Hello sweet friends! I’ve got a fun post for y’all today! I’m sharing several pieces that I rescued from one of my own yard sales!
We moved Jack out of his college apartment in Charlottesville this past weekend, and it is so nice to have him home, but that didn’t leave me much time for creating, so instead, I’m sharing the makeovers of six items I rescued from one of our annual yard sales!
A few pieces I decided to keep at the last minute and redo for my booth, and a couple of items just refused to sell, so they got a redo too!
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Meet my yard sale rescue pile:
I thought it might be fun to look back at these makeovers!
Yard Sale Rescue Makeover #1
The first makeover I redid from this small haul is this shelf that I painted in this bold blue for Brennan’s nursery:
I found it in my mom’s attic when I was in search of things to decorate the nursery. The bold blue didn’t do any favors for it though, and I don’t usually enjoy redoing items that are already painted, so there it sat. I finally decided to put it out for my yard sale!
Of course, at the last minute, I just couldn’t do it and decided to give it a makeover instead!
I then followed up with Best Dang Wax in white to seal it.
The outcome is so much more subdued!
And you can see how the white wax nestled into all the crevices:
Paint did wonders for this one!
See the original makeover HERE.
Yard Sale Rescue Makeover #2
Next up is this set of frames I had from our old house:
Yes, those are framed photos of our feet. It sounded like a good idea for our old bathroom at the time ha ha.
When I was pricing items, I noticed that this set of prints, that had also been destined for our yard sale, were about the same size:
Are you thinking what I’m thinking??
I decided to marry the two!
The frames got freshened up with a couple of coats of Dixie Belle’s Buttercream and then a good sanding after:
Then, I cut the images from the prints to fit the frames:
My rotary cutting set was perfect for this!
I sealed the frames with Best Dang Wax in clear and popped these images right into them!
Instant framed artwork!
I don’t use the creamier whites often, but Buttercream is a lovely buttery cream color!
See more of this makeover HERE.
Yard Sale Rescue Makeover #3
The third makeover in this bunch is this porch sign I picked up at a yard sale for a whole dollar:
I hung onto it for a year before deciding to stick it out for my yard sale to get rid of it. Then as I was pricing everything, I figured I’d just keep it and give it a quick redo!
Can you picture my inner turmoil as I let something go and then take it back, time and time again? “Just get rid of it!” “No, you can totally do something with that!”
Then I used the easiest sign making method ever by cutting out letters I printed from Word and tracing around them:
See exactly how I did that in the original post HERE.
Then I just painted in the letters! I sanded to smooth and sealed with Best Dang Wax in Clear and that was that!
This sign hangs in our kitchen year round!
Even at Christmas lol!
Yard Sale Rescue Makeover #4
The next makeover in this pile was this $6 thrift store find that I brought from our previous house:
I’d had it so long and was so over trying to come up with a plan for it that I put it out for $5 at our annual yard sale.
Everything in this photo sold EXCEPT for the chair!
I reluctantly dragged it back inside. I didn’t have the heart to donate it back.
My friend, Jen from Girl in the Garage, had just released her new book, Amazing Furniture Makeovers, at the time, and we were all helping to promote it. I decided to use one of her dressers as inspiration for this chair in my promo post.
It got painted in two coats of Dixie Belle’s Manatee first, and then I used tiny stencils to have a little fun with it…
It turned out so darned cute paired with this white table as a desk setup:
I love the whimsy of the stencils!
I thought it could be perfect for any small space where you might need to fold it up and stow it away.
See more of this makeover HERE.
Yard Sale Rescue Makeover #5
Next up are the bowls that I paid one dollar for each at a yard sale. The condition of these bowls wasn’t great.
First, I tried to sand them to get down to the pretty wood. The smaller of the two had stains that went pretty deep, and the larger of the two had gunk in it that just smeared when I tried to sand it, like a waxy substance.
So at that point, I didn’t feel bad at all about painting them!
It was just perfect for holding seashells!
And here is the outside…
The smaller of the two got painted in The Gulf by Dixie Belle, a pretty beachy blue, and then dry brushed with white.
I then used a small dauber to add some fun details to the top:
The bottom got the stripe effect with FrogTape:
I absolutely love the summer vibe of this bowl now!
I actually kept both of these bowls for myself!
See more of both of these painted bowls HERE.
Yard Sale Rescue Makeover #6
And finally, this basket is one I reshared recently:
I tried to flog it for a dollar at my yard sale with no takers, so it too was added to the yard sale rescue pile!
You can revisit the makeover of this one HERE.
It got a summer-inspired makeover too!
That’s six makeovers from my yard sale rescue pile!
And a before and after comparison to pin for later!
I hope you enjoyed seeing these six makeovers as a group today!
They’re a long way from where they started!
And just in time for yard sale season… here are all my best tips for a successful yard sale!
See them all HERE!
I’ll be back on Thursday with this side table:
I hope to see you then!
Update: This table turned out so pretty! See it HERE now!
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