From trash to treasure! Discover how bloggers take secondhand finds and give them new life. Each blogger reveals her best tips for scoring secondhand treasures so be sure to click the blue links for more information.
In the before picture you can see that the chairs were lovely but outdated. I painted them a beautiful gray and recovered the seat cushions with white linen. In my post you will learn how to create your own DIY Chalk Paint and how to find the best items on Craigslist!
Before you toss that chair to the curb, take a look at this post! Taryn shows how to create a trash to treasure one-of-a-kind piece by painting the chair’s upholstery. Great tutorial and tips on what kind of paint to use.
Seeing past the initial ugliness of a blemished piece of furniture is imperative if you want to discover trash to treasure items! Danielle was able to see the potential in this 1940’s dresser and shows us how she restored the dresser using just a few supplies.
Jamie gives the best advice on what it really takes to create trash to treasure items! I love her tip to “be flexible with what the after of your project will look like.” So true! Sometimes you have to let go of your initial plan for a piece and allow the piece to dictate the direction for the makeover.
Courtney found 4 antique French louis style chairs at the thrift store that were in need of a lot of work! Her chair makeover required a full upholstery job which isn’t for the faint hearted. Her makeover goes to show that a willingness to take a risk can lead to beautiful end results!
An old chicken coop, some wood, and some casters are all that was needed to create this unique coffee table! What a fantastic find!
Sometimes giving old art a fresh look is as simple as changing the frame! Or in this case, eliminating a frame all together! Chris shows how she updated some thrift store art using pieces of wood trim and some string.
Laura is a genius when it comes to recycling old doors! Her daughter wanted a vanity in her small bedroom so Laura created a shelving unit with a desk from a discarded door. This isn’t Laura’s first door hack. Be sure to check out her door beverage center as well.
Grab a stack of old yardsticks, some wood, and some paint to create this beautiful Americana art!
10. Desk Makeover
When in doubt, paint it white! I love this gorgeous desk makeover by Traci. This is a true trash to treasure story. Just look at how cute her desk looks now!
Repurposing thrifted finds in unique ways is a fantastic way to add interest to your space. I love how Liz used this milk can to create a fresh coffee table for her living room!
Kristen found this beat-up dresser and saw what great potential it had. A coat of distressed pink paint and some new knobs are all that was needed to create a beautiful addition to her daughter’s room!
I love Sarah’s thrift-store shopping tip to look at the overall shape and design of a piece and ignore the colors or patterns which can always be changed. Her cane back rocking chair started out as a dated wood rocker and with a can of spray paint transformed into a chic focal point.
14. DIY Centerpiece
Never underestimate the power of a can of spray paint! Sometimes all something needs is a change of color to look fresh. Jessica transformed an old crate into a beautiful centerpiece for her table.
I am in love with this dresser by Kellie! You need to see how beat up and tired the “before” looks to fully appreciate this makeover. Besides offering some great furniture makeover tips, Kellie also offers a free downloadable printable of her cute chalkboard art!
Creating decorative vignettes is a must when decorating but purchasing all of those accessories can really add up! Take a tip from bloggers and update thrift store finds with paint to suite your needs. I love how Rhoda freshens up an old box using some green Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!
Can you believe this gorgeous dresser was only $10 from the thrift store? Jen completely updated the dresser using just a sander, some paint, and new hardware.
Julie shares a great tutorial on how to convert an adult desk into a child’s desk. She also shares exactly how to search for finds on Craigslist.
Old chargers are easy to come by at the thrift store (and you might just have some unused ones in your dish buffet)! Kim shares how to update those shiny chargers using mod podge and burlap. Brilliant!
Diane found a beautiful set of wood tray tables at the thrift store and gave them a fresh look with white paint and bold typography. She shares a very detailed tutorial on how to transfer text to wood using a few different techniques. I love this idea!
BONUS 21. Folding Chair Makeover
Who knew that folding chairs could look so cute? Learn how to update your old folding chairs on-the-cheap with this easy tutorial by Shannon!
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