Ever wonder if it’s possible to style your home with inexpensive pieces from a thrift store, garage, sale or even Craigslist and make it all come together? I’ve recently become very passionate about my new hobby of making over bargains finds by personalizing them to fit into my home’s decor.
Today, I’m showing you a few examples of my own masterpieces – I am hoping to inspire you so the next time you see an older piece of furniture that’s in desperate need of some help, you’ll consider picking up that paint brush and doing it yourself! And believe me – I’m no expert at furniture restoration. If I can do it, so can you!
All three of these pieces in my family room are from thrift stores and painted with Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. This particular paint has been my go to for furniture because there’s no priming or sanding and it’s odor free, meaning you can paint indoors. It’s more expensive than hardware store paint but for me it’s worth it. To find a retailer and for more info on this paint, head over here.
Don’t you love the shape of this mirror? It was just $10 at the thrift store! I used two coats of the paint color Pure White and some gold furniture gilding wax to highlight some the beautiful details. Since the piece was dark, I sanded the white paint to reveal some of the detail all around the mirror for more of a “shabby chic” look. With this type of paint, you seal it with furniture wax using a paint brush. This piece has a clear wax on top.
This cute little table was just $20 and I love the fact that it has magazine storage on both sides. This table also has two coats of the color Pure White. I made the stripe easily with painter’s tape and the dark gray color French Linen. This piece also has clear furniture wax on top. Doing something as simple as replacing the knob can also totally transform the look of your furniture. I love this crown knob from Cost Plus World Market.
My coffee table is my favorite piece in the room because of the shape and the scrolling wood detailed legs. It has two coats of Provence Blue, clear wax on the top, and dark wax over the bottom details. The dark wax gives it that older look; after you apply it, you wipe it back with a rag until you get the result you prefer.
I hope these before & after examples can inspire you to either redo something in your home that you already have or can help you to see the potential in inexpensive thrift store pieces!
Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime!