10 Easy-to-Find Secondhand Staples (and How To DIY These Thrift Store Finds)

updated Jan 16, 2020
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Here are 10 secondhand staples you run into at thrift stores all the time, and 10 corresponding DIY projects to modernize them. Most are simple projects that are both do-able and transformative. Keep them in mind the next time you are wandering around a flea market, or in your favorite Goodwill.

Mismatched Plates: These DIY tiered stands are inexpensive to make, and a great way to use old dishes. The finished project is perfect for desserts on a table, or as catch-alls for keys, jewelry or other items on your landing strip.

Skirted Sofas: You can remove these granny-style skirts in minutes, and take years off a sofa’s life. Go ahead, show those legs off!

Milk Glass: Design Milk recently modernized these common white vases by using some metal wire and rope.

Windsor Chairs: Just today, June took one of these wooden chairs, which are a dime a dozen at thrift stores, and gave it a little style.

Office Chairs: If the fabric on these skeeve you out, then here’s a simple fix, and then how to clean them thoroughly for smoother rolling.

Metal Storage Tins: Believe it or not, this lamp was made out of an old X-mas lidded tin from a thrift store.

Filing Cabinets: This post shows tons of examples of how to transform ugly, beige filing cabinets into something a little more special.

Dining Table: Cover up unsightly stain and scratches with a zinc top, which you can do yourself.

Dressers: There are tons of ways to update old dressers, but this one is particularly great and graphic.