8 Rustic Home Decor Ideas for the Upper Fixer of Hudson Valley Antique and Antique Stores

The Hudson Valley has no shortage of beautiful historic homes that have seen better days, but with a little work and a little elbow grease, they can be restored to their former glory. The Hudson Valley, from Newburgh, NY to Hudson, NY, is known as one of the nation’s best sources for antique furniture and home decor. Thanks to local thrift stores and antique shops, you can find some real gems if you look closely! Here are eight rustic home decorating ideas from Hudson Valley thrift stores that will add character to any space in your home.

8 Rustic Home Decor Ideas for the Upper Fixer of Hudson Valley Antique and Antique Stores

1) Old doors
Since so many of our homes were built in a time before recycling, it’s not uncommon to find old doors that can be repurposed as planters. If you live near a Hudson Valley thrift store, I encourage you to head over and browse their selection of doors for sale. You never know what you might find. All you have to do is sand down a few rough edges, add a coat of paint, and display them on your porch or yard. Whether filled with flowers or hanging plants, old wood is an attractive way to add country charm to your decor.

2) Window shutters
Hudson Valley thrift stores are full of old, worn shutters that can be painted and used to decorate your home. It adds rustic charm to any room and works especially well in bedrooms, living rooms or entryways. It’s an easy and economical DIY project that you can complete in a day or two. And if you don’t have time for all that paint work, try picking up some old shutters at a flea market and giving them to someone who’s better with a paintbrush than you. Or visit one of the new Hudson Valley Rescued Woods locations, which feature handcrafted shabby chic furniture like reclaimed wood tables and chairs.

8 Rustic Home Decor Ideas for the Upper Fixer of Hudson Valley Antique and Antique Stores
8 Rustic Home Decor Ideas for the Upper Fixer of Hudson Valley Antique and Antique Stores

3) Old crates
Old wooden crates and wooden milk crates are a great decorative element in your home. You can stack them or lay them on their side as extra seating around a coffee table. They also make great storage items to help store toys and books. Salvaged crates are especially popular right now because they have a vintage look. However, the new crates can be easily painted with your favorite colors or stained with your favorite stain shades. If you’re looking for more options beyond crates, here are 10 DIY storage solutions you won’t believe exist!

4) Pine cone garlands
Create rustic wreaths for your mantel or shelves by stringing dried pine cones on twine. Pine cones can be kept natural or painted with a neutral color like white, which will look great even after fading over time. Select larger cones to keep as they are, while smaller ones can be drilled and threaded on wire if you plan to hang them as mobiles.

8 Rustic Home Decor Ideas for the Upper Fixer of Hudson Valley Antique and Antique Stores
8 Rustic Home Decor Ideas for the Upper Fixer of Hudson Valley Antique and Antique Stores

5) Old mirrors
Don’t spend a fortune on a mirror, instead find an antique version at a Hudson Valley thrift store. For less than $10, you can add old-world style to your decor. The best part? Antique mirrors are available in any size you need. Some are quite ornate and others are simpler; just keep an eye out the next time you go out to save money.

8 Rustic Home Decor Ideas for the Upper Fixer of Hudson Valley Antique and Antique Stores
8 Rustic Home Decor Ideas for the Upper Fixer of Hudson Valley Antique and Antique Stores

6) Glass Bottle Lanterns
There’s a really amazing store in Beacon, NY that sells all kinds of glass bottles. I bought a bunch of these to use as lanterns, but any kind of decorative bottle would work. If you want to be cheap and thrifty, grab some mason jars and dress them up with paint and tape! Or how about vintage bottles? I found these awesome whiskey decanters for $4 each on Craigslist.

7) Old tiles
If you’re looking for a bold new style statement, consider using antiques in your home decor. Floor tiles are a great option, as they come in many different shapes and sizes, as well as many styles. A mix of different types of tiles will give your interior a classic look that is never boring. If you want to try it but don’t know where to start, visit one of these Hudson Valley thrift stores for cheap floor tiles.

8) Wooden letters
Turn wooden planks into letters to spell the name of your living room or hang them from a string in your bedroom to serve as DIY wall art. Reclaimed wood is great for rustic decor, and many thrift stores have shelves full of reclaimed pieces. Just make sure you don’t leave them lying around after you get home, as bacteria from other homes can live in old wood, which could lead to health issues like mold growth.

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