11 Seriously Impressive Secondhand Makeover Projects

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Scouring flea markets, vintage shops, and garage sales for junk to transform into gems is a skill, and we located 11 bloggers who are masters at the craft. They shared their favorite secondhand projects with us, including furniture makeovers, accessory upcycling, and easy decor facelifts. We have a feeling you'll be hitting your local antique store very soon.

A Custom Chair for Cheap

There are times when even experienced DIY bloggers need to turn over their projects to the pros, and Carrie of Dream Green DIY found herself in that position when she bought a $20 midcentury chair frame sans cushions. For less than the cost of a new custom chair, Carrie had the vintage seat beautifully brought back to life by her local upholsterer.

Bright Buffet on a Budget

Gemma of The Sweetest Digs had been looking for a dining room buffet when she spied this $5 wooden dresser at a garage sale. The storage piece was in good shape, only requiring a light sanding before transforming it into this bright buffet. A quick spritz of spray paint updated the brassy knobs into shiny gold circles.

Spice Canister Succulents

Sometimes, a grandmother's trash is her granddaughter's treasure. When April found these vintage spice canisters at her grandma's garage sale, the House of Hoff blogger was inspired to repurpose them as a centerpiece, filling each with faux succulents she made herself.

Salvaged School Library Cart

When Naomi and Sage scored a school library cart, the Plaster & Disaster bloggers quickly realized that its sloped shelves were perfect for storing books -- but not much else. After painting it bright white, they constructed small wedge-shaped wooden platforms to display knickknacks and plants, giving the already retro-inspired bookshelf a cool midcentury look.

A Midcentury Makeover

If you want to try your hand at restoring vintage furniture, a $10 Craigslist find like this midcentury side table is a low-risk move. With several coats of paint and iron-on veneer edging, Sarah of Sarah Hearts transformed her inexpensive retro purchase into a glamorous gold-dipped accent piece.

A Dresser on Wheels

Armed with a heat gun and a hefty amount of determination, Rachel of The Crafted Life transformed a less than pretty-in-pink dresser from Goodwill into a bright aqua storage piece for her craft supplies. She replaced the legs with casters for ease of mobility, but we love how they give the cheerful dresser a bit of an industrial edge.

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No-Paint Table Transformation

In less than two hours, Fran of Fall For DIY gave this once-dingy thrift store table a midcentury modern makeover. The clever blogger even managed to transform the console table's wooden exterior to white and make its black legs bright without a single swipe of paint.

Upcycled Herb Garden

When Kristin of Modish and Main uncovered this industrial vintage sewing box at a flea market, she thought it could be used it to store throw pillows in her living room or as a flower box on her front porch. Instead, she upcycled the secondhand storage container by turning it into a small herb garden.

Metallic-Dipped Table Lamp

Erin of DIY Passion gave her yard sale find a chic makeover by replacing the lampshade and spray-painting its original 70s avocado-green base. Her metallic twist on trendy gold-dipped home decor is what caught our eye. We wouldn't have guessed this luxe-looking white and bronze table lamp originally cost $1!

A Statement-Making Cabinet

Bre of Brepurposed pulled out all the stops when updating this secondhand storage piece, and we can't decide on its most striking feature. Is it the cobalt blue paint job? The surprising fabric accents? Or the metallic arrow hardware? Somehow, the all three bold choices work on this statement-making cabinet.

Childhood Memory Box

Amy of Delineate Your Dwelling gave this thrifted cassette case a second life by transforming it into a childhood-memory box. In this age of digital media, her young son may not appreciate the nostalgic value of his new storage container, but we sure do!

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