DIY Danna: Updating a Thrift Store Chest


The New Year is here, and if you’re anything like me, you want to give things a fresh new twist to coincide with the start of another year. And this simple DIY project brings a breath of fresh air to my entry, and storage to boot.

Thrift stores are a great place to shop for inexpensive items – you just have to be prepared to look beyond the surface. I picked this piece up for a mere $15, and with shelving on the interior it was a real bargain.


Project Materials and Budget Breakdown:

Thrift store chest – $15

Spray Paint, color: Paprika – $10

Polyurethane topcoat – $10

Paint Brush – $10

The Steps:

First, start by lightly sanding the surface of the furniture, just to remove any pre-existing stains that may hinder paint from properly adhering to its surface. Once sanding is complete, wipe away any dust with a damp cloth and let the wood fully dry.


With color of choice, apply light coats of spray paint until desired coverage is achieved. Make sure to let each coat fully dry before applying another. Lastly, apply one-to-two coats of polyurethane topcoat to give the furniture a pretty gloss finish. I prefer to use the brush-on poly as spray poly can result in spotty coverage.

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For this project, I chose a vibrant orange “paprika,” and since this piece has a lot of grooves, I opted for spray paint to cut down on time spent. The key to getting the perfect finish is by applying multiple light coats of spray paint. Make sure to hold the can at a distance and lightly mist to avoid drips.

In no time, you can take a once drab chest and turn it into a statement piece for your home with just a few simple steps and a little creative vision. For more projects and inspiration, visit my blog at


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