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7 Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers

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

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

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.

How to make a kitchen island using thrift store furniture

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.

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 freshen with dark wax and the exterior painted with Old White Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan.

Thrift Store Furniture makeover

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.

apothecary cabinet furniture makeover

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.

Before furniture makeover chest.

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

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers after paint and hardware transformation.

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.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I look forward to sharing more thrifting adventures each Wednesday on Instagram Stories with Thrifting with the Gals!

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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.