Do you ever see awesome thrift store makeovers on Pinterest or Facebook and then get all motivated to take on a DIY only to head to the thrift store not really sure what pieces to buy?
Here are my favorite pieces I tend to always buy at the thrift store (or estate sales or rescue from the side of the road or your parents’ basement … the list goes on ). It’s amazing what paint can do for an old table or even all of the projects you can do with an old frame.
Click any of the green links above each picture to see the full tutorial for each project.
You can usually find end tables or side tables for pretty cheap, and with some paint, they look good as new.
Tutorial: How to paint a table with chalky paint
Tutorial: An enchanting nightstand makeover
Little side chairs are often cheap, too. Again, with some paint, they’re fun for around a kitchen table, playroom table or filling in a hallway nook.
Tutorial: Painting an old chair
Tutorial: How to distress an old chair
Those old gold lamps are EVERYWHERE. Wouldn’t this be fun in a kid’s room or playroom?
Tutorial: Update an old lamp with paint and twine
There are so many things you can do with an old frame, I could almost do a blog post just on these projects!
Not a frame technically, but a display board is close enough.
Tutorial: A DIY display board
Trays are one of the easiest way to corral items and make any room look put together, so why not buy them at the thrift store?!
Tutorial: Use chalkboard paint to update old trays
Tutorial: A DIY rustic sign from a wood tray
I also bought this tray forever ago. It has a weird stencil on the top that I want to scrape off our paint over, but I haven’t quite gotten to it yet.
6. WOODEN SPOOLS
Any size spool, really!
7. CHRISTMAS VILLAGE PIECES
I’ll warn you, this one is a bit addicting once you start. Ever since I started painting old village pieces, I’m on the lookout for them , and they just hop in my cart on thrift store trips.
Big or small, these are fun to use around the house. We have a small one on the coffee table for coasters, and bigger ones on the wall as shelves.
9. OLD TILES
These are easy to pass up but worth taking a second look.
Tutorial: Update an old tile with furniture glaze
10. CAKE PLATTERS
Obviously for decorative use only. If you’re going to use them for actual cake, don’t paint it (and bring me a piece, please).
What else do you always buy at the thrift store? Any pieces you just can’t pass up?
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