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.

11 Easy Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers

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.

Here’s another before picture and what it looks like now.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers before

Here’s the before.

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.

But why stop with this piece when I have so many favorite furniture befores and afters I want to share.

Here are 11 easy furniture makeover ideas you could finish this weekend.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers hutch before

11 Easy Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers

1. 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

2. 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.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers bookcase

3. 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

4. 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.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers table project

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Filing cabinet thrift store furniture makeover

This is a filing cabinet I got for $10.

And now?

It looks like this.

11. 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.

PS Looking for more project inspiration? I’ve pinned tons of ideas here.

PPS Can you say a prayer for my mother tomorrow? She’s having surgery.

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  1. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Such beautiful pieces but a lot of hard labor to make them as such. I can state that because I know 1st hand how much effort goes into making it look as beautiful as your pieces. Gorgeous. Thank you for this article. Its inspiring.

  2. Image for Patricia Patricia

    I'd hate to follow after you into a thrift shop. You'd find all the good stuff first! I'd hate even worse to go in and OVERLOOK all the good stuff you'll find after me. I keep finding stuff that would be wonderful with some love, but our two-bedroom condo is full. Also, I left my basement workshop at our old house. No place to paint. I'll just have to enjoy watching you create.

  3. Image for Kay Roberts Kay Roberts

    I can’t believe those prices..here in FL everything is much more expensive at our thrift stores.Lucky you!!

  4. Image for Mary S Mary S

    Wow! I love them ALL!! I could use the coffee table. Very good job. Was watching a pair of wicker chairs for the front porch. But she who snoozes looses.... they were gone when I went back to pick up one of them. That's the way the mop flops.

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