Design a Family Room with Thrifted Finds

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Do you want to learn how to design a family room with thrifted finds? It’s easier than you might think.

Find the thrift stores nearest you. If you can make stopping in and taking a look around a regular part of your week you’re sure to discover some treasure.

Getting the look and feel I want from a room on a tight budget is one of my favorite things to do. I think it all started when Jeremy and I bought our first home, a great little 2 bedroom condo.

We were so excited to change out the old dated carpeting and paint the walls, which showcased the high ceilings, and a clean neutral palette, however this investment left us with no money for furnishings!

I remember having $20 a month to spend on décor items, admittedly my only choice was to buy second hand. That was the year Salvation Army became my very best design friend.

Go Thrift Shopping Before Purchasing New

Yes, thrift stores and I go way back.

I’m grateful for understanding then and now that beautiful design does not mean financial ruin.

Although I have a larger décor budget these days, as a rule, I still shop second hand and thrift stores first. It’s not just about saving money, moreover it’s a sustainable earth practice. It’s also my attempt to balance my consumption.

Keep a Thrift Shopping List

Pottery has been very popular lately and is on the top of my list when thrift shopping.

Consequently, I have a beautiful pottery collection thanks to the searching for it almost every thrift store visit.

Keep a list of your top “wants” when it comes to your home. You never know what you might find at a thrift store. 

Know Your Style When Thrift Shopping and Get Creative

If you’re out thrift shopping search for bowls, planters, and vases that catch your eye.

You know what you like and if you could see it in your own home. Look for objects in shapes you ae drawn to keeping in mind that they can always be painted to suit your color palette.

When styling your home a glass vases can be transformed with paint to look like terracotta or stone.

Always keep your creative mind at work when shopping.

 

Our Thrifted Family Room Cost Breakdown

You can design your home on a budget by using thrift store finds big and small. Let’s take our Family Room as an example. It’s filled with thrifted treasure collected over time.

When looking at our thrifted family room, what amount do you think was spent furnishing it all?

There are big ticket items in every family room and ours is no different. Usually the average family room has a couch, coffee table, rugs, curtains, art and décor items.

Although decorating a space can easily add up to thousands and thousands of dollars, we kept the cost of our family room low.

Here’s the financial rundown of our thrifted family room. I’ll break it up into Thrifted and New items.

10 THRIFTED ITEMS:

1. Couch -perfect condition, down feathers, high-end brand, vintage $185 

2. 4 Pillow inserts -down-filled, donated their covers back to store $14

3.1 Pillow cover -Ralph Lauren $2

4. Black Pottery Vase -hand thrown $8

5. Art Canvas & Frame -I painted over it with my abstract art $12

6. Cream Wool Rug -we’ve invested in a carpet cleaner $100

7.New Sofa Table -was donated to a thrift store by Target $45

8.Candle -someone must not have liked the smell of sandalwood $3

9.Faux Greenery $1

10.Glass Vase -you can always find these $0.50

Total Thrifted $370.50

 

NEW ITEMS:

Sisal Carpet $200

Curtain & Rod -one window out of the four in this room $55

Planter -Lowes $40

Pillow Cases -three from HomeGoods $30

Plant -now a tree $8

Small copper tray -bought it specifically for this space $7

Total New $340


TOTAL THRIFTED $370.50

TOTAL NEW $340

GRAND TOTAL $710.50

Great Style and Thrifting Go Together

The amount you spend on a certain thing, space, or item is all very personal and specific to circumstances. Looking at the grand total for the items in this photo,

I’m comfortable with the cost. A similar look could even be done for much less! A welcoming space that gives you the feeling you want when you walk in it can absolutely be created on a tight budget.

How about you guys, do you shop Thrift stores? If not, after reading this post would you try?

If you thrift, I’d love to hear your best finds in the comments below!

xo maria

MORE THRIFTED HOME DECOR FINDS

 

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8 Comments

  1. Leslie Buchanan-Jones

    I enjoyed your blog on thrifted items. You have done such a great job.

    Reply
    • Maria Kamara

      I appreciate it Leslie, thank you! It’s so much fun to find a piece that speaks to me, and then find just the right place for it in our home.

      Reply
  2. Victoria Prasad

    Such a beautiful room. Thrifting is definitely fun and the possibilities are endless! Thanks for sharing your finds!

    Reply
    • Maria Kamara

      Thank you Victoria! You’re so right with thrifting the possibilities are endless.

      Reply
  3. julie

    Just finished screening in our sun porch what a great way to finish with the decor, great finds!

    Reply
    • Maria Kamara

      Thrifting really is a smart and fun way to add decor to your home.

      Reply
  4. julie

    Hey! just thought, can I link your post to my Screened in Sun Porch post? ….great way for me to decorate a sun porch using Thrift Stores

    Reply
    • Maria Kamara

      Absolutely go ahead! Thanks for asking Julie.

      Reply

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