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Yard Sale Finds Before and After: Upcycled Mirror and Bar Stools

Looking for some creative yard sale finds before and afters? On a recent yard sale adventure I picked up a bunch of goodies, including a mirror and bar stools which I upcycled into pretty pieces for my home.

A painted mirror leaning against two upcycled bar stools outdoors on a stone patio.

I spent a recent sunny Saturday morning roaming various yard sales in my neighborhood. I’d have to say my expedition was successful: for $50 I collected an assortment of home furniture/decor, toys, games and other items.

Collection of items picked up at yard sales including a large wooden sled, two upholstered bar stools, oval mirror, small office desk and chair, games and others.

To be honest, I was hesitant to go. I’m not a regular yard sale goer. I was worried about  insulting an owner if I would leave their sale without buying anything. But fortunately, I was relieved when that feeling quickly vanished the moment I found my first deal…a $2 oval shaped brass framed mirror with loads of potential and a $5 barely used game of Cranium. Score! I was hooked.

Out of all the items I selected, that mirror and a pair of bar stools were going to be my next upcycling project.

The mirror had a great oval shape and was a nice large size. I wasn’t crazy about the ornate gold frame though.

DIY Upcycled Mirror

The mirror needed a paint job: I taped along the inside edge of the frame and painted one coat of light primer.

After allowing time to dry, I added a couple more coats of white trim paint using a foam brush. I removed the tape, allowed time to dry fully and gave the mirror a good cleaning before hanging. And voila…a boutique style decorative mirror!

Bar Stool Upcycle

The bar stools, which I purchased for a steep $2 each, needed reupholstering and a paint job. We used a similar process to the in our how to reupholster a chair seat tutorial

I chose a heavy weight denim I had on hand and cut out exactly the same sizes and shapes. I notched the circle at four evenly spaced spots along the perimeter in order to align with four evenly spaced notches I had placed along the rectangular piece. 

For the legs, I primed them using a foam brush and followed up with several more even coats of white trim paint. Finally, I stapled the new cover and foam padding to the stool.

I’m definitely looking forward to my next treasure hunt. What great treasures have you found at yard sales?

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