21 Best DIY Thrift Store Projects – Before And After

These DIY Thrift Store Projects will have you running to your nearest Goodwill, or antique store! There are 21 amazing Before And After makeovers that you simply must see. 


21 must see diy thrift store makeovers

There is nothing like a good before and after DIY thrift store project to inspire you. From furniture makeovers to home decor pieces and more. There is something for everyone!

diy thrift store pitcher makeover
Credit: Southern Crush at Home

I knew immediately when I spotted this floral pitcher at the thrift store, that I had to have it. Some white paint and a little bling was all it needed to make a statement!

Credit: Our Southern Home

You know I love a little chinoiserie chic, and this thrift store ice cube holder is beautiful! Be sure to check out the before, so you can understand my excitement!

thrift store makeover table
Credit: Organized Clutter

This flip top thrift store find has a fun MacKenzie-Childs feel to it. It’s super easy to recreate with a stencil.

black painted medicine cabinet on wall
Credit: Salvaged Living

We’ve probably all seen the old rattan style bathroom vanities at thrift stores, or yard sales. This DIY makeover is amazing. It looks so upscale now, and is a great way to add extra storage wherever you need it.

diy photo frame makeover
Credit: Southern Crush At Home

Thrift store photo frames are in abundance at Goodwill, Antique outlets and yard sales for cheap. See how I turned this inexpensive frame into a pretty farmhouse style frame with burlap.

blue painted bench from coffee table
Credit: Interior Frugalista

Remember those old chunky coffee tables that were so popular years ago? See how easy it is to turn one into a beautiful bench-with storage.

vintage door with wall sconce
Credit: Repurpose and Upcycle

Turn a vintage door into a gorgeous hanging wall sconce light fixture with this simple DIY tutorial. The Edison lightbulb is perfection! These are very close to my most asked about sconces on my Gallery Wall from Decor Steals!

diy wood sign with vase of flowers
Credit: Houseful of Handmade

This $2 thrift store sign was given new life with a few easy steps. Plus, you have to see how the French style vase was made!

set of two painted tables
Credit: Lovely, Etc.

This pair of end tables were in rough shape before they were given an amazing update, complete with a herringbone top. There is a great step-by-step tutorial to show you how it was done. I love repurposing furniture projects, too, like this old dresser!

gold mercury glass frames thrift store upcycle
Credit: Atta Girl Says

These DIY gilded mirrors are absolutely stunning. You can see how the mercury glass was achieved too. Reminds me of my mercury looking glass diy!

upcycled shutter plate rack
Credit: Old Things New

You can usually find old shutters at thrift stores. There are so many great ways to update them. This DIY plate rack is such a great idea, especially with gorgeous chinoiserie plates.

diy thrift store dresser makeover
Credit: My Repurposed Life

See how to turn an old dresser into a stunning storage bench. You can never have too much storage!

thrift store shelf makeover
Credit: Raggedy Bits

Turn an outdated shelf into a stunning display piece updated with rubber stamps. The paint color is gorgeous too.

upcycled thrift store jewelry holder
Credit: Virginia Sweet Pea

Organize your jewelry with a super useful DIY jewelry organizer. You could use a thrift store find, pallet wood, or scrap wood to make your own.  I love the look of this!

diy secretary desk makeover
Credit: Pretty DIY Home

This vintage secretary received a gorgeous makeover in white, with a pretty shade of aqua. The lace curtains on the inside make this piece dreamy!

thrift store lampshade upcycle
Credit: Our Crafty Mom

A $5 thrift store drum shade was updated with fabric, and combined with a pretty chandelier to make a hanging light fixture. It looks great with the DIY buffalo check curtains too! I love lampshade DIY’s!

thrift store chalkboard makeover with flowers
Credit: Simply Beautiful by Angela

You have to see what this floral chalkboard cabinet started out as. The creativity used for this thrift store makeover is genius! See another chalkboard project HERE!

white file cabinet makeover
Credit: Domestically Creative

How many times do we see old filing cabinets at thrift stores and walk right past them? You will think twice about that after seeing this gorgeous makeover. The gold handles give it such an elegant touch.

DIY Popcorn Tin Makeover
Credit: Just A Little Creativity

Make pretty farmhouse style galvanized metal planters from old popcorn tins!

.99 cent thrift store table makeover
Credit: Confessions of a Serial DIY’er

It’s so hard to believe that this little aqua table was a .99 cent thrift store find. Yup, you read that right-just .99 cents. Stunning!

thrift store bench makeover diy
Credit: 2 Bees In A Pod

This sweet vanity bench was a curbside find heading for the trash. It was given a makeover with fabric, paint and a little elbow grease.  

thrift store makeovers collage

So what do you think of these amazing DIY thrift store projects? I hope they will inspire you to think outside the box the next time you are thrift store shopping!


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  1. Oh my gosh ! Great makeovers! The vintage bed cabinet is my fav!!! I love it!

  2. Linda Deaton says:

    So many creative ideas! I believe my favorite is the shutter turned plate display. I have a collection of plates and this would be a fabulous way to display them.

    1. southerncrush says:

      thank you so much

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  4. Pauline Wrinkle says:

    Love the aqua blue table what brand of paint and was it sealed what color . Love it!! Pauline Wrinkle

    1. Click through the image to see what the person used. I only shared it and did not paint it myself. These are fun ideas don’t you think?

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