Being savvy means being thrifty when making purchases. This year I’ve decided to see just how far I can go with second hand purchases and thrifty findings. I’ll be sharing a lot of posts with DIY makeovers if everything goes according to plan. And in advance – thank you to my friends that will be helping me out with my makeovers! This week – thrifty ‘new’ bookshelves for my son’s room.
My son has an IKEA Kura mini loft bed – lower than a regular loft, it’s perfect for a 5 year old. And when you factor he has a very small bedroom, it allows him to sleep above and play below. Since storage is an issue, I wanted to give him some bookshelves for all his books that would fit underneath so that we could free up space in his wall unit for his toys. I lucked out and managed to get two little bookshelves for free through a Craigslist free ad. Here they are in all their new to us glory! Pretty nice, eh?
Once they were home, I washed them down and left them out in the sun to make sure they dried really well. Next, they were lightly sanded and primed with a latex primer. (once again, thrifty since we already had lots of from a previous project) Then the fun began as they were sprayed with their first coat. Can you see the potential now?
With 2 full coats and a few touch up sprays, they were ready to go. Now these formerly unsightly shelves are little beauties under his bed. Using a bright blue helped to lighten things up under there, and he has all his books rights next to his little fold out couch (also previously purchased from a FB resale group) so he can snuggle up and read.
My tip – see past a piece’s current look. If it’s still in good condition structurally, some elbow grease and a little paint can do wonders! Thrifty finds can be wonderful new items in your home with very little work.
Have you redone anything you’ve picked up for free? If so, leave a comment to share about your find – I’d love to hear about your projects, too.