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Hello, Design Happens fans — Kate here again with another roundup of inspiring projects for the home in the continuing series on secondhand sprucing, and this time the focus is on main living spaces.  We all need a place to sit down, rest a book or drink, and visit with fellow residents or friends in a family room, and for most of us we need a place to relax while watching television. Naturally the furnishings we need include sofas, chairs, coffee and end tables, ottomans and storage units.

A secondhand sofa with a classic shape can be reupholstered in a modern fabric to give it a fresh look, or if the cushions are in decent shape, slip-covered for a casual and easy to clean option. Chairs are readily available on Craigslist and often you get lucky with a great set from your local Goodwill. One of the most clever ways to repurpose a coffee table is to cover it with foam and fabric and turn it into an ottoman!

Family Room Furnishings(Reupholstered sofa by Made by Girl; Bergere chairs by Design Manifest; Slipcovered hand-me-down sofa by Miss Mustard Seed; Thrift store ottoman coffee table by Five Days Five Ways)

A product available in craft or fabric stores called textile medium is making the unthinkable possible; yes now we all actually can paint the fabric on secondhand finds! Plenty of DIYers have had success with this method. Fabric medium removes the crispy feeling from paint and allows you to transform fabric with any color you like.

Painted Sofa and Chair(Painted gray chair by The North End Loft; Painted black sofa by Mon Petit Studio)

One of my favorite uses of secondhand finds in a living space is a refurbished console for supporting the television. These leftovers from the seventies are abundant at the local thrift store, and with a coat of high gloss paint, the transformation is remarkable and retro cool.

Demon Credenza(White console and red credenza by Decor Demon)

Speaking of paint, these savvy makeovers are more great examples of its transformative power.  A two tone paint refreshes old bookcases and a vivid hue brings a set of end tables to life. Also consider kicking up the style notch on your secondhand find with the addition of a mirror on horizontal shelves or vertical drawers and doors.

Secondhand Family Room Furniture(Navy and white bookcases by Emily A. Clark; Yellow end tables by Liz Marie blog; Craigslist side table by Sunset; Mirrored console by Shabby Nest)

Inspiring right? It’s amazing what a little Craigslist or thrift store hunting can do to spruce up your family or living room. Next week, we’ll look at more upgraded pieces in the entry. Stay tuned.


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19 Responses

  1. Sammy says:

    Yellow end tables look great.

  2. Christine says:

    I am happy I found this page, I have a night stand Ithat I wouldlike to paint, and this page gave me some ideas on how to redo it and what kind of paint to use

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  4. BRD says:

    The gray chair is my favorite.

  5. pixelecho69 says:

    All we need is a little determination and some elbow grease and we can do it we can save some good furniture and turn it into something amazing.

  6. lynda hamilton says:

    holy cow- i will have to try that paint technique!! thanks for sharing

  7. Ivy says:

    How do you buy those fabric paint?

  8. Ivy says:

    where do you buy those fabric paint?

  9. [...] OH MY GOODNESS! Our sweet painted sofa has done it again! We are so overly humbled by all the attention it has received! HGTV featured our sofa on their blog and Pinterest  Board! How AMAZING is that?! We are HGTV junkies and couldn’t believe that our little sofa project made it all the way to the HGTV website! WOW! Thank you SO MUCH for the feature, HGTV! Absolutely made our day! You can see the full post on their FABULOUS site here. [...]

  10. Centsational Girl says:

    Look for fabric medium at a craft store, Martha Stewart makes a version of it, and mix accordingly with craft or acrylic paint! :)

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