Cheap to Chic: Transforming old furniture to chic finds

CLEVELAND - When it comes to decorating your home there are a variety of styles.  Shabby Chic, Victorian, Country, but how do you know which one is right for you? One interior designer says when it comes to finding the right fit for your home, there should be no rules, and you shouldn’t spend a lot doing it.

Gina Bishop is an Interior Designer who turns cheap to chic.

“I want you to think outside the box,” said Bishop.

Many of the pieces of furniture inside Bishop’s historic Hudson, Ohio home came from thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales.

“You can get really good design affordably,” said Bishop.

She gave a $10 garage sale dresser in her mud room a new life with paint and fabric.

“You wrap the drawer front just like you would wrap a present,” said Bishop.

She also turned an old bookshelf into a side table for the family room. She said that using it this way made it a little more versatile than just a piece of furniture for book.

In addition to traditional furniture, she refurbishes and re-purposes items like an old water dispenser that is now a plant holder.  Little things like this give the rooms in her home a comfortable, cool vibe -- on the cheap.

“It puts people at ease to see that you’ve done something a little bit out of the norm,” said Bishop.

Gina says don’t be afraid of using thrift-store-finds with imperfections.

“I think if something isn’t perfect, it makes it a little bit interesting,” said Bishop.

If that’s not your style, there’s an easy fix. She says one of the best tricks of the trade is a can of spray paint.

But before heading over to an antique mall to look for items, Bishop has some advice.

“It’s not necessarily for the faint of heart," said Bishop.

She suggests you know what you’re looking for and have a budget. This is because the cheap-to-chic trend is so hot right now that prices have gone up. It’s not as easy to come by cheap finds as it once was.

But with some persistence it could pay off big.

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