Tips for Decorating Interior Spaces With Used Furniture & Vintage Decor

16 Drawer Vintage Dresser Transformation From Urban Farmgirl Blog

Retro pieces in modern spaces create unique interior designs, and achieving that look doesn't have to break the bank. Decorating with antiques give your interior spaces a touch of nostalgia, and vintage accessories create personality and warmth. Are you bored with your drab living room? Does the old furniture in your home need a decorative facelift? Makeover your home by integrating a few beautiful accessories or refurbishing old furniture. The affordability of decorating with thrift store treasures and rare, eclectic pieces also makes the decorative process even more exciting. With some smart shopping tips, creative risk and design inspiration, you can give any space in your home outstanding character and style.

Online Vintage Shopping

Invite timeless antique and vintage pieces into your home to create that intimate, retro feel. Goodwill, Craigslist and online thrift stores are excellent resources for finding affordable, one-of-a-kind items that can be integrated into a modern interior-design theme. Shop Goodwill's online vintage glass selections for beautiful hand-blown cobalt vases or hobnailed milk glass decorative dishes. You can also find a variety of home collectibles and antiques that emphasize that vintage look. For example, a one-of-a-kind telescope luxuriously complements chocolate, leather furniture in any home office. An antique silver-plated hair brush and mirror are great decorative accessories for vintage-themed bathrooms with floral wallpaper or mint green-painted walls.

Make sure that online thrift stores are reliable and trusted before you shop and purchase. Sometimes bargain shopping sites and goods may be too good to be true, and you don't want to experience online fraud or get involved in a scam. Lifelock's Twitter page provides helpful tips for safe and secure online shopping. You can also visit our resource page for hints on how to maximize your online auction experience and bid on the best items.

DIY Furniture

Refurbish and re-purpose used furniture such as old wooden dressers, cabinets and desks for a brand-new, personalized look. Hand-me-down furniture from your family or items from a yard sale or flea market have such creative potential to become aesthetic focal points in a living room or bedroom.

For an eye-catching look, make over furniture with bold-colored paint and a trendy pattern.'s the new home ec blog features a chevron-painted distressed dresser. Simply painting green zig zags on the three beige dresser drawers creates a stylish design. Display used books on top of the dresser underneath a crystal vintage bowl and accessorize with a picture frame or shapely vase with flowers. With a little bit of finish and brightly colored paint, you can dramatically change the look of coffee tables, book shelves, end tables and armoires. Choose a color that makes a statement, such as scarlet, mustard or fuchsia, and accent with decor in contrasting colors.

For a children's playroom or bedroom, decorate shelves or tables with glued-on gemstones, beads or buttons. Cluster beads into a fun pattern on dresser drawers or glue colorful rhinestones and crystals along the edges. Chalkboard paint is also a fun and creative solution for decoratively transforming the look a used headboard or table.

Guest Post - Cherie Rodriguez -A crafty mom, Cherie shares her tips with other DIY moms. She loves jogging along the beach and playing catch with Dusty the family dog and hanging out with her 2-year-old, Greta and 6-year-old, Travis.

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