Furnishing your home on a budget ~ Furniture upcycle

05/17/2013 3:02 pm · 3 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

hutch before and after

Furnishing your home on a budget ~ Furniture upcycle

Furnishing your home can break the bank in no time!  Three years ago me moved from our 900 sq ft starter home (that we lived in for 9 years) to our 2,600 sq ft “fix-r-upper” home.  Needless to say we were going to need to buy a few things to furnish our new larger home. Just one problem, I hate buying furniture

First~  it cost way t0o much.

Second ~ they don’t make things like they use to, and new stuff seems to fall apart way to quick with 4 kids.

Third ~ IF it is brand new I feel like a I need to wrap the darn thing in yellow caution tape and keep my kids from it, terrified it might get a scratch.

Fourth ~ Buyers remorse, if I am going to spend that much money I want to make sure it is perfect…. WHAT if I do not like it?

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 So over the years I have bought some new pieces and some “new to me” pieces.  What I have learned  is  I REALLY like to buy used furniture, change it up a bit and make it my own.   If you watch craigslist and yards sales you can find some killer deals! Or even better think outside the box and repurpose pieces I already have in my home.  The white dresser I have in the photo above was a hand me down from my sister in law.  We have used it in my sons room for 11 years.  He has now outgrown it and needed something bigger.hutch1

I did not need another dresser but I need need something to store linens and extra dishes in, in my kitchen.  SO  I decided to take this dresser, give it a new coat of paint and repurpose it as a hutch for my kitchen.  I gave it a light sand, sprayed it with Walnut Brown paint, sanded the edges down to give it a vintage look.  Simple as that, I had a new piece of furniture for my kitchen.

No it is not perfect, but that is what I love about it.  It fits the space great,  it has character, it is sturdy and it was FREE.  All I had to do was pay for a can of paint! And if my kids bump it or scratch it… no harm done!

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