Hey friends! One of the most frequent questions I get from you guys is about how to decorate with thrift store finds, and you know I couldn’t be happier to answer. For this month’s Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge I’ll share what to look for and how to incorporate your finds into your decor. Ready?
I’m sure you guessed that this challenge is one of my faves. ;)
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | The Kolb Corner Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars Erlene | My Pinterventures Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek Pili | Sweet Things Ann|Duct Tape and Denim
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Marie | DIY Adulation
Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog Jes | My DIY Envy Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods Kimm | Reinvented Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay Sue | A Purdy Little House Sara | Twelve on Main
Claire | Pillar Box Blue Chelc | Inside the Fox Den Kim | Farmhouse Made Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled
Sherry | Savvy Apron Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod Lora | Craftivity Designs
Denise | My Thrifty House Toni | Small Home Soul Megan | C’mon On Get Crafty
Now for My Project: How To Decorate With Thrift Store Finds
This is my newly decorated spring mantel. I know it’s only February. ;) Just about everything here was thrifted, barn sale’d or flea marketed (my new favorite verbs).
When shopping, I look for textures and shapes first. My favorite textures involve old wood, tarnished metal and the rustic woven type. I hunt for baskets, frames, candlesticks and boxes. Don’t worry about varying wood tones, different shades add interest, and you’ll probably choose a few pieces to paint anyway.
The gray pedestal bowl was dark wood, and I was looking for lighter tones, so I chose this piece to paint and brushed on a soft gray tone to incorporate our signature shade. You could choose another neutral or a brighter hue, whatever works for your style. I left the woven candle holder it’s natural color.
The Ball jar came from a flea market, and the galvanized metal boxes were perfect just the way they were; the best kind of find.
The frame and the landscape were both found at our local Goodwill store. The painting was definitely too small to hold it’s own on the window, so I added a painted frame to bring in just a little more blue for spring. Just a light coat of paint let the stain show through for a rustic look.
Faux greenery adds some signs of life after a long (but actually kinda short this year) winter. Those were craft store purchases.
The gray pieces will work for all seasons, and I can mix and match newly found items to incorporate seasonal colors with my favorite paints.
If you love upcycling thrift store decor as much as I do, then you’ll love my favorite tools of the trade! (these are affiliate links for your convenience. I only recommend products I use and love)
- My Favorite Paint for transforming trash to treasure.
- My Favorite Paint makes the job easier.
- My Favorite Sandpaper for smoothing out the imperfections and distressing beautifully.
- Favorite topcoats. Wax and Polyacrylic.
I sure hope that answers your questions, thank you SO MUCH for visiting!
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