy dusting ornaments and shelves. It just took up a lot of space and held a lot of stuff.

  11. Image for Mary Kay Andrews Mary Kay Andrews

    For years I was a thrift store nay-sayer. Estate sales, yes. Thrifts, no thanks. But then my interior designer pal shared his fave Atlanta thrift. My best find was a $79 “shelf” which turned out to be a 19th century French walnut armoire, missing all the glass in the doors and sides, and all the shelves. Mr. MKA rehabbed it and now it holds supplies in my office. Recently we’ve furnished another Tybee cottage with mostly treasures found at thrifts in Savannah & Hilton Head. You’ll have to come back & check out Coquina Cottage!

  12. Image for Stacy Stacy

    You look amazing! I need to hang around you! I recently painted the inside of my French provincial China cabinet a dark gray chalk paint. (I had already painted it white with a glaze) I have a pretty big collection of milk glass and I absolutely love how it stands out now! And I have so many good thrift store finds that I don’t even know where to begin! I look so forward to your emails!

  13. Image for Sharon Sharon

    Great post but I really want to tell you...you look fantastic in that outfit...please share where you found that great sweater!

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

    Your Thrift Store purchase looks great! What a buy! I love the way you have styled the hutch. You always give us so many ideas and we thank you! KariAnne, you look so cute standing by it. You are doing so well. Bless you!

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