A Dozen Easy Thrift Store Housewares Transformations DIY Ideas
When I go trash to treasure hunting at a thrift store, I head straight for the housewares. There are so many fun things to look at. I take my time investigating each aisle and inspecting vases, bowls, cups, trays, anything that speaks to me. I have done a lot of thrift store housewares transformations over the years so I thought I’d share before and after pictures of my favorite 12 projects. If you want the tutorial, just go ahead and click the link!
Where to Go
Here are some of my favorite places to hunt, specifically for housewares:
- Habitat Humanity ReStore
- Salvation Army
What to Look For
- Any type of container (wood, glass, ceramic)
- Trinket Boxes
- Small Figurines
- Cups and Saucers
- Wooden Items
Don’t Pay Attention To
- Minor scratches
- Weird smells
- Broken items beyond repair
- Chips in glass
Easy Transformation Ideas
OK, to be fair, this first one isn’t one I did, but I helped guide one of my best friends through her idea and provided her with the supplies. They came out looking great!
This one is a favorite for spring. The birds LOVE these little feeders and my daughter and I enjoy refilling them together.
These make great gifts. You can make them for friend, family, teachers, and coaches and personalize them as you wish.
This is a simple way to add a nautical twist to an otherwise plain wooden bowl.
Another way to give a nautical look to an inexpensive glass vase.
Everytime I walk into a Goodwill, I see a tray. I gave a face lift to this old wooden tray and turned it into a colorful serving tray.
6 Down, 6 To Go
I needed some platters for a party, and these were a great budget friendly alternative to the expensive retail dessert platters. All you need is some industrial strength glue!
I use these salt and pepper shakers every day! Recently, however a reader had trouble finding the right spice jars so I sent her mine.
Not really a transformation, but a great upcycle. These milk glass vases make perfect containers for mii succulent gardens.
Next, I needed some extra craft storage so I turned this thrift store cookie jar into some craft storage.
I loved this cake platter when I found it, but I wanted to update it a little with some white paint.
Lastly, this bowl inspired the cake platter above. This was an easy way to update an out of date thrift store find.
Here’s a bonus thrift store housewares DIY!