Feb 28 2009

home decor on a budget.

Auctions are a big part of this area, back in Washington we had garage sales. In the Midwest you go to auctions. You can find some great deals if you are willing to stick around and wait til they get to the item(s) that catch your eye. Also, I have had some great finds at thrift & antique shops in the area. The challenge is to see the potential in a piece that may not be perfect as is, but can reach its potential with a few coats of paint.

The following pics are of some great finds I have had for my house… some ready as is and some took some paint and roughing up. It is a great way to save some cash and end up with some unique pieces to decorate your home.

Started burgundy: just needed several layers of paint & some roughing up
Started burgundy: just needed several layers of paint & some roughing up
Mirror Close Up
Mirror Close Up
Old Chest
An old chest my mother-n-law gave us that took a couple coats of paint and roughing up. We use it to hold our collection of movies.
A dresser my mother-n-law found for $2. Repainted, sanded edges, stained, & poly. The mirror was an as is find from an antique shop.

I hope you are inspired to find some of your own treasures in disguise. Then have fun & save a little money by repainting to go with your style! Enjoy!!



  • Meagan Weber Says:

    I love your style! I found an old head board from a baby bead—-turned into a shelf for photos and my awesome noah’s ark collection. antique finds are the best kind of home decor!

  • admin Says:

    Hey Megan!! Thanks! That sounds really cool, I would love to see a pic. I always love seeing how other people get creative! Hope things are going well with you!

  • Kate Says:

    Love it! I have a little dresser exactly like yours that I inherited from my grandmother. I painted it red too but i haven’t sanded it or anything to make it look as good as yours. Fabulous blog!

  • admin Says:

    Kate, thanks so much for stopping by and your encouraging words. 🙂 Finding treasures with potential is one of my favorite things… and then of course getting to the finished product is fun too. Have a great day!

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