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Published on August 16th, 2013 | by Bonnie Getchell


Thrift Store Finds Before & After: An Owl Mail Holder

Thrift Store Makeover Before & After: An Owl Mail Holder

How do you achieve a thrift store makeover miracle? With a little bit of paint and hard work, it’s easy to update your home with thrift store finds!

As we’ve shared before, reusing is green! Buying second-hand not only reduces waste, but it also helps you avoid the impact of buying new. If you’re looking for furniture or other decor for your home, you can most likely find what you’re looking for at a thrift store or garage sale. Those thrift store fings may not be exactly the color you’re looking for, but we can fix that!

A few weeks ago, I scored an adorable vintage mail holder at a garage sale for $3. Here’s how I gave it a makeover to match my style and decor.

Thrift Store Finds: What You Will Need

1. An old item from a thrift store or garage sale that needs a makeover

2. Spray paint. Spray paint isn’t the greenest craft supply, so opt for low VOC spray paint, if you can.

3. Sand paper

How To Do It

1. Lightly sand your item. In my case, I didn’t sand a lot because the surface was pretty rough.

2. Spray paint it the color of your choice. I chose a nice and neutral cream color.

3. If you want to give the piece a shabby chic look, you can use sand paper to distress the edges like so:

Thrift Store Makeover Before & After: An Owl Mail Holder

Isn’t it adorable now? Plus, it only cost me around $5-$6. What thrift store finds could you buy make over instead of buying new at big box stores? Make a mental check list and then go to garage sales and thrift stores to find your items!

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About the Author

Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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