Put the D.I. In DIY {thrift store chic}

Hello!  This is a fun post of before and after pictures, and little tips on how to treasure hunt at thrift stores and turn it into a chic design.

This is the house me and my husband are renting.  We can’t do too much to it, because it’s a rental.  Sorry some of the pictures are horrible, they came from my cell phone, long ago, when a blog was not in my mind.  Here we go!

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 What you are seeing here was one of my first DIY projects.  The entertainment center on the left was a hand-me-down from my mom and dad.  They have VERY similar entertainment centers at the DI or Salvation Army.  We sanded it down and took out the shelves.  We had pieces of plywood cut to make a new shelf to fit the TV, painted it black, and called it good!

decorating from a thrift storeThose chairs I inherited from my old job when it went out of business.  They were going to end up in the garbage, so I gave them a new home.  A lot of times you can find furniture from businesses that are closing up shop.  Keep your ears open!  That circle side table was purchased on KSL Classifieds for $15.  I had been looking for a circle table, and checked a couple times a week.  The secret is being consistent with your checking.

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The difference between these pictures is around $200.  I got the white microfiber couch from KSL Classifieds for $100.  Looks a heap of a lot better than old green!  The white microfiber chair was a MAJOR find!  I bought it at the D.I. for $30.  No rips, tears, or stains!  You guys, I am telling you!  Give thrift stores a fighting chance!  The coffee table also came from the DI.  We paid $20.  It was a really ugly color of wood.  So again, I sanded it and painted it black.

decorating from a thrift store

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 Looking at these pictures, can you guess the most expensive thing?  It’s the rug, believe it or not.  It was $200 at Tai Pan Trading, which is about average for big rugs.  It was the only thing I didn’t buy from the classifieds, or thrift stores.

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 All this is, is a simple staging trick.  We just defined the spaces.  Two functions, two spaces.

Recap:  Know what you’re looking for- and check 1-2 times a week.  Great deals will come your way!

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