|The shelf, paintings, and bird cage were all |
found at a second hand store!
However, I am totally up for the challenge!
I love to make things look beautiful and my boyfriend is a welder/fabricator so we are more than capable of taking on the challenge.
The money I will be spending on home furniture is coming from a box of savings bonds my mom has saved for me through the years, which adds up to around $2,000. Does it sound impossible? Filling a house with affordable furniture is probable with the help from local thrift stores.
Why Thrift Store Furniture?
It's Not Just Junk - There is a stigma clouding thrift stores that all they are is a roof on top of unwanted items. So not true! There are many reasons why these items--mainly furniture--are brought to second hand stores. For example:
- People move or have to downsize, the furniture that cannot be taken is deposited at thrift stores where people know it can be resold and go to a good home.
- People pass away and family can't take or do not want any of their belongings, the thrift store is likely to gain those things too.
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder - If you pass by a dresser or shelf that catches your eye, but it's not the color you're looking for or it's missing a knob, don't let that stop you. There is so much potential in used furniture if you don't mind using a little elbow grease.
|After stripping the layers of paint that were caked|
on this dresser, refurbished furniture can look amazing!
Thrift Store Furniture Don'ts
Mattresses- Hmmmm. You might want to pass. Even though a new mattress is on the expensive side , mattresses are best when not second hand. With the whole bedbug craze, it has taught us that we are never alone in bed! I suggest splurging on new because peace of mind is included in the price.
- Couches- Need a new couch? Proceed with caution! With the living room being the most used room and the house and the couch getting the brunt of it, make sure you zoom in on the couch you're thinking about buying. If it visually looks like it's in good shape with no rips or stains and it's sturdy, you can make it yours if the price is right. If it has a good frame, but has an outdated pattern, there is an easy fix. Buy or make slip covers and it will look like a million bucks.
- For more used furniture don'ts, check out this How to Buy Used Furniture article by Quickanddirtytips.com
More Ways to Fill Your House
|All these yard sale end tables needed was a good sanding, |
white paint, and little black spray paint!