In this installment of Thrifting 101, I’d like to share tricks for making thrifted items look like new and smell like new again. When thrift shopping it’s important to shop with an open mind so that you can see the potential in the discarded items. Like they say, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.
The Power of Spray Paint
The easiest way to make a thrifted item look like new is a fresh coat of paint. I don’t want to brag but my spray paint game is on point! Below are the before and after pictures, illustrating the power of spray paint.
I recently discovered the spray paint handle, and it makes spray painting large items super easy. It’s a DIY must have; a trigger finger life saver. Here’s the one I have.
I used this handle on my second-hand (and free) patio set. Excuse the quality of the pictures, they were taken pre-blog.
This is the before. These chairs were good quality patio furniture (6 chairs in total). There made of very heavy and sturdy iron, but as you can see… they were really rusty. So I sanded them down and spray painted them.
Eight cans of spray paint later (yes 8!!). That’s why you need the Spray Grip for big projects. After spray painting I had a beautiful new looking patio set.
What are your tips for cleaning or updating thrift store finds? Leave them in the comments below.