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.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers

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.

But wait.

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.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers table project

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.

And now?

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.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers before

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.

And now?

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers hutch

Here it is in the corner of the craft room.

And the best part?

When you open up the doors?

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers inside door makeover

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.

And now?

They look like this. You can see the entire DIY project here.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers hutch before

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.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers bookcase makeover

5. Turn a Bookcase Into a Built-In

This before bookcase.

We made it into a built-in.

You can see the after and how we did it here.

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.

And now they look like this.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers bookcase

7. Bookcase makeover

This is where this bookcase started.

And then?

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.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers office makeover

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.

And now?

It looks like this.

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.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers table project

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.

And now?

It looks like this.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers coffee table makeover

11. Coffee table makeover

You’ll never guess what I used to makeover this table.



Glue. Can you believe it?

And now?

It looks like this.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers painted stripe

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.

And now?

It looks like this.

13. Painted armoire project

This was a find from the thrift store for under $25.

It just needed a little makeover

And now?

It looks like this.

14. Planked farmhouse table

This was about to go to the donation bin.

Until I came up with an idea to save it.

And now?

It looks like this.

15. Filing cabinet thrift store furniture makeover

This is a filing cabinet I got for $10.

And now?

It looks like this.


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 now?

It looks like this.

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.

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  1. Image for Kim Kim

    Am loving these furniture rescues! The older pieces are made so well and have wonderful details that aren't found in mass produced items. My favorite rescue was an old, circa 1850's desk from a Humane Society thrift shop. It was propped up in the corner of a display area, with it's face to the corner. Of course I was intrigued and had to turn it around. Was thrilled to see that it was a very old drop leaf desk but in dire straits. A leg was missing, another was partially chewed off, nooks were full of wasps nests, hardware was missing, etc. It seemed like a very sad ending for a lovely piece of furniture. Of course, it came home with me. I researched and found similar replacement legs on Ebay. The legs in the back were plain, so not a problem. Most of the work was cleaning, sanding, replacing some molding and drawer pulls. The drop leaf/front portion of the desk needed a little work. Was able to save the tiger oak framing and painted the damaged front with black chalk paint, then added hand painted graphics from an old business in gold paint. Steel wool and Restor-A-Finish brought the rest of the piece to it's former glory: such gorgeous wood grain! I showed photos of the restoration to the store manager and he smiled, saying, "I knew this could be saved". It now holds office supplies and the nooks are perfect for holding stationary and greeting cards. The desk has traveled with us to new homes and always brings a smile to my face.

  2. Image for Lori H Lori H

    SW Evergreen Fog looks so different on the furniture piece compared to the bedroom walls. It looks a bit gray in some of the photos of the piece of furniture and much deeper in that bedroom. I had to save this post especially for that paint shade. Awesome color! What transformations you've created! The beds you painted for the twins are just too sweet! Fortunate girls!

  3. Image for Suzan Suzan

    We wanted a prep table for the kitchen in our new home. I found a Pottery Barn table on FB Marketplace. It was in great shape but needed a makeover. We added fence post caps to the legs to raise it 6”. We removed a slatted shelf (it will be used in another project) and added a bar rail to allow for bar stools. We replaced the wooden drawer knobs with nickel cup pulls. Then, the table was painted a lovely slate blue. Lastly, the top was sanded to reveal beautiful wood. We used a rub-on poly to finish it off. Now, we can enjoy our “new” prep table. ❤️

  4. Image for Kris Kris

    I have painted a few pieces of furniture and have been very pleased with the results. I don't have your stamina (or a good physical location) for doing all the furniture flips that you have done but it's fun to see your results. BTW, I have a similar tree to the one on your first painted dresser. I have seasonal doodads that I put on it (right now I have autumn leaves) and I get a crazy amount of joy out of it.

  5. Image for Tina Tina

    My Japanese kitchen tansu has been looking worn, so much so that I've thought about replacing it. Maybe I should do some research & see how to bring it back to life.

  6. Image for Leisa Haynes Leisa Haynes

    Fabulous makeovers! I love the craft chairs and the 1st table. I have my Grandmothers furniture and want to change it.

  7. Image for carol carol

    Hi KariAnne Perfect email and examples of 'trash to treasures'. My latest: local thrift shop moving location. Very last day before the wharehouse closed.....'all items FREE, you haul 'em'. Yes. I arrived and was amazed just how much I got in the back of my SUV! Darn, wish had brought bigger van!. Sample of freebies: vintage Mason's 'vista' English dishes, 4 large silver plated platters, brass chandelier, wall sconces, several pieces of furniture.....and more! What a day. Some of my friends laughed at me, but no matter. Thanks again for your inspiration. Carol

  8. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    Thanks for pointing me to Evergreen Fog! I’m getting ready to have the outside of my house painted that color!

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