Furniture Refinishing Inspo: Before & After

It’s amazing how a bit of furniture refinishing can bring any antique object back to life. With some creativity, and a little elbow grease, you can craft the perfect statement piece for your home at a fraction of the price. Whether your next project is refinishing a hutch, repurposing an organ, or adding a completely new addition to your kitchen, nothing beats the affordable price of a DIY thrift store find.

Need a little inspiration before your next thrift store shopping trip? Here are a few before and after photos of our recent flip competition entries.





What a difference a little paint makes!






The before and after is almost unrecognizable with this buffet piece!




What was once a regular old organ… is now a repurposed vintage outdoor bar!

Why You Should Consider Furniture Refinishing

Here’s the thing. Why spend thousands of dollars when all you need is a little patience and a Goodwill store nearby? Instead of walking into a thrift store with a specific design and color in mind, go in there looking for pieces that have potential. Those who don’t have their creative thinking caps on might walk right by some quality furniture just because it “looks” outdated. Little do they know they are passing up on some hidden gems!

And if you’re looking for a side gig, furniture refinishing can pay off big time. The sweat equity of the pieces in these “after” photos was major. We think that these creative masterminds produced a finished product that is worth double, even triple what they paid at their local Goodwill store.

What To Do Next

Have we inspired you to start your hunt yet? Visit your nearest Goodwill store and start searching for the perfect piece.

Exciting Events this Week!

Amazing things are always happening at Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona! Whether you are looking for a daily special or want to participate in one of our job training events, we have something for you.

*Daily deals are valid at select Metro Phoenix, Prescott, and Yuma locations. Please check with your neighborhood Goodwill for details. Dollar Day pricing adjustment goes into effect on Jan. 5, 2023.

Discount valid on used merchandise only. Not valid on food or drink, new goods, seasonal or holiday items. Not valid at Goodwill Clearance Center.