Monday, April 4, 2016

Thrift Store Makeover # 1 - Living Room For $96.98

As you guys know if you have followed me for a while, I love shopping Thrift stores & Goodwill to decorate my home..  I think you can find some great treasures if you are patient and persistent.  It's also amazing what a little paint and fabric can do to revive a piece.  I thought it would be fun to do a series of Thrift Store Rooms to show you how to get the look for less - much less.

I get a lot of questions about thrift shopping and how to put a room together on a budget, sometimes an almost non-existent budget.  Over the past few years I have put several rooms together that I think show how you can pull a room together with thrifty finds, roadside treasures and freebies.  Think outside the box and mix things up for a fresh new look.

When my son got his new house a few years ago, he managed to pull his familyroom together with things he already had.  It looks fabulous and is really a comfortable room.  However, this home has a formal living room, and that was another story.  No furniture at all. .  He didn't want to spend a lot of money, so I convinced him we could find some used things.  He wasn't so sure, but said go for it.  I think I did good.  Since you all know that I stalk the Goodwill around her, I finally managed to find enough pieces from GW (Goodwill), roadside freeby and DT (DollarTree) to create a great looking room.

I am so proud, I think it turned out fabulous.

 The first great find was the sofa.  It is in excellent condition and was at GW for $59.99.  I couldn't wait to find someone to write it up.  Perfect.

 The two antique clocks and painting belonged to my son from things he already had.  I just shopped his house.  The clocks are two of the ones he chose from my mom's collection.  The painting my aunt did for him years ago.

 Everything on the table came from the Dollar Tree.  They were all in my stash, but if purchased would have been $7 so I added that to the cost.

 The coffee table came from a yard sale for $5.  I think it is a great piece and one I see in the magazines and designer rooms today.    It is a really heavy piece with stunning detail on the legs, so I know it was originally quite expensive.  I definitely think it was a bargain and so on trend right now.

 This is the matching recliner that I found at GW that is like the one I kept.  $19.99.  Unbelievable price and it is La-Z-Boy.  The round table base and lamp are ones he already had.  The cloth was $2 from the garage sale.

 The three shelf end table was found on the sidewalk and said "free".   Perfect, we could use that. It needed a little stain to fix it good as new. The lamp is another garage sale find for $3.  I placed a picture, clock and some books from his stash on the shelves.

 I think he needs some drapes, so I am on the lookout for something.  Also, he could use some better end tables and another chair, but for now, this works just fine.

It's amazing what you can do with a little thrifty shopping and patience.  It took a couple of months to find all the pieces, but for under $100, I love it and best of all, he likes it too.  He said, "Now when someone comes to the front door, there's not an empty room.  It looks like someone lives here."

Total Cost Breakdown:

Sofa - -- -$59.99
Recliner -   19.99
Coffee Table 5.00
Accessories   7.00
3 Shelf Table - freeby roadside
Round table - free
Table cloth   2.00
White Lamp   free
Brown lamp  3.00
Total - - - -$96.98

I had a ton of fun pulling this room together.  Reminded me of when I was first married and trying to furnish a home with nothing.  Sometimes I think this kind of room turns out the best.

So, have you found any bargains lately?  Check back for Makeover #2 - another living room.

Be sure to get all of your projects lined up for Inspire Me Tuesday.  Party goes live Monday afternoon at 3 PM CMT.  Can't wait to see you there.

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  1. Marty, your son's room looks so nice! Of course it doesn't hurt that his mommy is the 'thrifting queen'! You really have an eye for things that most of us would pass by. The prices on all of the furniture is just unreal! I hope he appreciates you! ;) I know he does.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  2. I love doing this. I'll soon blog my daughters home. She has purchased from consignment shops to change her whole house to farm house style. It's fabulous. I'll share before long. You did a great job on your son's living room. Amazing!!

  3. that coffee table is a steal and totally on trend, you are right.

  4. Fantastic, Marty, and what an example you've shown him!

  5. You are so sweet to work at pulling this together for him. You did a great job and he must love it! I can imagine how much nicer it is to come home to a room that feels lived in rather than an empty one.

  6. You must have better thrift stores than we do here!

  7. Very well done, Marty! And isn't it fun fun fun to do this? The look for less- heck yeah, I find bargains weekly - love it so much more than the big splurges - but need to do those too, sometimes. It is so nice your son has such a frugal and talented momma! Looks great!

    Sorry I have been so absent. Hugs. ♥

  8. Way to go, Marty! I am in awe of finding that couch for such a great price. :)

  9. I am loving the coffee table. wow, is all I can think of. I am very impressed Marty. sheila

  10. Oh Marty, you really did a great job on your son's living room. I have found some great deals at GW.

    I have lost a lot of weight and still have 10 lbs to loose, so off to GW I went and found some great clothes for next to nothing. I like going on Tuesday's as it's 10% off and then each day they use a color tag and that's 50% off the price. No at least I have some cloths to wear and I won't feel bad when they are to big.

    I'm always on the hunt at GW and SA for treasures.

    Looking forward to post #2.


  11. You got some great GW pieces! And what a lucky son ... His space looks so nice. You did great!!!

  12. Marty you did a wonderful job pulling your son's room together. It looks wonderful and I can see your special touches all around the room. He is a lucky guy to have a mom with such beautiful talent help him make his house into a home.

    XO Barbara

  13. You did a fabulous job on his house! The charity shops, consignment shops, and dollar stores are great for finding decor pieces. I would add some pillows and a throw.

  14. Marty, a great job for under $100. I am sure your son is thrilled! Pam @ Everyday Living

  15. We tend to have a lot of junk in our thrift stores..... you did a great job for your son and I bet he appreciates it. Looks super!

  16. Unbelievable Marty! Great job! My favorite find is the coffeetable of course , you know me and brass and the cuckoo clocks! Your son is lucky he has you on board!

  17. Reminds me of my first home.....I think I furnished my three room apartment for about $250! Great job, really nice finds!

  18. Last summer, I purchased 2 sets of cushions for lawn chairs I did not have. They are a "gold-khaki" color. We were in process of remodeling my house and moving from my husband's home in town to my beautiful 8 acres in the country. So, I thought I'll find the chairs (I had sold most of my furniture except family pieces when we got married and moved to town.) Fast forward to two weeks ago: I was in town trying to find yard sales (People don't put them in paper anymore because it is so expensive) and I went by one of the best true thrift stores around. There were the two chairs. PERFECT!! Well, it was 7:30 and of course the store was not open. I drove on thinking they will never be there when I get back to town. Long story-short, they were and what's best is that there were four chairs. They had been reduced to $10.00 each from $35.00. I feel like I got 3 for free. But, now I need two more cushions. I found them at online at Home Depot. The price was $49.00 for two. The color they carry works but it doesn't match a beautiful dark azure blue--so I have two more places to look: Target and BJs. They don't have them on Amazon. So far, I have $40. for the chairs, $10.00 for the cushions, $8.00 for spray paint and I found some really funky fabric at a linen outlet for $7.00 and 4 travel pillows to make kidney pillows to complete the look for $8.00. I shopped the house in town this morning and found a little table to paint with leftover paint from the house redo. Plants and pots are still in town to bring up here and I'm good. The old neighborhood is coming Friday for an afternoon "do". Think I'll get the cushions in nd the pillows made? Wish me luck.

  19. Great job, Marty! I hope your son appreciates how clever and resourceful his momma is!

    Warm hugs,

  20. Marty, you did a wonderful job of your son's room! This will be featured at my No Place Like Home party on Monday. Have a fabulous day.


  21. Looks great and isn't it fun?? I love seeing just how much money I can save through thrifting!!