Living Beautifully {By Lacey}

Hi all! Thanks Monica for letting me share your virtual space through this guest post. You can find me at I'm a full-time public relations professional and I enjoy all things crafty, thrifty and pink.


Lacey Wilson


I love to change things up when it comes to home décor. I have to admit it’s a bit addictive. The only problem is, if you change your décor as often as you change your shoes, the price to decorate your space can equal the cost of a few Manolos.

Being a bit budget-conscious, I found a new hobby in thrift-store shopping for most of my home décor needs. Ok, I’m not going to lie, it took me awhile to get the hang of it…and I still reach for my hand sanitizer whenever I leave, but I feel a sense of accomplishment when I can find something at a discounted price, then refurbish/repaint/reuse it.

The key to incorporating thrift store finds into your DIY projects can be challenging but here are a few tips for those who are willing to give it a shot:

  • Have a list of purposes, not items (ex: mail organizer rather than basket). This will help you keep an open mind when browsing.
  • Keep an eye out of items that are sturdy…which leads me to my next point: 
  • Overlook color and in some instances, fabric. You will be amazed at what spray paint and a little stroll down the upholstery aisle will do. 
And if you’re still not sure what to look for, try these for starters:
  • Remnant fabric to cover an old bulletin cork board 
  • Magazines – look for retro or fashion magazine covers to frame 
  • Small plates for candle holders 
  • Bookcases + curtain rods to create a gift-wrapping station 
  • Picture frames – you can easily repaint them and you’ll spend just pennies compared to buying new ones. (See this one below, embellished with some wallpaper.)

For a little inspiration, here are some of my favorite before and after projects:

So whether you're shopping for first-hand items or perusing the local thrift stores, always remember, your home can be fabulous no matter the budget.


Thanks so much Lacey! Doesn’t she have a lovely sense of style? I love her damask bench and chandelier makeover- stunning! Also, I can totally relate to having the heebie-jeebies when you go thrifting, but once you find some good stuff, you will be addicted! I know this first hand since I started actively thrifting in mid-2009 and have scored some lovely treasures. Carry a tape measure, hand sanitizer and an open imagination and you shall be golden! Want your own little treasure? Leave Lacey some love in the comments section to be entered for a free pair of floral earrings.


  1. I love the picture frame with the wallpaper - what a cool idea. Being craft-impaired, I'm always amazed at what those of you with the gift can come up with!

  2. Thanks for the tips!!! We're in the process of buying our first home and after that expense, decor isn't gonna happen. At least anything that isn't thrifty... So again THANKS! :)

  3. i'll have to 2nd what Bari said. you crafty people amaze me!

  4. Aw thanks guys and thank you Monica for letting me guest blog! I can't wait for warmer weather so I can break out the spraypaint and try out a few more makeovers. Ladies, I'd love to see some of your projects as well, so feel free to send me some ideas and tips.

  5. Love love love the ideas and inspiration especially the chandelier!!!


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