DIY Decor from Thrifted Finds

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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.

Thrifted Finds Before Repourposed Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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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!

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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.

Wooden Feet Cut from Scrap Wood | prodigalpieces.com

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 predrill a hole in each corner from the bottom so I can attach the feet.

Drilling Box to Add Feet | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Gluing on Carved Wood Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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! You can find them HERE.

Collection of Beautiful Wallpaper Samples | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Adding Sawtooth Picture Mount | prodigalpieces.com

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?

Logan Points Driver for DIY Decor Wall Art | prodigalpieces.com

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 Dixie Belle lovin’. I pull out one of my favorite classic colors, Drop Cloth, and have at it with my Square Brush.

Painting Wooden Box Drop Cloth by Dixie Belle | prodigalpieces.com

Time to show you how my DIY decor all came together. This is the fun part!

Create your own Thrifted DIY Decor with Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Pink Roses in DIY Decor Vignette by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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. All I did was attached with a bit of hot glue, wrapped it around, and secured with a dot of hot glue.

A thrifted wooden box is made new as a centerpiece with some creative changes by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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…

Create your own farmhouse style DIY decor using thrifted finds by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Rustic Chic Framed Roses with French Perfume Label and Hook | by Larissa at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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.

French Perfume Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Cottage Chic Style DIY Decor from Thrift Store Finds. Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Shabby Chic Style DIY Decor by making use of thrift store finds by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Now, back to sniffing the roses. My nose has been 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?

Bouquet of Pink Roses | prodigalpieces.com

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. (SOLD) Stop by to see what else there is to be found.

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Thrifted Box Repurposed into Table Centerpiece with a little TLC by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do 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 can be made your home on a budget with a little creativity.

Who knew thrift store finds could look so good! Come see how a little TLC goes a long way to create your own DIY Decor with Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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!

Vintage Drop-Leaf Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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20 Comments

  • Christina in SW FL

    Adorable makeovers Larissa! I always enjoy seeing your creative mind at work. You are an inspiration, thank you!

    January 30, 2018 at 6:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thrifted finds are so fun to recreate. Thank you!

      January 30, 2018 at 9:34 am Reply
  • Jewell

    Love it , as usual. My favorite blogger!

    January 30, 2018 at 7:54 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re so fun! Thank you!!

      January 30, 2018 at 9:34 am Reply
  • Debra Wise

    Another amazing makeover. Your vision for repurposing items never ceases to surprise me. Thanks for the inspiration and the humor you always provide!

    January 30, 2018 at 8:52 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Glad to make you giggle! Thank you, Debra.

      January 30, 2018 at 9:35 am Reply
  • Denise

    You never cease to amaze me with your creativity!

    January 30, 2018 at 9:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot, woot! So fun to hear. Thank you!

      January 30, 2018 at 9:36 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    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!

    January 30, 2018 at 9:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      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!

      January 30, 2018 at 9:37 am Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    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 !!

    January 30, 2018 at 10:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are too funny, Patty! hahahaha…yes it should be like the roller derby. Watch out! 😀

      January 31, 2018 at 6:17 am Reply
  • Jennifer King

    Great job with these items! I especially love the box! Thanks for sharing!

    January 30, 2018 at 11:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for joining me in my fun, Jennifer.

      January 31, 2018 at 6:17 am Reply
  • Bonnie

    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…….

    January 31, 2018 at 2:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Great minds thrift alike! Thank you, Bonnie.

      January 31, 2018 at 6:18 am Reply
  • ColleenB.~ Tx.

    Oh, how I like what you done with your new found thrift finds.Great Inspiration
    Enjoy your week

    January 31, 2018 at 4:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Colleen. You too!

      January 31, 2018 at 6:18 am Reply
  • Trish

    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🤗🇦🇺

    February 27, 2018 at 2:18 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much! The lantern is originally white. I have a black, red, and looking for a blue one. Tee hee!

      February 27, 2018 at 4:08 pm Reply

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