Thrifty Thursday: Making the Most of What You Have

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Welcome to the second installment of Thrifty Thursday. Today we’ll focus on taking items you already have in your home and giving them a mini-makeover to fit your design needs. The great news, these are low investment ideas that can yield a big return. In fact, some ideas won’t even cost you a dime.

Rearrange your current furniture layout!

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If you’ve been looking to change things up a little, a simple (and totally free) way is to move your furniture to best fit your living space.

Grab some paint!

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Have a piece of furniture you absolutely love, but feel the chips and dents have made it more of an eyesore than a shining star? Give it a new lease on life by sanding down the damage and giving it a fresh coat of paint or a new stain to match your current design. The same holds true for cloth items. If the pattern no longer fits or shows signs of wear, don’t be afraid to get some new material and reupholster it yourself. Too intimidated to give it a try? Don’t be. Our guide will help give you the basics you’ll need to tackle these projects with confidence.

Add a new touch!

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Something as simple as changing the hardware on your furniture or cabinets can add a new feel to the overall look of a room. For example, if you’re hoping to modernize your design but have a more traditional dresser you’d like to keep, swap out the brass fixtures with new glass nobs in a contemporary design. Hardware comes in a variety of styles to match all design needs. Mix and match until you get the look you want.

For more ideas on how to spruce up without spending a lot, please see the following.+

Rethinking Your Living Space

Refinishing Furniture

Changing Out Dresser Hardware

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