This flea market filled family home belongs to Natalie and Travis Kolter, a mid-western family who relocated to the Tucson suburbs.
She and her husband Travis began renovating their house by using shiplap paneling and weathered wood. Then they painted their home in neutral colors.
The decor came from garage sales, thrift stores, and antique shops. Natalie wanted earthy, tactile, and affordable finds for her new home. She admits being drawn to rustic vintage elements and good deals.
Natalie persuaded an antique shop owner to part with a church pew that was definitely not for sale. But the shop owner finally gave in and sold it to her for $175. It now sits in her entry.
They built DIY shelves in nearly every room in her home, offering platforms for her ever-changing decorating displays.
Natalie and her husband cut the boards to size, then she painted or stained them before sanding and wiping them with hemp seed oil for a non-glossy finish.
Wood & Lava Stone Bead Accessories:
Her go-to accessories for texture are wood and lava stone beads. She adds them to side tables, shelves, chandeliers, and baskets.
The thrifted cow skull was a $60 find. The books were 25 cents each.
The couple replaced the drywall with shiplap using inexpensive plywood. The clock was originally a tabletop, which Natalie added antiqued Roman numerals to.
Natalie had a Target dining room set, but she sold it once she spotted this farmhouse table at Goodwill. She paid $60 for the table.
She sanded it down to its orange stain to make way for a dark-stained top and painted sides and legs.
Natalie found the chandelier for $60.
The rolling cart was a $25 thrift store find, which she considered a steal. Travis then made its tray from free palette wood.
The crates were a $4 garage sale find. The Seltzer bottles came from a craft store.
A Flea Market Filled Family Home Gets A Transformed Laundry Room:
The two transformed the laundry room, which was inexpensive, but involved a lot of work.
Natalie painted over the tile work and applied a stencil to mimic the look of trendy and expensive concrete tiles.
Another chandelier, costing only $7.50 at a garage sale, gave the laundry space some elegance.
The two then went about creating a DIY barn door. They distressed the planks, which were originally new pieces of wood.
Then Natalie used an application of petroleum jelly where she wanted to ease the paint away from the wood.
Natalie hung clip and fold curtains in their bedroom. They are hung from DIY drapery rods placed near the ceiling to make the windows appear taller.
The washed 9 x 12 drop cloths hang so part of the fabric drapes back to hide the seam.
Beside the window is a large mirror that Natalie framed and leaned against the wall.
Four leftover paint samples inspired the painted herringbone design on the wall behind daughter Brylie’s bed.
The bed was grandpa Kolter’s, making it a sentimental piece. Natalie painted it to match the rest of the room.