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The thing I love about this continuing series on sprucing up secondhand finds is it reminds me how very creative and resourceful people are with reinventing thrift store scores. This week’s focus is on the dining room, and what do we all consider essentials for any dining space? A table and chairs to start, and a sideboard, console, or hutch is always an added bonus. Great lighting certainly plays a part too.

Every time I visit a thrift store or go to a yard sale there is always a chair or two sitting around, looking for a new home. Often they cost $5 or less, and you’re lucky if you find a set of four or six. Side chairs don’t need to match end chairs or each other for that matter; in fact a dining space can be more interesting and have a ‘collected over time’ look when the chairs aren’t from the same set. Take a cue from these secondhand finds revamped with a fresh new look, both modern and classic in style.
Dining Room Chairs

(Craigslist black bamboo chairs by Design Manifest;  mismatched chairs unified with paint at This Old House;  Black pair of Goodwill chairs by Beneath My Heart;  French slip-covered chair by Miss Mustard Seed)

We all need a table, and you can score a great one if you keep your eyes open at thrift stores or frequently visit Craigslist. They can be sanded and stained, painted, or given an intricate stencil treatment for big impact after the dishes are cleared.
Dining Tables Image

(Restained Craigslist dining room table by 4Men1Lady; inlay stencil by Kim Myles; painted dining room set by Loving Life; Dining set score by Sand and Sisal)

Dining rooms can multi-task when they offer a place to store dishes, serveware, or decor. Enter the convenience and beauty of a hutch, buffet, console, or sideboard. Each of these inspiring pieces were reinvented by their new owners and now they glow with fresh paint and/or stain.
Consoles and Hutches

(Hutch makeover by Honey Sweet Home; Dresser turned sideboard by The Yellow Cape Cod; Craigslist console by Decor Demon; French style painted buffet by Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss)

Don’t overlook the huge potential that lies in discarded light fixtures. You can repaint them or reinvent them to make a unique statement in your dining space, indoors or out.

Repurposed Light Fixtures

(Repainted fixture by In the Fun Lane;  transformed paint stick fixture by Enjoying The Simple Things; thrift store chandelier from Live Like You; chandelier turned outdoor candelabra by In My Own Style)

It’s amazing how much potential awaits if you have a morning or afternoon to spend at a flea market, garage sale, or your local Goodwill. Next week we will end this series with a look at several inspiring pieces for the home office, and a few tips for getting a great deal when you’re on the hunt for secondhand treasures.



18 Responses

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks Kate! What a nice surprise to see my paint stick pendant light. I enjoyed seeing all of the great projects.

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  • Not only does the new island create a natural barrier

  • To keep the color palette uniform throughout the house,

  • The Scott brothers made the dining room even more

  • By knocking down the great room wall and raising the floor