MAKE DO WITH THRIFT STORE FINDS!

By Karin Brosnan - Tuesday, August 05, 2008

MAKING DO WITH THRIFT STORE FINDS!!
Rhoda at Southern Hospitality is hosting a party and showing all our favorte thrifty finds. Here are a few of mine.

I recently found this photo of my living room before I added some color by sewing up some drapes in a plaid fabric of bright yellow, red and green. In this photo you can also see that there was some blue and white wallpaper in the dining room (I think it had some peacocks in the pattern) I painted right over the wallpaper!! It is funny to look at these two rooms and how they used to look.....don't get me wrong.....I really do like white rooms...... if there is also a lot of texture to go with it like.... wood floors, woven baskets, rugs and some other punch of color. I think the reason I did like this room is because this room has white carpet (who in their right mind would put white carpet in a room is a mystery to me. I did not do this!! it was already here when we moved in by the way).







You can see that I camoflaged the white carpet with this fun red, yellow and green wool rug from TJ MAXX. The sofa and club chair (in the forefront of the picture) were from a garage sale as well as the coffee table and side table. Those two tables were originally a pale yellow color and I painted them black.





Here in the dining room I painted over the blue and white wallpaper with a yummy golden yellow and also added more drapes in the same plaid fabric. I just used some left over fabric to throw on the table. (I am trying to decide if I want to paint the table black) This is my favorite thrifty find!!The black piece of furniture in the back (the sideboard) was a yucky old dresser at a thrift store that I bought for $25.00 and painted it black.

The photos above the sideboard are french pictures from a calendar framed in old oak frames that my sister had in her room when she was a little girl! The chandelier was orginally brass that came with the house and we took it down and spray painted it black. A whole new look for the cost of a couple of cans of spray paint.




But now....I am thinking I might want to change up all the colors...... Since I have recently painted our bedroom that yummy robin's egg blue color with black furniture... it is so refreshing. If I do change this all up it will be a major project and I just don't think I want to tackle it right now. But maybe I could change a few things up for now.....maybe new artwork, paint the table black, add a rug in the dining room, find another coordinating fabric to add some variety......hmmmm what do you think?

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  1. I think what you have done is lovely! However, I share your love of changing things up, so I say go for it...when you are up for the challenge!!

    Linda

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous! I love color, color, color. Your room just pops! Thanks for sharing

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  3. I think you more than made do!! Great job. And I like the table white. I do love changing around artwork...it's an easy fix, and relatively cheap *especially* when you're thrifty.

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  4. I LOVE your choice of colors and it looks comfy and cozy fabulous!!!! As Becky said your room does just "pop". Love it!!

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  5. What great finds you have there! Love the white furniture (I hardly ever see nice upholstered pieces at yardsales), those are great bones to work with & that rug from TJM is gorgeous! As are the drapes. I'd hate for you to start completely over, since this is all so pretty now. It seems that the Robin's egg blue is calling out to a lot of us lately.I'm thinking of using a soft blue/gray in my DR.

    Thanks for playing along!

    RHoda

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  6. You've done amazing things with your garage sale finds. Great curtains. The colors are wonderful.

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  7. Your home is lovely. I love all the color you added. I agree with the white carpet. Silly people!

    Brandee :-)

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  8. Your home looks just fabulous! I love all your FINDS.
    My whole house is decorated with thrift store things and I just love everything. It was hard to pick just one so we MUST do this again and again and again and......
    hugs, bj

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  9. Beautiful house! You did a great job decorating and great colors- love that rug and curtains!

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  10. Your rooms are beautiful! I really love the painted dresser in the dining room! Great job!

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  11. Oh Mom, your house is always so much like home... seeing these color combinations always reminds me of Christmas or Thanksgivings with HUGE amounts of family running around every where and delicious smells wafting over everyone as we hear the lull of women chattering and football games playing in the background. The other thing it reminds me of is playing huge nurtz games or the careful planning of dance dates or answering techniques with all my friends and you and dad there giving them all a hard time. Oh... the days of yester-year... haha.

    But... I am willing to set aside all those memories for you to go bold and go home... or just change up your color scheme, you have always stuck to the reds, greens and yellows since I can remember so it is time for you to step out of your comfort zone!

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  12. WOW! You did a beautiful job :)

    As far as the white carpet... I have no idea why anyone in their right mind would do that either LOL

    rue

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  13. I love what you did with such great finds! Jen R

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  14. It all looks great! Everything has that polished look that some people have a hard time getting! I think the black chest really stands out too! Love it!
    Diane

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  15. I love how black paint gives such class to almost anything! My son and DIL had a brass light fixture painted black and it DID give it a wonderful new life. I loved reading about your decorating bargains! Great job. It was nice to meet you though Rhoda.

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  16. Like you, I also enjoy changing things up. I do love your decor -- your colors are much like mine. In fact, I have been looking for curtains just like yours. I saw the plaid on RMS and cannot find them anywhere. So, if you change, give me a holler. Maybe we can make a deal.

    Come visit!

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  17. can you come to my house and fix me up? I am in dire need of your touch!

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  18. Thanks everyone for all your nice comments it is nice to see your home through someone else's eyes.

    Farmer Julie....you give me some of your gardening magic and I will fix up your house! :) I love your garden is is gorgeous!

    Karin

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  19. I adore your use of color and especially love that the tables have glass in them which helps the light pass through and make the colors even more bright! The dining room is just simply gorgeous!

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  20. Your thrifted and restyled decor is fabulous.

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  21. Everything goes so well together. Great eye. Love everything!

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  22. All lovely to behold! And I so love the colors!
    Enjoyed all!
    Blessings to you!
    Claudia O.

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  23. Ahhh, our drive for change. Sometimes we're our own worst enemy! It looks lovely like it is. Don't you just love garage sales and thrift stores?

    I'll be back.

    The Texas Woman

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  24. The rooms are so cozy and inviting!

    Please visit my blog. I am on post #98 so you know what that means!

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  25. Love those finds! Thanks for joining the party! I love the red rug, it really adds a great punch of color! Jen

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  26. I like the table white. Your home is absolutely beautiful. I love what you did with the living room.

    -FringeGirl

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