13 Ways to Decorate With Thrift Store Treasures

By Laura Gaskill, Houzz

Looking to refresh your home for spring? Take a detour from the big-box stores and head to the nearest flea market, junk shop or yard sale instead. With creativity and some elbow grease, you can furnish and decorate a home that looks uniquely yours, for not too much cash. Here are 13 ideas to get you started.

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Maureen Stevens Design, original photo on Houzz

Dip vintage bottles in white paint. So simple, but so pretty! Small glass bottles are plentiful in many vintage shops — clear or blue glass would work well for this project. Pour a small amount of white paint into each bottle (do this one at a time), and tilt and swirl until you achieve a look you like. Allow to dry completely before using. These are lovely as is, or fill them with cut or dried flowers — just don’t drink out of them.

Embrace rusted chic in the backyard. Old, rusted twin bed frames, chaises and chairs can often be found for a song, and pieces too far gone to use indoors can work beautifully in the yard. Plump up old seats with new cushions and pretty textiles.

red: modern lines . vintage finds, original photo on Houzz

Craft unique lights from old fishing nets. The lights shown here were created by a talented pro, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try your own spin on the look if you’re feeling crafty. Pick up a lighting kit at the hardware store and use wire to create a form to attach your fishing net to. Just be sure to keep the frame well away from the bulb for safety.