Oh, Make Me Over: How to Makeover a Thrift Store Find in Under an Hour

DIY ombre chair makeover with just two supplies (in under an hour)

A while back, I picked up a couple of basic dining table chairs that were in need of a little extra love. I liked the spindles and the overall shape, but they were in danger of looking a little bit granny-ish, for lack of a better term.

So, with the help of Valspar and their new line of Furniture Paint, I was able to transform my thrift store find into an ombre statement chair in under an hour (not including drying time).

Valspar just launched both a Furniture Paint and Cabinet Enamel, two new products ideal for furniture and cabinet DIY projects. With all the projects I have coming up with the studio, I have a feeling I’ll be hitting this paint up over and over again.

How to Makeover a Thrift Store Find in Under an Hour

How to Makeover a Thrift Store Find in Under an Hour with Valspar Furniture Paint

Materials-wise, all you’ll need is a can of Valspar Furniture Paint and a good paint brush. That’s it! This particular paint doesn’t require much prep (depending on the piece you start with), for mine, I just had to wipe them down! Which I was pretty excited about given the amount of projects we’ve been adding to the growing list lately. The faster I can cross another DIY off the list the better.

Click through to the video below for the full tutorial for the DIY ombre statement chair…

Quick Tip: At first I thought I wasn’t using the ideal brush when I could see the brushstrokes while painting, but when the paint dried, the surface was completely smooth- so don’t fret when you see brush marks on yours. They’ll smooth out and look really professional, like it was always ombre. Yay! I love this paint.

I used Warm Pink 1006-2B for the paint color and was pretty happy with how it turned out. Pastels are my fave. And actually, I’m thinking about trying to find more chairs like these and doing each chair in a different color. Picturing something like a pastel rainbow of chairs.

For more DIY ideas like this one, be sure to check out Valspar’s new series of “Rehab Project” videos, spotlighting mini-makeovers using the new paints and project overviews that detail each tutorial from start to finish. The mid-century bar cart makeover is my fave from the recipe card section.

Before and After: DIY Pink Ombre Chair Makeover

How to Makeover a Thrift Store Find in Under an Hour

Pink Ombre Chair Makeover DIY

How to makeover a thrift store find in under an hour with two supplies!

Photography and video by Amelia Tatnall
Assisted by Rachel Brewer
Production and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

Think you might try this technique on a piece of furniture that needs a little love? I feel like this look would be perfect for an old dresser or buffet. But I’d love to hear your thoughts on furniture pieces that would be good for a little ombre makeover.

P.S. My apologies if I got a Hole song stuck in your head after reading the title. I couldn’t help it.

This post is in partnership with Valspar. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.

27 comments | Click here to reply

I love it! I’m going to have to try this 🙂


Becky | October 16th, 2015 at 8:53 am

Awesome Becky. Let me know how it turns out.

Brittni | October 16th, 2015 at 8:54 am

A very beautiful project, I love how delicate the pink tone is!
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Michelle | October 16th, 2015 at 9:00 am

Thanks Michelle.

Brittni | October 16th, 2015 at 9:22 am

That shade of pink is AWESOME and I love that the paint doesn’t require a ton of prep! Bravo, Valspar!! The ombre look is gorgeous!
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Kelly @ Studio DIY | October 16th, 2015 at 9:41 am

Thank Kel! I’m all for minimal prep time around here!

Brittni | October 16th, 2015 at 9:47 am

Love the result! Looks so cute, and it really seems easy 🙂


Laura Montilla | October 16th, 2015 at 10:01 am

Thanks Laura. It is really easy!

Brittni | October 16th, 2015 at 10:07 am

Really enjoy this pretty

Cheryl mcmcurry | October 16th, 2015 at 10:14 am

Thanks Cheryl.

Brittni | October 16th, 2015 at 11:00 am

Absolutely gorgeous! Love that there’s no sanding or additional prep!
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Rachel | The Crafted Life | October 16th, 2015 at 11:40 am

Thanks Rachel. 🙂 Yep, that’s pretty much my favorite part. The easier the better.

Brittni | October 16th, 2015 at 12:08 pm

I would love to try this technique out on a small piece, I love the look and style. Must watch your tutorial.

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I like this idea, but perhaps a darker/bolder color would have been better? I feel like the pink is too washed out in this, but I like the idea
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Shehla | October 18th, 2015 at 1:49 pm

The final result is so damn cute! I have to get myself a chair from a charity shop and try this out!
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Claire | October 18th, 2015 at 5:29 pm

This chair is so gorgeous! You did an incredible job!

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Love the chair so much – the combination of the pink ombre and the grey side table is stunning too. I think a pastel rainbow of chairs would look beautiful.

Now… time to find a charity shop chair and some paint…


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Ella @ Breaking up with contraception | October 23rd, 2015 at 3:51 pm

I love your chair! Any idea if the furniture paint can be mixed to any Valspar color? The salesperson at my Lowes yesterday wasn’t sure

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Thanks so much for the furniture paint resource!!! Looks great.

Lauren | May 2nd, 2016 at 1:40 pm

So pretty!

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Isoscella | May 25th, 2016 at 2:54 am

Love the way this looks. The pastel color really blends with anything and isn’t too harsh, perfect for a chair! Thanks for sharing.

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