When you head the thrift store and get a good haul, it can leave you feeling pretty pumped. That is until you look at all that you brought home and the realization hits you that you brought home a whole lotta potential and now there’s work to be done. For real, right? Today, I’m showing you a few of the items I acquired and how their thrifted makeovers can help make your house your home on a budget.
Let’s take a look at what I thought was worthy purchases. First, an unfinished stool, a wooden chest, and a corner cabinet. All are solid wood, all are handmade, but all are most definitely needing something. I choose that little milking stool as my first subject.
After I let that cure a bit, I started out using some of my stash of paints to create a textured look with layers. My goal was to make this look like it had been around awhile. With my Palm Pro I applied a wash of this blue.
For the next layer, I used milk paint. This color is one of my favorites by Junque called Jadeite. Isn’t it pretty? You can see how I used it on this dresser makeover in this post.
Before I show you the after, let me show you the other chest real quick. Would you have bought this? What caught my eye was the hardware on the back and the awesome joints that held this thing together. What needed gone fast was that awful orange finish that was slapped all over everything. The only thing I had in mind was to TAKE IT OFF. haha. My Citristrip came in super handy for this.
I used my Zibra brushes to apply a thick coat of gel. To ensure it wouldn’t dry out on the hot day I was working in, I always wrap in plastic wrap. This also works well when you are letting it sit overnight. See the finish starting to dissolve in about 30 minutes?
When ready, I just used my putty knife to scrape off all that I could. To finish it up, I used steel wool and mineral spirits to get the gunk off. I was after a rustic worn look, so this worked well.
Here are the first of my thrifted makeovers, the milking stool and farmhouse chest in their finished state.
aaahhh…that’s better. They look like they belong together, don’t they?
The milking stool has that washed look I love…
…and that chest is a time-worn beauty now. It sure looks like a rustic gem to me! Check out those joints and cool hardware.
Last, but not least, is my goose corner cabinet. Raise your hand if you have (and still do – ha!) have geese and country blue decor in your home. My mother did, so you are not alone. As cute as the goose is, it had to go bye-bye with my sander.
The first thing after sanding was to paint the inside. I chose to use the Tea Rose Pink I used on this vanity makeover. It is just the right feminine shade and went on like a dream using my Triangle Brush. It fits right in those hard to reach corners.
The outside got two coats of Drop Cloth like I’ve used in these posts. But, for added drama, I used my fun Iron Orchid mold and hot glue gun to create some pretty decorative pieces like I did for my secretary desk.
To give these moldings a depth, I painted and then used my brown wax to add detail.
Once done, I applied them to my newly made over corner cupboard. Amazing isn’t it?
The details are so fun and to think it was all done with hot glue. Yay!
I was even able to find an antique glass knob in my stash to replace the wooden one. It’s all about the little things to me. Though, my favorite is the inside. tee hee.
If one or all of these recreated pieces catch your eye, you can find them available for purchase in my shop.
So there you have it…3 quick thrifted makeovers to encourage you to give DIY a try and make your house your home. And to give you even more encouragement, I am giving away this fantastic prize package from Zibra. Be sure to check out their DIY blog too for more project inspiration and giveaways.
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