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Thrifty Chic Inspiration

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End Table Collage

You may have heard of “Shabby Chic” before. But what is “Thrifty Chic?” That is when you find something super cheap, it may be second hand or it may just be something new you found at a really great price. Add your own unique twist and wa-la, you have a one of a kind pretty piece for your home. Thrify chic!
The best place to be inspired for a thrifty chic masterpiece is a second hand store. I have started making it a part of my weekly routine to stop by a few thrift stores in town. One in particular that’s not too far away has really great prices and really great gems.

I thought it would be fun if we could all share these soon to be chic projects that we find with each other. I’ll start! I have a corner in my living room where blankets are piled up, toys accumulate, and clutter finds refuge. I have been in search of the perfect thrifty end table to put there. This week I may have found it. What I love about this piece are the curvy lines and the texture of the drawer. In the past searching, everything I found in my price limit was very boxy. Not this little baby. The only thing I am not excited about is that it’s not solid wood. Major bummer for durability! But I figured for this phase of my life with little kiddos climbing on anything they can reach, this was a great investment towards my décor transformation. Originally priced at $30, marked down to $20, then take 50% off. I got this piece for only $10!

 

End table close

The plan. Sometime in the not too far future (I hope) a simple make over I think will help this thrifty find turn chic. Sand it down just enough so I can get some paint to stick. Put a few coats of paint and then a little rough sanding to give it a rustic look to match my TV stand.

This one is for my kitchen. Ever since we have moved into this house I have wanted something to go on a blank wall right behind our kitchen table. I decided I wanted to make a cute bulletin board that I could display kids art. After looking into how much corkboard cost I realized I would need to either find a different material to use or find a used board somewhere. Here she is! I only had to pay $1 to take it home!

Corkboard
The plan is to take the frame off the board then cover it with some kind of fabric batting to soften the edges and cover that with a cute green print fabric to tie it into the kitchen. I love the color green in the kitchen. It makes it seem fresh in there. Probably add some kind of boarder. Stay connected to see these frugal finds get their chic makeover! 

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