Monday, July 12, 2010

Thrift Store Decorating

I know this is the first post in a while, but life took over and this blog had to take a back seat. But I'm already back into the swing of my housewife life and I have a project I did over the weekend that I wanted to share.

At my house, we are big fans of the thrift store. There is a really great one a short distance from where we live and we try to go there twice a week or so. This week we got some really great stuff that made a project that looked like it could cost around $80, but it only cost us $11.

This is what we got for $10.73. It was a halloween decoration, two pillows, a sheet and a thick blanket. We're using the halloween decoration for the big party we have every year, the pillows to decorate the guest room, the sheet for dish/dust rags and the thick blanket for the project I'm about to share with you. A great deal for all the use we're use we're going to get out of everything.

Using mostly recycled materials, I made a decorative headboard for the guest bedroom. I used old plywood from cabinets I had torn down in our kitchen (It's painted grey from a failed art project I had started last year), the thick blanket from the thrift store ($1.99) and upholstery quality material I purchased on sale at JoAnn's Fabrics ($9). To put this project together I used an upholstery staple gun to put this project together.

First, I folded and cut the thick blanket around the piece of plywood. I stapled it around the back of the board until it was secure. After that was finished, I cut the exterior material about 6 inches wider and taller than the plywood board.  I then folded the material over the board and the thick blanket and over itself so there would be no loose threads showing and stapled it very securely all around the board.

The final project turned out really great and was super cheap. Hinges or brackets can be used to attach this to either the bed frame or the wall. Currently, we're still in discussions as to which we're going to use. But I will keep you advised as to which way we go.

Below is how the guest room turned out. We used the decorative pillows to add to the eclectic feel we were going for in the room. The duvet cover on the bed was a previous thrift store find for $8. The picture doesn't do it justice, but it's really nice. The blue sheet was turned into 28 dish rags and since we don't use paper towels at our house, it was a huge help. As you can see, it was a great deal for the $10.73 spent at the thrift store.

Click below the jump to see before and after pictures of the guest bedroom.




dash for donation walk said...

You are so crafty! I would go with the bedframe attachment, that way you can move the bed anywhere in the room... It's adorable that is what I need to do to our bed.. IF I HAD THE TIME! JEALOUS! :)

Mikhael said...

Aww, thanks! It was a really quick project. Once I had all the materials together it took me about 20 minutes. I'm not sure how much longer adding the bracket would take though.

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