Resourcefully re-created home interiors: Use what you own (and buy second-hand!)

Greetings!  A while back I had a "Friday Finds" weekly series where I featured an item that was purchased second-hand, and then turned into a totally hot, chic, home decor item.   Then, I ended each of those posts with a little comparison shopping chart; the recurring theme:

Thrifted home decor, when customized, has the potential to enhance and totally change your home interior!

Today we're looking at 3 simple ways to customize and refresh "used" decor. And the best part is you probably already have these things hand! 

1.  Paint those frames! 

These frames are a perfect example.  They look pretty cute in the photo above...but they weren't cute when they were purchased.  Here's how they looked when they were rescued from a local second hand store.....

Photos and glass can be remove from almost any frame

Photos and glass can be remove from almost any frame

Painting old decor is one of the simplest ways to customize an accessory for your home; and your color scheme!   Painting frames may require several layers of paint, but in the end, very little time.  And the result?  A chic frame collection for the home.   Here are examples of how awesome a gallery of old frames can be: 

photo from mialinman.blogspot.com

photo from mialinman.blogspot.com

photo taken from Marthastewart.com

photo taken from Marthastewart.com

2.  Cover those old canvas pictures!  

Old framed pictures or canvases are great pieces to re-create.  How?  Using fabric, or scrap book paper!  I prefer working with fabric, because it goes on smoother than paper (and it's less messy because you don't have to use mod podge glue!)   Regardless of your method, this is an easy update to any old canvas (and there are tons of these at your local thrift shops!).  If you're looking to add color to your home, this is one way you'll score big!!

Create a fun, eclectic mix of fabrics using this method for a eye-catching and funky gallery wall! Great for kids' rooms, rec rooms or play areas, and bathrooms. 

Create a fun, eclectic mix of fabrics using this method for a eye-catching and funky gallery wall! Great for kids' rooms, rec rooms or play areas, and bathrooms. 

In the below example some old outdated canvas pictures were re-created by covering them with colored fabric.  How?

  • Cut our material like you would if cutting paper to wrap a present. Tip: Use fabric scissors
  • Once the edges are wrapped over to the back of the canvas, you can hot glue them to the back of the canvas frame. (just like you would tape a gift when wrapping).  Or, staple the edges to the back of the canvas frame using a staple gun.   

Here is a super cute example of a canvas fabric wall collection at www.newlywoodwards.com. And don't be afraid to mix patterns, like this blogger did:  

3.  Books, books, books!   

Believe it or not, books are the best accessory in any room.  They naturally provide color, texture, and height for a variety of decorating needs.  It's time to dust off your old hard-covered books and use them in creative ways!  

TIP:  For a more rustic, natural look, turn your books around so the page are showing instead of the spines.

TIP #2:   A stack of new hardcover books could set you back $100, minimum.  No one wants to pay $100 for a stack of books.  Go to your local thrift store and browse the book section.  The books in the photo above were purchased second-hand for about $12.

And there you have it folks!  Three simple methods that will freshen up your home interior in an instant.  

Thrifting and re-creating what you already own may not be everyone's cup of tea, but Novo Decor is sticking with it, and can't wait to re-create the next room!

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Happy thrifting and happy decorating!!

Kate  

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