Furniture Finds

Added by on September 12th, 2012 @ 10:25 am

Thrifting for furniture can be challenging; you need a car that fits the piece, you need to figure out measurements and sometimes the pieces are not in pristine condition. Joanne Palmisano, author of Salvage Secrets, reminds us to look past initial appearances and imagine the potential of the pieces. If it is solid wood and sturdy, you may just need a bit of imagination and elbow grease to transform it into the piece you always imagined.

DIY Thrifting: Furniture Finds

A lot of people ask me: how do I shop at Goodwill? Well, I do have a  strategy and I’ll share a few furniture tips with you now.

First, when looking at furniture, you may have to see what it can be, not what it is.  Sometimes you’ll find the perfect piece but many times I find that it will need to be painted, stained, covered or reupholstered. But if it is a good quality piece, it is worth it!

Take this king size headboard.  Just okay looking, but totally solid piece.  I would put a funky retro fabric slipcover over the top of it and you have an instant WOW headboard.

This is a gorgeous dresser.  You can use as is or if you have a small cottage home or well…cottage, you can paint it a gloss boat white and drop a sink in the top.  If it is a little too high for a vanity, you can slightly trim down the legs.

I picked up this chair at Goodwill and reupholstered it myself (you can see the final job in the next book :)) I find that chairs with upholstery tacks much easier to redo myself because I can always fold fabric right over the old fabric and tack it down.

I LOVE these red velvet chairs.  They will need to be recovered, or at least the seat does but it is fun to put a different fabric along the seat.  What I love is they are low and there are two of them — sometimes it is hard to find a pair of comfy chairs.

Then of course, there are the books, clothing, fabrics, and more…but that is another strategy post for next time!

Until then.  Have Goodwill fun shopping!

Ken Christian
Senior Director, Communications
Goodwill Administrative Office

Updated 1 year ago by Trendy Stanchfield

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Giving new life to Goodwill finds extends the life of the item and makes for a sustainable choice. Not only will you be saving money, but you will be saving our planet by diverting products from landfills.


Joanne Palmisano is the author of the internationally acclaimed book, Salvage Secrets, Transforming Reclaimed Materials Into Design Concepts (W.W. Norton, Publisher), and designer for DIY NETWORK (salvage design videos and step by step projects). She is a national award winning interior designer and has styled homes for national publications, including This Old House. Ms. Palmisano is currently working on her second book, Salvage Secrets, Design and Decor and traveling across the nation, scouting homes and businesses for the book, as well as conducting a book tour. She also continues to create projects for DIY NETWORK as well as write her blog,