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7 Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers

Today I’m sharing my favorite 7 Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers and how to transform these thrifty finds from trash to treasure.

It’s time for Thrifting with the Gals, where we share all about decorating with Vintage and thrifted Decor.

In addition, my thrifting friends Ann from Dabbling and Decorating and Kristin at White Arrows Home are sharing great ideas and tips. Best sure to link to their blog post at the end of my post.

Best Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers

How to Build a Farmhouse Kitchen Island is still my favorite and most challenging furniture makeover. We combined a previously rescued sideboard and a more recent thrift store find to build a kitchen island for our new farmhouse.

Here you can see both furniture pieces that make up two sides of the 6′ by 7′ island.

Amazing Thrift Store Furniture Makeover using two dressers to make a farmhouse kitchen Island.

Industrial pipes and a barn wood-style top complete the furniture makeover. See more details about how we built our island here. You can also see how to make new wood look like old barn wood here.

DIY Farmhouse KItchen Island made with dressers and industrial pipe.

You can also see how I recently updated the DIY Island with a fresh coat of paint on The Miracle of Chalk Paint Wax.

DIY Kitchen Island Furniture Makeover after new green paint.

Easiest Thrift Store Makeovers

Chalk Paint Makeover for Vintage Furniture was such an easy makeover. Using Chalk Paint to transform a thrift store find is super easy, and you can see how simple this chest was to refinish here.

3 Step Furniture Makeover – Flea Market Flip is another simple furniture makeover. So quick and easy to transform this chest from boring to wow!

See more information on How to Use Chalk Paint here.

Before Furniture chest for makeover

This was such a simple project because the chest was in great shape. The drawers were freshened with dark wax, and the exterior was painted with Old White Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.

Easy 3 step furniture makeover for a bedside table.

Greenhouse Apothecary Cabinet

Who doesn’t love a cabinet with little drawers? Well, this IKEA hack was the perfect addition to our DIY Greenhouse. This was originally a 16-cube storage unit. See all the details, including what this piece looked like before, on DIY Faux Apothecary CabinetCard File Chest.

IKEA Hack - Transform at 16 cube storage unit into an amazing apothecary cabinet or card catalog.

I love an Industrial Farmhouse Makeover.


This chest was such a great deal for only $27.00 at a consignment shop. I originally just painted this piece white and lived with it for a year.


Then inspiration struck and you can see how this transformation of accomplished here.

Amazing Furniture Makeover - Cheap Thrift Store chest with amazing transformation to a stylish side table.

This is another early industrial furniture makeover – #1 Industrial Farmhouse Transformation.

Another example of my love for little drawers.

In addition, I repurposed an old silverware box on this trash-to-treasure post.

Next, join Ann, Kristin, and Pam, linked below.

Dabbling and Decorating – Vermont Fall Colors – White Arrows Home – Vintage Skotch Kooler Decorating and Junktales – How to create warmth in the kitchen with copper.

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7 Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers From Trash to Treasure repurposed transformations.


Wednesday 29th of December 2021

Thanks for the link.

Katy Ford

Thursday 21st of October 2021

You are so creative Rachel! That sounds kind of lame as it’s so obvious. But, you truly are so creative and I appreciate your talents and gifts that you share so delightfully. It’s a pleasure to see your email each time it arrives. Enjoying the adventures with you!


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Monday 25th of October 2021

Katy, Thanks for making my day! I appreciate your encouragement.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Thursday 21st of October 2021

I just love your beautiful thrifted vintage finds Rachel! I think my favorite is the apothecary cabinet in your greenhouse. I just love that piece so much.

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Monday 25th of October 2021

It's a one of my favorites as well.

Margie Clements

Thursday 21st of October 2021

I love the color you painted your island! Thanks for sharing all your Diy projects!

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Monday 25th of October 2021

Margie, I really appreciate this.


Thursday 21st of October 2021

Rachel, your DIY's are always so creative and fit your home beautifully!

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Monday 25th of October 2021

Ann, I really appreciate this.