Turning thrifted finds into functional home decor. Some of these quick & simple thrift store makeovers were completed for around $2! Creating home decor or upcycling items to flip for profit can be done even on a tight budget!
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Quick and Simple Thrift Store Makeovers – Affordable!
In a recent video, I showed a few thrifted items that needed makeovers. I paid $2 or less for most of these items, except the corbels which were $3.99 each. Creating home decor or upcycling items to flip for profit can be done even on a tight budget. Some items only need cleaning, some paint, and possibly a touch of creativity!
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Wooden Bowl Pedestal – Quick & Simple Thrift Store Makeovers
The turkey-painted bowl was easy to transform with two coats of black matte spray paint and some antiquing wax from Waverly. I decided not to paint over this beautiful pillar candle holder. Just a dab of E-6000 glue and this piece was ready to style!
I think the total cost of this project was around $2!
Wooden Tray – Quick & Simple Thrift Store Makeovers
I think the tray is my favorite piece from this grouping. It was going to become a sign with hooks until one of the hooks snapped off. I decided to turn it into a tray.
I sanded all of the rough spots and varnish off with my new cordless sander from Dewalt. I just received this sander as a gift from my husband and I LOVE it! I can not believe how much faster it sands than the other sander I have been using. Plus, it’s cordless so I will be able to sand outside under the shade tree this summer!
I added two coats of antiquing wax from Waverly after I added a good coat of clear wax from DIY Paint Co. This allowed me to wipe back some of the darker wax and gave an extra layer of protection. I did use a repurposed cotton cloth to buff between each coat.
Happy that I found two preloved metal handles from a previous project that I sprayed with two coats of black matte spray paint.
Just waiting a few days for the wax to cure before screwing in the handles. Total cost $2
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Metal Tray – Quick & Simple Thrift Store Makeovers
This piece started out with two coats of black matte spray paint w primer, including the handles which I sanded back. But it needed something so I mixed baking soda along with acrylic paint by Apple Barrel. I did add too much baking soda but decided to roll with it and see what it would look like. The mixture adhered nicely and added a textured design to the tray.
I added some antique wax on parts of the tray but I think I will add some cinnamon and white wax-like I did here on this metal tray, DIY Faux Concrete on Home Decor.
Oval Bowl Pedestal
For this next project, we will join the metal candle holder and an oval wooden bowl to make another pedestal. The bowl was already painted on the outside but needed cleaning and repainting. Then two coats of black matte spray paint over the outside of the bowl and candlestick.
I then applied a coat of antique was over both pieces, including the inside of the bowl. I was careful not to get any wax on the bottom middle part of the bowl to which I would be adhering the candlestick.
Then I took a plastic cap and place it upside down inside of the candlestick holder and use E-6000 to glue it in place. This will allow for the candlestick to adhere stronger to the bowl. Then once the lid was glued on and dried I applied more E-6000 to the candlestick and bottom of the bowl.
Another project was completed for around $2!
Set of Curtain Rod Corbels – Quick & Simple Thrift Store Makeovers
I knew I wanted to use these as bookends due to their design and weight. I do think they would look nice as curtain rod holders but I would have painted them white and distressed them back to expose the black paint. If I find another set of them I will try it that way.
They started out getting two coats of black matte spray paint w primer. Once they were dry I applied antique wax and then Waverly chalk paint in truffle to bring out some of the details and add a true antique look.
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