I’ve teamed up with two other blogger friends to bring you a Treasure Hunted Home Tour. I’m sharing how to add character to your home with thrifted finds along with some estate sale and flea market treasures.
All of us will be sharing our favorite thrifted, vintage and secondhand finds that add character to our homes.
I have been thrifting and estate sale shopping for years, and I can’t begin to tell you the treasures I’ve found over time.
So, come along and I will take you on a little Treasure Hunted Home Tour of my “new” farmhouse and share how to add character to your home with thrifted finds.
living room thrifted finds
So many of my favorite pieces in my home were purchased for a fraction of what new would cost, and they add so much more character. So many of the things in this photo were purchased at a thrift store, estate sale or at Round Top Antiques Fair.
My entry chandelier is an Aidan Gray fixture I purchased at a thrift store for $150. It would normally retail for about $1500.
My 8 ft. round dining table was $125 at a thrift store many years ago. It was a dated wood color, but a coat of white paint updated it for very little effort or expense.
and the dining chairs are IKEA slipcovered chairs. I found several of them on Facebook marketplace and only had to purchase 2 at retail price.
The side tables and entry buffet were all thrifted or passed down from my great grandmother.
One of my favorite features in my home are the large barn doors that divide my living room from my kitchen. They were purchased at Round Top Antiques show and originally came from a carriage house in Iowa.
These were so much less expensive than having them made new and have so much more detail and character since they had been aged with the weather over many years.
Each door is 6ft. wide and 10ft. tall and they are definitely the focal point in my home.
salvaged front door
We found my front door at a salvage store for $450. It is oversized and has the original brass mail slot in it. Most new doors we found this size were $1500-$2000 and didn’t have nearly as much character.
thrifted and second hand kitchen finds
When we started planning to build our “new” farmhouse several years ago, I began scouring thrift stores, flea markets, vintage shops and estate sales for unique pieces for our home.
We collected things for 2 years as we went through the design and build process. I wanted to add aged pieces to give our home character, but also stay on budget.
We were able to accomplish this by being patient until I found the perfect thing at a good price. I was also consistent with return visits to places I often have luck finding things.
This large kitchen hutch was purchased at Round Top and is probably my favorite piece in my home in addition to my carriage house doors.
I had been looking for quite a while for the perfect piece for this wall. I wanted something to fill the space so I didn’t have a lot of wasted wall space. When I spotted this one, I knew it would be the perfect fit.
It was the end of the Round Top show, so I asked for the best price and was able to walk away with this beauty and not blow my budget.
The barstools at the end of my island are IKEA chairs, and I found this pair on Facebook marketplace for $20 for the pair. The legs were black and I painted them white and had washable linen slipcovers made to cover the chairs.
laundry room inspiration
My laundry room door was also a Round Top purchase at the end of the show, so it was only about $100. I had planned on painting it, since I don’t use any color in my home. But, decided I would lose the amazing patina so I left it.
It has the original hardware and I love the weathered and worn look of this door. I only wish I knew where it had been in it’s previous life.
My laundry room sink is a European animal feeding trough that I found at an antique shop in South Texas and the countertops are butcher block purchased at IKEA.
And no farmhouse sink is complete without cute babies!
reclaimed bedroom ceiling
The ceiling in my bedroom is 12″ tongue and groove wood we salvaged from a barn tear down. My plan was to paint it white, but my husband wanted it left natural, and obviously, I lost that battle. I found out about the barn tear down on Facebook marketplace.
The church pew at the foot of my bed was also thrifted and was about $40. It was an original wood color but had some damage on the edge of the seat, so I sanded it down and painted it white.
It weighs a ton and I love the unique character it adds to my bedroom.
vintage fireplace mantel
The mantel on my outdoor fireplace was from a 100 year old home being torn down. I found it on the 5 mile app and paid $100 for it.
The detail on it is amazing!!
kitchen/sitting room thrifted finds
Even if you’re not building a new home, but you want a vintage, farmhouse or cottage style, you can achieve the look by collecting pieces you love and adding to them to your home over time.
I think it’s important to make a house your own by adding things you love, and not necessarily what the trend says you need to do.
If you purchase decor, accent and architectural pieces at really great prices, then you can spend your budget on anchor pieces, fixtures, furniture and appliances.
more thrifted treasures that add character to my home
Think outside of the box when looking for things to decorate your home. For example, this vintage artillery basket holds umbrellas by my front door.
And this vintage shuttered door stands at the end of a hallway to add character to an otherwise blank and ordinary space.
I hope you enjoyed this post about how to add character to your home with thrifted finds and are inspired to find unique items for your own home.
For even more inspiration head over to see @shopfarmhouseliving home here and Shannon’s (mylittlewhitebarn_) home here.
Also, for a more in depth video tour, click below.
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You might also enjoy my post about estate sale and thrift shopping.