Looking for some easy thrift store furniture makeovers? Here are 11 of my favorite pieces with all the befores and afters.
There are so many great finds at thrift stores just waiting to be transformed. If you are looking for creative furniture makeovers? I have so many fun ideas to share.
I was so excited about this dresser when we got it that I forgot to take actual before pictures.
Oh–the mess that you missed.
The top of the dresser?
It was covered in the most random red sticky dye with big gouges taken out of the top.
It had to be sanded down and patched before it could even be primed.
Wait my wonderful, amazing, incredible friends.
Wait until you see what it looks like now.
I’m sharing the before and after along with 16 other thrift store furniture makeovers.
Grab some refreshment for the journey and LET’S GO.
17 Easy Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers
1. Painted Dresser
Here’s a close-up of the side of the drawers of the painted dresser project.
The wood was actually really pretty, but it had to be painted because of that mess of a top.
Maybe that’s why it was on clearance sale at the thrift store for only $45.
I almost didn’t get it because of the damage to the top, but I had a vision for it. I knew that I knew that I KNEW with a little elbow grease…
….it could be great.
After the top was patched, it was primed and painted SW Evergreen Fog.
It was the color of the year last year and I LOVE it. It’s the perfect soft green if you are looking for a pretty green for your next project. You can see it painted on the walls here.
I almost replaced the handles because they were broken and discolored. Instead, they were glued back together and then spray painted.
They are actually my favorite thing about this piece.
2. Painted armoire
The amazing thing about thrift stores? You never know what you are going to find. Like the time I went into the thrift store looking for mirrors….
…and came out with this.
Isn’t that the way it always works?
Just between us? I couldn’t help myself.
It was on clearance.
I guess no one else saw the beauty in this piece of furniture. I guess no one else opened up the drawers or opened up those beautifully carved doors and saw what was inside. I guess no one else wanted a hutch for the price of dinner. Good thing. Because it was waiting for me.
It’s a little worn and tired and only has three casters on the bottom of it.
But look at that carving.
And look at that potential.
Here it is in the corner of the craft room.
And the best part?
When you open up the doors?
It looks like this.
I added stick-on cork tiles to the doors to help organize all the stuff and messages in the craft room.
You can see the entire before and after here.
3. Bar stool makeover
Remember these chairs that I got on the clearance of the clearance of the clearance?
All four barstool chairs for only $44.
They look like this. You can see the entire DIY project here.
4. Farmhouse hutch
This before hutch.
We turned it into a farmhouse hutch that’s in the living room now.
You can see it here.
5. Turn a Bookcase Into a Built-In
This before bookcase.
We made it into a built-in.
6. Upholstered chair makeover
I got a set of four of these chairs for $10 each and made them over in 10 minutes.
The chairs were in good shape, but the seats needed to be reupholstered.
It was an easy fix.
7. Bookcase makeover
This is where this bookcase started.
We added tile to the back of it.
I know, right? Tile. It was just leftover tile we had from another project.
You can see the after here.
8. Painted office area with table
This built-in space.
There’s a bookcase and then we cut a thrift store table down to size to make an office and completely transformed it with paint.
9. Painted bed makeover
This was a set of beds I painted for the twins room.
I painted them white and then striped the ends and I ended up adding a vinyl monogram to the end of each of the beds on the stripes.
It was such a simple idea and it gave the makeover such a great personality.
10. Faux finish table
This thrift store table.
We painted it white and added a faux finish to the top.
It’s a distressed antiquing finish that’s one of my favorites.
11. Coffee table makeover
You’ll never guess what I used to makeover this table.
Glue. Can you believe it?
12. This table makeover
Here’s a simple idea to makeover a table in under an hour.
I’ll give you a hint.
Just add painter’s tape.
13. Painted armoire project
This was a find from the thrift store for under $25.
It just needed a little makeover
14. Planked farmhouse table
This was about to go to the donation bin.
Until I came up with an idea to save it.
15. Filing cabinet thrift store furniture makeover
This is a filing cabinet I got for $10.
16. Paint stick table makeover
If you have a table with a damaged top, this is a fun option.
You can make a herringbone top with paint sticks like this.
See the entire DIY here.
17. Stenciled dresser thrift store furniture makeover
Here’s where this dresser started.
I added a stencil and a little gray paint.
And one more for the road
This piece a testimony to the fact that not every furniture find needs a makeover.
Sometimes they just need a little love–especially when they started here.
Here’s to all the rescued furniture everywhere.
Have you ever rescued anything?
I’d love to hear all about it.