|creative use of florals - photo from bhg.com|
You can find mismatched dishes in a range of colors and patterns just about anywhere as long as you don't care if they match! Use them to build a collection, hang a wall of plates, or make them into mirrors. I have a collection of mismatched floral dishes that we use everyday for our dishes and I love them. They are smaller than modern day dishes which is great for portion control and at about $1.00 a plate if one gets broke when the kids are doing dishes, it's not a huge loss. Win, Win! I am also in the process of collecting state plates because if and when I ever have a cabin in the woods I want this on my wall...
3.Dining Tables & Chairs:Simple thrift store tables can be used for kitchens, dining rooms, or re-purposed as desks or sewing tables. If the table is scuffed or needs some DIY, try paint, paper, or even just a tablecloth. Whether you're looking for a whole set or a single side chair, dining chairs are always waiting to be scooped up at second-hand shops. If your chair needs a little love, try painting it, reupholstering a seat, or distressing it. Dining room chairs don't have to match! Have fun with your seating, make it work for your family, that's who matters most.
4. Trunks, Suitcases, and File Cabinets:Industrial trunks, storage pieces or vintage suitcases are easy to find at flea markets, vintage stores, and thrift shops. Clean them up and use them as occasional tables, storage for extra/out of season clothing, blankets, paperwork, or books and magazines. For use in a tight space, turn a suitcase on its side next to a bed as a bedside table. Attach an old suitcase to a wall in a bathroom place a mirror inside it, and walla! instant medicine cabinet. Empty out the linen closet, and repurpose that ugly trunk in the hallway...paint the trunk and place it at the end of the bed filled with bed linens and pillows.
5. Lamps/Light Fixtures:
Sometimes all a lamp needs is a new shade and a good cleaning to make it brand new. Sometimes a good coat of spray paint. And yes, sometimes there is nothing you can do to fix the ugly lamp and the trash is the best place for it. That's ok too! But most of the time people do not have enough lighting in their rooms. A single overhead light is NEVER enough, if that's all you have, go get a lamp or 2 or 5. You don't want to squint when you walk in a room to see the items in it. Chandeliers are easy to find as well as beautiful lamps. You just have to decide if you want it hardwired in or a plug in variety. Also measure your space, you don't want a chandelier to smack you in the head every time you walk in the room because your ceilings are too low! Lighting is a quick and easy fix to a room and can update a space very quickly with very little money. If you find a broken lamp that you must have, you can always try rewiring it. If you don't feel comfortable with that well then come see me at the shop, we always have lots of lamps and chandeliers hanging around, I'm sure we can find something for you!