How To Turn Yard Sale Finds into Home Decorating Masterpieces!
by Kathleen Wilson
The time of year is here for yard sales, and there is no better place for budget decorators to find the best treasures! The trick is in recognizing an item's potential. Here are some great ideas for turning low cost yard sale finds into great home decorating accessories for your home! More...
1. Look Little
Donít overlook the impact
little items can make in your dťcor. Costume jewelry, craft beads, even
hardware wire can be transformed into beautiful details for your home. Use
earrings to pin together guest towels, wrap a chandelier with a crystal
necklace, or use the wire to string on beads and twist around iron staircase
2. Look Big
An old 70ís waterbed might not seem like a good find, unless you
just use the headboard, paint it white, and turn it into a cottage style display
case for your china and glassware! Old laminate storage cabinets can be
transformed into a gorgeous armoires by adding some molding, priming with Kilz,
and adding the paint color and technique of your choice!
3. Look for Raw Materials
You can find resources for fabric at yard sales in
clothing, sheets, and quilts and blankets. Remember, a stained lace tablecloth
can be cut down to make placemats or runners, and a beautiful ski sweater can be
used to front a throw pillow. That silk dress you pick up for $3 might offer
great fabric for covering storage boxes, photo matting, or edging towels. Used
blankets can be washed and used to line quilts, or cut, rolled up and covered to
make neck roll pillows.
4. Look Beyond
Many items at garage sales may be used for different uses than
originally intended, if you just keep your eyes open! You may find a beautiful
serving bowl, but get it for $1 because of itís chipped edge! No worries, a
gorgeous planter for the front porch! A small bookshelf that isnít sturdy
enough for books could be painted and placed on the deck or the entry to hold
plants or knick knacks. I even saw one person cut the toe out of an old leather
boot, and use it as a splashguard at the downspout! If an item catches your eye
because of color or interest, try to see how it could be used in a different
way, and buy it for a song!
5. Learn Some Creative Paint Finishes
Most of the things you find at yard sales can be upgraded in an afternoon with an interesting paint finish. You can find many instructions on the internet. I really love www.PaintIdeas.com for some great inspiration.
There you have it! Put a couple of bucks in your wallet, always remember to offer a lower price than marked, and donít be afraid to pick up something because you love it, even if you donít know what to do with it quite yet! (Keep reading my Budget Decorating column, youíll think of something!)
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Copyright © 2005 by Kathleen Wilson. All rights reserved.
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