Thrift Store Table Gets “Succulent” New Look

At Crap I’ve Made, Char was shopping at the thrift store with her mom when they happened upon this teak table for a steal of a deal.  It had great bones but needed a little love, or as Char puts it, “child labor.”


Once Char and her kids had cleaned and stained the table, she thought of the perfect way to jazz up the empty tray in the middle: succulents, anyone?  After the addition of gravel and planted succulents, Char’s outdoor table would make any porch proud!


Find out more about Char’s table makeover at Crap I’ve Made.

DIY Tiffany Lamp

At Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom, Suzy tells about what went through her mind when she first saw this lamp at a thrift store.  “To the average person, this might look like a piece of 80’s furniture that needs to be put firmly in the back of the attic, but to me…I see awesome potential.  I see a Tiffany lamp!”

Sure enough, Suzy was creative enough to figure out how to take apart this old lamp and turn it into a Tiffany replica.  As you can imagine, a lot of artistic effort went into that transformation, but the finished product was definitely worth it.  I love the bright jewel tones, and the pretty pattern painted on the glass.

You can see the steps Suzy took to makeover this thrifted lamp at Suzy’s Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom.

Distressed White Table

Ashley from Domestic Imperfection has been on the lookout for tables to refab for her living room and master bedroom. She stumbled upon this beat up table at an estate sale for only five bucks. It was solid and a nice size, so why not take a shot at it?

estate sale table

The table’s makeover included textured wallpaper on the drawer fronts, fresh paint, and distressing. I love the little bit of character added by the wallpaper and the brightness of the white paint. Although the table may have looked pretty rough beforehand, it just goes to show the difference a little TLC can make!

estate sale table after

See the complete transformation at Domestic Imperfection.

Glazed Accent Table

Amy from Junque Chic 5 found this table at her local thrift store. I really like the interesting octagon shape of the table and base and all the detail work. Can you believe that base is actually made of plastic though?

thrift store table

After a thorough scrubbing, Amy primed and painted the table. She then applied a black glaze, especially concentrating on all the nooks and crannies. It really makes the details come alive even more. The final touch was a coat of glossy black spray paint for the cool tassel door pulls.

glazed octagon table

Check it out at Junque Chic 5.

Decorative Chalkboard

Tammi from Eleventh House found this wood piece leaning on a wall in the thrift store. She asked about and was told she could have it for only two bucks. Score! Tammi wasn’t really sure what it was originally but knew exactly what she had in store for it.

thrift store wood

When Tammi was a child, one of her favorite things about school was writing on chalkboards. So, of course, when she saw the piece of wood, she knew it was time she had a chalkboard she could write on whenever she wanted. The wood really was perfect for this project since it already had an inset area in the middle and the little decorative ledge on the bottom that mimics a chalk tray.

DIY chalkboard

Find the step-by-step tutorial at Eleventh House.

Distressed Greek Blue Desk

Bonnie from a wee Meenit was driving by her favorite thrift store when she saw this desk sitting out front. She hadn’t planned on stopping in but couldn’t pass up the deal that surely awaited her. At seven dollars, the desk was indeed a bargain!

thrift store desk

It was also the perfect specimen for trying out the Greek Blue chalk paint from Bonnie’s recently acquired stash. The desk had old paint and varnish in its original state so Bonnie opted for a pretty distressed look. This was Bonnie’s first go at painting something blue and has pretty much been won over with this fantastic shade.

Distressed Greek Blue Desk

Find the tutorial at a wee Meenit.