When I first moved on my own back in the 70's I went into debt to furnish my apartment - with all the latest styles that were out there - but if I were starting out on my own today I'd go about it in a completely different way. ( and going into debt is NEVER a good idea )
Kijiji ( or Ebay in the States )
Both have free sections available on their listings.................now you'd have to be online constantly to be lucky enough to grab them as they come up but that would be a small price to pay, right? Especially when that's the only price you have to pay. ( and of course you need to be able to pick up the items so hopefully you know someone with a van )
You just have to be diligent..............have patience and be willing to do a little work on your free " things "
Here's an example of free items I've seen listed on both sites over the span of 2 weeks.....................sorry any Montrealers reading this- I didn't bother with links because there's no way they'd still be available at this point but every single item was found in the FREE section !
I couldn't find a dining room table but I did find piece to fill a living room beautifully !
I really like this sofa and how worn it is..................
But if that look's not for you - there's this one
This chair has great bones - reupholstered !
Or you could simple paint the fabric like I did here - you can see the process HERE
A coffee table -
and if you have the room why not add a piano?
YES you can paint piano's !
This mirror turned upright would be a great project to frame with some molding from Home Depot as a floor mirror !
A dresser could easily be made over as well as a media stand
You could easily create a beautiful wall statement with these shutters ( painted and distressed these would make a beautiful headboard but this post is about a living room lol )
Or grab a few french doors to create a room divider
You can even find decor items
Check out your local Craigs List - Ebay ( or in Canada - Kijiji ) and even Free Cycle............( and you can't just do it one day and then say they never have any good items on yours ) try it over the course of a couple of weeks or even a month or two and I bet you'll find some amazing items - especially in the " vintage " catergory !
Next week I'll show pieces for a bedroom :)
Have a wonderful day everyone !
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