May 18, 2010

tuesday tip: be thrifty

If you've avoided flea markets, I'm here to tell you it's time to take another look. As evidence, check out the furniture and art I found (for very little dough!) last week at Brimfield. (For more Brimfield inspiration, check out what design*sponge and Good Bones, Great Pieces found too.)

If budgets are tight and you don't mind a little hands-on work to freshen up your discoveries, there are some great finds to be had at salvage shops, flea markets, antique stores, and thrift shops.

Find Furniture
southern living

There are not many problems that paint cannot solve. Give an old piece of furniture a fresh look and feel with a few coats.

Try wallpapering the drawer fronts and adding new hardware too.

design*sponge

Find Lighting
design*sponge

Look twice at thrift store lighting. Spray paint and a new shade may be all it needs.

Find Art

Old postcards in new store-bought frames make for interesting, inexpensive art. Think wide mats and skinny frames for an updated look.

Rene from Cottage and Vine created a gorgeous art wall with Goodwill plates and some spray paint.

3 comments:

Fran said...

Just found your blog! I've been dying to go to Brimfield and I wasn't able to make it. I live about an hour south of Brimfield (in CT) so hopefully in the fall I will go. I love the SL picture you posted and I saw the post on your finds at Brimfield! Love it all!!

casey at loft and cottage said...

Thanks for stopping by, Fran, and so glad you're liking what you're reading!

DECORICA said...

That's a crazy color green on the desk but I kinda love it.

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