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Friday, April 8, 2016

Thrift Store Essentials For the Thrifty Decorator


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.

Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com


Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com
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. 
Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com

Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com

Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com
I also use books as a way to inexpensively add color a space, like my office. 
Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com

Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com




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.   Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com
You can easily update wood frames with paint while gold frames can be refreshed with a little Rub 'n Buff.
Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com

Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com



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. 

Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com



Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com
Walk in any thrift store and you're likely to see shelves lined with lamps in every shape and size.   I like to look for the 80's brass lamps for their amazing curves.  Just make sure to check the wires and test the lights before you make a purchase.  There's nothing worse than finding a good bargain only to find out it doesn't work.


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.  
Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com
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. 
Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com
These headboards and footboards would look great painted, but you could also turn them into the perfect mudroom or entryway bench.

I recently picked up this bread box for $5.00 and easily turned it into a specimen inspired storage box.

Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com

Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com
This MCM dresser had some damage to the top, but you would never know after a few coats of paint.
Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com

Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com

Thrift stores are where it's at when it comes to home decor items.  You'll find everything from baskets and bins to milk glass and one of a kind pieces.  Have an idea of what you're looking for, but keep an open mind and don't overlook unique items.
Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com


Some items can be kept in their original condition (like this basket I picked up for $.49) and others will need a little TLC.   A few years ago I picked up these white hooks and turned them into the perfect Anthropologie knock off. 
Update and decorate your home with these thrift store essentials. - Littlehouseoffour.com

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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4 comments:

  1. Great Goodwill finds Katie...I frequent Salvation Army too. I am still on the hunt for a hutch to put in a small corner of my kitchen but know with thrifting, patience does pay off :)

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  2. Hey Katie - I love all of your thrifting tips and pictures from things you've "transformed"! I hadn't thought about using the Reader's Digest books to add color....I see them all the time! Great post--thanks for sharing!

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  3. You can get rid of smoke using vinegar. You just douse the wood with it. It smells terrible at first but when the vinegar dries the smoke smell is gone.

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  4. You have great ideas. My husband thinks I live at the Thrift Store.

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