Thursday, March 10, 2011

Furnishing a Living Room Under $300

Some people don't like hand-me-down furniture.  As a matter a fact, I know people that would be ashamed of admitting to owning second hand pieces.  Well, I'm not one of those people.  

If I find a piece of furniture at a steal, chances are that I will proudly tell you I got it for near nothing!  Garage sales, Craigslist, and Freecycle make the "near nothing" price tag real easy.

After saving so much money, it's ok to "splurge" on a retail find like the little side table from HomeGoods.

I've also found that once friends know that you're willing to give pieces a little TLC, they are more than willing to give you their used furniture to give them new life and a new loving home.

What about you?  Are you open to taking someone else's seconds?

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Els Manning said...

Yes! I love it. It's usually after people tell me how cool or nice a piece is. And that is when i tell them ... uh... got it in a yard sale..or at a thrift store...or hand me down. Love it. I am so with you there!

Amy Kinser said...

Girl, I am so okay with taking hand me downs of all kinds. (well mostly all kinds)

DavidandSteff said...

I actually prefer them! I would feel awful painting or repurposing something that I bought brand new for big bucks...but something that has age and character seems to be begging for my love-lol!

MCH PHOTOGRAPHY said...

Heck yeah girl! I am always taking second hand stuff and I love riding the town on trash pick days.

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

You bet! I'm really not sure any furniture in my house was purchased as new (besides the mattresses, sofas and a few small things from Home Goods.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I need to know what neighborhood you live in so I can come around on trash day! Man that is a lot of great stuff you got for free!! I love hand me downs and thrift store finds, but I don't think I have anything that I've gotten curbside yet...now I will have to start looking:)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I would take stuff, you bet! I don't think I've seen those two chairs before. They are very cool looking.

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I'm always open to hand me downs! I think you end up with things that are fun and interesting. Your living room is proof! Lots of personality.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow!!! You have taken so many things that have cost little or nothing and made your rooms look gorgeous! I really like the banana leaf bench and I love that coffee table. What great Craig's List finds.

Rene said...

You were so lucky to find that bench on craigs. I never find things like that. Your living room looks great.

Courtney said...

Thank you for your sweet comment! Your blog is fantastic and your boys, they are absolutely too adorable! And I'm lovin' your deals and steals--I too am a big fan of craigslist, I think nearly everything we own is from there, ha!

gina3 said...

I'm with you! I'm proud to get stuff for cheap or free and then rework if needed to fit my style. It's fun to see people comment on a room or something I have that I got for free.

Perpetual Blind Date said...

This is such an inspiration! I"m trying to redo my bedroom on a serious budget!

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Absolutely! Free or nearly free items are great!! Just add creativity!!

Butterflies & Seashells said...

Great room! How did you find so much curb side free stuff!

atlaw said...

I love your style! I love how light, airy and simple things are in your room. More inspiration for me.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Beautiful! Love that banana leaf bench and very cool coffee table especially! You have a really lovely home, Yanet!

Donna

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Michell @Girl in Air said...

Love it!! I'm a new follower...I made one of those mason jar lights too and just recently a glass insulator light:-)

Dayna said...

very nice. How did u find a slipcover to fit the loveseat so well?

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Yes, I love a good deal. Your room looks great.

A Thrifted Market said...

Yes maam..I love some curbside finds..visit my blog and check out my trash to treasure chair. Great stuff here!

SweetMelissa said...

Absolutey..."finds" are the BEST. You do a great job pulling them all together...magazine worthy!

Missy-JunkFest

House Revivals said...

Absolutely! I love re-using, rescuing, re-inventing and so on! Your living room looks so warm and comfortable -- you could never pull off that kind of a feeling by hitting a retail store and just buying everything at once. I love that "happened over time feeling" :)
~Amanda

Aubrey said...

the coffee table is gorgeous!!! I repurpose a LOT of furniture...I love the hunt and the work in making it totally your own! :)

Lori said...

I love everything. I want your curbs too! I have only found one chair on the side of the road.

Marian said...

It looks great! I am also a frame of re-purposing. Old pieces have so much more character!

Tammy @ Type A said...

the room looks great, wish i had such luck with curbside finds. i have a party that starts later today, i would love it if you shared this! http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/

Kymberly Foster Seabolt said...

Hon I am not only OPEN to it - it's the only way I can be comfortable.

I swear I could win the lottery and I'd STILL be out looking for vintage and gently used bargains - from cars to clothing and everything in between!

New makes me nervous. I get buyer's remorse. "What if it doesn't wear well?"

With gently used I know it wore well, I know how it cleans up (if it's been cleaned up), I know that the quality was there at the get-go, which is how it's here NOW.

Looking forward to following you for more!

I have found my people! :)

Sarah Goodwin said...

I love bargains and second hand treasures. AND I am definitely not afraid of bragging about it. You have fabulous style!

Veronika said...

Looks great!