Furnishing your Home the Thrifty Way

Decorating and doing up your home is an expensive business. There have been times over the last decade when we really haven’t been able to afford to spend any money on renovating, decorating or even adding new pieces. We’ve recycled and accepted gifts, as well as used creative ways to make our home look and feel more appealing to us. There are lots of ways to decorate on a budget, and furnishing your home the thrifty way is actually very much the best option.

Furnishing your home the thrifty wayIt is time consuming though. Spending precious hours sourcing the perfect piece of furniture or home accessory at just the right price can be exhausting, but incredibly rewarding when you find and secure exactly the piece you’re after.

#ProjectAttic, our loft conversion project will start later in the summer now, which gives me lots more time to investigate possible decorating and furnishing options.

One of the things I’m hoping to bring into the room is an old, revamped dressing table. I have the style and look secure in my mind’s eye, but haven’t started to look properly yet for the perfect piece. It has to be out there right? Maybe something 1950s/1960s but with a more contemporary feel too. Something I could ‘Annie Sloan’ in just the right way, maybe in pale grey, and combine with my new Ghost style chair.

Retro mid century dressing tableVia Etsy

This kind of style would be great, albeit this is a modern example. I really do fancy having something authentic, with history, and doing it up myself if it needs it. Many of the pieces I’ve seen though, don’t have space at which to sit, and I think this would just be uncomfortable. Do you know the type I mean? They’re more like side units or sideboards. My gran had something like this in her bedroom I seem to remember.

I’ve come across this site in my hunt for the right furniture –  www.for-sale.co.uk/furniture which acts as a portal for hunting all of the second-hand websites. It’s a great way to save hours of time, and I love that all of the bargains are in one place. It’s so much easier to compare what’s out there without having to hop from one site to another.

They have pieces from favourite sites like eBay, Gumtree and Preloved, so you really can search for exactly what you want but in one go.

I think my hunt for the perfect retro piece of thrify furniture may have just got interesting.

Do you have any tips on furnishing your home the thrifty way?

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

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  1. The Diary Of A Jewellery Lover
    May 9, 2015 / 7:29 am

    When I moved into my first house furniture was so expensive. I remember buying wardrobes from an ‘antique’ shop ( which was more like a junk shop) and doing them up. Then came the advent of cheaper furniture.. I still think upcycling is great to get a new personalised look on a piece of furniture.

  2. Josie
    May 11, 2015 / 8:09 am

    Our whole house is thrifted, when I tell visitors this their jaws literally drop! Like you we chose to do it so that we can keep to a tighter budget, in our case because there’s then far more money for stunning travel adventures!

  3. becky
    May 14, 2015 / 11:46 am

    Love a thrifty home!!!

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