Over the weekend, I was busy putting together the “My House” tab for the blog. It is full of pics of each of the main rooms in our home. I realized how I have literally decorated almost my entire house from the thrift store. This wasn’t a choice by the way – I mean, with three kids and expenses, we have yet to shop for all of our furnishings at Ethan Allen or Storehouse! I bet that would be pretty fun but it is not in the cards for me. By necessity, my home is clearly “collected, not decorated”! I do think that it shows that with some vision and diy skills, any house can be made a home even on the tiniest of budgets. When I say DIY, in my case it is really true. I have done it all myself.
Take my family room. Many of my readers already know about the painted paneling and whitewashed brick hearth.
My husband replaced the floors with hardwood purchased at HomeDepot.
The walls were painted in BM Guilford Green and the beams with a bright white. Then came the fun part – decorating. Our sofa was on sale and a floor model from Macy’s and was a deal at $300. It is now over 10 years old and I have my eye on a gorgeous gray sectional but am not quite there yet! Here’s a pic – I like the modern lines for our room.
The swivel chair is from Ikea and I bought it used for $50. The lamps were purchased from Sears about 15 years ago and I forget the price.
The green chair was a floor sample and if I remember, less than $150 and the rug from is Ikea and was approx. $60.
My mirror is a plastic Target mirror that I bought on sale and painted for a weathered wood finish (link to video tutorial here)
The curtains were also on sale from Target at $15 per panel.
Everything else in the room is a thrift store find- the french dresser under our TV was $90.
The Corinth Blue Chest of Drawers in the corner was $25.
The coffee table was $14 and painted in Annie Sloan Provence with dark wax.
The little white shelf was $5.00, the desk was $15 and the crates were free from the side of the road.
The large green glass vase was $10 and the blue candlestick was on sale at Pottery Barn for less than $25.
The smaller glass jars less than $10 each.
My window was from the side of the road at the beach.
My picture frames are all from HomeGoods, as are my sofa pillows and the sign on the wall. ♥ HomeGoods!
The little plants are Ikea and the star in the corner is from World Market and was about $20. All of my artwork in my home is either gifted to me from my parents or purchased from – you got it – the thrift store! I will share more of my thrift store home soon. Design on a dime!