Spring decorating on a budget

March 18, 2009 10:27:29 AM PDT
Now that it looks like spring has arrived, you may be thinking about sprucing up your home for spring. Re-decorating doesn't mean blowing the budget. With a little creativity you can clean up, fix up and even repurpose furniture you find at thrift, discount and used furniture stores. Monica Pedersen of HGTV's Designed to Sell says one of her favorite sources is Fort Pitt Furniture Liquidators, a Chicago company that re-sells used hotel furniture. Fort Pitt is located at 1400 W. 37th Street; (773) 247-3523.Monica says you can give new life to thrift-store finds or your own tired furniture, and stay within your budget. All you have to do is remember: repaint, repurpose, refresh and rethink.


Repaint an inexpensive dining room table and pair it with affordable chairs.

- Painting is a very inexpensive way to freshen up any room
- Solid wood table is from Fort Pitt Furniture in Chicago for only $99.
- Commercial grade furniture is a great bargain
- Affordable slip-covered Parsons chairs from Domicile furniture store in Lincolnwood
- You don't have to buy a dining set where everything matches


Search furniture liquidators for commercial grade furniture and repurpose
- Buy a whole room set- sleeper sofa, side chair with matching ottoman, side table, coffee table and lamp for only $199 from Fort Pitt Furniture
- You don't have to use the pieces together - side chair and ottoman can be used in another location
- Use a slipcover to refresh the look
- It's trendy now to paint the side table and end table


A great bedroom set bargain gets a fresh look
- High end bedroom set from W Hotel is modern and beautiful
- 6-piece set from Fort Pitt is only $99 - includes upholstered head board, 3 drawer nightstand, work desk, framed mirror and entertainment armoire
- Finish off the set with bedding from Home Goods, who is opening their first Chicago store this month, a must-stop for do-it-yourself decorators
- Inexpensive blinds from Home Depot or Lowes finishes off the room inexpensively


With new flat screen TVs, what do you do with your old media cabinet or armoire?
- Rethink how this furniture can be used
-This $25 armoire from Fort Pitt has been reborn as a home bar.
- Covered the back with an inexpensive cork board
- Added wine glass holders from

About Fort Pitt Hotel furniture liquidators

Fort Pitt Hotel Furniture Liquidators (www.fortpittfurniture.com) is a 32-year-old family-run business selling slightly used hotel furnishings from 4 and 5-star hotels from around the U.S. Fort Pitt was founded by Charles Zawitz in Pittsburgh, PA. The business moved to Chicago 25 years ago and resides in a huge 180,000 sq. ft. warehouse.

Today, Fort Pitt is one of the largest hotel furniture liquidators in the country and prides itself in acquiring furnishings from the finest hotels in the country. Recognizable hotels include the St. Regis Hotel, Trump International Hotel and Tower, Swisshotel and Drake Hotels in New York; Palmer House, W and Drake Hotels in Chicago, and the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston. Higher end hotels often tend to refurnish their rooms more often than other hotels, so their furnishings typically are higher quality as well as in good shape.

In addition to the higher end furniture, Fort Pitt also sells a variety of other tiers of hotel furniture. Fort Pitt's hotel furniture collection consists of armoires, beds, side tables, table and floor lamps and accessories. You can find a wide variety of styles and quantities of furniture. The company often has specials on entire rooms of furniture for a single price, but you should check often, as our turnover is rapid. Remember, you are buying furniture that is used - all items have some wear and tear as well as nicks and scratches.