Back a month or so ago, I shared how I went to scope out some items being sold off by a young couple that recently bought a downtown vacant building. I came home with many treasures, like the antique Art Deco waterfall cedar chest I redid (see it here). While there, I also instantly fell in love with this antique lyre coffee table.
When you want a certain style achieved in your home story, but lack a big budget, do know that it’s attainable. Seriously, it is. You may be thinking I’m off my rocker, and you’re right. I’m at the thrift store buying up all the goodies I can find! haha! Don’t waste another minute waiting for that budget windfall, but rather get yourself motivated to create. I’m going to show you how I took a few thrifted finds and turned them into DIY farmhouse decor. Check it out…
I’ve said it before, but the wood section of the thrift store is a gold mine. You can recreate wood a dozen times over and it still looks good. Here is my ragamuffin group in their ugly stages – a footstool, a shelf, a wall decor piece, and some sort of cubby.
One of the things I often hear from you, my readers, is they just don’t have the budget to make their house into the home they like, or they lack vision to make something old or outdated into something new. That’s where I come in. My goal in my blog is to take away those worries and inspire you to at least try. My own budget is so small you need a microscope to see it. As for vision, that comes easy to me and why I share. Today, I’m here to not show so much a grand makeover, but hoping to show you how you can get the look you’re after for less. Take for instance, this box used for home decor storage.
This could easily be something you already own and maybe you’re ready for a new look. Shopping your home is the cheapest way to change it up. However, your local thrift store, estate sales, garage sales, and flea markets (even online markets) are brimming with possibilities. Oh, and don’t forget the curb! So much
Do you ever do something just because you want to? Like, eat an extra cookie, or take a drive down a country road…just because you want to. Those kinda things are liberties that can break a funk we are in, but the key is limiting it so it doesn’t get out of control. Well…in the last week I managed to acquire 6 large pieces of furniture all at once. ahem. So, you can bet I’ll be firing out some furniture makeovers in the next few weeks. haha! For instance, I’ve always wanted to work on another farmhouse drop-leaf table like this, so I bought it. Nuff said.
In my neck of the woods, thrifting is a sport. You have the daily divers, the grab-it-and-goers, and the first-timers (the ones looking either completely lost or in total awe). If you don’t watch your cart, someone will take your things out of it…seriously. haha! I think it fantastic that places like this are available for dropping off unwanteds as well as finding that #trashure I’m after. Ya know…one man’s trash is another one’s treasure kinda thing. Today, I’m creating some DIY decor from thrifted finds and show you how.
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There is little in this life that is more rewarding that sharing things that you love to do with like-minded people. When Trash to Treasure Tuesday rolls around I can’t wait to see what my gal friends have to share with us. Bonus is I get to share too. My subject for this month’s makeover is this antique library table. Aren’t the lines fabulous?
I know I say it all the time, but I had no intention of coming home with this size of a table. My workshop was empty and I was loving it. So, how did it end up with me? Well, I took my kids for a thrift store scavenger hunt – where I give them a list of things to find and they team up to see who can find them first. We needed a break from our schedule and that was a last-minute option.
You would think that after all these years that I have been doing trashure hunting and fleatiquing I would be used to finding a diamond in the rough, right? Maybe I should be sorta numb by now to coming upon a rare treat. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen and I still get a jolt when I see things like this set of thrifted candelabras while on an errand.
Here’s the story as it played out. My kids and I walked into the store and I instantly saw this pair displayed on a table. They were in the middle of the store and I had to wait until some people moved out of the way to be able to get close to them. My brain is saying, “Please don’t see them, I saw them first!”
Isn’t it the best when you love to do something to find kindred spirits who love the same things too? That’s how I feel when I get together with my blogger friend for Furniture Fixer Uppers Day. It’s all about sharing what we love and inspiring you. You’ll see their work in a bit, but let me share with you how I took a thrifted (and very dated) table and turned it into a farmhouse coffee table.
Nothing like a 35% off coupon burning a hole in your pocket, right? I was shopping for different items for my home and kids and spied this table. I quickly gave it a glance then got down on my hands and knees to see if it was solid wood from underneath. Yeah…there is no shame in my game. tsk.
It’s a new day and a new project on the way! When you’re at the thrift store to you ever spy something that seems to sit there for months and then you start to feel sorry for it? Sometimes I cave and buy it hoping to give it new life. That’s what happened when I kept seeing this beanie baby shelf.
Now, I will be honest…I can’t stand the beanie baby craze, so I apologize to all of you who love them. They are cute, but I could never fathom having dozens of them. I call them dust catchers. Okay, so there’s that. hahaha.