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Mini Thrift Store Makeovers for Home Decor

With risking the chance of sounding like a broken record, I’m going to say it again…the wood section of the thrift store is a veritable gold mine. Totally! If it is wood, it can be altered. Take a peek at what my daughter and I picked up while out one day. We’re excited to share with you some mini thrift store makeovers to inspire you.

Thrifted Wooden Items Before Mini Farmhouse Makeovers by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Out of my 6 children, they all love to shop thrift stores with me, and they all love to work on their own projects. My oldest three daughters were looking for some project pieces, so this is what we found: (1) a beanie baby shelf (2) a milking stool, and (3) a little wooden box.

While I haven’t shared their work as often as of late, they do all have things on my blog or in my shop that they’ve worked on.

1ST PROJECT

To get our DIY fun started, I’ll begin by sharing what Miss C did with the beanie baby shelf. Do take a peek at her past projects to see why I’m a proud mama. Around here, we seem to find oodles of these beanie baby storage pieces that nobody wants. You can see what I did with the one I found HERE.

Beanie Baby Shelf Before Upcycle by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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This one isn’t bad off, but does have the staining action going on at the bottom. Not a problem for my girl. I told her to turn it around and try to see what it can become. We both decided it would be better flipped upside down and have a few Shaker pegs added.

Upcycling Beanie Baby Shelf for Home Decor by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

She measured and marked, then used my drill and forstner bit to make holes. Then, after that, with a little bit of wood glue, she’s ready for the next step. Like her mama, one of her favorite colors is blue. Also, she added some keyhole hanger to support a heavy item like this. Previously, it only had sawtooth hangers.

Keyhole Hanger for Mini Thrift Store Makeovers | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #thrifted

Two coats of paint, followed by a bit of distressing and dark wax to accent, she’s done. Buh-bye beanie babies! haha!

Farmhouse Style with Shaker Pegs by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor

Rustic Blue Farmhouse Shelf with Tin Cup Collection for Mini Thrift Store Makeovers by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor #diy

Do you like my cup collection? I don’t collect much, but these little things always catch my fancy when I find them, so I snatch them up. They remind me of simpler times.

Rustic Antique Tin Cup Collection by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home

Collected Farmhouse Vignette by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #vintage #homedecor

Didn’t Miss C do a fabulous job on the shelf? I love that she added the Shaker pegs that not only added form, but function as well.

2ND PROJECT

Up next in our mini thrift store makeovers, Miss S is ready to tackle her vintage milking stool. She too is a veteran of many furniture, and thrifty makeovers seen in these projects. It isn’t is disrepair or anything, but she wants to refresh it. After a bit of sanding, she’s ready to use my custom mixed paint.

Wooden Milking Stool Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Painting Farmhouse Milking Stool by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

For a project like this, she knew the Round Brush would suit the turned legs. In this case, however, she only needs one coat of paint to get the effect she was after. After that, she used a gray wax to add more depth and texture.

Waxing Farmhouse Milking Stool | prodigalpieces.com

Here is her project with a new “old” look. Isn’t it sweet?

Vintage Farmhouse Milking Stool in Chippy Green Paint by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Farmhouse Milking Stool for Mini Thrift Store Makeovers by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #farm #dairy

If you look close, the milking stool was also missing a little bit of leather or twine in the handle, so she added that too.

Top of Farmhouse Milking Stool for Mini Thrift Store Makeovers by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse

Blue Green Farmhouse Milking Stool | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #farmhouse

3RD PROJECT

Last, but definitely not least, Miss E is ready for her turn. She too is not a newbie. Check out her work HERE. Her project is a mighty mite ready for a release from the apple prison. haha! I have nothing against apples, but this one is dated fo’ sho’.

Wooden Box Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

First, I helped her remove the apple panel from the front the box. Then, she picked a couple muted colors to do the top and bottom differently.

Painting Tea Box by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

While her paint cures, we designed a little label to cover the apple panel. One of my favorite sites to get vintage graphics and typography from is The Graphics Fairy. Miss E chose an oval frame and we added the text.

Here’s her mini thrift store makeover made new.

Vintage Tea Box for Farmhouse Mini Thrift Store Makeovers by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #kitchen #diy

DIY Vintage Style Tea Box by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #kitchen #vintage

I adore it’s sweet charm. A cup of tea is like greeting and old friend and offers such a release from daily woes. Doesn’t everybody need a special place for such a treat? The glass knob is the perfect touch.

DIY Tea Box for Kitchen Decor by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #kitchen #farmhouse #diy #storage

Inside Upcycled Tea Box for Farmhouse Decor | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #tea

Are you inspired yet? My girls and I are excited to share our mini thrift store makeovers with you. If one or all of these decor pieces catch your fancy, you can find them available in my online shop. (ALL SOLD)

Shop Prodigal Pieces Furniture, Vintage Finds, Handmade Goods, & Supplies for your home | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

In addition, do pin and share these mini thrift store makeovers to inspire others to give DIY a try too.

So fun! These three mini thrift store makeovers are easy to do and make great additions to your home. Come see the DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse

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Comments

  1. Holly says

    Beautiful. I love them all.
    Your girls are very talented.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you from the four of us! 😀 They had fun for sure.

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    You look as if you could be their sister, not their mother!!! Looks like the “apples” didn’t fall far from the tree. They’ve inherited your talent. My love of all things DIY came from my Mom as well. I’m lucky to still have her and she is still “crafty!” There were four kids in our family and we all still love creating. It brings back such wonderful memories seeing your kids participate. ❤️

    • Larissa says

      haha! You deserve an award for that, Rebecca. That’s awesome your mom is such a treasure. Those are wonderful days!

  3. ColleenB.~Tx. says

    They All look Fantastic and it’s easy to see that they enjoyed what they where doing.
    Can see by their projects where they get their talent from. They for hire? :} I can always use some helpers when it comes to projects.
    My dear sweet hubby is out of the question……..A painter he isn’t.
    Great jobs girls

    • Larissa says

      Thank you for saying so. They all really work hard on the things they do in life, and this is an example of it. I’m a proud mama! 😀 Your husband sounds like mine…no touchy my paint brush. haha.

  4. Deanna says

    I love that you and your children thrift together and work on projects together. The results are awesome!!

    • Larissa says

      We have the best fun together and I wouldn’t have it any other way! 😀

  5. Cheri Rice says

    Larissa, love your projects n interaction with your kids!
    When I signed up for your site I never received the furniture guide. Hope you n yours are well. Cheri

    • Larissa says

      Thanks so much, Cheri. Did you receive a confirmation email? It would have had the link to it in there.

  6. Carolyn G says

    What a wonderful job your girls did! They have obviously inherited their Mom’s talent!

    • Larissa says

      Just seeing them have fun makes it a blast for me. Thanks so much, Carolyn. 😀

  7. Becky says

    All three of those project came out great! Practical AND pretty! 😊 You girls have a super handy skill… and a great teacher! 😁

    • Larissa says

      You are so sweet to say so, Becky. I just love sharing their work. Fun! 😀

  8. Marie-Interior Frugalista says

    The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. and they are uber-talented just like their Mama! Great job on each one of these 👏🏻

    • Larissa says

      Thanks so much, Marie. You know the buzz that is so awesome seeing your kids grow before your eyes. Hugs!

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