Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Welcome to the 4th edition of the Thrift Store Swap!

I’m joining 13 fellow DIY bloggers committing to buy and re-purpose 2 thrift store items, each under $10. For this edition we each had to re-purpose a wreath.

Sounds fairly easy, right? There was a BIG catch…we’re not buying for ourselves! Each blogger is sent their thrift store item from another blogger! Yes, I was TOTALLY terrified to open the package from Laci at Sequins in the South. Fortunately Laci was SO kind to me, but I still had to figure out what the heck to do with the wreath I got!

What on earth was I going to do with this wreath below??? Noticing that it’s definitely a fall style wreath and as we’re finally approaching sunny weather in Seattle, I decided to do a season swap to a spring wreath.

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Supplies (listed the color I chose)

  • Spray paint (navy blue)
  • Colorful fake flowers (pink)
  • Acrylic paint (white)
  • Fabric marker (dark pink)
  • Thin wire (optional)
  • Invisible thread (yes, this is a real thing)

Instructions

First step was to remove all the decor from the wreath. No tools required, just a little twisting and pulling!

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Spray paint time! No DIY by Lindsay is complete without spray paint. Seriously. I put the wreath in an old Costco box and also had a couple garbage bags underneath to prevent the spray paint from getting on my outdoor patio. Tips on spray painting decorations here.

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Once my wreath was dry I pulled apart my new fake flowers in to smaller pieces so that I’d be able to evenly place them around the wreath. I was going for a less is more look, but you could definitely add bigger bouquets of flowers.

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

It was super easy to insert the flowers into this wreath without having to use any tools (thanks for picking a great wreath Laci)! But if your wreath doesn’t have the crevasses that you see in mine, using just a little thin wire can help secure the flowers.

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Using my white acrylic paint, I painted over the red welcome sign. Once dry, I used my pink fabric pen (although a good permanent marker would work as well), I rewrote ‘Welcome!’ in a more fun font. Then came the interesting part: invisible thread. I wanted the look of the welcome sign floating in the middle of the wreath, but wasn’t sure how this would turn out. Fortunately it was easier than I thought (which definitely doesn’t always happen with my DIY experiments #pinterestfail anyone?). I measured out two pieces of inadvisable thread. I looped the first through the hole on the side of the sign and over the top of the wreath tying in the back to make a circle. Once secured the first thread, it was easy to line up the other side of the welcome sign with thread to ensure it wasn’t crooked.

Can you see the invisible thread???

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

And really, THAT is it! From a fall to spring wreath in a matter of minutes and dollars! (now if it would just stop raining in Seattle)

 

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!

 

Here are the geniuses behind these DIY Tutorials. Make sure to check out each one!

Happily Ever After etc

What Treasures Await

Made in a Day

Sequins in the South

My Pinterventures

C’Mon Get Crafty

ReDo It Yourself Inspirations

DIY Just Cuz

5 Kids, a Dog and a Blog

The Small Stuff Counts

One Crazy Ride

Skip buying the expensive wreaths when you can up-cycle an affordable one from a thrift store! See my transformation of a fall to spring wreath!
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I love the idea of having newly designed and decorated rooms. If money and time were no object, I would spend my days remodeling every room in my house over and over. But then reality sets in and I’m lucky if I have time to CLEAN a room, let alone remodel it! Fortunately bringing new life to a room DOESN’T have to be overly complicated or labor intensive. Working SMARTER with small touches can bring a larger punch than working HARDER! Here’s my top 4 easy room update ideas (and giveaway):

1 Update Decorations

Of course buying fancy new decorations will make any room look nicer, but a more realistic and more affordable way to spruce up a room is with a can of spray paint. You no longer have to consider the color of the decoration you’re buying (since you’ll be changing that) and can open yourself up to so many options including looking through a thrift store! Take a look at my top 10 tips to spray painting decorations before jumping in.

4 easy room update ideas that you can do without a huge remodel! Simple decorating ideas CAN have a huge punch without being labor intensive!

4 easy room update ideas that you can do without a huge remodel! Simple decorating ideas CAN have a huge punch without being labor intensive!

2 Touch up Paint

Fresh clean coats of paint can completely transform a room, but so can touching up old existing paint. When I first painted our guest room a couple years ago, there where a several spots that I messed up & claimed I would touch them up within the week. Yes, that was two years ago. Taking the time to touch up those spots instantly improved the room, making the paint job look much more professional and less dated.

3 Add Pillows & Texture 

Pillows and blankets are such an easy way to swap out the look of a room instead of buying new furniture! Mixing up colors and textures will give your room a more interesting and modern look. Don’t let the options you see at a store limit your creativity. Making your own pillow covers is actually the perfect rookie sewing project!

4 Adjust Lighting

The lighting in my room wasn’t doing me any favors. While I was going for a brighter cleaner look, my lighting made everything warmer with a more yellowish tone. I skipped repainting our walls, updating our floors or buying new furniture. I simply adjusted our lighting with LIGHTIFY from OSRAM SYLVANIA using the Tunable ‘real’ White versions. You can find these products at Amazon and Lowes.

You can see how LIGHTIFY lights removed the yellow undertone and completely brightened up our room!

Funnest part? The lighting is all controlled via phone app, so I can adjust in literally anywhere in the world! Want one of your own? Sign up for our giveaway and also get a $50 Amazon card!

4 easy room update ideas that you can do without a huge remodel! Simple decorating ideas CAN have a huge punch without being labor intensive!

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4 easy room update ideas that you can do without a huge remodel! Simple decorating ideas CAN have a huge punch without being labor intensive!

 

 

 

 

 

4 easy room update ideas that you can do without a huge remodel! Simple decorating ideas CAN have a huge punch without being labor intensive!

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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   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!

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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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