How to Use Antiques and Vintage Pieces

Updated: Jun 25

Back when I lived in the Midwest, I would go thrifting all the time - antique stores, flea markets, estate sales, you name it. Being in the heartland of America, antiques are pretty popular in decor, as that shabby chic/farmhouse aesthetic pretty much IS the Midwest.

Moving out of the rural cornfields to an urban city, I still LOVE using antiques and thrifted finds with my clients and in my designs. While thrifted and antique pieces get commonly associated with traditional, rustic, or farmhouse aesthetics, you'd be surprised to know that you can thrift ANY style (the trending Mid Century Modern style was inspired by the 1950s after all).

Some transformations take a little bit more love, but you're going to love it when you magickally make any thrift find work in you space.


Fun Paint

It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. It has the ability to transform an old forgotten piece into the showstopper in any room. Best part about painting a thrifted piece is that it can blend into any interior style.

Reupholster in a Fresh Fabric

Similar to a new coat of paint, a new fabric can instantly update a soft seating piece . Depending on the condition of the item, you might need some additional cushioning as well, but it can be worth the investment when you have a WOW seat to call your throne. Since these older chairs and sofas tend to have better built frames than today's furniture store options, yo