How I Style My Dining Room With Thrifted Decor

I’ll show you how I transformed a dining room in a bungalow-styled home on a budget. Watch me decorate as I walk you through the five easy steps along with tips and strategies to inspire you to finally tackle your room transformation with confidence.


Step 1 Make a plan

In design, we call the plan a mood board. You can go ultra fancy using Pinterest or PowerPoint, or you could just sketch something on a piece of paper. I encourage you to use technology to your advantage so you can let your imagination run wild.

Here’s a mood board from my office and the result using the mood board.

Step 2 Prepare your space

Get your room ready for a dramatic makeover. A typical small room transformation will take about one to two weeks. To prepare, clean the walls with a degreasing cleaner, like Krud Kutter.

Step 3 Paint your walls

The fastest and the least expensive way to transform a space is by painting the walls. Pro tip: Take good care of your supplies. If you want to continue doing DIY projects, you’ll want to clean your supplies to reuse them.

Remember to follow the directions on the paint can. You have to let the wall paint dry for at least four hours between coats. This is important so the paint can cure correctly. While painting, protect things you don’t want to get paint on, like floors and furniture. Hack: Go to the thrift store and get some old curtains to put down on the floor as dropcloths.

Step 4 Repurpose furnishings and decor

That’s right, you’re going to shop your home. Most of us have pieces in our homes that can be repurposed and used better in a new location.

I believe most room transformations can be accomplished for under $500. How do you do that? That leads us to Step 5…

Step 5 Shop at discount and thrift stores

Don’t forget about online places like Facebook Marketplace. For pieces that you don’t have that you need to purchase, you can shop online at discount stores like Wayfair, T.J. Maxx, and Overstock. Shop these sites when they have sales around holidays.

I repurposed just about everything in this dining room. I got the chairs from T.J. Maxx. The rug comes from Overstock.

The reveal

This dining room is a blend of two design styles: Afro-boho and farmhouse.

I chose a vibrant red paint color for the backdrop for this classic Afro-boho design.

I reimagined this vintage cabinet by painting it mocha black to give it a modern and updated feel.

Blending design styles is a perfectly okay thing to do. Keep these three design principles in mind: color, pattern, and texture. Decorating your home is not about copying something you saw on a TV show. Design is about individuality.

Redesigning a space allows you to showcase who you are and let the world know you are unapologetic about it.

Your home is your ultimate retreat. Vacations are great, don’t get me wrong. But there’s nothing better than having a space you love so much that when you leave, you can’t wait to get back to it.

Let me know what you think of the dining room refresh. What’s your favorite part of the redesign? Leave comments below.

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