Upgrade Your Garage Sale Find

Sometime during our first year or two of marriage, my husband and I became regular garage sale shoppers.  We began to recognize many of the same people each Saturday morning as we traveled from one sale to the next looking for the best deals.  At the time, we were slowly remodeling our first home and also trying to furnish it within our budget.  We don’t frequent garage sales as often these days since we now have two small children that aren’t keen to being toted around bright and early on a Saturday morning, but we still appreciate the benefit of finding a diamond in the rough at garage sales.

Some of our best finds had “good bones” but needed a facelift or some slight repair.  We weren’t afraid of a little work, and it always paid off.  In future posts, I’ll revisit some of our earlier finds as well as more recent projects.  Hopefully these posts will provide you with lots of inspiration!  So, without further ado, here’s my latest garage sale repurposing project…

I recently have become a distributor with Young Living Essential Oils.  While the use of the oils is a whole other post, I will say that once I started to collect a few oils, I began combing the internet (mostly Pinterest, Amazon, eBay) for ideas on how I could store and display them at the same time.  However, after looking for a few days, I quickly realized that most of the organizers I liked were upwards of $100.  I am currently a stay at home mom, so we live off of one income and I just couldn’t justify spending that much on a decorative organizer for my oils when I could just store them in a kitchen or bathroom cabinet.  There were cheaper options on Amazon or overstock, but they either weren’t quite my style, or they didn’t seem like they would hold up well.  Most of the organizers for sale online were actually spice racks or nail polish holders that could be used as oil organizers.  This gave me the idea to look for an old spice rack at a garage sale.  I used to see them all the time when we went to garage sales regularly, but I had never bought one because I didn’t have a use for one (or so I thought).

One Saturday a few weeks ago, I found the time to check out a garage sale in town and low and behold, a small cabinet with lots of trinkets in it was for sale for $4!!! Score!  I left the trinkets behind so they could be sold to someone that actually wanted them and bought the cabinet.  While it wasn’t exactly my style as it was, I could see the potential.  All I needed was a little bit of paint.

I was looking forward to having my oils out where I could access them for daily use, so I got started right away.  Every naptime or small amount of free time I had, I worked on the cabinet little by little.  First I roughed it up with some sandpaper.  I didn’t sand it down completely, just enough to get the paint to stick.  Then I painted one coat with a light gray paint I had a sample tub of (I hadn’t chosen that color as my final choice in a bedroom, but it would work great as a primer for this project).  Once that dried, I came back with a coat of the white paint I had used to paint our kitchen cabinets and all the trim and baseboards throughout our house.  Finally, I painted the inside back of the cabinet the light gray that I had chosen to paint our daughter’s bedroom since I loved the color.  It took me a few days to complete the project since I was working only during nap times and such, and I had to allow for drying time, but overall it didn’t take very long and it only cost $4 since I had the paint leftover from other projects around our house.

My husband hung the cabinet up for me in the kitchen and I absolutely love how it looks!  I use my oils daily, so now I have easy access to them and I think they look beautiful on the wall.  I may someday upgrade to a more expensive shelving unit, but I love that this one is personalized to my tastes.

essential oil holder on wall
Stay tuned for more before and after posts of great garage sale finds!  Do you have an awesome repurposing project that you’ve completed on an item from a garage sale? I’m always looking for new ideas, so let me know in the comments below.

–Brandi