For those new to this Goodwill blog and haven't read my previous Thrifted Patio from 2018, I would like to recap that thrifting takes time and daily hunts.
I shop exclusively at my local store, because of time restraints since I have three kids and work part-time as a designer.
Here is a quick recap of my base principles in thrifting:
To find a bargain, you have to look every day. My personal schedule allows me to go 3 days a week. If you don't get to it first, someone else will.
At my local Goodwill store in New Philadelphia, I start at the left and walk the perimeter then head to all the in-between aisles that brings me back to the cashier for checkout (Amazing how much you can see in 30 mins).
I have purposely chosen neutral colors pallets on my interior walls and main pieces of furniture so I can make almost anything blend in.
Spray paint and chalk paint is your friend. Watch as many YouTube tutorials as you can. It really is easy peasy to use.
The beauty of thrift shopping is having a statement piece or “look” that no one else can mimic.
Don’t be afraid to use indoor pieces on the outside. Add all the layers possible (pillows, blankets, lamps, buffet, stools...)
Putting a look together is a gradual process. I have a space at home where I gather and store items over a period of months.
I wanted to turn a basic room in the basement into a teen bedroom. Since I have chosen to stick with neutrals in my home, I purchased a headboard and set it up, but the room felt too washed out with the lack of sunshine and warm lighting.
As you can see, it needs contrast!
I went to a local paint store and asked for miss-match paint in black or a grey (to add black into it). I always look at high-end name brand paint returns because a gallon usually runs around $12-15 price range. These are paints that were mixed for customers, and either the customer didn't like, or they were mixed incorrectly for the colorant or sheen.
I chose to only paint a black accent wall on the headboard side for contrast. Any and all colors look amazing in front of black no matter if its a feminine or masculine room.
Above is a thrifted dresser for the room with a lack of closet space and an oversized mirror to help fill the space.
Still needing to set up a desk area for a teen with late night studying. I found a desk at Goodwill, but it took me three months to find that perfect one to fit my style.
A mirrored desk with a bronze tint and in perfect condition. The backside is also finished with mirror panels, so would also look good as a floater in the middle of an office.
The Goodwill desk paired with a slipper chair and wallboard accessories that will be easy to pull off the wall and transport to a college dorm room. This is a tight space, so the desk was the perfect scale.
- Desk accessories
- Fur Bench at the end of the bed
- Black Paint
- Table Lamp
- Silver Tassel pillow
Thrifting well takes time. Gathering items for the past two years for this completed room was a reality for me. I have two years before a kid goes off to college and I will admit I have a stash of items that will be needed for dorm life.
Headed to dorm life this fall? Now is the time for shopping and gathering.
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