Friday, September 25, 2009

Thrifty

I have a passion for a lot of things. I love to decorate, sew, knit, and bake. I go through stages where I get very passionate about one of these things, and it is all I want to do in my spare time. My husband calls it obsession, but I call it passion.
Besides, I could say the same thing about him and those golf clubs, but that is for another post.

With it feeling a lot like fall around here, I have been into decorating and thrifting. The budget is always tight with three kids and one income, but I wanted to show you some great things I have found. You know, you can really transform anything with paint and fabric. If you can't sew, I bet you know someone who can, or would be willing to teach you.

This is one of my favorites. I got it for $20 at a local Flea Market. It was black, which I liked but I wanted it to be white. I sanded and painted it, then made a muslin cushion for it. I think the key is to keep things neutral so they can be moved from room to room. I certainly do that a lot.


I love decorating with things you can find outside this time of year. Bittersweet and white pumpkins are some of my favorites. If you keep a white pumpkin inside and don't carve it, it will last forever. I love them under a Christmas tree too!


I spotted this old latter at another flea market. I love the finish on it. You can display magazines, books or towels on these, or chop them in half and hang them on your kitchen ceiling for a great pot rack.




I found this old footstool at a junk shop for $5.00! It needed some work, but I love those old wooden legs. The frame was in great shape. I just tore off the old fabric, stapled some new batting down and made a slipcover for it using burlap I had in my stash.










Because our downstairs is one big open space, the decorating usually flows in every room. Once I start in the living room, the "decorating fever" spreads into the dining room. I made new slipcovers for our chairs. I have done this a few times and I hope this is the last. At least for a while. I find that they get so worn out, and the ties always fall off.






I think I did it right this time. I made them with this great fabric I found here for $3.00 a yard. It is a great home decor weight. I made them reversible so I think they will be stronger and won't fray in the wash. I also omitted the ties. I had them all cut out and ready to go but then realized this style stays on the chair so nice that I did not even need them.
I love to get things secondhand. It can be a great way to save money, and great way to recycle!








Well, toodles for now.
I have a front porch to decorate......






18 comments:

FinnyKnits said...

Oh my word - the porch is right out there!

GO! Decorate! Enjoy!

Renee said...

You thrift so well, you have a definite talent for that.
What a wonderful view out your window and from your porch.
Happy decorating!

QuiltedSimple said...

Oh my! What great ideas you hand out! And I see that porch - go decorate it please:) So then we can all see how wonderful it looks!!!

kim said...

Ah, coming here is like flipping through one's favorite magazine. Sometimes better!

Julie said...

You have the best ideas and the best finds... I love stopping by and seeing your beautiful home!

Pam said...

love your ideas. wow, that was a fast building of the new porch! hope you enjoy decorating it.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

I think you are being too modest with saying anyone can thrift and sew. You definitely have an eye and see things so beautifully in your head and you also have the talent to create it in reality. Beautiful stuff!!

marit said...

Great ideas- thanks for sharing! We had to buy everything new five years ago, becuse of a fire, but I've got a few old things from my parents, and bought some at thriftstores/ markets, so it looks a lot more like a home and not a magazine-LOL! I like the combination of old and new...

Enjoy your porch!

martha - ca knitter said...

I have to agree with one of your commenters, you do have talent for rejuvenating furniture items. I love the picture of your front porch and the long drive-way...can't wait to see it decorated.

Journeying Five said...

you thrift well, very well!

Laurie said...

Everything looks so beautiful! Great job. I'm sure your porch will look spectacular too!

Meagan said...

I am dying to see that new beauty you have built on the front of your house! Some evening, before it gets too cold, let's put all of our babies to bed and sit out there with our knitting and some wine and catch up, huh? You let me know when is good for you!

larissa said...

everything is beautiful - and so 'you'! I especially love the reversible slip covers on the chairs and how all the white is accented by the browns!

Shannon said...

Such great ideas. Thanks!!

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Your home looks so pretty! Love the footstool I have been wanting to do the same thing with a footstool I have. I can't wait to see that front porch (;
Hugs~Kelly

Jessica said...

I'd really like to cozy up in that living room!

tiennie said...

I love seeing your home. Have fun decorating and you will post more? :)

Skittles2 said...

I love the way you decorate your home! I have always loved white furniture and someday dream of having a slip covered sofa. How do you keep yours so clean? I have 2 boys 5 and 3 and a small dog. Is there any hope for us?