Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers


At the heart of budget decorating, or DIY decorating for that matter, is the makeover. Find a used piece with good bones at a thrift store, yard sale or flea market, and transform it into something  stylish and lovely. Paint is your number one weapon of course, but there are so many creative ways to makeover thrift store finds, we had to show you some of the best we’ve found! So scout out your local yard sales, and check out Goodwill, because a good thrift store furniture makeover rivals a brand new piece of furniture any day. (You get points for creativity and elbow grease!) And did I mention, you are also saving the world by repurposing! Everyone wins! :) Our feature project, above, is from ‘Twice Lovely’… this damask dresser remake is a perfect shabby chic project.

Sometimes the toughest part of deciding how to makeover a piece of furniture is exactly that – deciding HOW to make over a piece of furniture! There are so many options, a good plan might be to find an inspirational makeover, and take cues from it. This thrift store dresser makeover by BHG is pretty simple, but the twist is the stenciled pattern in the center. That detail takes it from boring to amazing. New feet and pulls, and a some paint and fresh stain (sand first!) and you have a designer look piece. This project isn’t difficult, just takes a little work…follow this photo if you like! This would also make a cool buffet in the dining room.



From ‘Change of Sceneries’, these DIY picture frame shelves are one of the most creative ideas! They simply added a square of hobby wood to the back of old picture frames, and created these whimsical shelves. Cool!



‘Sassy Trash’ made this dresser mirror turned chalkboard that I think would be an amazing piece in anyones kitchen or entry! Pretty simple, just tape off the frame, then paint the mirror section (not the mirror, add a piece of wood if necessary) with chalkboard paint. I would suggest at least three coats, let it cure for 3 days, then “season” the chalkboard by rubbing the side of a stick of chalk all over the board before using.  Hang it on the wall, or add little feet!



Love this cool DIY laundry center? Can you guess what it used to be? If you can believe it, this was once one of those ugly old laminate entertainment centers from days gone by… and not the good days either! Remove the doors, liquid sandpaper then paint, and add rods.  This would also work for a mud room organizer!



The Liz Marie blog shows us that a DIY chair makeover is more than just paint… it’s the right paint with the right style chair, and that means being just a little unexpected. Add cool burlap fabric, and whoa…




This buffet makeover is really important for you to see, because not only is the project itself amazing, Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor shows you her distressing paint with stain technique! I am not a big fan of red, but I am picturing this in a fresh coral, or an aquamarine blue… very impressive project!

antique buffet makeover



From ‘Southern Revivals’, this “revival” is amazing! This pottery barn style dresser makeover looks like a store bought piece, and I love it! An old dresser that was missing drawers became… get this… toy storage! Just goes to show that everything can be pretty!

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Tired of paint? Decoupage it! This botanical dresser by Martha has good instructions, and would be a fresh choice for a garden inspired home.



Got a chair that looks like this?



Learn to re-upholster it to look like this!



Last, West Furniture Revival has a tutorial for this industrial dresser makeover, complete with tips on transferring the letters, and DIY pulls! My fav!

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Image Credits: Twice Lovely, BHG, Change of Sceneries, Sassy Trash, BHG, Liz Marie, I Should Be Mopping the Floor, Southern Revivals, Martha, BHG, West Furniture Revival

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing my revival!

  2. You mention brass makeovers but there is a difference in solid brass and brass plated. I’m looking for ideas to makeover a solid brasshead and foot board

  3. Really nice — thanks for sharing!

  4. Really love ALL of the makeovers! Creative and don’t look crazy difficult! Thank you for sharing them!

  5. My first time to visit ur site…. Excellent ideas! I’ll definitely be back:)

  6. Wow. Absolutely love your ideas. I pinned almost every one. Definitely an inspiration. Now I just gotta get myself going!

  7. Love the ideas. Great finds!

  8. WHOA! You’ve got mad skills and major imagination. Kudos girlfriend!

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