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8 Ways to Decorate Your Home Using Thrift Store Finds

8 Ways to Decorate Your Home Using Thrift Store Finds

Thrift stores aren’t only for the needs any longer. If you have a little creative vision, you can outfit your entire house using secondhand finds – and do so wonderfully.

The volume and quality of what’s available never fail to amaze me after 25 years of reselling what I acquire at thrift stores, flea markets, and estate sales. In today’s secondhand markets, you can find anything from West Elm and Williams-Sonoma modern things to one-of-a-kind vintage pieces.

Here are some inventive ideas for repurposing household items.

1. Keep your color scheme constant.

Secondhand stores are overflowing with a diverse range of items. If you buy a house without a plan, it will appear chaotic. There’s also the color scheme to think about. A well-defined color palette serves as a decorative “guardrail,” keeping portions from becoming too dissimilar. When purchasing, keep your color scheme in mind and select goods that match or complement your selected colors.

2. Blend the ancient with the new

The best interior designers are masters of color, light, texture, and era contrasts. To create a more intriguing aesthetic, mix old and new items. For example, put a collection of ancient Asian-inspired blue and white vases on a sleek, minimalist console table like this one from Wayfair. Both the vase collection and the table will benefit from the contrast.

3. Increase your knowledge of what it takes to be an artist.

To create a more intriguing aesthetic, mix old and new items. Consider these creative alternatives to store-bought prints: Stretching and framing old cloth were used to upcycle it. Textiles from the 1960s and 1970s are in and of themselves works of art. When it comes to wallpaper, context is essential. When hung on the wall, vintage skirts, scarves, and kimonos can bring a room to life. Vintage wallpaper fragments become works of beauty when matted and framed.

You may learn how to frame old clothes with the help of Apartment Therapy. Children’s book illustrations: Used children’s books can be seriously damaged. You may create a fresh, happy style by recycling vibrant drawings. A unique baby shower present is framed and matted drawings from well-known children’s books.

Shadowboxes are ideal for showcasing your most valuable things and are suitable for small collections. My friend turned a corridor into a gallery where she shows off her antique gaming collection and midcentury costume jewelry.

4 . Repurpose old paintings

While we’re on the subject of art, have you seen the costs of canvases recently? A set of 36 by 36 inch stretched canvases costs around $120 on Amazon. Instead of purchasing a new canvas, go to a thrift store and purchase a “pre-painted” canvas. Apply a coat of primer, sand the previous painting to smooth it off, and then let your inner artist go.

Do you have any doubts regarding your artistic abilities? For beginners, YouTube has a multitude of easy-to-follow painting videos. The finished result will add a personal touch to your home decor.

5. Pick your projects wisely.

Low prices and the thrill of discovery might quickly overwhelm you. The fellas on the TV show “American Pickers” term it “junk drunk.” However, be aware of your DIY limitations and pick tasks cautiously. One of my favorite things to buy at estate auctions is secondhand furniture. However, thorough wood repair has never been one of my strong suits.

Regardless of price, I always buy products that are in excellent condition or require little maintenance. To put it another way, get to know yourself. Choose products that you will be able to preserve, change, and enjoy for many years.

6. Be receptive to the unusual.

In a matter of minutes, you might stroll into HomeGoods and walk out with a coordinated set of furniture, carpets, and accent items. But where is the joy in that? Thrift stores are fantastic because they contain one-of-a-kind items that you won’t find anywhere else.

Look for secondhand anomalies to add curiosity and depth to your space, such as a child’s sculpture, an old denim blanket, or a ripped rug in an unusual shade of blue. These types of treasures are not only inexpensive, but they also provide a personal touch to homes.

7. Reupholster in a practical manner.

Are you thinking of doing your own reupholstering? Allow me to offer you some advice: Furniture with simple shapes is an excellent option. Reupholstering a camelback sofa is a disaster waiting to happen, no matter how cheap it is.

Stick to furniture with 90-degree angles, such as a dining room chair, bench, or a large ottoman that doubles as a coffee table. These low-cost upholstery projects are a quick and easy way to coordinate colors and fabrics.

8. Establish a focal point

Even though you enjoy all of your thrift stores buys equally, some of them require extra attention. Don’t be afraid to display your prized finds on a mantel, pedestal, or wall where they won’t be dominated.

A few years ago in Wyoming, I came upon a folk art artwork of a dog that was hand-painted in 1958. It’s one of my favorite purchases, and it’s displayed on my mantel with pride. When viewed alone under an art light, the image gains additional visual weight and drama. People are drawn to it inexorably, and they have no idea where it came from or how much it costs


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