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Hi everyone, Kate here for the final round in the Secondhand Sprucing series. Today we’re looking at some inspiring home office makeover ideas from creative DIYers. Setting up a small home office in your home requires two essentials — a desk and chair. Beyond that a lamp and a storage solution for files are an added bonus.

Desks are easy to come by if you keep your eyes open. Just look what can happen when you dedicate a few hours to revamping a discarded secondhand desk.

Desk(Repainted curbside desk find by Sunset; White Craigslist desk makeover by How Does She; Mint painted desk by Bridgey Widgey; Striped desk makeover by Because I Like to Decorate)

Desk chairs are often the ubiquitous and mass produced swivel varieties. If you’re going to spend hours of your time working in one place, introduce a dash of panache to your office space with a reupholstered or repainted desk chair.

Chair(Office chair makeover via Apartment Therapy; Office chair makeover from Design*Sponge; Spray painted office chair by Young House Love; Office chair makeover by Sincerely Co.)

Finding a great desk or chair can happen if you head out early to garage sales or get lucky when stopping by your favorite thrift store. With Craigslist, it’s just a matter of finding what you need in your area when you happen to be online. Craigeasy is a helpful tool for narrowing down what you’re looking for with an image search. Thrifting is always a treasure hunt, and you never know what you’re going to find. Here are a few of my best tips for shopping thrift stores for great secondhand furniture finds.
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The thing I love about this continuing series on sprucing up secondhand finds is it reminds me how very creative and resourceful people are with reinventing thrift store scores. This week’s focus is on the dining room, and what do we all consider essentials for any dining space? A table and chairs to start, and a sideboard, console, or hutch is always an added bonus. Great lighting certainly plays a part too.

Every time I visit a thrift store or go to a yard sale there is always a chair or two sitting around, looking for a new home. Often they cost $5 or less, and you’re lucky if you find a set of four or six. Side chairs don’t need to match end chairs or each other for that matter; in fact a dining space can be more interesting and have a ‘collected over time’ look when the chairs aren’t from the same set. Take a cue from these secondhand finds revamped with a fresh new look, both modern and classic in style.
Dining Room Chairs

(Craigslist black bamboo chairs by Design Manifest;  mismatched chairs unified with paint at This Old House;  Black pair of Goodwill chairs by Beneath My Heart;  French slip-covered chair by Miss Mustard Seed)

We all need a table, and you can score a great one if you keep your eyes open at thrift stores or frequently visit Craigslist. They can be sanded and stained, painted, or given an intricate stencil treatment for big impact after the dishes are cleared.
Dining Tables Image

(Restained Craigslist dining room table by 4Men1Lady; inlay stencil by Kim Myles; painted dining room set by Loving Life; Dining set score by Sand and Sisal)

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Hello hello everyone, it’s Kate back again in Part Three of this continuing series, and this week’s focus is on sprucing up secondhand finds for the entry! The first space you encounter each day as you come through the door is your foyer, and a smart entry has a few key essentials.  When you come through the door, you need a place to set the daily mail, your keys and your phone. It’s also nice to have a place to sit and kick of your shoes!

Consider that the entry is also the last space you leave each day, so a mirror is not only decorative but a place to add lipstick at the last second, fix your hair, or straighten your tie or scarf. Mirrors can be large or small, but how fun is it to transform a tired piece found at the back of a thrift store or in the corner of a garage sale? Study these stylish transformations for inspiration for your foyer.

Secondhand Mirrors(Ebay turquoise mirror by Our Lake Life; Convex rope mirror by Meridian Road; Acid etched mirror by Vintage Revivals; Thrift store plate mirrors by CraftyNest)

A small scale bench in the entry is a natural choice for taking off shoes at day’s end. Again, like in the bedroom, paint and fabric are your best friends! Personalize an entry bench with a stylish stripe, a punch floral, or an eclectic textile.

Entry Benches(Flea market bench makeover by Eddie Ross; Floral bench by Wonderfully Domestic; Coffee table to entry bench from Style At Home; Bright entry bench via Design*Sponge)

A place to drop your keys, mail, and phone is a must in an entry. Take the opportunity to bring both style and function into your home with a revamped thrift store console or Craigslist dresser placed in your foyer. Style it up with art, lamps, or a tray to corral the mail and keys.

Consoles and Dressers(Green cabinet from Young House Love; Painted entry console from Design*Sponge; Garage sale score from Decor Chick; 70s dresser turned console from Sweet Pickins Furniture)

Entries need not be merely functional, they can be stylish too, all with pieces scored on a weekend treasure hunt or reinvented with new stain or paint. I hope you all are enjoying these inspirational finds. Next week we’ll take a peek at some very cool ideas for turning secondhand finds into chic dining room accents. Stay tuned!

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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)

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Greetings all, Kate here from Centsational Girl beginning a five-part series on one of my favorite topics: sprucing up secondhand finds and turning them into stylish home decor. Anyone who follows my blog knows I frequent a lot of thrift stores in search of pieces to transform into something fresh and fabulous. Let’s get started today with a peek at the potential that awaits some secondhand finds for the bedroom!

These creative bloggers show that with a little vision and some paint or fabric, you too can have a one-of-a-kind accent in your home, all on a dime. They all took a tired piece found in a thrift store or on Craigslist and revamped it into something unique and chic.

Headboards add style and structure to beds, and since they’re the focal point in a bedroom, consider some of these clever revamps for a contemporary look.

Headboards(Tufted headboard by Little Green Notebook; Coral painted headboard by Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss; Upholstered headboard by High Street Market.)

Dressers are a common thrift store find, and when you compare them to the cost of mass produced retail versions, a thrift store dresser is a cost conscious choice but also possesses unique character. Whether you choose a neutral or a bold color, an old dresser gets a new lease on life and packs a lot of style with a coat of primer and two coats of paint!

Dressers(White dresser by Live Love DIY;  Gray dresser turned TV console by Living with Lindsay; Yellow Dresser by 4 Men 1 Lady; Craigslist blue dresser by Primitive and Proper.)

Don’t forget such lovely accents as chairs and benches which can be reupholstered professionally or with a little DIY know how.  Lamps get refreshed with a quick coat of spray paint and vintage textiles are reinvented as accent pillows.

Accents(Bench by Style by Emily Henderson; Accent pillows made with vintage fabrics via Sunset; Painted lamp by DIY on the Cheap; Reupholstered accent chair by Budget Wise Home.)

You can rework an entire bedroom, whether it’s yours, for a guest, or for a child, if you’re willing to do a little treasure hunting.  Paint and fabric are always your best friend; if you find something with the right proportions, you can make it work for your space, and chances are, you’ll love the cost savings and originality that comes from adding your own style to a secondhand piece.

Coming up next week, a look at the potential that hides in secondhand revamps in the family and living room, stay tuned!

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