05th Sep2014

Thrift Store Finds to Makeover for Your Kids

by Dinah Wulf

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I am no stranger to thrift store shopping. In fact, I have done so many thrift store makeovers that I have lost count. I noticed that I have made over several pieces, specifically for my daughter, so I thought I’d put together a round-up of thrift store finds to makeover for your kids. This entire round-up are all original projects done by yours truly. All the links led you to step by step tutorials of my project.

Old Wooden Toys

Let’s start with the obvious first… old toys. Usually when a toy ends up at a thrift store there is a little damage. If you think you can repair it go for. I particularly am on the lookout for wooden toys. I found this little doll bed for $6.00. I saw it and immediately grabbed it with no questions asked. I painted it and made a mattress and bedding for it. My little Chihuahua even sleeps on it sometimes!

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Wagons are hard to come by at a thrift store, but I thrifted this wooden framed wagon on Craigslist. I ended up painting it and adding a monogrammed plaque.

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This little toy shelf was a sweet find for $10.00. I attached it to a free table I got and made a little kitchen hutch for my daughter. I think she plays with it every day!

Thrift Store toys to Makeover for your Kids

So I didn’t buy this one, but it’s a great example of trash to treasure. This old wooden Radio Flyer horse just needed a little TLC. I upcycled this for one of my best friend’s daughters.

Thrift Store Wooden Toys to Makeover for your Kids

Kid Friendly Furniture

Small furniture accent pieces like shelves and tables are great for kid’s rooms. You can use them for added storage and organization, or completely transform and repurpose them into something new. This play table was a freebie. I painted it and upcycled the chairs for a brand new kid’s play table.  This is another piece that my daughter uses almost every day!

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I painted this old shelf a bright color to match my daughter’s room and use it as a book and toy shelf.

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Serving Trays

Serving trays are abundant at thrift stores. You can turn them into a portable kid’s activity table by adding legs. I made over this chalkboard activity table in less than an hour.

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Picture Frames

Several old wooden frames can be painted and made over into an interchangeable kid’s art display. Just add a clip with industrial strength glue and voila!

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Step Stools

I always see little step stools like these at thrift stores. We have them both upstairs and downstairs because my little lady isn’t quite tall enough to reach some cabinets and sinks. I made this upholstered step stool to match her play hutch and added a little fabric and padding so she can sit on it comfortably.

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I made upcycled these pink and rhinestone stools for my twin God Daughters.

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Baskets and Hanging Planters

Baskets are great for toy storage and even clothing storage. You can hang them as well. I turned this plant hanger into hanging toy storage.

Thrift Store Baskets to Makeover for your Kids

01st Sep2014

Thrift Store Find Wooden Bowl Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Wooden Rope Bowl DIY

I spend A LOT of time perusing the aisle of thrift stores. As a result, I have done so many thrift store makeovers. If I go, I rarely leave empty-handed. If you have the patience to look, there’s a good chance you’ll find a hidden gem.  I found this wooden bowl for $6.00 at a local Goodwill. I snatched it up, because I know that wooden bowls like these are usually too pricey for what I am willing to pay. Here is my process for my wooden bowl makeover from this lovely thrift store find. You only need four things.

Materials:

  • Wooden Bowl
  • Jute rope
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors

Here is the bowl before. It is a little scratched up but nothing too bad.

Rope Bowl DIY

The easiest way is to start from the bottom up. Also, you can use other glue, but I found it easiest to use hot glue because it dries quickly. For me, since I work with hot glue so much, it’s less messy for me that white glue as well.

Thrift Store Makeover Rope Bowl DIY

Simply keep gluing and winding until you reach the desired height. I kept part of the bowl open because I like how the wood and jute look together.

Rope Thrift Store Bowl DIY

 I am using mine for fruit and decorative purposes.  It is food safe because I didn’t alter the inside of the bowl itself. It is also hand wash only.

Rope Bowl Tutorial

I did a similar trash to treasure project on inexpensive thrift store vases as well! Check out my DIY rope vase tutorial here.

Hope you try it out!

25th Aug2014

How to Etch Glass Thrift Store Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

Upcycled Salt and Pepper Shakers

I found these spice jars while I was thrift store shopping the other day.  I fell in love with the little wooden lids, PLUS they were only 99 cents each.  My Mother accidentally broke my antique pepper shaker that I had and so I decided to turn these spice jars into my everyday salt and pepper shakers. I had some etching cream and settled on putting the classic “s” and “p” on them.  Here is my tutorial on how to etch glass.

Materials:

  • Glass
  • Etching Cream
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Paint brush
  • Water/sink

Glass etching is probably one of the easiest and quickest craft projects to complete. I think it took me less than ten minutes to do this project.

Here are the spice jars I got. I have never (or don’t recall) seeing any like this before. I put them in the washing machine to make sure they were clean.

Thrift Store Salt and Pepper Shakers

I used Martha Stewart’s adhesive letter stencils which make this project SUPER easy. As you can tell by this photo I used them often. Make sure your glass is completely dry.

How To Etch Glass

Once your stencil is in place, apply an ample amount of etching cream onto your surface. Wait 1-3 minutes and rinse the etching cream off under cold water. Remove the stencil.

How To Etch Glass DIY

Voila! It works in literally minutes.

Repurposed Spice Jars

I poured in my salt and pepper and these spice jars still had the rubber shaker lids with holes. These would make a fun gift or you can be greedy like me and keep them all for yourself!

How To Etch Glass Tutorial

11th Aug2014

Teacher Gift Thrift Store Upcycle

by Dinah Wulf

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When I was thrift shopping the other day I found a kids activity tray that I upcycled; I also found this rooster tray for $3.00. Not my style, but definitely fixable with a little thrift store upcycle. I snatched it up and decided to make a colorful tray for Mia’s teacher to use in her classroom. I thought it’d be a nice welcome back to school teacher gift.

Here is the tray BEFORE.

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Materials:

  • Tray
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Ruler
  • Paper cutter
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Spray Paint or paint
  • Tarp

I had some metallic green spray paint from Krylon that I have wanted to try. The metallic goes well because the scrapbook paper I chose has a shiny metallic gold in it. I painted the sides on a tarp outside.

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I had some fun scrapbook paper with an apple theme.  One said, “apple of my eye” on it and measured and cut a few pieces in different colors and patterns to size.

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Next I used Mod Podge to apply the paper.  I applied the glue on both the tray ad the back of the scrapbook paper.  I smoothed it out to ensure there were no bubbles, and then applied a top layer. I let it dry completely.

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Here is how it turned out! Mia can’t wait to give it to her teacher.

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In case you missed it, here are some more fun homemade Teacher Gift Ideas:

26th Jun2014

Budget Vintage Mad Hatter Tea Party Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

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So yesterday I shared the Tea Party Themed Candy Station for this vintage Mad Hatter tea party I have been working on. In that post, I shared my problem and fiasco with mixing up important dates. Well, my problem didn’t stop there.  I am far from a procrastinator. I do things WAY in advance.  I’ve always been that way.  Well, when I first found out that I was going to decorate this baby shower, I had these tea party centerpieces in mind. Well, once I saw the venue (thank goodness I went early to see), the tables were much smaller than I envisioned in my head. So, I had to rework the existing centerpieces so that the guests could actually see each other over these giant centerpieces I had.

So, I thought I’d share some tips and budget saving ideas for how I made these Mad Hatter party decorations come to life and made them as thrifty as possible. Let me start by showing you the five centerpieces for the five tables. All the items shown I made, thrifted, borrowed, or already had.

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I loved how they turned out much better than my first centerpieces. Now, let’s take a closer look. I bought these keys in the dollar bins at Michael’s and attached them to some curtain rings that I had.

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At Michael’s I also bought some little bottles and made “drink me” signs.

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I also made these little Mad Hatter Hats {tutorial} and little Tea Party Chairs {tutorial} out of some wood cut-outs that I purchased for less than a dollar a piece.

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I raided the Goodwill and other thrift stores for all the teacups and teapots.  Here are some of the teapots.  I spray painted some gold. It was much cheaper to buy an inexpensive ugly thrift store teapot and spray paint it, than buy a nice one.

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I also bought all the teacups at the thrift store and put them in the upcycled dessert stands that I made.

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Lastly, I found these little white rabbit tea lights on sale for a dollar and bought scrapbook sized clocks and hid them within some moss in each centerpiece.

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Phew! So, read why I did this so early for a party that’s not until this weekend! In case you missed my other Alice in Wonderland Tea Party posts and how-tos, here they are!

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13th Jun2014

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To

by Dinah Wulf

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To

One of my best friends gave me this tray that she was about to throw away. It was actually from a bridal Shower we gave many many years ago! I decided to keep it and bring some new life to it.  Here is my Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To. You only need a few materials, and some will depend on if you are starting fresh with a new tray.

Materials:

  • Wooden Tray
  • Sander
  • Clean Cloth
  • Tarp
  • Spray Paint
  • Fabric
  • Fabric Cutter
  • Cutting Mat
  • Measuring Instrument
  • Pencil
  • Adhesive Spray

Here is the tray BEFORE, It was a little beat up!

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Because I a) had little time, b) had two coats of paint on it, and c) feel like I’m getting old with arthritis, I decided to take an electric sander to it versus a hand sand block, but either works well.

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Once I finished sanding it, I wiped the tray from debris with a clean cloth (aka and old t-shirt).

I laid it out on a tarp in a well-ventilated area and spray painted with Krylon Citrus Green. I used two coats.

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While the tray was drying I measured and cut the fabric with my Fiskars Rotary Cutter. I have to say that this is one of my favorite tools I use. It measures and cuts up to 24 inches! I’ve used it on projects like this fabric and lace bunting and it just made it so easy to make.

Trash to Treasure DIY Fabric Lined Serving Tray

I used a spray adhesive to attach the fabric. I found it easiest to spray the back of the fabric and then place it on the tray, versus spraying the tray.

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray Tutorial

Tah-dah! I love the color combo. It’s perfect for summer and entertaining. It’s a simple trash to treasure project that I hope you try out!

Trash to Treasure Serving Tray

 

In case you missed it, check out some of my other trash to treasure projects:

05th Jun2014

Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Dessert Stands

by Dinah Wulf

Thrift Store Trash to Treasure DIY Dessert Stands

If you’ve been following along with me over the last couple weeks, you may have seen my posts for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party baby shower I am decorating. I decided to make these Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Dessert Stands for the party but after making them, I’m excited to keep them and use them regularly.

Materials:

  • Candlesticks
  • Plates
  • Glass Covers
  • Strong Bonding Agent

I found everything you see here for about $25, which is great because it made two and a half (I took the glass cover of one of my actual dessert stands for the pictures below).

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Tip: To easily take off old wax and thrift store price tags, simply run the object in hot water and lightly scrub. It’ll come right off!

Make sure to clean each piece very well with soap and water. After they are dry, use a strong bonding agent to adhere the candlestick to the plate. I used Liquid Fusion, which worked beautifully.

Thrift Store Repurposed Candle Holder

Apply a generous amount to the rim of the candlestick and place it upside down on the center of the bottom of the plate. Allow it to dry for 2-4 hours, or as indicated in the adhesive directions.

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Here are a couple photos. I think they turned out great and will be perfect for the Mad Hatter themed tea party.

Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Cake Stands

Thrift Store Repurposed DIY Dessert Platters

In case you missed them, here are some other decorations I am doing for this party. I am so excited about it!

15th May2014

Upcycled Thrift Store Teapots

by Dinah Wulf

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If you can’t tell by now, I have been obsessed with getting ready for a Mad Hatter Tea Party themed baby shower I am decorating.  The party isn’t until June but as my friends will tell you I always start WAY in advance for things like this. I like to get the creative juices flowing! The other day I shared my Easy Upcycled Thrift Store Tea Cups and today I am sharing my Upcycled Thrift Store Teapots from all the great finds I got at the Goodwill.

First of all, I have to say that I found some GREAT STUFF at Goodwill. I have a few tips I go by when I thrift shop:

  1. Don’t buy it just because it’s cheap. Buy it because you love it!
  2. Ask what the color of the day is, that means it’s 50% off.
  3. When looking for pieces, think outside the color because that can always be changed.
  4. Ask for a discount if there is something wrong with the piece.

Here’s all the loot I got this time around.  Check out all my thrift store loot the first time around!

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Tip number three was helpful in this case because, I was drawn to the shape of these pots, but they didn’t match the décor style I was going for. Here they are BEFORE.

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All I did was simply spray paint them with Krylon’s Metallic Gold Paint (two light coats).

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Now, a Christmas themed teapot completely fits my décor style for this party. These little flower pots would also make a great DIY gift for a mother, teacher, or friend.

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This teapot had a chipped lid, but that’s OK! It was dirt cheap and I don’t need the lid anyway because I am using it as a flower vase. By the way, I will be using fresh flowers at the party…just sayin…

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So, thrift store shopping is a fantastic way to save money when decorating for fun events like this! In case you missed it, check out my other ideas I have for this Mad Hatter Tea Party Baby Shower:

14th Apr2014

DIY Kitchen Playset

by Dinah Wulf

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Mia loves her bed. She sleeps in her toddler bed that was once her crib. Now that she’s almost four, we thought it was a good time to get her a new bed.  After literally weeks of convincing her to get a new one, I had to make some room in her bedroom. I moved several downstairs to our family room and created a little area where I put a DIY Kitchen Playset.

This little repurposed kid’s play hutch was such a fun trash to treasure project and great thrift store find. I found the top shelf part at Goodwill for $10.00. It used to be red and white.  I got the table for free from a friend.  I pretty much winged this project but it worked out and has lasted and is in good condition still after almost a year. Since then I have added little hooks for her apron, oven mitts, and pot holders.

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I upcycled this little play table almost three years ago. It used to be a pink Disney Princess table that was a little beat up.  I got it for free from my best friend who was moving at the time.  With a little paint and primer, I refurbished it.  I also added cushions to the seat and a little monogrammed seat back all for about $20.00. Check out the before and after photos along with my step by step process at this Upcycled Play Table post.

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I also moved a second-hand stove I got from Craigslist, and at Mia’s request moved her baby high chair and bassinette she got for her birthday last year.  It turned out to be such a cute little play area for her and she will play there for hours and definitely gets more use now than it did in her room. 

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13th Mar2014

Thrift Store and Garage Sale Transformations

by Dinah Wulf

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I just realized that I haven’t had a chance to go thrift store or garage sale shopping in a while. A thrifty shopping trip is WAY overdue.  I did however put together some of the Thrift Store and Garage Sale Transformations I have done and I came up with this list of 27 step by step tutorials!

Furniture

Painted Kid’s Step Stool

This was a fun recent tutorial I posted.  I bought this step stool for $7.00 at Goodwill and added a cushion to match a play kitchen hutch I made for my daughter

Coral Pedestal Makeover

This one was a Salvation Army find that I HAD to have. I saw it and left. Thought about for the next few days and went back to buy it. I asked my Facebook friends what color to paint it.  Love how it turned out!

Refurbished Thrift Store Furniture

A little sanding and spray paint can go a long way!  Give a little life to an outdated piece of furniture to give it a fresh new look.

Five Dollar Thrift Store Ottoman Makeover

An awesome find given new life and fabric!

Red Upholstered Wooden Bench

I found this red wooden bench for $5.00 at a local garage sale.  It was towards the end of the day and the lady just wanted it out!  I ended up re-painting the same red and upholstering the top.  It’s now a fun and colorful bench that sits at the foot of my guestroom bed.

Gray Garage Sale Night Stands

You know that garage sale I was just talking about? Yeah… I got these night stands for $5.00 a piece too!  Score!

Stenciled TV Tray Upcycle

These TV trays seem to be at every thrift store! Mine needed a little oomph so that I could take them out of the closet.

 

Housewares

Easy Upcycled Cake Platter

I found a cake platter with a wooden base and glass top at a thrift store an gave it a modern update.

Painted Glass Vases

If there is one thing you can get for CHEAP, it’s a glass vase from a thrift store.  You can find them for $2.00 or less a piece.  Just add a little paint on the inside and you have a whole new look to match your décor.

DIY Rope Vase

Hot glue rope to a thrift store vase for a nautical look.  This is a quick and easy craft that can be completed in fifteen minutes!

Mirror Makeover into a Serving Tray

Transform an old mirror into a serving tray by painting it and adding cabinet hardware.

How to Make a Birdbath

Not only did I find a hidden treasure at Goodwill, I also found something in the trash…yes…the trash.

Thrift Store Apothecary Jars How To

Turn glass jars and candlesticks into pretty display jars.

DIY Thrift Store Pedestal Trays

Porcelain tray and glass candlestick turned into a beautiful pedestal tray.

Easy Thrift Store Storage Jar Upcycle

With a glass storage jar and a cute little quail knock knack I found, I made upcycled a thrift store storage jar into some craft storage.

 

Bowls

DIY Pedestal Bowl

This is a popular craft on Pinterest and probably one of the easiest ones to do!  Look for a candlestick and a plate or bowl and glue them together creating a new flower vase, party platter, or jewelry holder.

Upcycled Wooden Bowls

Add a little paint to a boring wooden bowl to transform it into a new modern set… and it’s dishwasher safe!

Hand Painted Wooden Bowl Knock Off

Recreate an expensive designer hand dipped bowl by painting the bottom of a wooden thrift store bowl.  I added a gold stripe for a little extra flare.

 

Paintings

Upcycled Canvas Headboard Update

Old painting turned bedroom headboard for a guest room.

Ribbon Organization Board 

Another recycled project, I made this out of an old painting and my daughter’s first baby blanket.

DIY Craft Organization Board

This painting I found was in a pile of unwanted garage sale items about to hit the trash.  Lucky for me, I was able to salvage a few of them before their journey to the garbage dump and ultimate demise.

Stenciled Butterfly Wall Art

Made from an old unwanted painting.

 

Mirrors

How to Repair a Broken Mirror Frame

Old Mirror facelift

Two Toned Metallic Mirror Makeover

Easy Thrift Store Mirror Update

DIY Serving Tray: A Mirror Makeover

03rd Sep2013

Upcycled Thrift Store Storage Ideas

by Dinah Wulf

I went on a crazy thrift store shopping spree and bought some great things. I spent less than $60.00 on my finds form that day.  I already made, some pedestal trays, a craft storage jar, and upcycled a $5.00 ottoman.  I had these old black CD storage bins left over, so I decided to brainstorm some upcycled thrift store storage ideas.

I walked around my house to look at what needs to be organized…yes…I do this all the time.  I was in my kitchen and noticed that although hidden, my pantry was a mess!  I decided to turn this storage sideways and turn these boxes (this is what happens when you shop at Costco)…

Into this…

SOOOO much better, right?? And so easy!

Of course I couldn’t just throw away the empty boxes. I cut them up and organized my drawers.

Then I took this CD storage box I got and placed it under my bathroom sink for some much needed extra bathroom storage for small items, like my contact lens boxes, razors, and such.

CD towers and storage is so easy to find at thrift stores these days because frankly CD’s are obsolete.  You can buy then SUPER cheap and they can be upcycled into storage for many other things.  I think I may look for small ones like the one I used in the pantry to use in my deep dresser drawers to organize my daughters socks and underwear.  It’s the perfect size!

21st Aug2013

Antique Shopping in Wisconsin

by Dinah Wulf

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My husband and I went to visit his parents in Wisconsin recently and we had such a nice visit.  My Mother-In-Law and I got to go shopping a few times but I have to say, my favorite shopping outing with her was our antique shopping trip.  This is probably because antique shopping in Wisconsin is SO much better than antique shopping in California.  In my experience, shopping in California is so much more expensive.  I just wanted to share some of the pictures I took and the fun finds I bought.  

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These stores had rooms upon rooms of stuff… from old bed frames to walls of vintage mason jars. It was every crafter’s dream.

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A few stores had sales which was great and made it even more enticing to buy things.  I had a vintage baby shower that I had in mind so I was on the lookout for some unique party decorating ideas. I found some blocks for fifty cents apiece and a couple vintage nursery rhyme books.

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I also found some amazing deals for delicate and feminine handkerchiefs.  Many of them were only eighty cents or less than two dollars.

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I loved all the wooden crates industrial pieces. Unfortunately I couldn’t take those home with me on the plane.

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I’m a big fan of milk glass these days and bought this sweet little bud vase to hold my rings on my dresser.

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We could have spent hours in these stores. I wish I had more time, money, and space!

19th Aug2013

Skinny Cow Thrift Store Shopping Mission

by Dinah Wulf

Woohoo!!! It’s FINALLY time to show you the result of Mission #2 and announce my next Sponsored Skinny Cow Mission #3! If you recall I announced my exciting partnership with Skinny Cow and shared my WoCavé and my sanctuary, my craft room.  My first mission was to have a fun craft day with my best friend in my WoCavé. We had a great time crafting accessories and eating our Skinny Cow cookies and dough ice cream bars. For Mission #2 my best friend and I were sent off to a thrift store shopping mission to find items for my WoCavé complete with a driver and all!!  Abdul our driver took a photo of me and Jenny in front of our car.

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Before we left, we fueled up with some Skinny Cow Limited Edition Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches.  They were amazing at only 140 calories and 2 grams of fat!

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Skinny Cow sent us off completely prepared with some must have thrift store shopping items:

  • A recycled tote for our purchases (I brought SEVERAL)
  • A pink measuring tape
  • An easy to carry clutch purse
  • And CASH!!!

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Then we were off! This is me and my best friend Jenny in the back of our car. You can view several pictures on Instagram

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We had three hours with our driver Abdul and we were able to go to five local thrift stores.  Holy Moly, was this shopping trip a success!  Each thrift store was graced with so many great items.

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I was so excited that I went crazy with great thrift store finds!

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After three hours, here is what I ended up buying. Can you believe I bought all of this AND the ottoman shown below for less than $60.00????

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I turned this…

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Into this fun pedestal tray for my craft room! (Tutorial to come)

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And this…

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Into this craft storage jar for my WoCavé! (Here’s the full tutorial)

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And finally, my prized possession, a five dollar ottoman that I knew I could easily make over with some TLC.  I posted it on Instagram and the verdict was to buy it! Here is the Instagram photo I posted.

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Here is the ottoman AFTER I made it over! I will post the full tutorial soon.

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And now for my FINAL mission {insert sad music here}… Mission #3… here are some hints:

  • It’s time to relieve some stress!
  • Get pretty-fied DIY!
  • Pretty in Pink yummy goodness

I can’t wait to reveal the final Mission!  Make sure you check back on full photo tutorials for how I repurposed and upcycled these fantastic thrift store finds! 

I am honored to be a Skinny Cow brand Influencer for the Wocave Program.  Products and monetary compensation were provided by Skinny Cow. All opinions are 100% my own.

14th Aug2013

Easy Thrift Store Storage Jar Upcycle

by Dinah Wulf

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I had the most successful thrift store shopping trip the other day.  I will tell you all about it and share all my thrift store finds next week. Today, I wanted to share with you what I did with two items I found for less than ten dollars total. With a glass storage jar and a cute little quail knock knack I found, I made upcycled a thrift store storage jar into some craft storage.

Materials

  • Glass Jar with a lid
  • Adhesive stencils
  • Glass paint
  • Small Spouncer
  • Craft Paint
  • Ceramic bird (or something similar)
  • Oven

I found this large glass cookie jar for $5.99 at the Goodwill with a wooden lid.

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I also found this cute little quail bird for $2.99 and couldn’t resist buying it.

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I started off by centering the adhesive stencils to spell “Craft Junkie”.

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Using a small spouncer brush, I painted on the stencil.

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Here’s what it looked like when I was done.

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You can peel off the stencil immediately.

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Allow it to dry for one hour.

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Meanwhile I painted my lid and bird. To easily paint the bird, I put a pencil in the center and placed it in a jar to dry.

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Once the paint was dry, I used strong industrial strength glue.

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Once the paint is on the jar dries for one hour, place the jar in a cool oven.

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Turn the oven to 350 and leave it in there for 30 minutes. If you do not want to place the jar in the oven, you can also allow the paint to cure for about 22 days.

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Here are a few after photos.

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I can’t wait to show you what else I got on this shopping trip!

13th Aug2013

Refurbished Nightstand Makeover

by Dinah Wulf

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I have another great feature to share with you today!  I am so excited to share a refurbished nightstand makeover done by my friend Tara over at A Spectacled Owl.  She found this little white nightstand at a rummage sale her daughter’s school was putting on.  She scored and bought it for $4.00… no haggling required!  In hopes of taking an ugly piece of furniture & making it pretty again, she bought it and took it home. Here is the BEFORE.

Tara decided she would like it for her bedroom & wanted to use the same exact teal color she used for her candle holders on her living room mantle.  With a little TLC, she was able to clean, sand, and spray paint it a beautiful teal.

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She then decided to cut a piece of thick scrapbook paper to the size of the face of the drawer.  She made her own decoupage medium and mixed some traditional white glue & water to cover the drawer with a paint brush. Next, she carefully laid the piece of paper on top, smoothing it out and getting rid of all the bubbles underneath.  After letting it dry overnight, she mixed up another batch of decoupage solution and added a few coats on top of the paper as well.  She finished it off by adding a knob that she had bought at World Market for $4.00. 

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I think she did a fantastic job.  I love the color and pattern she chose for the drawer.  Thank you so much, Tara for allowing me to share this amazing project!  You can see the full tutorial and more photos on her blog, A Spectacled Owl.  You can also follow Tara on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

07th Aug2013

Repurposed Desk Buffet

by Dinah Wulf

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I’m really excited to feature my friend Barbara from Chase the Star today to share her repurposed desk turned buffet. Barbara has a love for all things craft and DIY and transformed this old desk she had sitting in her garage for about 9 years.  Deciding that it still had some great bones, she hesitated to donate it. Here is a BEFORE photo.

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With a little sanding, primer, and paint Barbara revamped her old paint job into a prettier and more durable high gloss white.  She had a piece of plywood cut to size at Home Depot to make a shelf and added decorative brackets.  She also added two coats of walnut stain to the top piece, and changed the knob to a pretty acrylic knob.

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Barbara said that accessorizing it was the most fun part of the entire project.  Filled with her amazing thrift store finds, she purchased the silver pitchers and bowl, the copper tea pot, all of the plates and cups, and the ice bucket all for $65.00!

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To view the full step by step photo tutorial and instructions, be sure to stop by Chase the Star and say hello. You can also follow Barbara on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!  Thank you so much to Barbara for sharing this AWESOME repurposed project.  I love even more that you filled it with so many great thrifty finds!

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