It’s no secret that I love scouring thrift stores, yard sales and estate sales (oh and don’t forget the side of the road!) for amazing finds, but I usually bring them home, transform them and send them on their way. Sweet Friends, today for our Décor Enthusiast Challenge, which is all about decorating with thrifty/vintage finds, I thought I would take you around my downstairs and share the thrifty pieces I have decorated my own space with!
Let’s start with the entry, shall we?
When you first come in to our house, just to the left is this table:
It was a $20 estate sale find, only now it looks more like this:
I just couldn’t let this go. See more of how I transformed it HERE.
And that gorgeous mirror I found last Fall for around $25 at the thrift store, except it looked like this:
Still gorgeous, but I couldn’t resist taking a brush to it…
The tray, which I use to stage pieces all the time, came from the booth next to mine at the antique mall for $12, and the old math books were an awesome thrift store find:
I love old books. I always think that if you love it, it will all go together. All of these elements separately are very different, but I love them all, so I think they work together!
Next up is my desk chair which is at my desk in the living room, just beyond the entry table:
It was a $40 thrift store find that got a major facelift:
That was my number one post in 2013, and believe it or not, it wasn’t that hard to do! See more of that post HERE.
Just beyond that is this vignette I wanted to share because it has more old books:
One is my husband’s grandfather’s bible, and a reader and common prayer book from the late 1800’s. The common prayer book has a ton of writing in it and I am fascinated by it!
The tray was a thrift store frame that I added bead board to years ago.
To the right of this little table is our TV. You might remember this sign I shared in the Fall:
I mean…this one:
How about free? Doesn’t get more thrifty than that! See how I made it HERE.
Just to the right is my mantel where you’ll find this gem:
This clamshell extravaganza was a $2 estate sale find that I added a piece of metal grate to. Now it makes the perfect backdrop for my seasonal wreaths:
The garland was a DIY project you can see more of HERE made with shells my son found, starfish I had from an old garland, and cut up sticks from the yard. Some of the mantel décor were thrifty and estate sale finds too.
Just to right of my mantel is this pretty cabinet:
Ok not so pretty there! Looking at that photo, even I wonder why I dragged it home.
But it looks much better these days:
This is actually a sewing machine cabinet. I store my machine and all of my notions inside of it. (That’s why I brought it home!)
In the center of our living room is our recently slipcovered sectional, and in front of it you’ll see this $10 thrift store coffee table that once looked like this:
I updated it to look like this:
I used a vintage tile as my inspiration for the top. You can see how I did that HERE.
On the backside of one side of my sectional lives this table that usually becomes a catch-all for toys:
I found it on a Facebook yard sale site for $50. If you’ve priced kids’ tables, you know that’s a fair price. (They aren’t cheap!)
It fits in a little better now though…
At the back of the other side of my sectional lives this country charmer:
It was a $10 yard sale find. I had NO intentions of keeping this one. I just wanted to paint it and send it on its way, until I staged it at the back of my sectional during March Madness:
And that was that. I forgot to take an updated pic of this piece, but it still lives there. See the whole post and how I did the pattern on it HERE.
Next up is this area between my living room and kitchen:
That chair was a $50 yard sale find. The chenille throw on back of the chair was a $5 yard sale score. The mirror was made by mounting a smaller mirror onto plywood that I painted stripes on and trimmed out. (You’ll find that project HERE.) The Beach Cottage sign was a picket from our old gate. (See how I did that HERE.) The basket under the table was a $1 yard sale find, and the table started out like this:
This is a sewing machine table I found at a yard sale for $20. It was my guinea pig when I was first testing out DIY chalk paint.
In the kitchen, I have my “island” which is really a $15 rolling cart I found like this at a yard sale:
A new paint job is just what this piece needed…
See the original transformation HERE.
The pitcher and wire cloche are thrifty/estate sale finds too:
Those pics are from another décor enthusiast post, “5 Ways to Add Farmhouse Charm to the Kitchen“.
I also have this stool/chair in there that I bought at Lucketts in 2013:
I gave it a little grain sack stripe treatment, and now it’s an extra seat in the kitchen.
My kitchen is always so clean…sure it is…
A little real life. 🙂
On the big island, I still have this sweet wire storage basket:
I updated it for my “Farmhouse Kitchen” look, and still love it.
Continuing to my dining room, which I have shared several times, you will see this set:
I could not walk away from it when I saw it. It was reduced to $85 since it had been on the floor longer than 30 days. Lucky me!!
Of course it looks more like this now:
I painted it to match the hutch that I bought in the very late 90’s that I almost sold at my annual yard sale, before I had the bright idea to paint it (my first ever chalk-painted piece). They work pretty well together.
That is where I house all my miscellaneous thrift store ironstone.
Pieces like this are fun to change out seasonally:
You can see the Evolution of my Dining Room HERE.
I’ve taken you in a circle around my downstairs, and all that’s left is the powder room.
I have a couple of thrifty things in there too like this thrift store basket that I redid for a previous décor challenge:
I loved this so simple makeover! See more of it HERE. The primitive stool it’s sitting on was also a thrift store find.
I also have some vintage blue mason jars in there at the moment that I’ve found at yard sales and such…
The little table was one I bought already painted, long before chalk paint was even a thing. It’s the perfect size for this small space.
So there you have it…my house is full of thrifty décor! But you already knew that. 🙂
I enjoyed looking back at all the transformations and I hope you did too!
My Décor Enthusiast Friends are also sharing thrifty décor in their own homes. Visit the links below the graphic to check them out!
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I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing another one of Jack’s makeovers:
Till then, awesome Friends! 🙂
UPDATE: No need to wait! See the plans Jack had for this cute plant stand HERE now!
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