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Friday Furnishings: District Digs Goodwill Makeover

Earlier this summer, Amber and Brittany, the twin sisters behind The District Digs, posted this photo and I fell in love! How adorable is this up-cycled bench found at one of our local Goodwill of Greater Washington stores?

Good as new Goodwill bench!

Good as new Goodwill bench!

The ladies posted the above picture to Instagram with a caption that really sums up the potential in a lackluster piece of furniture; they wrote, “So many treasures to be found at Goodwill!! Flipped this little stool today – paint, fabric and screws and it’s good as new #diy #paintedfurniture #upholstery #thedistrictdigs.” If you are like me, you are probably staring at this picture in awe. I am about the farthest from crafty as one could be. It seems like I am the only woman in my family that didn’t the crafty gene. But alas, there are people in the world like the ladies of District Digs that inspire me, although craft-inept, to try my own DIY!

These gals are no strangers to Goodwill of Greater Washington stores, dear readers. You’ve got to check out their blog! Just a quick scroll through and I spotted some other completely drool-worthy DIY pieces that they transformed from Goodwill. These gals have a great eye for color, texture and pattern mixing!

"Goodwill find on the left and redone on the right #diyfurniture #furnituremakeover #upcycle #shabbychic" --The District Digs

“Goodwill find on the left and redone on the right #diyfurniture #furnituremakeover #upcycle #shabbychic” –The District Digs


"Goodwill something or other...turned bench!" --The District Digs

“Goodwill something or other…turned bench!” –The District Digs

What I love most about these two creative gals is their ability to take a “something or other” and turn it into a fashionable and chic piece that transforms the look of an entire room. They weren’t even sure what the above “bench” was intended to be but they were able craft it into a perfect end of the bed piece. Using a little foam padding, paint, and fabric, they made a piece that could absolutely be sold in big name department stores for upwards of $200.00. That, dear readers, is just downright impressive!

Amber and Brittany of the District Digs!

Amber and Brittany of the District Digs!

Ladies, you have earned your badge as DC Goodwill Fashionistas and you’ve also inspired me to pay quite a bit more mind to the “something or others” I breeze by in Goodwill all the time. Oh – and that $6.00 antique chair that’s been sitting in my garage for the last year, you’ve definitely given me some fashionable inspo to get it transformed into something chic! Thank you!

Want to be a Goodwill Fashionista? Send a photo of your latest Goodwill find to If we feature your look here, you’ll get a badge to share on your blog or site to show everyone that you’re a savvy Goodwill Fashionista! Oh and don’t forget to add “#DCGoodwill” or “MyGoodwillFind” to all your local finds, dear readers! I want to share the excitement of your amazing items. 

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