1. DON’T TAKE IT FOR FACE VALUE. From afar a piece might look beat up and in bad shape. Upon close inspection the wood might easily be refinished or the material removed. The ottoman above, looked dated with yellow wood and horrible material, but with a little paint and new material was given new look.
2. LOOK AT THE SHAPE. Do you love the shape or the dimensions of the piece? That’s what matters. I found a sideboard and fell in love with the body but couldn’t stand the legs so I replaced them. This simple update, along with a little paint, made the sideboard unrecognizable, see above.
3. WILL IT WORK IN YOUR SPACE. As with clothes that don’t fit, the same goes with a piece of furniture that is too big or small for your space. I really wanted a vintage desk for our office, but since it was a small space we needed to find something to keep it open. The secondhand desk above was given new life with paint for the legs.
4. WILL IT LAST. If you are going to buy a secondhand piece of furniture you want to make sure it will stand up for longer than a couple months. Buying something that looks good but is low quality is not a good investment. Although the price may be budget friendly the time put into making it over might be wasted. For example, this wicker table above was a great buy at $5 but the wicker was coming apart a little and after one rainstorm, I realized it was not going to work in our yard.
5. BE OPEN. Perhaps you have more of a rustic style but you’re drawn to a metal table. Go with it! Maybe it’ll be there perfect piece to bring your room together. I found these beautiful bells at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store, and didn’t really think they were my style but loved them! I decided to purchase them anyway and with a simple DIY hung them outside with leather. They totally fit!
Shopping at the Salvation Army Thrift Store is not only fun but they have so many treasures in store to discover and each time you go in is different. The last I was there I saw a great vintage rug, an antique side table and a beautiful mirror.
Revamping a room can be a daunting task. Realizing that you only need a few new pieces to make it happen makes it’s easier and with the Salvation Army Thrift Store you can do it all on a budget. It is simple to find new décor or furniture in store.