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Thrift store find with budget in mind!

You’ve seen it on Pinterest, Facebook, or perhaps at the home of your creative, crafty nemesis; the perfectly finished product from a DIY weekend project. Before you begin reliving the moment, check out my positive experience creating an inexpensive alternative to pricey home furniture pieces.

After moving from a two-bedroom townhouse to a four-bedroom home, I quickly realized a few things:

  1. I have enough home décor to rival that of Pier 1, and Hobby Lobby
  2. My budget is drained from all the general moving expenses
  3. I need basic furniture pieces (end tables, nightstands, seating)

Excitedly, I embark on the search for clean, classic, and contemporary chairs to complete my living room.  Much to the surprise of… no one… I found the perfect pieces at two major retail brands. The only possible problem was price… at $1,000+/each.

When the sticker-shock and sadness wore off, I was more determined than ever before to furnish the house without spending half a million dollars. And I did!

That weekend, I was on a mission for fab-flea-market-finds. By lunch, I stumbled upon wooden booth-type chairs for a two-person restaurant table. They weren’t upholstered in plush fabric, nor adorned with luxurious accents. They were however, a yellow/blonde color wood with school-bus-green vinyl cushions.

Absolutely heinous, making them absolutely affordable at $10/each. I found fabric on sale for $4.00, picked up a few cans of spray paint and by Monday, my home makeover was fashionably finished.

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