Up-Scaling Thrift Store Finds to Decorate Your Home

It’s almost time to move into your new home, and you’re really excited about the decorating possibilities for the new space. After poring over countless interior design magazines and Pinterest pics, you wonder whether your wallet can keep up with your desire to fashion a space that is inviting, sophisticated and unique. Take heart. You can create an inspiring living space without breaking the bank if you master the art of upcycling thrift store treasures. Here’s how to go about it.

Find Your Design Style

Knowing what type of design fits your lifestyle and the character that you want to portray in your living space serves as direction for your thrifting efforts. Contemporary, Traditional and Modern are three common decorating styles, but there are many more from which to choose. French Country, Coastal, Rustic and even multicultural-themed designs allow you to express your personality even further. If you’re not sure how to define your design style, visit the J. Fisher Interiors blog to take this fun design quiz by Houzz.

thrift store shelf with items to upscale

Find a Centerpiece and Build Your Space Around It

Spotting a distinctive centerpiece is a lot easier once you know your design style.Inspirational design items could include:

  • A specialty lamp
  • A painting
  • An antique chest of drawers
  • A Nordic-inspired lounge chair
  • Any piece that shows off a fabric that you love

Ideally, your chosen centerpiece should have a story that is associated with it or at least looks like it does.

Practice Identifying Quality Second-Hand Pieces

You know that not every thrift store item is valuable. Some pieces that you find at your favorite thrift stores, flea markets, and swap meets are just junk. However, you can learn to spot diamonds in the rough with a little practice. For instance, your special item may be an ornate pewter urn that is covered with a layer of dirt. After just a good cleaning, the urn will fit perfectly in your new living space.

An inexperienced eye can easily pick up an undesirable item that can end up costing time, money and craft materials. To avoid this, you should look for furniture and fixtures that are made from durable materials such as genuine wood, metal, and natural stone. These items should be able to withstand refinishing, repainting, cleaning or any other upcycling activity that you need to perform to make them fit your space. If finished textile goods are calling your name, check to see that the stitching is tight and professional looking and materials are of high quality.

Leave space in your home for items that are truly worthy, and don’t pick things that require extensive repairs. A good rule of thumb is to select items that can be used for another five years with proper care.

Final Thoughts

It’s easy to go overboard when treasure hunting at thrift stores, but practice restraint. Filling your home with too many eclectic pieces can make it look junky and disorganized. Make sure that your chosen furnishings fit the room size, and consider items that give you built-in storage space. When in doubt about your abilities to pull together a fabulous living space on a budget, you can try bartering for home decorating services through online trading platforms such as BarterOnly.

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