In the Details: Customizing Thrift Store Furniture

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Seeing an awesome makeover makes me happy.  I LOVE a great before and after.  Whether it’s a person, a room or…a piece of furniture! Creating the makeover myself is even better.

I found this small desk for $5 at a thrift store and I thought with a little love it would be a perfect homework or art station.

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A little painting, sanding, wood appliqué-ing, distressing, and cute knob-afying later…

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I used a few coats of flat white spray paint to cover.  Then I sanded the edges and added some glaze to give it more antiquing. 

The precious little knobs were a steal at TJ Maxx.  (Like $3 for all of them.)LOVE.

Unique knobs make a huge difference… just check out the before pic again with the basic wood knobs.  See?? Using cute knobs with detail and color, this piece now takes on instant charm with a whole new look.

*no luck finding knobs?  just paint them to get that pop of color!

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By adding the little wood appliqué at the bottom of the drawers, this basic piece is instantly feminized which is what I wanted for the space I will be using it in. (my daughter’s room)

Appliqués like this are inexpensive and can add a lot of character and easily customize your thrift store pieces.  *TIP… I stained the appliqué first to match the wood on the desk so when it was painted and sanded it would look the same color as the rest of the desk.

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Isn’t she sweet? I love projects like this.  Creating something that I love, and that I can use, with my own personal stamp on it.

So friends,  don’t pass up those seemingly boring or lifeless deals at garage sales and thrift stores… because with a little embellishing you can have a total custom piece!

happy bargain hunting:)