I’m so excited to bring you this Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! I’ve teamed up with 20 other bloggers for this thrift store blog hop. The rules were simple– we each took an item(s) from a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. and transformed it into a new piece of home decor. There was no budget or theme to stick to so we were free to let our creativity run wild!

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

Amanda | The Kolb Corner  Chelc| Inside the Fox Den  Erlene | My Pinterventures  Kim | Made in a Day  Sara | Twelve on Main  Emily | Two Purple Couches  Shirley | Intelligent Domestications  Marie | DIY Adulation  Lindsay | Crazy Organized  Michelle | Our Crafty Mom  Julie | Live From Julie’s House  Debra | Shoppe No. 5  Dru | Polka Dot Poplars  Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles  Pili | Sweet Things  Channell | Hobnail House  Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek  Ann | Duct Tape and Denim  Paula | Virginia Sweet Pea  Sherry | Savvy Apron  Stacy | Anastasia Vintage


All you need is LOVE (and spray paint)

I’m always impressed with amazing thrift store redesigns. Turning something ugly into something gorgeous at a fraction of store price is definitely a skill. Unfortunately it’s never been my strongest skill, but finding easy ways to do things IS a skill! So I’m excited to show you how a simple can of spray paint can do. It can transform an ugly unappealing thrift store item into an awesome decorative addition to your home … for both inside and outside the home!

I was in need of decorations for both an indoor and outdoor coffee table. Inside: decorative glass balls for a clear bowl for our guest room. Outside: a large candle lantern for our roof deck patio. I found both at Goodwill. While both items were fine on their own, neither matched the color scheme I was going for in either room. That’s the amazing thing about spray paint. You no longer have to worry about what color an item is so sky’s the limit on what you can select!

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

The spray painting technique was the same for both items (see more about that below), but the ‘props’ I used varied for both. Anything round, such as the glass balls, can be difficult to spray paint.  So I propped them up with an empty egg carton. Placing a garbage bag underneath ensured that I wouldn’t make a mess with the spray paint. To spray paint the lantern, I placed it in a cardboard carton from Costco laying a garbage bag inside.

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

A couple coats of blue spray paint on the outdoor lantern and gold & silver spray paint for the indoor glass balls completely transformed these simple thrift store items into the affordable home decorations!

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

Yes, spray painting is literally THAT easy. Here’s my top tips.

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

Top 10 Spray Painting Tips

  1. What can I spray paint, you ask? ALMOST anything …. wood, plastic, metal, fiberglass, tin, ceramic, mirror, glass, plaster, concrete, terra cotta, canvas, laminate, and particle board.
  2. You can never shake your spray paint can enough. Shake the can for a minute, then shake it again for another and also shake it while you are spraying.
  3. The ideal temperature for spray painting is between 65 – 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooler is better with no humidity. 
  4. Several lighter coats of spray paint are better than fewer longer coats. Yes, it may take longer to spray paint your item, but you’ll avoid dripping.
  5. Each coat should dry to touch in 30 minutes, 1-2 hours to handle and 24 hours to be fully dry. Patients is key 🙂 .
  6. Keep the spray can 10-16″ away from the item you’re spray painting. If you hold the can further away, the paint can start to dry before reaching the surface which will create an uneven look. 
  7. Shake shake shake! (It’s the single most important thing you can do to successfully spray paint so it’s worth mentioning again!)
  8. It’s hard to prevent the nozzles from leaking so the easiest way to fix is to hold on to spray paint nozzles even after the can is finished. Then you’ll have a stash of nozzles to swap out if one gets clogged.
  9. I typically don’t use a topcoat when spray-painting because the majority of items I paint are decorative. But if I’m spray painting something that might get a little bit more wear and tear, then a top coat is always a good option. My go to is Rust-Oleum Clear Gloss Spray Paint
  10. Placing your item inside a cardboard box with a garbage bag underneath is a great way to contain the paint to one area!  

Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!

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Be sure to check out my fellow bloggers’ projects too!Welcome to our annual Blogger Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge where 21 awesome bloggers share their best thrift store finds!
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I don’t know why, but every time I dye fabric I get a little nervous because 1) I’m afraid I’ll wreck whatever I’m dying and 2) I’m convinced that I’m going to stain my washing machine. Anyone else? Well I’m here to say that if I can avoid these common pitfalls, anyone can. Here’s how:

Supplies to dye fabric with Rit 

  • The fabric you want to dye
  • Cleaning gloves
  • 1 cup salt
  • Hot water
  • Rit Dye (either powder or liquid) *

* One package or one-half bottle dyes about 1 lb. dry weight or about 3 yards fabric to a medium color.

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

I’m going to be the first to admit this blanket is completely past it’s prime (and whatever else comes after prime). It was Joe’s in college, then it was the blanket we used under a duvet cover and now it’s sitting in a bag under our bed. But fortunately there’s fabric dye to bring it back to life!

This tutorial can be used for top or front load washers (ours is a front load).

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

The first step is to wash your fabric in washer without fabric softener. Also skip the drying. Washing ahead of time serves two purposes 1) it’s always better to dye CLEAN fabric & 2) you’ll need your fabric completely wet before starting so that the dye doesn’t bleed. If your rinse cycle got the fabric a little too dry, soak it in the bathtub before placing it back in the washer. Carefully lay it back in to the washer without wrinkling it the best you can. A common mistake is dye blotching, so we’re going to try to prevent that!

If your fabric isn’t completely saturated in water prior to starting the washing machine, you risk the dye blotching and looking like below. Ugh, I learned my lesson.

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

I set the water temperature to hot and picked a cycle that would last longer than 30 minutes. If you don’t have a cycle that goes longer than 30 minutes, you’ll want to stay close by reset the wash cycle a couple of times.

I’m wearing my cute pink cleaning gloves partially because I don’t want to risk my hands getting dyed and but mostly because I never remember to wear them when cleaning and wanted to get some use out of them 🙂 .

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

After turning on the washer, wait about 15 seconds or until you’re sure water has already started cycling through before putting your dye in the dispenser (where you’d normally pour the detergent). This will help ensure that the dye spreads evening and doesn’t cause the blotching. After you poured in the dye in, follow it with 2 -4 cups of very hot water in the dispenser.

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

After about 10 minutes, I added a mixture of 1 cup dissolved salt and another 4 cups HOT water into the dispenser.

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

Your work is done! Well kind of. Let the washing machine finish it’s cycle. Once the cycle is done, either hang dry or put in the dryer. Don’t worry, dryer is safe for recently dyed fabrics.

Once finished it’ a good idea to clean your washing machine by running it through the hottest cycle possible with a couple old towels, adding two cups of bleach. I also wiped around the dispenser with a wetted paper towel and the extra dye came off immediately. My washer was literally as good as new.

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

And you’re finished!

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

Bringing life to old blankets just takes a wash!

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend! Thanks for helping support this site!

 

 

Foolproof guide to dye fabric in your front load washer! Give your old clothes and blankets a brand new look by dying with Rit!

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Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Always on the hunt for something DIY-able and never one to turn down anything coffee related, I found these mugs at Goodwill for 50 cents each. They’re simple & cute, but had an engraved company logo on the side. For 50 cents I could risk an attempt at a DIY to cover that up!

And the incredibly easy spray painted coffee mugs DIY came to life!

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

First step is to wash and dry your cups. Always good to start with a “clean” slate! Then pull out the painters tape and start applying based on the design you like. I opted for each mug to intentionally have a different design because I knew I wouldn’t be able to replicate each one exactly. I highly recommend choosing a design that keeps the spray paint on the lower half of the mug if you’re intending to drink out of these. (I definitely will be.)

The taping part is the most important step, so make sure to take care when applying. Don’t forget about the handles (I almost did!) and cover the top of the mug as well. You could even cut your tape in to different designs if you’re really ambitious!

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Next I went outside to start the spray painting. In addition to putting plastic garbage bags all over the ground where I was going to spray paint, I also put the mugs in a paper grocery bag to contain the spray paint even more. Highly recommend doing this as it worked great! I did two coats an hour apart and let dry overnight.

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Remove the tape slowly to see your design!

Now you’re ready to cook! Seriously. This will help seal the spray paint on to the mug. Place the mugs on a baking sheet upside down (so that the spray paint doesn’t touch the pan). Place the baking sheet in a COOL oven. THEN turn on the heat to 300. Keep in the oven for 40 minutes. Then turn off the oven while the mugs are still inside. Wait 30 minutes before taking the mugs out.  This will ensure that the temperature change isn’t too drastic which could cause cracking.

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Your coffee cups are ready to go! These are great as a fun decoration or for everyday use. I can never have enough coffee cups! (hand washing only)

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

 

 

 

Spruce up old coffee mugs with this easy DIY! All you need is your favorite spray paint color and paint tape. Use as a gift or for everyday cup of coffee!

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Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

I love the idea of adding design with function since I try to keep to a more minimal decor style. That’s why having decorative diy coasters is right up my alley. And a DIY? Well that’s something I couldn’t resist.

I found these coasters at Goodwill (for $2!!), although you could start from scratch using cork board or white bath tiles.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

SUPPLIES

  • Coaster material (whether old coaster or cork board or bath tiles)
  • Painters tape
  • Clear protecting spray (I’ve used this for quite a few DIYs, such as this)
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic paints
  • If you’re using cork board or bath tiles, I would recommend adding felt pads underneath to prevent coasters from scratching your table

Here’s some of my favorite coasters …. great for DIY inspiration!

INSTRUCTIONS

First step always is to wash and dry your coasters.

My next step was to paint each coaster white, including the sides. You may or may not choose to do this step, depending on the design you make.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

Once the paint dried (overnight), start placing the painting tape on the coasters in whatever design you choose! Personally I like the look of each coaster with a slightly different design, yet all being in the same color pallet. You really cannot go wrong with whatever design you choose!

Make sure your tape is long enough to wrap down the edges and underneath to help it stay adhered through the painting process. Press the tape down hard before moving onto the next piece.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

With each color you choose layer on at least two LIGHT coats of acrylic paint, waiting a minimum of 1 hour in between coats.

After putting the last coat of paint on I let them dry overnight before removing the tape just to ensure its completely dry. Then slowly and carefully remove the tape.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

Best practice to protect the coasters with a waterproof sealant.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

If you used cork board or tiles, your last step will be to add on a felt pad to each corner so they won’t scratch your table.

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

Now your only job is to decide what beverage to place on top!Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

 

Some of the links in this list are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend!

 

 

Don't buy new coasters, MAKE them! Incredibly simple DIY coasters create a decorative touch to any room as well as excellent gifts!

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Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

I recently got tired of our guest bedroom decor and decided to spruce it up in more of a ‘mid century modern’ style. I was looking for pillows to add a touch of color and texture, but couldn’t find anything reasonably priced. (Since when have pillows gotten so expensive?!?!)

Realizing that I already have many pillows from past room designs, my most economical option was to create my own pillow covers. The fabric that I bought was under $10/pillow at Joann’s Fabric.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

Now my sewing skills are on par with my cooking skills, which means my capabilities with a sewing machine are equivalent to mastering the crock-pot. But don’t worry, I have mastered a mean BBQ in the crockpot as well as these easy sewing envelope pillows!

This tutorial will show you how to whip out an envelope pillow case cover in under 15 minutes!

What you need:

  • 1 pillow or pillow insert
  • Fabric (I opt for one yard per pillow and always end up with more than enough. Better safe than sorry.)
  • Tape measure
  • Sewing scissors (I prefer Fiskars)
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine (I’ve had my Singer for over a decade!)
  • Thread (with a color that matches your fabric)
  • Iron
  • Iron-on adhesive tape (optional)

1. Always iron your fabric before you dig in to any sewing project! Measuring and cutting wrinkled fabric can get you in to trouble later within the project.

2. If you don’t already know the width and length of your pillow, measure it with a fabric measuring tape. Mine was 18 x 18.

3. You’ll need to cut 3 pieces of fabric. I use the Fiskar Rotary Cutting Set to help measure and cut my fabric. If you’re a rookie sewer and don’t plan to do more than these pillows, it likely isn’t worth it. But if you do sew somewhat often, I HIGHLY recommend it. Well worth the purchase. It makes cutting and measuring WAY easier.

  • First piece should be 1 inch longer than your pillow on each side (so mine was 19 x 19).
  • The second and third pieces should be 1 inch longer than your pillow on one side and 5 inches shorter (so mine was 19 x 13). These pieces will be the ‘envelope’.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

4. On EACH of the smaller envelope pieces you’ll create a nice finished seam on ONE of the longer sides. Instead of sewing I prefer to use the iron-on adhesive tape, but you can definitely opt to sew. Regardless of which option you choose, first fold & iron down about 1/2 an inch. Then either tape/iron or pin/sew the seem.

5. Now you’re ready to compile your fabric and sew. Lay down the larger first piece of fabric right side facing up. Then put one of the smaller pieces on top, right side down (finished seem in the middle). Finally place the last small piece on top of that, again right side down & finished seem in the middle. Your two smaller pieces should overlap in the middle as this will be the ‘envelop’.

6. Now pin along all the edges about 1 inch in. You won’t pin the middle at all since that’s the envelope.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

7. Dust off that sewing machine, because step 7 is all about the sewing! Make sure to use a thread that is either the same color as your solid fabric or a predominant color within a patterned fabric. If either white or black is largely predominant, I prefer to use thread that’s either of those colors. Sew at a 1/2 inch around the edges.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

8. Turn your pillow case right side out.

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

9. Now my favorite part: stuff your pillow inside and you’re done!

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

This is an easy way to completely transform an out-dated pillow. Even if you’re not planning on doing a room make-over it can be fun to swap out your pillows during different times of the year!

I hope your pillows are as good as my crock-pot meals!

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

 

Some of the links in this list are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend!

 

 

Think making pillow cases is difficult? It doesn't have to be! Just follow this simple envelope pillow case tutorial that walks you through each step!

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