Have you always wanted to learn how to repurpose things from the thrift store, but don’t know where to start? Here is my ultimate guide on the easiest DIY ever!
Anybody who knows me in real life knows that I’m a HUGE fan of thrift stores. I could spend hours looking through clothes, books, furniture, knick knacks, etc. Most people don’t like thrift stores because it’s time-consuming and you really have to dig to find the good stuff, but honestly that’s kind of what I love about it. There’s always incredible things hidden within the junk! But I totally understand that it can be overwhelming to learn how to repurpose the things you find.
So let’s start small! I have a ton of DIY projects that I want to share in the future (like the chameleon habitat I made out of an old glass curio cabinet), but first let’s start with something a little simpler! Something that even thrift store newbies can follow along to.
At my local Salvation Army, I found these two wood things in the home decor section and immediately loved them. One is a mail holder, and one is a small shelf unit. They were both pretty beat up and made of this horribly ugly wood, but I knew I could make them into something awesome.
Here’s what I used:
- my lovely thrift store finds
- spray paint (and acrylic paint in the same color, optional)
- literally, that’s it, just 3 things
Step 1. Sanding
Sanding down the wood removes a lot of the marks and scratches, and it also provides a smooth surface for the paint. Once they were sanded, I wiped them down with a damp towel and let them dry outside.
Step 2. Painting
Once the shelves were totally dry, I laid them out on a big tarp and spray painted both of them with 2 coats of paint each (make sure to let the first coat dry before you apply the second coat). I used Rust-oleum Paint & Primer In One (one of my favorite spray paints for DIY projects) in the color Black Gloss.
Step 3. Touch-ups
Once the spray paint was dry, I went back through with black acrylic paint and touched up any small areas that didn’t get hit with the spray paint. If you’re awesome at spray painting, you can skip this step but I am not, so I won’t.
There is no step 4, there’s literally only 3 steps. Told you it’s easy!
We hung the mail holder right by the front door, and it fits perfectly. It holds all our mail and bills, plus it has little key rings along the bottom.
The second one is hanging in our bedroom, and holds a ton of my
junk knick knacks: sunglasses, chokers, random mushroom ornament I’ve had for years, tiny otter, rose ring holder, and my favorite gift I’ve ever received (crocheted penguin made by one of Mike’s clients).