hrift stores, yard sales, flea markets and even Craigslist are great sources for finding old furniture pieces to remodel. Old furniture can be purchased very inexpensively and you can create beautiful pieces that look fresh and updated with just a bit of time and creativity. Imagine turning an old dresser that you bought for $20 into an entertainment unit that looks like it costs hundreds.
You just have to enjoy DIY and redoing furnishings and you can literally change any piece of furniture into something that is perfect for your home.
The next time you visit a thrift store, yard sale or anywhere that you may find furnishings, pay close attention to the price of old furniture. You may be surprised at how cheap it is. Now, start looking at pieces that you may want to redo. We have a lot of ideas for you here that will show you how to turn boring, old pieces into fabulous new creations with very little time and money.
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30 Ways To Repair, Restore, Or Redo Any Piece Of Furniture
Old furniture is great. It’s cheap and best of all, it gives you lots of opportunities to redo it the way you want. Practically any piece of furniture can be restored if you know how. Tables, dressers, chairs, really anything that you have that is old and outdated can be restored and when you do it yourself, you can save money and have pieces that you are proud to show off.
Via: Apartmenttherapy – 30 Ways To Repair, Restore, Or Redo Any Piece Of Furniture
Refinish That Dresser Yourself – Beautiful DIY Idea for Old Furniture
This beautiful DIY project comes from Jessica at Paint in My Hair. It’s an old bombe dresser that has been completely refurbished to make it look new. The dresser design is stunning and the grey paint really makes it stand out. It has stunning silver leafing on the sides and is coated in dark wax to give it a real antique look. You can do this technique with any old dresser that you may have and give your home an instant pick me up. Just be sure to do your painting outdoors or somewhere that is well ventilated. Mix and match the colors that you choose to create an entirely different look. The point is to have fun and make your furniture unique.
Here’s a little bombe dresser redone with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Paris Grey on the body, Paris Grey & Old White Striae on the drawers, and Graphite underneath silver leafing on the details.
The entire piece was triple waxed–first Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax to seal it, Dark Soft Wax to antique it, and another coat of Clear Soft Wax to finish it up!
DIY Re-Upholstering – Make Your Armchair Look New Again
Whether you just want to give your living room furniture a new look or you have an old chair that you want to put to use, you can re-upholster your own furniture and make it look new again. Make It and Love It has proven that it is completely possible to refinish your own furniture and make it look like you bought it at a premier furniture store. This gives you an excellent opportunity to match your furniture however you want it and think about the savings that you will enjoy not having to replace your chairs so often.Via: DIY Re-Upholstering – Make Your Armchair Look New Again
DIY Bathroom Étagère
Black metal shelves aren’t just for the garage. With just a can of silver Rustoleum paint, you can completely transform those shelves into something not only suitable, but perfect for the bathroom. If you have little storage space in your bathroom, this is a great way to get additional space without taking up too much floor room. If you aren’t a fan of silver, just use any color that you want.
Via: Centsationalgirl – Bathroom Étagère
Thrift store table makeover
A cheap old table and a little white paint is all you need to create a stunning table for your bathroom, bedroom, entryway or anywhere you want. You just have to paint the table, which will give it a distressed look, and add new hardware if you want. This is a great way to make use of old tables and still keep your home looking stylish with new décor.
Via: Bellanest – Thrift store table makeover
My Top 10 Thrift Store Shopping Tips: How To Decorate on a Budget
Decorating on a budget – you’ve heard of it but do you actually do it? There are so many ways that you can create a beautiful home interior without spending a small fortune. Start paying attention to flea markets, thrift stores and yard sales. You know what they say – one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. You can pick up furnishings for every room in the home and spend way less than you would if you buy retail. Via:Livelovediy – My Top 10 Thrift Store Shopping Tips: How To Decorate on a Budget
Thrift Store Lamp Makeover
Getting new lamps doesn’t have to be expensive. You can create the specific lamp that you need with an old one that you can find at a thrift store or yard sale. You just have to paint or even apply gift wrap to the base using a little Modge Podge. Add a new lamp shade and you have the perfect lamp and the best part is, you can create the perfect lamp for under $5 in many cases.
Via: Athomewiththebarkers – Thrift Store Lamp Makeover
Thrift store mirror to cafe chalkboard
Getting unique décor for the kitchen, or any room for that matter, is not difficult. If you have an old mirror or you can pick one up pretty cheap at any yard sale or thrift store, you can turn it into a great café type chalkboard for the kitchen. Just paint the mirror frame white and add chalkboard paint to the actual mirror part. This is a really cheap and easy way to get great décor for the kitchen.
Via: Youaretalkingtoomuch – Thrift store mirror to cafe chalkboard
You can completely change the look of any old vase or jar with just a little spray paint. Whatever the vase looks like now, it can perfectly match your décor if you just grab a can of spray paint and begin painting away. If the vase has a design on it, you may want to begin with a coat of primer so that the finished product is smooth and uniform.
Via: sweetsomethingdesign – Spray Painting!
10 Common Thrift Store Finds (And Ways to Use Them for DIY Projects)
You would be amazed at the great things that you can find in a thrift store. Everything from dishes and blankets to huge pieces of furniture and they can all be redone to match whatever you need them to. If you have a thrift store close-by, stop in and see what they have. You never know what great DIY projects you may end up with and for very little money.
Via: Apartmenttherapy – 10 Common Thrift Store Finds (And Ways to Use Them for DIY Projects)
Fabulous thrift store lamp redo
If you have an old lamp that you are not using, think about redoing it and giving it new life. A few coats of glossy white paint and a new lampshade will completely change the look of that old lamp and make it perfect for entryways or just anywhere that you need it. You may even want to DIY the lamp shade just so you can really brag about your newest project.
Via: Vanillabeangirls – Thrift store lamp redo
Lovely DIY picture frame shelves
Some old picture frames and just a little time is all you need to create stunning and very unique bookshelves. You just have to build a small box that the frame can enclose and then attach everything together. This is a great idea for frames that you can find really cheap at flea markets and thrift stores and gives you a great way to display those favorite books.
Via: Changeofsceneries – Living room unveil
Craigslist Negotiating Secrets
Negotiating for a good price on used furniture, or anything that you are buying for that matter, is a good idea. If you are purchasing old furniture from Craigslist for instance, you want to know how to ensure that you are getting the best price possible. You have to be a bit patient so that you do not come across as desperate, even if that antique buffet that you want is at risk for being sold. Take your time, figure out what you can afford based on what the piece is worth and learning a few other tactics for haggling wouldn’t hurt.
Via: Productivity501 – Craigslist Negotiating Secrets
Ten Tips for Negotiating
Can you really negotiate prices at garage and yard sales? Of course. In fact, most people expect you to haggle just a bit. When you find that perfect nightstand that you just have to have for your next DIY project, take a few steps back and use a few negotiating tactics so that you get it at a really good price. You should always ask them what their bottom dollar is before you offer them anything. Be sure to point out anything that is cosmetically or physically wrong with the piece. This may get you an additional discount and above all, remember that these are normal people and not professional salesmen. You will likely get a much better deal if you are friendly.
Via: Brodow – Ten Tips for Negotiating
Cute mirror makeover
A simple mirror can transform boring bathroom walls into the most stylish décor in your home. If you don’t have a mirror that you can use, pick one up at a flea market or thrift store. If you have lighter colored walls, you can paint the mirror black which gives a great contrast and makes the wall a focal point. This is one of those easy and cheap DIY projects that we all love.
Via: Littlenostalgia – Cute mirror makeover
Fabulous Mirror Makeover
A couple of really cheap mirrors (no matter what color they are) can make a beautiful addition to your home décor. Just paint them white and add a contrasting color and you have an elegant setting for any room. The best part is that you can find old mirrors pretty cheap (under $10 in most cases) and paint is really inexpensive.
Via: Danielleoakeyinteriors – Fabulous Mirror Makeover by Danielle Oakeytarget
Fabulous Antique Desk Makeover
You can make a beautiful old-word distressed chair with any old chair that you can find at a thrift store or flea market. Just strip the chair down, paint it white and then sand over it lightly to give it a distressed look. If the chair has a padded seat, you can just cover the padding with a material that will match the look you are trying to create.
Via: goodwillglam – Fabulous Antique Desk Makeover
Thrift Store Furniture Makeover (End Tables)
Need new end tables? Instead of heading off to the furniture store, why not just revamp the ones that you have? Or, you could pick up a pair at a yard sale or somewhere else pretty cheap and then add your own touches. You just have to sand them down a bit and paint or stain and since you are doing it yourself, you can make them any color that you want so they will perfectly match your living room furniture.
Via: Serenitynowblog – Thrift Store Furniture Makeover (End Tables)
Ugly Bookcase To Cottage Charm
You can take an old bookcase to a whole new level with just a little TLC. If you have an outdate bookcase, you just have to re-stain and add a few other key elements to get an updated and very expensive looking piece (Only you will know how inexpensive it really is). Paneling in the back and dark wood on top can give the piece a great country look.
Via: My1929charmer – Ugly Bookcase To Cottage Charm
A Thrift Store Chair DIY Update
Redoing chairs is so easy and you can pick up old chairs at any thrift store or flea market for a little of nothing. You just have to choose fabric for the seat, which you will staple on, and then paint or re-stain the wood of the chair. You can have great new chairs for your home that may cost as little as $5 each.
Via: Madiganmade – A Thrift Store Chair DIY Update
BEFORE and AFTER: DIY Distressed Desk
Distressed furniture is very popular and even if you can’t afford to buy it new, you can still have it in your home. If you want to redo your desk, or if you just bought an old desk that needs a facelift, you can give it the distressed look by simply painting it white with a brush. Clean up the hardware or add new pieces to give it a really great look.
Via: Thriftdiving – BEFORE and AFTER: DIY Distressed Desk
Cute DIY Homemade Play Kitchen
So if you have a little girl, or a granddaughter, you can make a great play kitchen out of an old nightstand. You will have to paint the wood (pink is a great color) and then draw on the stove burners and other elements. A little skirt at the bottom makes a great addition and gives your little one a great place for storing play dishes and foods.
Via: Laforcebewithyou – Homemade Play Kitchen