Sunday, July 11, 2010

Recent thrift finds: Family Room Update

It seems like I am forever updating this family room/den/play room. I can never just get it right, ya know? For starters, it is a very awkward room with virtually no walls to work with. One is a fireplace, another doorway and window, and the other two also both have doorways. It's also very long and narrow.

I have painted the old paneling in here several different colors in the past few years but am satisfied with my current color, Smoke Embers by Valspar. I think painted paneling naturally gives a coastal feel so that is the style I am leaning towards without going too obvious and overdoing shells, etc. 

Another must when updating any room is to use as many thrift finds as possible and to stay on a strict budget. I painted an old coffee table white with a chalkboard top for a fun feature. I slipcovered  the sofa in drop cloths from Home Depot, and found this FAB rug at a flea market for $30. The orange wool Ikea pillow was $1 at a yard sale and the teal pillow covers were on clearance at Target.
See my birdcage in the back? It houses two real live Finches and was $7 at a yard sale!

I also really, really loved this white bamboo mirror I found for $5 at a yard sale. Its old and very heavy. I did not have to paint it, it was already white. The little Ikea floor lamp was from the Habitat Restore, $20.
 Sticks, FREE from outside!Including the gorgeous carved walking stick done by my Husband himself!

The bookshelf in the back is a work in progress. I am not good at arranging bookshelves to look full but not cluttered and also both functional and pretty. I am currently trying to add some of my white milk glass collection.... any tips on bookshelves?  

This vintage GE fan was at the same yard sale as the bamboo mirror, $3. It works great too! I just think it's the cutest thing!

Pretty little blue and white bowl, $6 at a yard sale. (more than I would usually pay but you can tell it's nice. If any one knows anything about it, please share!)

Table Free from roadside trash pile then spray painted. Euro pillow sham, $1 Goodwill, white folding chair, $5 Goodwill and cool lamp $5 Goodwill. Black and White canoe picture, $20 T.J. Maxx. See, I mix it up a little.... 

Do you have any rooms that are constant works in progress? Any tips? Are you able to find lots of goodies thrifting?

I am linking to:

All Thingz Related

Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden


  1. love the colors of your family room...soft and clean!! enjoyed reading through your blog...found you on Met. Monday!!

  2. So cute and just the right touches of blue. It's coming along very nice. I love well done decor done on the thrifty side. Visiting from Metamorphosis Monday.

  3. You are definitely going to have to let me know next time you go yard saling so I can go with you!


  4. Love the coffee table! Great idea. Found your blog through the nester.

  5. Question: is that ferris wheel from Pottery Barn? I love it and think I remember seeing sthg like it in their catalog.

  6. The ferris wheel is not Pottery Barn. I got it at Kirklands on clearance. I think I have seen one like it at Pottery Barn too and like it, that's why I snatched it up! :)

  7. LOVE that mirror and area rug, great finds...and cheap! jealous ;)


  8. So cute and homey. Like the drop cloth slipcovers, I'm using one as a throw but I like the tailored look better, nice.

  9. I love your painted paneling. I does make it look coastal! Your room looks great.

  10. You have a beautiful room!
    Thanks for visiting us at our Anything Related party!

  11. What a beautiful living room you have! I'm in love with your bamboo mirror - I can't believe you snagged it for $5.00!?! Great find!

  12. I am stealing that fan the next time I come over :P