Savvy Style: How to Save Money on Furniture by Doing it Yourself

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Sure, if you're a deal hunter you can find some good furniture bargains out there, but I still think the best way to save money on furniture is to get your hands dirty and do it yourself. Your local thrift shop, estate sale, garage sale or family basement may be full of old pieces of furniture that are really solid and well built, with lots of good years still left, for nearly nothing. Here are 6 budget-friendly suggestions on how to transform them into pieces you will love.

1. Paint or spray paint your piece of furniture: Paint is the easiest and most economical way to update. You can go clean and simple with white or black, or go gold bold with color. Make a drab old piece of furniture into a show stopper like the cabinet above, by At The Picket Fence.

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2. Add or change hardware: Take an old piece and give it new hardware, or take a simple, inexpensive piece and add some hardware to make it look more modern or luxe, like this dresser by For Chics Sake.

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3. Reinvent/recycle/repurpose it: Take a piece of furniture and look at in a totally different way and find a new use for it, like this dresser turned into a kitchen island, found on Dressy Isles's Etsy shop. How smart (and budget-friendly) is that?!

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4. Reupholster: Now I know this option isn't always budget friendly if you have to send it to the pros, but it can be when you're talking about changing up the fabric on a dated dining set. That's something you can handle, and a fresh coat of paint can't hurt either, like in this dining set transformation by The House of Wood.

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5. Hack it: Take something really basic and inexpensive and turn into a creative and unique piece. Some paint and fabric turned this super basic black folding chair into a modern and fun piece to have for guests, spotted on Curbly.

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6. Make it yourself: Ok, so this one may involve the most elbow grease, but if you're handy it could be your best bet. Especially when it comes to a relatively simple piece, like this tree stump side table project seen on The Art of Doing stuff. Designer tree stump? Pshhht, you can make that for nearly nothing.

(Image credits: At the Picket Fence; For Chics Sake; Etsy; The House of Wood; Christine Wisnieski for Curbly; The Art of Doing Stuff)