By now, you probably know I'm no stranger to thrift store shopping. I love transforming less than desirable objects into the perfect home decor essentials. It's pretty incredible how you can turn ordinary pieces into something beautiful with just a little effort and creativity. Sometimes you don't even need to alter an item, it just needs to be displayed in the right place with the right decor.
I decorate with old books all throughout my home. My favorite (as you all know) are vintage Reader's Digest Books. They have bright colorful bindings and covers full of unique designs and patterns. They're great for warming up a space, adding height to decor pieces or color to a room.
I tend to look for books that fit with the cool color tones of my home. I recently picked up these three books, which have quickly become my new favorites.
I also use books as a way to inexpensively add color a space, like my office.
Most thrift stores have a variety of frames to choose from. You'll just have to look past the ugly thrift store art and focus on the real gem, the frame. I like to look for frames made of solid wood or that have unique shapes.
You can easily update wood frames with paint while gold frames can be refreshed with a little Rub 'n Buff.
File cabinets (metal or wood) are pretty easy to come by at thrift stores. They're not always in the best condition, but don't let that deter you from bringing one home. You'd be surprised how much a little paint, wallpaper or wood can update this basic office staple.
Thrift stores are full of second hand furniture, but there are a few things to keep in mind before you pull the trigger and make a purchase.
Look for items that are made of solid wood and come from a smoke free home. Trust me, it is virtually impossible to clean and remove smoke from furniture.
Although condition is important, keep in mind that just about anything can be cleaned, refinished or painted.
You'll also want to keep an open mind. Look past the condition, finish, intention and overall style of an item. Remember, with a little DIY effort anything can be transformed and given a new life.
I recently picked up this bread box for $5.00 and easily turned it into a specimen inspired storage box.
MCM dresser had some damage to the top, but you would never know after a few coats of paint.
If you get anything out of this post I hope it's that you don't have to spend a lot of money to make your home beautiful. Be patient, look for deals and enjoy your home without spending a fortune. You will be much happier knowing you created a space you love without breaking your budget.
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