Thrifted Makeovers ~ DIY Budget Decor

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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.

Thrifted Finds Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Unfinished Thrifted Stool Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

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Since this piece was nothing but raw, I decided to have a little fun with it. To give it a great base, I used my 2″ Angled brush to apply Provincial Stain (one of my favorites seen here).

Staining Farmhouse Milking Stool | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Painting Stool with Chalk Paint | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Junque Milk Pain in Jadeite used by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Using CitriStrip Stripping Gel to Refinish Chest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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?

Stripping Handmade Chest for Farmhouse Style by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Farmhouse Milking Stool and Wooden Chest Made New by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

aaahhh…that’s better. They look like they belong together, don’t they?

Farmhouse Style Vignette Using Thrifted Finds by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The milking stool has that washed look I love…

Farmhouse Milking Stool by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Chippy Green Farmhouse Milking Stool by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

…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.

Handmade Farmhouse Pine Chest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Handmade Joints on Wooden Chest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Vintage Handmade Wooden Chest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Inside Handmade Wooden Chest with Farmhouse Style by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comLimelight Hydrangea Display at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Sanding 1980's goose off of corner cabinet | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Painting Tea Rose Pink Inside Corner Cabinet | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Iron Orchid Molds for Detailing Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

To give these moldings a depth, I painted and then used my brown wax to add detail.

Mouldings made from Hot Glue | prodigalpieces.com

Once done, I applied them to my newly made over corner cupboard. Amazing isn’t it?

Corner China Cabinet Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The details are so fun and to think it was all done with hot glue. Yay!

Corner Display China Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Decorated China Cabinet with Iron Orchid Designs Moldings by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Inside Vintage Corner China Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

If one or all of these recreated pieces catch your eye, you can find them available for purchase in my shop.

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Enter to Win a Set of 7 Specialty Zibra Paint Brushes at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Three Thrifted Makeovers for Budget Decor by Prodigal Pieces to show you how even on a budget you can get the look you want too. Details at prodigalpieces.com
Up next, is Furniture Fixer Uppers and my kitchen remodel is back in full swing, starting with my bar stools. Head here to see the updates!

Bar Stools Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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153 Comments

  • ColleenB.~Texas

    Love your new found items and what you had done with them. Beautiful.
    Actually, I have head and foot board bed frame that I have to do, so them brushes would sure be handy in doing my project.
    Thank you for this giveaway opportunity

    August 22, 2017 at 6:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Colleen! It was fun to try. My pleasure to share!

      August 22, 2017 at 6:44 am Reply
  • Mary West

    I love the wooden chest! It turned out so beautiful! I have several things I’ve been wanting to make, a coat rack, nightstands, and several Christmas gifts so I would pick one of those to paint first!

    August 22, 2017 at 6:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      My favorite too. I had fun seeing that gunk come off of there. Ha!

      August 22, 2017 at 6:44 am Reply
  • Vickie

    Love the little stool and the chest does have great hardware on it. Thank you for this giveaway. This group of brushes can really help with my next makeover!!

    August 22, 2017 at 7:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It sure does. Hope I can help!

      August 22, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply
  • Sharon Schneebele

    I have enjoyed following your work, and keeping up with your progress on your home. You amaze me with how much you accomplish!
    I am wondering what glue sticks you used to achieve this. Mine usually have a rubbery quality that yours do not appear to have.

    August 22, 2017 at 7:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome to hear, Sharon! Thank you. I use you basic craft store glue sticks, so nothing special.

      August 22, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply
  • Frances Batson

    Love the boxes. Great hardware . I don’t think I have seen one like it.
    I always have several projects around needing painting.

    August 22, 2017 at 7:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I haven’t either. They were fun to do. Thanks!

      August 22, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply
  • Kaycee F

    Larissa, as usual you’re makeovers are amazing! I just can’t get over the use of hot glue in the Iron Orchid mold! That additional touch on the corner cabinet really kicks it up a notch!!!!

    August 22, 2017 at 7:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Kaycee! It is so fun to use all these tools to get the look I’m after – I get to play!

      August 22, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply
  • Anne

    Love it! Nice work Larissa!

    August 22, 2017 at 7:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Anne. 🙂

      August 22, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply
  • Amy

    That stool!! OMGeee…drooling here!

    August 22, 2017 at 7:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee hee! Love it!

      August 22, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply
  • Laura L.

    Your great site is so inspirational to me and others as well!! You have taught me so many tricks to refine my artsy-fartsy stuff and for that I am very grateful!!

    August 22, 2017 at 8:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s what it’s all about, Laura. Thank you for making my day!

      August 22, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply
  • C Brannon

    Love seeing what you come up with!

    August 22, 2017 at 8:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m delighted to hear it. Thanks!

      August 22, 2017 at 9:51 am Reply
  • Carole

    I absolutely love what you did to that chest! One day I’m going to get me some of those molds. They sure do make a difference. I’ve had my eye on that triangle brush f a while. I always seem to have trouble in those corners.

    August 22, 2017 at 8:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What a fun difference it made in that thing. The molds are awesome, and the brushes are the best! They have made my life so much easier.

      August 22, 2017 at 9:51 am Reply
  • Laurie

    Thought it was going to be the milking stool as I was reading through the post, but then I saw the difference in that chest! Oh, my! Love how it turned out, that is my favorite of the three.

    August 22, 2017 at 8:03 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo!! So cool to hear. Thanks so much!

      August 22, 2017 at 9:52 am Reply
  • Kim

    I love the cabinet! Very creative

    August 22, 2017 at 8:10 am Reply
    • Kim

      I would use those brushes on all of my furniture painting endeavors! I just recently picked up one of these zibra brushes and it is no joke!

      August 22, 2017 at 8:14 am Reply
      • Larissa

        You ain’t kiddin. I seriously love these brushes!

        August 22, 2017 at 9:55 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It was fun to do. 🙂

      August 22, 2017 at 9:54 am Reply
  • Jewell Styles

    Good job! You have a natural talent.

    August 22, 2017 at 8:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for the encouragement, Jewell. 😉

      August 22, 2017 at 9:55 am Reply
  • Becky

    Wow! That chest especially is so cool! We have one of those molds too – I reeeeally MUST get out the glue gun and try that! Amazing!
    I have a “To Paint” list as long as my arm. Maybe first up though would be the clock I want for my new entry!

    August 22, 2017 at 8:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sounds like awesome projects. Hope you have fun!

      August 22, 2017 at 9:55 am Reply
  • Patricia Hawk

    Larissa, so much vision! That corner cabinet was such a beautiful transformation. Can they all be my favorite? 😍😄

    August 22, 2017 at 8:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Works for me! Thanks Patricia. 😀

      August 22, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply
  • Barbara Brannon

    Beautiful! You are always such an inspiration for me – wish I had your “eye”! Thanks for sharing –

    August 22, 2017 at 8:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet to say so. You never know until you try!

      August 22, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply
  • Sandra Skeem

    Love the chest!

    August 22, 2017 at 8:37 am Reply
  • Sarah T

    I enjoy watching your projects. I don’t have the eye for potential that you do, but I enjoy the process also. What do you use to clean your brushes? You use the same brushes for so many different mediums? Stain, citristrip, plus all the different paints. I always worry about residue on my brushes.

    August 22, 2017 at 8:38 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Sarah. I clean based on what I used. For paint, just some warm water and occasionally soap. For stains either water or mineral spirits. I have dedicated brushes for stains and paints, so no mixing up around here. The citristrip can be used on my paint brushes, so no worries there.

      August 22, 2017 at 9:57 am Reply
  • Judy Black

    Love the cabinet and Dixie Belle paint! Woukd love to try the brushes. I need to get an Iron Orchid mold…

    August 22, 2017 at 8:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You will love the brushes, Judy! Yes, those molds are sweet too.

      August 22, 2017 at 9:58 am Reply
  • Nancy F Lambert

    Larissa,
    You do an awesome job on all of your great finds.
    Thank you for sharing and teaching us how we can do this.
    Nancy

    August 22, 2017 at 8:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It is absolutely my pleasure, Nancy. Thank you!

      August 22, 2017 at 9:58 am Reply
  • Sue Carr

    Terrific makeovers as always! Would like to have a complete set of brushes. I do have the triangular one I found while junking one day and I love it for those hard to do corners too. My fave for the reasons you chose it too is the little chest.

    August 22, 2017 at 8:48 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What a score for you! They are amazing brushes for sure.

      August 22, 2017 at 9:58 am Reply
  • Elaine

    You make choosing hard! I’m going to have to pick that adorable stool. I’m loving the hot glue and mold idea…its giving me some inspiration! Quick question… Do you use the same brushes for both stain and paint, or do you keep a separate set for stain? I’ve always been afraid I’d ruin a brush using it to stain.

    August 22, 2017 at 8:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…too funny! I have dedicated brushes for stains vs. paints. No mixing up the finishes. 🙂

      August 22, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply
  • Kaitlyn

    I love your style!! It makes me look at thrift store finds a new light! Thank you!

    August 22, 2017 at 9:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So terrific to hear, Kaitlyn. Thank you!

      August 22, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply
  • Lee Ann Oliverio

    So adorable, and I have to admit I do have some leftover geese, apples and other country things I am slowly making over! My favorite is that little stool, I have a weakness for milking stools 😉 Thanks for the inspiration!

    August 22, 2017 at 9:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      We all do and that’s okay because it will be back! hahahaha!!

      August 22, 2017 at 10:00 am Reply
  • Anya Mathis

    The word section is my favorite too! Those turned out cute!

    August 22, 2017 at 9:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Can’t go wrong in there. Thanks for the love!

      August 22, 2017 at 10:00 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Love all 3 pieces but the stool and cabinet are probably my favorite . You are so creative and such an inspiration. Would love to give those brushes a try on my projects.

    August 22, 2017 at 9:34 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful to hear. Thanks, Debra!

      August 22, 2017 at 10:00 am Reply
  • Rebecca - Knoxville,TN

    I like the corner cabinet and am fascinated with the orchid mold. Is the mold made specifically for hot glue?
    I have a couple of Zibra brushes and love them but would looove to try more! I would paint an old china cabinet.

    August 22, 2017 at 9:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! You can use the mold for food, paper clay, sculpey…anything. So fun! Happy to hear you love Zibra brushes too!

      August 22, 2017 at 10:01 am Reply
  • Regina

    Love that chest! Great find and makeover.

    August 22, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply
  • Michelle

    I love the little wood chest. There are a few things I always fall for and that is one of them! You did a wonderful job on giving it new life.
    I’ve never had a Zibra brush but I have plenty of projects on which on try some – from an old sewing chair – with the little drawer that comes out the side (love it!) to an antique chest of drawers with an attached ornate mirror.

    August 22, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      So kind of you to say, Michelle. Sounds like you’re a kindred spirit! The Zibra brushes make life much easier.

      August 22, 2017 at 10:03 am Reply
  • Jolinda

    Wow, are you sure these are the same items you picked up at the thrift store? I love how the trunk looks so different. Good brushes make a world of difference.

    August 22, 2017 at 10:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…woot! Happy to hear you can tell a difference. Thanks so much!

      August 22, 2017 at 1:50 pm Reply
  • Kimberly

    Thanks for showing us once again that it does not take a lot of cash to make a house a home.

    August 22, 2017 at 10:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You bet! It’s the only way to be with a big budget or not. It’s fun and frugal, no matter what your status.

      August 22, 2017 at 1:50 pm Reply
  • Cindy L Downing

    I love the iron orchid molds, so cool with hot glue..❤ i want to paint my dresser with the zibra paint brushes and i might have to get me some iron orchid molds

    August 22, 2017 at 10:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They are fun and so are all these brushes. I go crazy! 😀

      August 22, 2017 at 1:51 pm Reply
  • Kim

    Larissa, I love how you can see beyond the outside to the potential of pieces!

    August 22, 2017 at 10:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much for the love, Kim. 🙂

      August 22, 2017 at 1:51 pm Reply
  • Brenda

    Oh my! There are all wonderful! My favorite is the little chest. I can think of several things I could use it for. ❤️ Great post! I always love your tutorials.

    August 22, 2017 at 10:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It sure was a fun piece to find. Thanks!

      August 22, 2017 at 1:51 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Lots of pretty here Larissa. That little stool is adorable.

    August 22, 2017 at 11:35 am Reply
  • Robyn Wright

    I love everything you do. I look at furniture at the thrift store with a new eye. I just don’t have all of the knowledge (or patience) for some pieces. I am very interested in trying out these paint brushes though. Thank you!

    August 22, 2017 at 12:11 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome to hear! It does make the trip more fun to see it with a different eye. Thanks for the love!

      August 22, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • Annette

    My favorite is the art deco buffet. I’m obsessed with makeovers of buffets, because I plan to do that (one day) with my mom’s buffet. So I appreciate the ideas/inspiration.

    August 22, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Sweet to hear! Thank you.

      August 22, 2017 at 1:52 pm Reply
  • Nancy Walden

    I passed your recommended for Zibra brushes on to my daughter. I love the chest! All my country blue pieces are things my mom tole-painted so I try to work with them. Fortunately they all have more complex designs so there are more colors to work with! What I call her Lord and Lady chest has a partly stained and partly blue painted top and sides. The front panel has gray horses and the riders are in burgundy. I used gray on my updated armoire and a gray wash on the table top and there is a touch of blue in my rug so it all works!

    August 22, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful! That sounds like you did it good. Enjoy!

      August 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Drake

    You convinced me! I really did not like that corner cabinet, but after your makeover, I love it! Love the colors and the applique’s.
    And thanks for the giveaway!

    August 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hee hee…I don’t blame you! 😀

      August 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm Reply
  • Dee Thomas

    I really like the chest,before and after. I’m wanting to get my small,light stained,chimney cabinet painted a primitive,antique look.

    August 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      The before wasn’t bad except the varnished the hardware and it was just awful sticky. I think someone tried to touch it up. 😉

      August 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm Reply
  • Mary

    your projects are great. I love how the stool turned out and will try it on an old milking stool I have. the paintbrushes are the next ones I will try.

    August 22, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s wonderful! Have fun with it, Mary.

      August 22, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply
  • Susan Esparza

    I love you concrete tables and your changing table cart. Very clever!

    August 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Those are some of my faves too. Thanks!

      August 22, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply
  • Yolanda Acevedo

    You rock my friend!
    Love, love the AFTER’S!
    THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR KNOWLEDGE, PROJECTS AND THE ENCOURAGEMENT YOU LEND TO SO MANY OF US DIY’ERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE OF US DIYING ON A STRICT BUDGET!😍😍😍
    INSPIRATION IS BLISS!
    MANY BLESSINGS,
    Yokanda❤

    August 22, 2017 at 1:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Yolanda. 😀

      August 22, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply
  • Jane Doe

    Wow! I like them all but my favorite is the corner cabinet. I can just see that in my, (on the way) nieces nursery! My little sister is 39 and this is her first baby. We are all Ga Ga over this because she never thought she could have children. God is giving her and hubby this child as she has never used any birth control, nor used medical assistance to become pregnant. What a miracle! Thanks for sharing your fabulous ideas with everyone. I get excited everytime my inbox tells me you have shared with us again, YAY!

    August 22, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh, how wonderful!! What a blessing to have such a gift bestowed. Prayers for all.

      August 22, 2017 at 9:51 pm Reply
  • Mechele McDaniel Rose

    That corner cabinet is adorable.

    August 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for saying so, Mechele. 🙂

      August 22, 2017 at 9:51 pm Reply
  • Yoneri Munoz

    Hi Larissa I love the little farm style bench you did in milk paint. It’s adorable! The wood aisle at Goodwill is also my favorite. I have the same style bench but in larger full size I would paint with those awesome brushes. I have the chalk paint and I’m ready to go! Just need your brushes, LOL!

    August 22, 2017 at 2:13 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Great minds shop alike! 😀

      August 22, 2017 at 9:52 pm Reply
  • Melissa

    Love your projects. The chest is my favorite. I have lots to paint so praying I win. Thanks for doing giveaway.

    August 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Melissa! Wish I could send all of you some.

      August 22, 2017 at 9:54 pm Reply
  • Janet Kynerd

    Always joy your posts – especially like the hot glue additions to the corner cabinet. We are doing some remodeling and could sure use some good paint brushes.

    August 22, 2017 at 3:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hope you’re having fun!

      August 22, 2017 at 9:54 pm Reply
  • Sarah Trible

    I love the goose corner cabinet. It’s hard to believe you can make such beautiful accents using hot glue. I will be giving that a try for sure. Do you have to use a specific type of paint? Anyway, if I won the brushes, I’d first paint the desk my mom used as a child.

    August 22, 2017 at 4:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Crazy, isn’t it? So fun to get crafty, especially with the brushes. I use basic latex, chalk, etc.

      August 22, 2017 at 9:56 pm Reply
  • Melissa Storms

    My very favorite is your repurposed changing table potting bench and I have been keeping my eye out for a decent shape changing table. I also collected a bunch of palettes to make the compost bin. I actually want to make 2.

    August 22, 2017 at 5:05 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So awesome to hear! Thank you and hope you find one. 😀

      August 22, 2017 at 9:56 pm Reply
  • Sandra

    I love the small box. I have a few things waiting to be done. A desk, nightstand and 2 dressers. The brushes would be wonderful to have.

    August 22, 2017 at 6:59 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They sure would be sweet for your projects.

      August 22, 2017 at 9:56 pm Reply
  • Mary Kaiser

    I love how your items turned out! I have a dough bowl with the same goose painted in it, wasn’t sure what to do with it until you inspired me. I will have to sand it off and repaint it. Thanks for the ideas.

    August 22, 2017 at 7:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun! Sounds like a project waiting to happen.

      August 22, 2017 at 9:56 pm Reply
  • Maryann Smith

    I love the box. It would be great to stencil on.

    August 22, 2017 at 7:22 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It was a fun find.

      August 22, 2017 at 9:57 pm Reply
  • Jenny Peickert

    If i won the brushes, i would use them on my projects from the thrift store too because I enjoy finding treasures & making them fit in my decor by painting them. I am loving your recent upcycles & how u see the beauty in discarded items from others…Blessings.jenny

    August 22, 2017 at 7:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so kind to say so, Jenny. Thank you!

      August 22, 2017 at 9:57 pm Reply
  • Paula Roveda

    The green stool is so nice because the green is subtle. Oh rats, I love them all.

    August 22, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…atta girl!

      August 22, 2017 at 9:57 pm Reply
  • Sharon Cavanaugh

    I love the box for the same reasons you do, the hardware and the joinery! I have 4 tables that I want to paint and am so happy to have found your blog. I tried stripping a butterfly table years ago and had a terrible time. You have given me direction and motivation to try again! I would use the brushes to do these small end tables. They are all vintage family pieces.

    August 22, 2017 at 9:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I was like “OOOhhhh” in the store. Had to have it!

      August 22, 2017 at 9:58 pm Reply
  • Charlene

    WOW !!! You’ve done it again!
    I have quite a few projects to get done, but alas, my lack of brushes & $$ make it difficult.

    August 22, 2017 at 9:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I hear ya. My hope is everyone could win.

      August 22, 2017 at 9:58 pm Reply
  • Donna Gonzalez

    I just love little wooden stools. Yours is so cute!

    August 22, 2017 at 9:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They are slightly addictive. 🙂

      August 22, 2017 at 9:58 pm Reply
  • Teresa Lee

    I go straight for the wood and rust at the thrift stores. Seeing your creations makes life so much fun.

    August 23, 2017 at 12:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s so wonderful that you think so, Teresa.

      August 23, 2017 at 9:42 pm Reply
  • Cheryl B.

    Sad for the goose.but wow love tge details out of the molds..tge chest needs to come to me….

    August 23, 2017 at 2:57 am Reply
  • eileen

    I love all these cute projects but I think the little stool is my favorite!
    I would make over two kitchen chairs I bought for $1.50 each that have been sitting in my way since May waiting for me to find some inspiration!

    August 23, 2017 at 6:51 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo! That’s fun to hear. You will rock it!

      August 23, 2017 at 9:43 pm Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    Larissa, I am in LUST with that gorgeous wooden box! It reminds me of a bible box I found at a flea market many years ago. Painted brown, I discovered a gorgeous oak with dovetail corners after we stripped off the paint. I would love to have your brushes, and I hope one day to win one of your giveaways. Not sure right now what will be painted first, there is so much to do ! Probably a table, maybe some chairs. Thank you for the chance!

    August 23, 2017 at 9:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I hear ya! If I had a need for it that chest would be staying here with me! I have too many non-needs already, as you can imagine. hee hee hee.

      August 23, 2017 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • Deb

    You inspire me, thank you!

    August 23, 2017 at 10:51 am Reply
  • Meghan Seyller

    I think the stool is my fav I like the layering of colors.

    August 23, 2017 at 11:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s always fun to do that technique. Thanks!

      August 23, 2017 at 9:44 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Really love this corner cabinet Larissa!

    August 23, 2017 at 12:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      So happy to hear it! Thank you, Kaycee.

      August 23, 2017 at 9:45 pm Reply
  • Anita

    My fav is the box. Over 30 years ago I discovered a large wood box in a storage room at a school where I was teaching at that time. It was being used to hold old football equipment. I asked my principal if I could have it, and he said why do you want that? I got the treasure home, had it refinished, and it is now in our home storing our Christmas decorations.

    August 23, 2017 at 12:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How cool is that? Sounds like a wonderful piece with a story to tell.

      August 23, 2017 at 9:45 pm Reply
  • Colleen Bean

    Sure could use that triangle brush! I like the trunk!

    August 23, 2017 at 1:40 pm Reply
  • Tracy

    I am blown away with the hot glue trick. You are so creative.

    August 23, 2017 at 7:22 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s so fun to hear! Thank you.

      August 23, 2017 at 9:46 pm Reply
  • Jessie

    I like the trunk best (probably because I could use one!) and I’d finish a bookshelf project I have going on with the brushes.

    August 23, 2017 at 10:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I know the feeling, Jessie. haha… Thanks!

      August 24, 2017 at 6:48 am Reply
  • Marie

    All three makeovers are fabulous, Larissa and they are pinned. But you had me at the molds and hot glue gun, what? These are going to rock my world!

    August 24, 2017 at 1:26 pm Reply
  • Theresa Crawford

    My favorite of the makeovers is the little corner cabinet, and not just because I’m seriously excited by the revelation of what you can do with a mold + hot glue gun!
    As for the first thing I’d paint with my new brushes? That’d be my mother’s sewing machine cover. Great old midcentury machine, but the cover has been battered to… very bad places… and back over the last half century!

    August 24, 2017 at 1:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I know, right?! hahaha… Thanks so much, Theresa.

      August 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm Reply
  • Amy Ramsey

    I lovr all of yoyr makeovers but yhe one I love the most was the wicker rocking chair. I ha e so many projects waiting to be painted. I have a dresser in my front entry that needs some tlc and i was thinking of painting it with white milk paint and leaving yhe top natural or stained..

    August 24, 2017 at 4:07 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m happy to hear it, Amy! Thank you.

      August 24, 2017 at 4:43 pm Reply
  • Tracy Ann

    My favorite is the chest, it’s just beautiful! I’m most impressed with the hot glue molded details. Hot glue? who knew! If I won I’d use the brushes on a small chest of drawers sitting in the basement.

    August 24, 2017 at 4:33 pm Reply
  • Peggy Zamboni

    I love the corner cupboard! I have an adorable side table with drop-down sides I bought at a flea market I’d like to paint with my new brushes.

    August 24, 2017 at 4:49 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Love those kinds of tables as they can go most anywhere. Fun!

      August 24, 2017 at 4:56 pm Reply
  • Kelly Youngblood

    Your energy is boundless, Larissa. I like all three projects for different reasons — the stool for its simplicity and usefulness; the chest for its workmanship and hardware; and the corner cabinet for the unique treatment you gave it with the molds. I would love to try the Zibra brushes for a variety of different projects as you always rave about them and I consider you to be a master craftsperson,

    August 24, 2017 at 5:00 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are such a sweet soul and made my day. Thank you for the love!

      August 24, 2017 at 5:01 pm Reply
  • Steven

    Just amazing decor idea. As a DIY’er, I wanna thanks to you that I have got some new idea. I will follow all of your makeovers idea and make a unique decor. Thanks again

    August 26, 2017 at 2:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Steven. 🙂

      August 28, 2017 at 6:00 am Reply

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