In my neck of the woods, thrifting is a sport. You have the daily divers, the grab-it-and-goers, and the first-timers (the ones looking either completely lost or in total awe). If you don’t watch your cart, someone will take your things out of it…seriously. haha! I think it fantastic that places like this are available for dropping off unwanteds as well as finding that #trashure I’m after. Ya know…one man’s trash is another one’s treasure kinda thing. Today, I’m creating some DIY decor from thrifted finds and show you how.
What I grabbed was a wooden bin, a Boyds Bear Tapestry wall art, and a French perfume ad with hook. Most people when they see what’s in my cart look at me funny, but little do they know…mwahahaha!
So, here we go! First, I wanted to elevate that wooden bin like I do my trays and such. It adds a little bit of charm and dimension to it. In order to do that, I cut a few “feet” with my miter saw from some scrap hardwood I had in my stash.
To attach them I line the feet up on the bottom and trace around where they are going to be placed. Then, using my drill I pre-drill a hole in each corner from the bottom so I can attach the feet.
To secure, I used wood glue and a few screws and attach from the inside. For added dimension, I decided to attach some decorative wood appliques to the sides using wood glue as well.
While the box is curing I moved onto that bear art. Now, I do think it’s cute, but totally not my style. I took off the tapestry and donated it back to someone who would love it. As for the frame and backing, I had new plans.
First, I decided to pick a sheet of my wallpaper sample stash to cover the backing by applying wallpaper paste – much like I did in my repurposed table tea cart. If you like these gorgeous papers, you may seem them come up in my living room remodel. eep!
I was looking to create texture without having to do a whole lotta work. We all love that kinda creation, right? So, I picked the paper that looked like planks and covered the back. Before reinserting the backing into the frame, I added another sawtooth hanger so that it could be hung in vertical position instead of horizontal.
After that I insert the paper covered backing back into the frame and secure it with my Logan Point Driver. I love this thing!! Makes putting together my DIY chalkboards and other framed art so easy. See the little metal tab it punches in to hold the artwork inside the frame nice and snug?
Once the backing was in, I attached that French perfume hook to it and added a few dried flower embellishments. I show you the after in a bit. Hang on! Get it…wall art…hang on. hahaha!
Back to the wooden box… Once all was cured, I stained the carved wooden appliques to match so I could paint and distress and see wood peeking out. Now it’s time to give it some lovin’.
Time to show you how my DIY decor all came together. This is the fun part!
The wooden box came out so cute and if you notice, I added some twine to the handles to add texture and soften it a bit. Then, all I do was attach with a bit of hot glue, wrap it around, and secure with a dot of hot glue.
If you peek behind the box with its new look, you’ll see what happened to that frame and backing. Pardon me as I stop to smell the roses…mmm…
Likewise, the frame and the wallpaper backing have the rustic feel, while the French perfume label and hook add a feminine touch and function. I love it! Do you? It’s the perfect spot to hang a hand towel, flowers, candles…so many uses.
Now, back to sniffing the roses. My nose is deprived from some fresh blooms and I’m taking a minute to savor these pink beauties. It’s fun to bring some color home in a lovely bouquet, isn’t it?
My goal was to show you how to make your house your home in DIY decor fashion. I hope you’ve enjoyed these makeovers as much as I enjoyed creating them for you. Both the frame and wooden box are available in separate listings in my shop.
Additionally, pin and share this DIY decor from thrifted finds to encourage others to recreate their home using things they already have or head out to find some #trashure of their own. Your house is where you can create your own home story.
Up next, I am excited to show you this drop-leaf table I found. I have always wanted to work on one and finally found one. woot! SEE THE AFTER HERE.
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Christina in SW FL says
Adorable makeovers Larissa! I always enjoy seeing your creative mind at work. You are an inspiration, thank you!
Thrifted finds are so fun to recreate. Thank you!
Love it , as usual. My favorite blogger!
You’re so fun! Thank you!!
Debra Wise says
Another amazing makeover. Your vision for repurposing items never ceases to surprise me. Thanks for the inspiration and the humor you always provide!
Glad to make you giggle! Thank you, Debra.
You never cease to amaze me with your creativity!
Woot, woot! So fun to hear. Thank you!
How cute! Wherever do you come up with your ideas? I use others projects to give me inspiration, not usually coming up with something on my own. You’ve got talent!
You just made my day, Kimberly. It’s not only fun for me to create, but to get to share is even better. Thank you!
Patty Soriano says
I have learned not to stand in front of my shopping cart in the checkout line at the thrift shop. I once had the people behind me steal one of my treasures out of the cart while standing in line. Then they went to stand in another line to check out. Nasty thieves! I have also been known to follow someone around the store if they had something in their cart that I lusted after. Just in case they put it back on the shelf! And once I even asked the other shopper if they were definitely buying the item they had in their cart! And they gave it to me ! You never know unless you ask. But NO STEALING ALLOWED !!
You are too funny, Patty! hahahaha…yes it should be like the roller derby. Watch out! 😀
Jennifer King says
Great job with these items! I especially love the box! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for joining me in my fun, Jennifer.
Love the box, I have one like it and can’t wait to start now. The picture frame was a great idea also, I have so many of them. It’s funny I have the exact same lamp shade as in your living room. Got mine for $1 at the goodwill outlet. Love a good find…….
Great minds thrift alike! Thank you, Bonnie.
ColleenB.~ Tx. says
Oh, how I like what you done with your new found thrift finds.Great Inspiration
Enjoy your week
Thank you, Colleen. You too!
Larissa, you are incredibly talented…I love how the box and frame turned out..they are just gorgeous!! May I ask..was the lantern originally white, or did you paint it?? Thankyou for sharing..and have a wonderful day???
Thanks so much! The lantern is originally white. I have a black, red, and looking for a blue one. Tee hee!