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Thrift sales, vintage fairs, and secondhand stores are a wealth of pre-loved treasures if you simply know what you seek. Skimming through epoch pieces at your local thrift store is an excellent manner of saving money on your decor and populating your home with unique pieces. However, not every vintage find is in pristine condition. Chipped paint and scratched surfaces can deter buyers from a purchase, but a simple coat of paint or a new hue can modernize worn items. Here are three easy ways to transform tag-sale finds into decorative pieces for your home.

Dressing the Mantle
Part of the fun of having a mantle for a headboard is dressing the top. On top of a mantle headboard, put decorative things, such as books, small vases, or jewelry boxes. Stay away from hanging large pictures and mirrors, which feel more like they belong over a living room mantle. Just keep in mind that you don't want anything too tall or heavy, just in case it falls onto the bed.


Decorative Picture Hangers
Choose a button with a flat black. Using epoxy, glue a button cover to the back of the button. The back opening of the button cover, designed to slide over a plain button, fits as easily over a screw. The picture is actually hung on another nail from a wire on the back of the picture frame. Thread a decorative ribbon through the eye hooks on the back of the frame and tie it in a bow. Rest the bow on a nail or screw hung several inches above the picture. Slide the button cover (and button) into place; snap closed.


Glass Hurricanes
Decorate a bedside table or a dresser with votive candles set on saucers and covered with glass hurricanes. Place a piece of wax on the bottom rim of the glass to secure the hurricane to the saucer.


Special Thanks To Brian Harter-Andriola


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