As part of our 31 Days of Thrift Store Transformations, I wanted to highlight some furniture transformations that show how old furniture can be transformed for a new generation – to be used either for its original purpose or in a whole new way.
Thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales, and Craigslist are all great places to find quality furniture that may only need paint or refinishing to look fantastic again. And many times that fantastic piece of furniture will be of a much greater quality than you could have afforded originally.
That’s what happened with the table and chairs that we use in our dining room – I’m not sure what a set like this would cost retail, but I know it wouldn’t be under $100, which is what we ended up paying for the table, four chairs, and materials to finish them.
And though I really like all the little transformations I’ve been highlighting during this series, when it comes to furniture I LOVE the fact that I can own nice things for a fraction of the cost of the same quality new.
We found this table on Craigslist a few years ago for $50 and I estimate that I paid $25 for supplies like wood conditioner, stain, paint and sealer. Pretty nice table for $75 buckaroos, don’t ya think? It’s even got a self-storing leaf!
I wrote a tutorial on staining the top and painting the bottom so if you find that diamond-in-the-rough, you can create a fine piece of furniture, too.
My biggest take-away from this makeover? Using a can of spray paint for the first time on the hard-to-paint legs and pedestals – oh my goodness, SO much easier than a brush!
These chairs were from Craigslist as well, but were only $5 each. It was because they were ugly with weird, chunky legs, I’m sure.
I bought them to be our temporary chairs while I search for my forever chairs. But I like them so much, I sorta stopped looking. See their transformation here.
Even though these Queen-Anne style chairs don’t live in our dining room all the time, they fit in the table and chairs theme and they are another way you can see how paint and recovering the seat cushions totally change a chair – and for the better. We’ve had these chairs for years, finding them at a yard sale in Portland for $10 each.
This particular before-and-after also includes a second post all about the low-tech way I transferred the monogram onto the chair back. Hint: It includes a sharpie.
Yes sir, I do love a good sharpie.
So – tables and chairs – have completed any thrift store transformations with them? And what price did you find them for? Tell us in the comments!
This is day 19 in our series (you can click on the button to see all the posts in the category). If you’re wondering what’s up, you can read the introduction to 31 Days of Thrift Store Transformations here.
I’m sharing this at Miss Mustard Seed.
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