Chic Low Cost Hearth Room

I recently had the opportunity to do some sprucing up in a rarely used room in my home.  And, the reason it was rarely used: It had never been defined as a useable space…well, unless you consider being a catch-all for clean laundry, toys, and shoes a purpose.  Anyway, since I love to find fabulous bargains and make them look like a million bucks, I thought I’d put my thrift store shopping talents to use for this wayward hearth room.  I’m proud to say I created an inviting space that now has a distinct purpose.  It’s a relaxing place for me to sit and write or to chat with family or guests.

My Lucky Find

I was roaming through a nearby used furniture store, the same one I visit fairly regularly but usually don’t find anything worth taking a second look at, let alone fabulous. Well, my luck changed! I turned the corner in the massive warehouse that housed so many pieces of furniture, it more looked like a sofa graveyard. And, trust me, most of the upholstery should have been put down instead of being showcased for potential buyers. However, toward the end of my journey, (or more like obstacle course) a beautiful, navy blue mini sofa caught my eye. I found myself praying as I approached it, “Please don’t let it be broken or smell really badly.”

I’m happy to report it was perfect in every way….upholstery like new, frame strong and sound, and it had no odor. Hallelujah! Now, the only possible thing that could have stood in my way of snatching up this little, blue, beauty was the price. NO PROBLEM! He only wanted $79 for it! And, with a little bargaining and some add-on purchases, I managed to talk him down even more.

Building the Look with More Bargains

Since there was nothing I would consider real furniture in my hearth room to speak of, I virtually had a clean canvas, on which to create a completely new room. The navy blue mini-sofa was my starting point and my focal….at least for finishing the shopping. I actually left the store that evening and had not planned on returning until the day I was to pick up the sofa and the other non-related item I purchased; however, fate had another idea. I wandered in the next day to show the sofa to a friend. It was a shocking moment when I strode the same crowded aisles as the previous day and found two matching chairs that were the sofa’s perfect match…if a couch could have a soul mate, this pair of chairs was it. And, oh, how could stop there? After all, I needed to finish this room, and I needed to do it that day! My assertiveness paid off! I found a really cool piece of framed art and a small wrought iron accent table. Needless to say, I left one happy camper.

Using What I Had

The rest of this room transformation was done with items I already had either in other rooms, in the garage, or the attic. When I was done pulling it all together, I realized that everything in that room was either purchased at a thrift store, garage sale, recycled, or given to me.

Here is a run down of exactly what this room makeover cost me:

Lovely, Blue Cutie…………………$69

Soul Mate Chairs…………………..$79

White Wrought Iron table……….$5

Framed Art………………………….$10

Lavender Accent table…………..(already owned) Previous cost-$10 at store going out of business

Six-sided coffee table……………. (already owned) Previous cost-$10 at garage sale

Books on table………………………(already owned) Previous cost-$4 at Goodwill

Glassware on table…………………(already owned) Previous cost-$3 at Goodwill

Pillows on sofa………………………(already owned) Previous cost-$10, wholesale from previous employer

Glassware on mantel………………(already owned) Previous cost-$4 at Goodwill

Stained Glass window on mantel…… Given to me

Modern candle holder on hearth….. Given to me

Blue bottles………………………………..Fringe benefit of drinking wine…

Star on mantel…………………………….Unsold piece from a gift store I owned

So, I invested a total of $163 plus tax and a total room investment of just over $200 when you count my previously owned items. Go me! So, the next time you think about dumping a couple of grand on a room, reconsider. You just might find exactly what you want and need with a little bargain hunting and rearrangement savvy. Now, keep in mind, if I did have more money to spend on this room right now, I would likely add a couple more things like an area rug and lamp. Soon…very soon!

Make Your “Inside Moves” Count!

 

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Comments

  1. Where on earth did you find this mecca of used furniture? I need to locate such a place near me. Is there a source online to look for such a thing? Keywords?

    • My best advice is to look in your local directory for used furniture stores or consignment shops. I got really lucky to find exactly what I was looking for to redo my hearth room. I also love the creative finds on etsy.com. It’s full of unique hand-crafted items and vintage furniture. Good luck shopping!