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How to Spot an Old Thrifty Item Makeover Opportunity

How can you spot an old thrifty item that has lots of opportunities for a makeover? First, you must ask yourself… What is it that you are searching for in your next project? This is something that I always need to know each time I want to make something new.

Most of the time it is something that I want to add to my home decor collection. I am always thinking of ways to make my home look beautiful without having to break the bank. In fact, decorating your home with your own projects is the best way to budget. And you get to have your own style that fits you best. If I see something online that I love, I always try to put some of that inspiration into my next project.

How can you spot an old thrifty item that has lots of opportunities for a makeover? Click through so you can easily find a thrift store item for your next DIY.

How can you spot an old thrifty item that has lots of opportunities for a makeover? Click through so you can easily find a thrift store item for your next DIY.

I love being able to go to the thrift store and find old items that I can repurpose. Or even just adding a touch up of new paint colors is like a magical recreation of some sort. It’s amazing what you can do with one or two paint colors to freshen up the look of something.

If you are new to the DIY niche, then it is time to get in touch with your creative side. Imagine what you can do with the pieces that you have right in front of you. Start out with a thrift store or a local flea market and look at which items are available to you.

Hold onto whatever catches your eye

If you find something that catches your eye, hold onto it. And visualize what you can do with that item. Then think about whether you can repurpose this item into something new. Or whether it just needs to be refinished with a few layers of paint. If it can be repurposed, look for something else that can be used as an added touch for that old thrifty item you have just found.

When you spot an old thrifty item and you have found some pieces that go together, then imagine what you can create by thinking of what you can do with those pieces. For example, I was able to DIY some old thrift store junk into a gift that I gave to someone for Christmas. If you went into the thrift store and saw those wall decor pieces sitting on a shelf, your average person would never have thought about turning it into a farmhouse decor piece with a couple of old mason jars.

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If you spot an old thrifty item, another way to spew out your creative mind is to think of what opportunities may be the best outcome for this project when combing your handy skills and the supplies that you already have. When you are always starting a completely new project, supplies can become expensive in the long run if you keep adding on. So maybe you have some chalk paint lying around that you never finished up using. This way, you are still saving money when you decide to start a new project.

Be creative with the finishing touches to your old thrifty item

Now that you already have an idea of what you want to do with your old thrifty item, think of what to add next to completely finish the project. What colors can you add to paint this project? Get inspired and imitate. Maybe you found something that you love on Pinterest. Don’t be afraid to copy that and add your own spin to it. Other than paint colors, search for items that will make your project even stand out more. These are the best parts of a project because you get to be creative with those finishing touches. And you get to create something that has your own style to it.

So now that you have an idea of how to spot an old thrifty item, go to the store and see what items catch your eye. You can really piece some things together when you put your mind to it. The most important thing that matters most is that you are having fun and being creative.

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A List of Ideas for Our First Home: Before and After We Move In

I feel like we are finally moving up in the world! We are going from a rental house to a smaller apartment to a house that we can finally call home. My husband and I just recently put in an offer on our first home and it was accepted!

After looking for 6+ months, we finally found the home that fits our needs. It’s a 3 bedroom 1 3/4 bath house that has a bit of charm to it. The home has a nice backyard for my little girl to play in, a cozy fireplace in the living room with french doors, original hyde murphy woodwork trim, and a dining room with a large window seat.

We do not close on this house until the end of June so I can’t officially say that we are homeowners yet, but we are one step closer! There are just some ideas that I have that we have to do before we move into this house.

If you bought your first home and need some interior inspiration, click through to get some of our latest ideas for home decor.
If you bought your first home and need some interior inspiration, click through to get some of our latest ideas for home decor.

If you bought your first home and need some interior inspiration, click through to get some of our latest ideas for home decor.

Interior ideas for our first home

There are so many projects that I already have in mind. But the absolute first thing that I would love to do is to paint the interior before we move in our furniture. It’s so exciting to think of all of the options there are with paint colors.

This is something that I have been waiting to do for so long because I have always wanted to pick and choose my own colors. And I have never had the opportunity to do that because we have always rented.

Now that I can do what I like to our first home, I really want to choose colors that make the home bright and airy. The house has wood trim that I am not going to paint because I think it will devalue the home since you can’t get hyde murphy anywhere.

If you bought your first home and need some interior inspiration, click through to get some of our latest ideas for home decor.

Neutral vibes with pops of color

These are some ideas I am thinking of using throughout our first home. I’m in love with the white, brown, and grey tones. I love these colors because of how simple and clean they appear when you walk into a room. Plus, the neutral colors will go nicely with the dark wood trim.

The decor pieces that bring in pops of color are also lovely. I am normally the one person who has a hard time bringing in bright colors all together. But it is something different to experiment with.

The fireplace needs to be brightened up, so I am thinking of painting the brick white. As of now its just a natural dark brick color. But the fireplace looks dark and drabby. It also has some gold trim on the cabinet doors that cover the bookshelves beside it. I will have to paint those and probably stick with white altogether.

There are many more projects that I have in store for our first home. But one of the major projects that will happen in the future is a little kitchen renovation. The kitchen is very small and awkward. And we are thinking of knocking down the mudroom next to it. This is so we can have more counter space on top of making the kitchen roomier and open.

Putting up fences and gardening

After we move into our first home, we have plans to put a fence up in the backyard. A fence is necessary since there is a small drop off at the end of our yard. It’s about 4 or 5 feet in height which is not good for our toddler. So our goal is to get that done right after we’ve moved. But I might temporarily plant tall bushes in the back if putting a fence in needs to be delayed.

I am also getting excited about gardening. I’d love to fill our backyard with flowers and lots of it! I am a newbie at gardening so this will be an exciting new hobby to add.

We are so giddy about our first home and we cannot wait to get in and close on this house.

I will be documenting all of the projects that we complete in our home. As first-time homeowners, it is going to be a lot of work. Almost everything is new to us in the home improvement department. But we are looking forward to learning as we go.

Looking for more home inspiration? Check out this DIY project on painting an old picture frame and creating a chalkboard to go with it!

16 Springtime Decor Pieces to Add to Your Shabby Chic Collection

Springtime Decor Pieces

Springtime Decor PiecesAdd some inspirational springtime decor pieces to your collection. Click through to shop for spring decor.

I’ve had a late obsession with the shabby chic look for furniture and decor. I don’t know if it is the drabby weather or I am just really in need of some Vitamin D, but I have been in a mood lately and I’ve been wanting some springtime freshness in my home. Springtime reminds me of whiter, brighter, flowy, and fresh-clean airy decor. While you are spring cleaning your home, you may as well add some new pieces to make your home look cozy and shabby chic. So I’ve gathered 16 springtime decor pieces to add to your collection. Happy shopping and don’t forget to share this with your friends.

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1. Safavieh Mercer Collection Clara Round Ottoman

Safavieh Mercer Collection Clara Round Ottoman

It is a little contemporary, yet this would be perfect to add to your springtime decor. An ottoman is always nice to have as an accent piece, a place to put your feet up, and an extra storage area for living room or bedroom clutter.

2. Paddywax Botany Collection Scented Soy Wax Candle

Paddywax Botany Collection Scented Soy Wax Candle

How cute is this candle?? It has a blue coral and driftwood scent. I can imagine the fresh clean spring air drifting through my apartment. This would look nice to add in the bathroom or maybe your dining room table.

3. Surya Tilda Throw

Surya Tilda Throw

Brighten up your home and make it look cozy with a spring colored throw blanket. Add it to your bed or a chair. It’s always nice to have an extra blanket at arm’s length.

4. Barn Window Pane Mirror Homesteader

 

Barn Window Pane Mirror Homesteader

I love this idea. It’s window pane mirror which would be pretty to place in an entryway. Add a cute spring wreath to hang on the front of it and this decor piece would be a nice welcome piece once you walk in the door.

5. Skyline Furniture Tufted Ottoman

Skyline Furniture Tufted Ottoman

This springtime decor piece is certainly white and bright. I love it and it would definitely brighten up any room.



 

6. Safavieh Lighting Collection

Safavieh Lighting Collection

I can’t get over how beautiful this lamp is. It’s shiny and chic, but the design is also minimalistic. Perfect for the simple-minded decor shopper.

7. Now Designs Bread Bin

Now Designs Bread Bin

It’s time to do some adulting today and buy a bread bin.

8. Mugtail Fawn 11 oz. Mug

 Mix in a little country charm with this cute mug! They even have a fox and a squirrel mug too!

9. Safavieh Lighting Collection Robinson Light Blue

Safavieh Lighting Collection Robinson Light Blue

These would be pretty to place at your bedside.

10. 3-Piece Vintage, Retro, Farmhouse Chic, Mason Jar Inspired Ceramic Kitchen Canister

 

3-Piece Vintage, Retro, Farmhouse Chic, Mason Jar Inspired Ceramic Kitchen Canister

While you are adulting today, you might as well add these to your list. But, seriously, these are super cute for the kitchen area.

11. Top Finel Garden Bloom Voile Window Curtain

 

Top Finel Garden Bloom Voile Window Curtain

April showers bring May flower curtains! These curtains are a must have for springtime and would give you a fresh look and happy feel to the room.

12. Common Wealth Home Fashions Mona Lisa Lace

Common Wealth Home Fashions Mona Lisa Lace

If you’re not a fan of the floral curtains, then you should definitely look in lace curtains. These curtains are flowy and bright which are perfect for spring.

13. Signature Doublewide Blackout Drapes

Signature Doublewide Blackout Drapes

I love how bright these drapes are and you can completely darken a room with them if you need to.

14. Queen’s House Shams Cotton Lace White Pillowcases

Queen’s House Shams Cotton Lace White Pillowcases

You might be in need of some new pillow shams. They’re country and shabby chic style would look great in a guest room!

15. Transitonal Blue Vintage Distressed Border Rugs

Transitonal Blue Vintage Distressed Border Rugs

This rug is absolutely beautiful! It’s bold and would make a great piece to lay in an entryway or a hallway.

16. Modern Farmhouse Style Wooden Wall Decor

Modern Farmhouse Style Wooden Wall Decor

I love farmhouse decor and this piece would be so cute to add to your springtime collection.

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How to DIY a Distressed Picture Frame and a Chalkboard

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

distressed picture fram

I love going to the thrift store and finding old things to turn them into new. For this DIY project, I was in search for some old picture frames that I could make new again. It was during a trip that I took to Virginia to visit family was when I stumbled upon some old picture frames.

Every time we travel to Virginia, one of our top to do’s is to go thrift shopping. So we stopped at a Salvation Army, near Staunton. It’s one of my favorite stores to go to because I’ve always found gems in there.



 

Sometimes I find some really nice furniture pieces that I would love to take back with me, but sadly, we never have the room.

So for my latest creation, I painted a distressed picture frame with a vintage, rustic theme. Then I added another picture frame that I turned into a chalkboard to compliment the distressed picture frame with. The total costs of each of the frames were only 99 cents a piece!

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Materials needed:

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

Chalkboard paint:
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Chalk paint
Vintage Effect Wash:
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Foam paint brushes
Paint brush
Poster board
Sand paper
X acto knife
Glue gun

1. Clean first, then use your foam brush to start painting.

The first step you want to take when painting anything you bought from the thrift store is to clean it off. I used windex cleaner for everything. You can also use alcohol to clean the glass.

Add grey chalk paint first with the foam paint brushes. Apply strokes in the same direction for a smooth finish.

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

Side note: to make it look distressed, leave some spots uncovered.

Let it dry for an hour before you add the next layer of paint. You might only need one layer of paint since you can apply it on pretty thick with the chalk paint.

2. Start painting your other frame with an off-white chalk paint.

While your paint is drying, you can start painting the other frame. I used an off white color of chalk paint to cover the frame with. I had to add at least 3 layers with about a half hour to an hour of drying in between.

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

3. Add chalkboard paint to your poster board.

Next, you can paint the chalkboard with the black chalkboard paint. The material I used paint on it was a poster board. You can trace the back piece of the frame and an X acto knife to cut out the poster board.

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

Add paint to the poster board with the foam paint brush. Paint with strokes in the same direction for a smooth finish. Add at least 2 layers of paint with a half hour of drying in between.



 

4. Go back to your first frame and add the Vintage Effect Wash to make it look distressed and rustic.

While you’re waiting for those two pieces to dry, you can go back to the distressed picture frame. Grab the white vintage paint, dip your paint brush, and go!

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

Make sure you apply a thin layer first to see how it looks on top of the grey. Add various brush strokes in different directions to keep going with that distressed look.

Try not to cover the whole frame. Like so in this picture. But you can get pretty creative with this part in how you want it to look. I only needed to apply one layer of paint here.

After that frame is dried, I used sandpaper on the sides and the corners of the frame to really pull out that distressed look I was going for.

5. Put your chalkboard frame together after it has dried.

After you’re finished with that, put your chalkboard frame together by gluing the poster board into the frame with a hot glue gun and framing the back piece of the frame so that you can hang it on the wall. Now you can start adding to do lists, favorite quotes, or drawings to your new chalkboard!

Check out this simple DIY project on how to create a distressed picture frame, plus a chalkboard to go with it.

A distressed picture frame would look great in the front entrance or your living room. Hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! Show me your latest project in the comments below!


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DIY Wall Sconce Makeover with Mason Jars

Learn how to makeover old wall sconces that I bought from the thrift store. This is an easy DIY tutorial that will help you learn how to create a weathered look with chalk paint, how to paint mason jars, and where to get all of your supplies. Pin it here for later!

 

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This DIY project was pretty easy to accomplish. I went to Goodwill one day, and I wasn’t really sure what I was looking for. I knew that I wanted to do a new DIY project that I could repurpose for someone as a Christmas gift. One of the reasons for doing this was to save some money in the bank. And also because I love to make things as Christmas presents.

I came across many items in the home decor section that I could repurpose and give as gifts. You could walk by these items inside Goodwill and not even think twice about how beautiful they would look in your home. Because, why would anyone want to buy them?


These thrift store pieces were ugly before. But I was able to turn them into something pretty. The DIY project that I created were two pieces turned into a farmhouse decor finish to hang on the wall.

I hope you enjoy this craft as much as I did. Please leave a comment below to let me know what you think of this project.

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DIY Thrift Store Junk Materials needed:

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1. Take off the hardware first.

The mason jars and the wall sconces are what I bought from the thrift store. I took a flathead screwdriver to remove black candlestick pieces off the wood pieces so that I could apply the chalk paint. Be sure to clean off any dust and dirt first before you go ahead and paint.

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2. Apply chalk paint.

Apply chalk paint to the wooden pieces with a foam paint brush. Make sure you apply brush strokes in the same direction and add at least two layers of paint to minimize brush strokes. Make sure you let them dry for an hour in between each layer of paint that is applied. I used chalk paint that I had bought from Walmart, called “Elephant Ear”.

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3. Apply the wash paint to give it a rustic farmhouse look.

After the two wooden pieces were dried, I added the Vintage Effect Wash Paint over the wooden pieces to make it look rustic. I just dripped some of the paint onto a rag and I rubbed it on the wooden pieces. But I only needed to add one layer of paint. And use the same strokes when applying the paint.

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4. Paint and sand mason jars.

Next, I cleaned off the mason jars with alcohol, as the directions say on the bottle of paint. Then, add the ivory chalk paint by Waverly from Walmart to the mason jars with foam paint brushes. I would add at least two to three layers of paint to the mason jars and give it about 30 minutes to an hour between the layers. Then you can also use a medium grit sandpaper to give it a “vintage farmhouse look”. Make sure you use the same up and down brush strokes with the foam paint brushes.

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5. Dust off any dirty looking parts and give it a fresh coat of paint.

Although this was optional, the candlestick pieces needed a splash of paint to make them look shiny and new again. I had to clean them off because they were so dusty looking. And then I just applied black chalkboard paint. But you don’t necessarily need chalkboard paint. Any type of acrylic paint will do just fine.

After those dry off, place the mason jars upside down and grab a hot glue gun. Put a little glue on the candlestick pieces and place those on the mason jars. I let those sit for a few minutes to make sure they were dry and then you can attach the wood pieces back onto the candlestick holders.

Use some twine and flowers of your choice for decoration and hang them up on your wall. But I think they would look nice in an entryway, don’t you?

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So there you have it! Rustic decor pieces that were repurposed from the thrift store. Be sure to grab your FREE Minimal Project Planner Checklist when you sign up for weekly newsletters with Pretty Crafty and Wanderful.

 


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