Painting Thrift Store Furniture

There is one thing I love about DIY projects, and that’s finding my next DIY project on the cheap.


You don’t have to go far or spend a lot money to create a nice spaces.  With a little imagination and creativity you can re-purpose any furniture to transform a room.  I think painting thrift store furniture is the way to go.

When I’m looking to fill a space with large pieces of furniture I look to the nearest thrift store for inspiration first and the good thing about it is, I’m doing my part in “green furniture refinishing” and it’s an excellent way to go green in your home.

Painting thrift store furniture is easy and if your new at furniture painting here are some simple rules to keep in mind:

    • If you find a large piece of furniture make sure that it has simple lines; not too much detail.
    • Hardware can always be changed to your liking.
    • If you haven’t done this before find a piece that does not need paint stripping. (unless you’re ambitious)
    • If you do like the shape of something you can always spray paint it.

Here is a credenza I got at my local thrift store.  I still liked the size and the simple lines even if it had some dental molding on it so I went for it.


f you look closely at the inside, you will notice they used contact paper to cover the inside of this piece.  That took me a little longer to remove it seemed to have some type of glue but came up after many attempt to peeling it.

I then remove the doors, I wanted an open shelf unit. I could have left the doors on but I felt that look was to formal for my coastal feel.  I didn’t want too much detail in the front so I decided to added a strip of wood to cover some of the dental molding in the front. I used wood glue to fasten it on the front.

I had to add some wood filler on the sides due to some missing molding which left some deep dents.  I applied the filler and waited for it to dry before sanding.

This pretty much took care of prepping the piece before painting.  To paint large pieces like this I use the Wagner sprayer which I purchased earlier in the year. I also used left over latex paint from Benjamin Moore.


To be honest, the color to me is like a baby blue (not what I expected) , my husband says, no more like a coastal blue.  That’s still up for debate.  I plan to repaint this piece in the near future but for now, it will work.

Thanks for being here!

Have a Beautiful and Blessed Day.

Love G :)

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