To give you an example of how to create a beautiful, thrifted living room for cheap, I will take you through my home.
Home is where the day’s events can be laid aside for a moment to breathe easy and rest.
Decorating is part of creating this peaceful place we call home.
It’s where our creativity is a personal extension of who we are.
Displaying the things we love in one place rejuvenates our hearts to face another day.
So, taking time to put together a decorated home that is a reflection of who you are is worth it.
And I want to show you how to do it for cheap.
Idea #1 – Look for quality pieces of furniture at a thrift store, on Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace.
Most of us know about Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.
But sometimes it gets overwhelming what to look for, and I want to help you feel confident in your search.
How you can do this is to go window shopping at your favorite furniture store, like Pottery Barn or antique stores, for example.
This is where you will find inspiration and ideas to create a beautiful living room for cheap.
Or any room in your home.
Take photos with your phone of things that catch your eye.
This will give you the tool you need when finding things for cheap.
Now that you know what you’re looking for, it’s time to get to work.
To start, you will take time each day to look on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.
If you find something similar, jump on it. You can ask the seller what the lowest they will take is.
I’ve gotten deals by bravely asking if they would take less. It’s a bit unnerving, but most sellers understand how this goes.
Most of the time, they are willing to negotiate.
But sometimes they are selling something that we both know is dirt cheap already.
So, in those cases, I won’t ask. Cause I know, I’m about to buy something incredible that is worth 10 times more than what I’m paying.
Like this hunter-green antique sofa.
It was on Facebook Marketplace.
Someone else had offered to buy it, but I asked if they would be willing to sell it to me if I paid more.
And they said yes.
I rented a UHaul truck and drove 1.5 hours to go get it.
My dad came with me to help get it in the truck.
Once we got there, it was everything I imagined.
The fabric was in excellent condition.
The style and color were what I was looking for.
I gave the seller $450 cash.
This was one of those finds that I had been looking for over two years.
I priced them at around $1500 to $2000 at antique stores. So, I knew this was a deal!
When I brought it home, my husband sat in it.
He said it was cozy for watching TV in the evenings. That was the best part!
Another amazing find was these chairs.
They were originally posted on Craiglist for $150 each.
Then after a few weeks, the seller priced them for $25 each.
The color on the left was not what I was looking for. I wanted something like the one on the right to match my antique sofa.
Which is why I didn’t buy them right away.
But for $25 each, I felt it was worth giving them a DIY.
For this DIY, I painted the fabric with Annie Sloan in the color Amsterdam green.
Then, I painted the wood with the paint color Primer Red then rubbed wax onto the wood with Annie Sloan dark wax to look like mahogany.
The results turned out amazing.
What do you guys think?
Idea #2 – Find decorations for cheap at thrift stores.
The best things to look for when going thrifting for decor are:
- Vintage or vintage-inspired dishes
- Cozy blankets
- Pillow covers
This is just a small list of things to look for.
If you’d like a full list, please go to the end of this blog post, and you will find my FREE eBook that I will instantly send to your inbox.
It is an extensive list of thrift store finds to look for. With photos of thrift store finds.
Plus, some tips and tricks that will help you decorate your home for cheap.
The green glass jar in the photo below was a Goodwill find for $6.99.
I use it as a vase and placed some faux flowers inside.
All of the frames on my gallery wall are from Goodwill. I paid $5 or less.
I painted some with Annie Sloan chalk paint in the color Old White.
It makes them all coordinate together because they’re the same color.
These are just a few things I’ve found at thrift stores.
But it gives you an idea that when you know what you’re looking for, you can fill your home with beautiful, cohesive things to make it cozy and inviting.
Idea #3 – Find cheap decor on Amazon.
The table in the photo above is an example of cheap things you can find on Amazon.
It’s a sweet little mahogany side table that is perfect for each side of my antique sofa.
I bought it for under $33.00.
Here is a photo of another side table I found a few years ago.
It isn’t available anymore.
I love how these tables are small but useful for putting drinks and snacks on when watching TV.
To keep with a simple look, I placed a crystal candy bowl on the side table on the left.
I bought this bowl at a thrift store for under $5.
On the right side table, I placed a silver candle holder with crystals I found at a thrift store for $3.99.
YouTube video sharing my thrift store finds.
Amazon sofa table and side table.
The chippy white side table from Amazon brings a farmhouse look to my living room.
On its own, it’s a beautiful rustic piece that completes my Victorian Farmhouse look.
I love the square top with light wood contrasting the dark wood in the living room.
It’s big enough to accommodate two people sitting side by side when placing drinks or snacks while watching a family movie.
I bought it for $119 during the black Friday in July sale.
Chippy white sofa table.
The white chippy sofa table was another find from Amazon. Found for $186.
This was a splurge since I love cheap thrifted finds.
Sometimes, it’s moments like these when it’s worth the little extra to buy new.
The price isn’t extremely cheap, but cheap enough to include this in my list of ideas to create a beautiful home.
The light wood matches the wood of the side table.
Scrolled sides give it a beautiful side view when entering my living room.
Not to mention the chippy white paint with its farmhouse charm.
I love the look!
Most of my decor and furniture are thrifted or things I found online.
After discovering how easy it was to find things I love for cheap, it became addicting.
I no longer worried whether I could afford the look I wanted.
It took time to gather all of the pieces together, but it was so rewarding when I completed my task of finding the perfect things to put in my home.
The process was a lot of work and took patience.
But after it was all said and done, I can step back and look at my beautiful living room and say, wow!
The journey to finding what I imagined in my mind was an adventure.
From looking on Etsy to find prints with the nautical theme in the color blue to fill my DIY frames.
To find florals at Michaels or Joann Fabrics in the colors white or blue.
The layers of decor that make a room cohesive and beautiful makes it feel good when finished.
And when something doesn’t work out as imagined, it’s ok to remove it, step back and start again.
Cause decorating is not easy.
But when it does come together, it brings peace and tranquility.
And that is what I’m hoping for in your home.
To find your sweet spot and sanctuary that brings about a cozy home that you can be proud of.
Idea #4 – To decorate your living room for cheap, do a DIY!
Home decor can be challenging when you can’t find things that match your color scheme or style.
But you can think outside the box and look for things to decorate your living room for cheap by DIYing it!
Like the stool in the photo below.
It’s covered with a beautiful sage green velvet fabric. I loved the fabric, but it didn’t coordinate with my color scheme in this living room.
So, I covered it with blue and white ticking fabric.
To keep the fabric’s integrity, I made sure to staple it into the side piping.
Here is a YouTube video on how to DIY a footstool. And the blog post here shows you the steps.
I hope this gave you some ideas for creating a beautiful thrifted living room for cheap. Or any room in your home.
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