Trash to Treasure

It’s summer in Wisconsin, the smell of grills fired up, the sounds of children playing and a garage sale sign on every corner. This is my time of year, I am now an avid garage sale enthusiast! Once I spot a sign,  thank goodness for fold down seats!

 garage sale find

Originally my goal was looking for 2nd hand items for my daughter at a good price but most recently my obsession is looking for furniture I can refurbish.

Tips in finding your treasures & refurbishing:

  • Browse Pinterest to become inspired on possible projects. This helps to know what to look for.
  • Know what furniture costs and what you are willing to spend. It is ok to negotiate. What do you have to lose?
  • Bundle items together to get a better deal.
  • Start small. Work on a few projects and expand from there.
  • Be sure to take before and after pictures.
  • Patience is key. If staining or painting allow ample drying time.

Here are some of my latest creations:

 $15 Dresser turned Dress Up Station


For this project I used:

  • Gel stain with sock application
  • Drawer liner- purchased mine from $1 aisle at Target, could also use wallpaper to line the inside
  • Rod for hanging clothes
  • Spray-paint to update hardware color to silver
  • Satin topcoat
  • Foam brush

 Upgrade to stainless steel look


For this project I used:

  • $3 Little Tikes Fridge find
  • Spray paint for plastic
  • Chalk paint spray
  • Stickers for message board

$20 Secretary updated (This one is for me!)


This piece reminded me of something my grandma had. Was so excited to snag this find and make it fit in with our color scheme.

For this project I used:

  • Gel Stain with sock application
  • New hardware
  • Spray-paint to update metal hinges
  • Drawer liner, could also use wallpaper
  • Satin topcoat
  • Foam brush

Next project on the list is a Lego table!

Hit those garage sales while the temperatures are nice! Find fun pieces to refurbish for your children and yourself. Have fun!

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