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Farmhouse Style Decor from Yard Sale Finds!

I’m so excited to show you these yard sale decor scores today! I am teaming up with some friends to transform an item (or items in my case) from a yard sale/thrift store. But the special part about this one is near and dear to my dog loving heart. We had to find something from a store or sale that benefits animals in our community. We don’t have a dedicated thrift store in my county for that, but we do have an annual garage sale that benefits the Oconee County Animal Shelter. All proceeds go towards the medical fund for the shelter dogs and cats of Oconee County. Win win! It’s held yearly at the local civic center and it’s huge! I didn’t make it until the last day, but still found some amazing deals!

But first, I’ll tell you the reason this is so important to me.

Meet Charlie, aka Brown Dog:

A large brown dog sitting in the grass.That’s an old pic of him above – he’s much thinner and grayer now! He’s the name behind the blog. And he’s been our kid for the last 12&1/2 years. We adopted him from a local rescue group when he and the rest of the litter were left behind and neglected. He was about 10 weeks old when we got him. And let me tell you. This dog has been through the ringer. He’s had every problem under the sun. He survived GDV (or Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus) where the stomach “flips” and is often fatal in dogs. He’s had allergies, chronic stomach issues, joint problems – you name it. However, I wouldn’t change a thing. This old brown dog is the best dog – sweet, gentle, still like a puppy a lot of times, and he loves us unconditionally.

So when I heard about this opportunity to jump in with some other bloggers for a good cause, I was all over it.

Image graphic advertising a thrift benefit for sheltered animals.

Farmhouse style decor is crazy popular right now, but it can get a little expensive to buy all new stuff. And truthfully, you can makeover a good thrift store, yard sale, or junk store find and give it your own take on farmhouse style for a fraction of the cost!

Farmhouse Style Decor

Pinterest graphic with text that reads \"Give Yard Sale Finds Fixer Upper Style\" with an ornate mirror in the background.

Yard Sale Scores Before:

Farmhouse decor from a yard sale, including a mirror, chess board, tray, and candlesticks.
Not exactly my style, but the yard sale was pretty much donation only. Make them an offer and it’s yours! I’m saving the checkerboard and the platter for later, but I knew I could make the candlesticks and the mirror into the perfect farmhouse decor for my bedroom.

And this is the area of my room that needed a little help:

Farmhouse decor on an antique side table.

Not bad, but it needed something. We recently added a shiplap feature wall so this side could use a little more farmhouse style decor.

First up, these candlesticks:

Two black candlesticks on a wooden side table.

Black and red don’t exactly fit into my home decor. I started by painting them with flat black latex paint. Then I dry brushed them with white paint, but didn’t love the look of them. I recently bought some rose gold spray paint so I thought, why not? Well, they still weren’t quite what I wanted so I dry brushed some more white paint onto them after I sprayed them rose gold. If you’ve never dry brushed before, here’s how easy it is. Get a teeny amount of paint on your brush and make sure it isn’t thick. Then just go over your surface lightly. I love how these turned out. They have a rustic farmhouse feel now. Much better than the previous black and red.

Farmhouse candlesticks on a wooden side table.
And now the mirror:

This mirror was in decent shape to start with. It’s super heavy, the actual mirror is in perfect shape, but it had a small crack in the frame. I added some gorilla glue and clamped it for a few hours and it’s good as new!

[one_half]Close-up of the side of an ornate mirror.[/one_half][one_half_last]Clamps attached to the frame of an ornate mirror.[/one_half_last]

Since I knew I wanted to keep my copper planters on the wall, the gold in the mirror frame was just too much. I used the same dry brushing technique as the candlesticks except this time I went even lighter on the paint since I want the gold to show through a bit. I seriously spent about 2 minutes painting the frame. It’s meant to look old and worn. No perfection needed here!

And here’s what I have now! Farmhouse style decor for just a few bucks and a little bit of time.

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Farmhouse style decor from garage sale finds in a bedroom.

Farmhouse decor on a dresser in a bedroom.

Nothing too drastic. Just some small touches to add some style to this corner. I love many different styles, but I’m especially fond of farmhouse style. Don’t overlook those outdated things – paint is a powerful tool in DIY! And it doesn’t have to be pricey. I used a $1 sample paint I found in the “oops” section at the paint department. They will often have colors that didn’t turn out quite right and you can get them for a major discount! Keep trying if it doesn’t turn out exactly the way you like at first. I used three different paints for the candlesticks until I got them right. Nothing has to be perfect. That’s part of the beauty of farmhouse style decor – it’s not fussy or perfect in any way!

Thanks to Jeanette at Country Design Style for organizing this whole idea for such a good cause! If you’re thinking of adding a pet to your family, please, please consider adoption. There are some amazing animals out there just waiting to be loved! Or donate to a shelter, shop their yard sales, or get your kiddos involved in volunteering. I’m so thankful we found our sweet Charlie all those years ago. There is nothing like the unconditional love from a dog!

Be sure to check out the other bloggers that participated in this good cause!

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Sunday 21st of January 2018

I totally agree, Melissa. Paint is a valuable DIY tool. Fantastic makeover job you've done!


Sunday 21st of January 2018

Thanks friend! My family thought I had lost it when I came home with my stash! Paint is such a game changer. It can fix so many things!


Sunday 5th of November 2017

Hi there, I once dry brushed on a dresser without realizing what was doing, that was one part of dresser daughter loved most. When I do pieces never have idea what will do, just go with it and usually turns out better than planned. Love what you did with both pieces, candle sticks look great too. Whatever method works best for you did the job. Our dog is also a rescue and so were 2 dogs before him. He's black lab/border collie we got at just a year. Not what we were looking for when we went there but he is our little boy at 9 next week. He is the sweetest, smartest, loving wonderful dog, swear he can spell. Hope your dog won't get sick any more, so hard when they are sick, like our kids. These furry kidz can sure grab our hearts can't they Charlie sure looks like a sweet heart. Our dog Tommy and cat who adopted us in KY, Monty, are such a big part of our lives. Our cat, which was a barn cat from next door farm land, showed up one day and didn't seem to want to leave so we kept him. Good choice as he's a sweetie also,we think he's about 16 or 17 by now,not sure. think there's a thrift store which benefits animals but is way way on other side of town. Will need to go see what's what with it one day. Enjoy your new pretties for your room. Have wonderful Sunday


Sunday 5th of November 2017

Thanks so much for reading! It sounds like you've been blessed with some wonderful rescue fur babies also!! And I completely agree about the dry brushing. It's those "accidents" that often turn out to be my favorites too! Have a fabulous week!

Sadie Seasongoods

Sunday 29th of October 2017

Love it all!!! I'm so glad you were a part of the Thrift Benefit! :)


Sunday 29th of October 2017

Thanks! I was happy to participate for a good cause! Every little bit helps for animal rescue!


Saturday 28th of October 2017

Very great makeover and for a good cause. Your tips about farmhouse decor are right on, its so easy to do because things don't need to be perfect. I also like the idea of buying mistints.


Sunday 29th of October 2017

Thanks Leanna! That's one of my top reasons to love farmhouse style. Distressed and dinged often adds to the character! And I never skip the mistint section when I go to Lowes. I found a gallon of gorgeous blue paint the other day for $12! Now to find something to use it on.

Christina Paul

Friday 27th of October 2017

Love the redo- what a difference a well chosen paint makes! Charlie is so handsome and lucky to have you as his forever family - This benefit has been such fun for a great cause :)


Sunday 29th of October 2017

Thanks Christina! I agree completely - love a good cause and a good makeover!