DIY Spring Centerpiece from Thrifted Finds

Spring is in the air! When this time of year comes around I’m eager to greet the season with some DIY fun. What better than to go on a #trashure hunt adventure and create a DIY spring centerpiece from thrifted finds…right? Here is what I picked and am excited to share with you. (giveaway alert!)

Thrifted Items for DIY Spring Centerpiece by Prodigal Pieces |

What you are looking at above there is a pair of candle holders, a stack of mini metal pails, some vintage linens, and a beat up Melissa & Doug toy wooden crate. If there ever was a motley crew, this is it. haha!

Broken Melissa & Doug Wooden Toy Crate Repurposed by Prodigal Pieces |

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While I don’t suggest running and dumping out your kids toys, I do, however, encourage you to see past the broken. It’s much like how our Lord sees us – potential. I’m so thankful He doesn’t give up on broken ol’ me.

To get this DIY spring center piece party started, I break out one of my favorite set of tools – my HomeRight Small Spray Shelter and Turn Table. It pops up in seconds and affords me the guilt-free use of my workspace. No mess and no having to fabricate overspray excuses to JC (aka. husband). Been there done that for the last time. ahem.

First, I make a new bottom for the crate and attach with my nailer. Then, I stain the toy crate to give it a deeper base to work with.

Staining Crate Centerpiece |

Once the stain cured, I sprayed the crate with a Vintage Teal spray paint for some color fun. You can see how I’ve used this same color in these posts.

Rustoleum Vintage Teal Spray Paint for DIY Spring Centerpiece |

Isn’t that pretty? eep! And, see how nice this shelter is? I’m tellin’ ya, you need one of these shelters. You can see all the ways I use mine in these past posts.

HomeRight Small Spray Shelter for all your DIY projects |

As soon as the crate is cured, I apply a layer of gray wax using my Round Brush to add depth and a time-worn feel to the crate.

Waxing Crate with Zibra Round Brush |

Next, I give two coats of a flat white spray paint to the candle holders, letting them cure in between coats.

Spray Painting Candlesticks with Rustoleum Flat White Spray Paint |

In addition to the white spray paint, I also distressed the candlesticks and use a bit of gray wax as well. This gives them more depth and detail.

Distressed White Candle Holder |

Meanwhile, I also tackle those mini metal pails. They’re cute and the brown isn’t so bad, but I wanted a different vibe for my finished look. I decided to give them an aged zinc look, much like I’ve done in the past with these projects.

Spray Painted Mini Pails for DIY spring centerpiece by Prodigal Pieces |

First, I begin with two gray coats of paint and let cure. Then, I used a dark gray paint and my Square Brush to pounce on a light layer. My video below shows this best.

Creating Aged Zinc Effect by Prodigal Pieces |

I also wanted to give these more time-worn wear. However, this time I used a white wax to “wash” the pails. Brush on working around the pail, and buff off. My video demonstrates this best.

Using White Wax to age Pail |

Finally, all my parts are ready to be put together into my thrifted DIY spring centerpiece. Yay!

Beautiful Upcycled Spring Centerpiece with Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse #vintage #spring #homedecorideas

DIY Spring Floral Centerpiece using Thrifted Items | Video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #tutorial #homedecor #farmhouse #homedecorideas

As a result of our thrifty fun, we have a colorful pop of color for our dining table. The crate give the perfect base for adding the pails and pillars. I added a few scraps of vintage lace and some moss to fill in.

Farmhouse Style Spring Centerpiece by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor #vintage #homedecorideas

Vintage Spring Centerpiece with Primrose by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

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Not only does this work for spring with the pretty primrose, but also can be used for candles, as bathroom caddy, or even to corral your kitchen goodies. The uses are endless!

Vintage Farmhouse Style Spring Tablescape by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Video Tutorial at #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #farmhouse #homedecor #homedecorideas

DIY Vintage Spring Centerpiece by Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

My favorite is the vintage linens. Are you a sucker for them too? I daresay I have more than I should, but hey, we all have things we cherish, right?

Vintage Embroidered Napkin | Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #vintage #handmade #home

If you’d enjoy having this centerpiece in your home, you can find it available in my shop HERE. (SOLD)

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Upcycled Spring Tablescape with Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #tablescape #vintage #handmade #homedecor #homedecorideas

Now for some DIY fun for YOU. HomeRight and I are all about empowering you to create your own home story. We are giving away a small spray shelter and turntable – some of my favorite DIY tools!

Easy entry: just complete as many steps in the widget below (daily even for more entries). Open to U.S. and Canada residents 18 years of age and older. Also, winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Be sure to check your spam!

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Do pin and share this fun and thrifty DIY spring centerpiece. Inspiring others is what I’m all about. Won’t you join me?

Create this DIY Spring Centerpiece using Thrifted Finds and this DIY video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Head to #prodigalpieces #diy #videos #farmhouse #home #homedecor #shopping #homedecorideas

Up next, I will be sharing my first makeover out of this pile o’ goodness. The wood section of the thrift store came to me! haha! See what I first picked to work on HERE.

Wooden Project Pile for Thrifty Makeovers by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Sandi Allen

    What a fun Spring centerpiece! I Love the Vintage Teal color.

    March 5, 2019 at 5:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! I’m delighted you think so, Sandi. Thank you! I’m so eager to be back outside full-time again.

      March 5, 2019 at 5:39 am Reply
    • Melanie Brooks

      This is soooo cheery! It really looks like spring!

      March 5, 2019 at 10:34 am Reply
      • Larissa

        Hooray! I can only hope it actually comes soon. hee hee!

        March 5, 2019 at 11:45 am Reply
  • Frances

    Great transformation. Come on spring!!

    March 5, 2019 at 5:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      YES! I am soooo ready. 😀

      March 5, 2019 at 6:27 am Reply
      • Ginny

        Love how all those pieces came together! Looks like spring is coming your way! I have some shelves that need painting for my kitchen and a spray shelter would work perfectly!

        March 5, 2019 at 7:26 am Reply
        • Larissa

          Thanks! We have 5 degrees and snow thus far, but hey…one can hope! 😀

          March 5, 2019 at 10:09 am Reply
  • ColleenB.~Texas

    What a Beautiful centerpiece and great touch of Spring. Sure doesn’t feel like Spring here at the moment; it’s in the 20’s here for us in Tx. but up in the 70’s for Sunday. 🙂 Can’t wait for this weather to warm up as I Do Not like the cold.
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity. I certainly could use a Spray Shelter Tent.

    March 5, 2019 at 5:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I know the feeling. We are at about 5 degrees and still snow. I’m busy as a bee inside, so it’s okay, but I’d love some bare-foot weather.

      March 5, 2019 at 6:27 am Reply
      • ColleenB.~ Tx.

        my hubby had seen that new vintage teal color spray He thought that it was such a pretty color that he brought home me 2 cans home of it this morning. He figured that I would use it on something. 🙂 He knows me pretty well. 🙂

        March 5, 2019 at 8:06 am Reply
        • Larissa

          My jaw is dropping because I would pass out if my husband did that for me. Sweet man! 😀

          March 5, 2019 at 10:10 am Reply
  • Saundra J Simpson

    I love seeing all of the wonderful things you do with things that have gotten tired and other people have discarded. Giving new life to furniture and other objects has given me such joy over the years. Now that I am semi-retired and living in a new place, I am looking forward to recapturing that joy again. So many projects where a Spray Shelter Tent would help with the overspray of spraying some of the pieces and would even work with some of the airbrush art I am looking forward to taking up again. Thank you and HomeRight for this opportunity.

    March 5, 2019 at 6:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are a kindred spirit, Saundra! 😀 I am excited for you to get back to your passion. You will love these tools as much as I do.

      March 5, 2019 at 6:28 am Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    I have several things that need a makeover that the small shelter & turntable would be perfect for painting!! Love this project. So cheerful & fun.

    March 5, 2019 at 7:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Sounds like some DIY fun headed your way. 🙂

      March 5, 2019 at 10:08 am Reply
  • Kimberly Taylor

    Good morning Larissa! Such a cute idea and a fresh look for those old items you started with! Impressive!
    Love all the things you do with PAINT! 🙂 . Blessings, Kimberly

    March 5, 2019 at 7:25 am Reply
    • Kimberly Taylor

      I forgot to say: If I win the turntable and shelter I would begin by painting some birdhouses for the backyard.

      March 5, 2019 at 7:32 am Reply
      • Larissa

        Aww…love birdhouses for sure! 😀

        March 5, 2019 at 10:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Good morning!! Thank you so much for those awesome words of encouragement.

      March 5, 2019 at 10:09 am Reply

    I’m not sure what I would try first – but we’ve moving in 2 weeks to our first home. I will have an endless number of projects soon!

    March 5, 2019 at 7:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Congrats on the new home! So exciting!

      March 5, 2019 at 10:09 am Reply
  • Debra

    I love the outcome!

    March 5, 2019 at 7:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Debra! 😀

      March 5, 2019 at 10:10 am Reply
  • Sheryl Danner

    What a great post and I love primroses. I have your spray tent but now know which turntable to buy. You never cease to teach and amaze me!

    March 5, 2019 at 8:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They are such a beautiful little flower. You made my day! Thank you.

      March 5, 2019 at 10:11 am Reply
  • Shelly

    I love to combine missmatched items into a cohesive grouping, from watching you!

    March 5, 2019 at 8:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay!! That makes it so fun for me. Thank you!

      March 5, 2019 at 10:11 am Reply
  • Rebecca Drake

    I love those candle sticks!

    March 5, 2019 at 9:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! The design on them really is pretty.

      March 5, 2019 at 10:11 am Reply
  • Deb T

    Teal is my very fav color! I have a bench that needs a new paint job!

    March 5, 2019 at 9:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s such a happy color in any season.

      March 5, 2019 at 10:12 am Reply
      • Patti M

        Such a cute centerpiece that you made from your “thrifted finds”. You are so creative! I would love
        receiving the tent and
        spinner for my upcoming
        projects this spring! Have a blessed day!

        March 5, 2019 at 9:59 pm Reply
        • Larissa

          Thanks! It sure comes in handy in all seasons.

          March 6, 2019 at 5:46 am Reply
  • Alicia H

    I have been painting pots and a turn table and shelter would make it so much faster!
    Thanks for the chance! I love your DIY spring table decoration.

    March 5, 2019 at 9:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh yes! You will love it for sure. My pleasure!

      March 5, 2019 at 10:12 am Reply
  • Cheryl Atkinson

    Hi Larissa! You have done it again. Made something beautiful out of things that were not. I would use my spray shelter every day. I have soo many thrift store pieces that I am trying to make beautiful. I would love to see what you with a box. I have collected silverware boxes and wooden ice pails and i’m not sure where to go.

    March 5, 2019 at 9:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet to me, Cheryl. Thank you! I have recently done a box into a keepsake box a few posts ago. I have two more silverware boxes to do and have a fun idea with the one. Yay!

      March 5, 2019 at 10:13 am Reply
  • Lynn

    Love all your projects! This is really a cute way to breathe new life into some things you already had! I’ve been thinking about getting a spray tent…I think it would make life a lot simpler! You really make me want one now! We’ve had nice springlike weather for a few weeks here in Georgia, although it is cooler this week. Supposed to freeze for a few nights. But that spring-y weather…ahhh! Hope it will stick around awhile before the HOTand HUMID days reappear!

    March 5, 2019 at 9:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It makes decorating so fun and invigorates my cabin fever brain. haha. Thanks! We lived in Georgia for a few years, so I know what you mean (it’s why we came back to Ohio…haha!)

      March 5, 2019 at 10:14 am Reply
  • Barbara Brannon

    I just love your tutorials AND the teal! Thanks for the chance to win a Homeright shelter plus the turntable. Sure could use them for sure.
    Thanks for all you do for ‘us’ out here!
    Barbara in TN

    March 5, 2019 at 10:05 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot, woot!! You are most welcome. Thank YOU for joining me in my fun.

      March 5, 2019 at 10:15 am Reply
  • Martha Jones

    So Pretty! Love it!

    March 5, 2019 at 10:08 am Reply
  • Jo-Ann from Manitoba

    Larissa your creativity is amazing, it really shows that you love what you do. I like to collect vintage linens also; doilies, hankies, embroidered or cross stitched pillow cases, table cloths and napkins, love them all.

    March 5, 2019 at 10:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What makes it more fun is hearing from all of you. Sometimes it can be crickets, especially when I don’t do a giveaway, and I truly love hearing feedback. Thank you!

      March 5, 2019 at 10:16 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    So fun!! It seems like the wood section of my thrift sore is almost nonexistent these days. Must be lots of your followers in the area 🙂

    March 5, 2019 at 10:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      bahaha! That would be crazy. 😀

      March 5, 2019 at 11:46 am Reply
  • Sherry Stuifbergen

    Did you finish your living room and kitchen redo? Did I miss it? You have much “vision” for thrift store finds. I love your blog.

    March 5, 2019 at 11:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Kitchen was done in October, but still building our built-ins for the rest and working on another room too. Yay!

      March 5, 2019 at 11:46 am Reply
  • jeremy mclaughlin

    Have outdoor furniture that needs to b repainted .

    March 5, 2019 at 11:30 am Reply
  • Becky

    Very bright and springy!! I can never resist anything with those primroses in it! Aldi had them for 99 cents last year and you can bet I got a cart full! 😊 Yours are so pretty in your lovely made-over buckets!
    I have a bunch of frames I need to throw in a shelter and paint up for my mom’s living room update. And Ooooohhh! That turntable is just the thing for her huge basket-vase that needs to change color. I really need to look up your turntable tutorial and just build one!
    Good grief, you wiped out THREE stores wood sections, haha! What a treasure heap! I can’t wait to see what’s next! Thanks!

    March 5, 2019 at 11:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You sound like me, Becky. They’re such happy blooms! Yes, the whole wood section…crazy! 😀

      March 6, 2019 at 5:37 am Reply
  • Nancy Walden

    What a fun makeover! I’d love to have a spray shelter and turntable. Getting even coverage in every nook and cranny is always challenging and they would make it so much easier.

    March 5, 2019 at 12:06 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! They are just one of those super handy tools that makes it all so much easier.

      March 6, 2019 at 5:38 am Reply
  • Danelle Helmuth

    That was so creative! Thanks for the inspiration!

    March 5, 2019 at 2:36 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m thankful I can share with you, Danelle. Thank you!

      March 6, 2019 at 5:38 am Reply
  • Danelle Helmuth

    That was so creative! I very much enjoy your blog and look forward to your emails every week. A spray shelter would be awesome!

    March 5, 2019 at 2:40 pm Reply
  • Maria


    March 5, 2019 at 4:29 pm Reply
  • Abby

    Your project turned out so cute! I don’t have anything exciting to work on at the moment, but I could use the shelter to paint some picture frames right now! Can’t paint outside in the snow, so that’s on hold for me right now 🙂

    March 5, 2019 at 4:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! It can be those kind of times I take a breath and get excited about what’s to come.

      March 6, 2019 at 5:40 am Reply
  • Kelly k

    Another cute up cycle, Keep up the cute updates,

    March 5, 2019 at 6:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I will try, Kelly. Thank you!

      March 6, 2019 at 5:40 am Reply
  • Janet Kynerd

    Would love to have the paint shelter so could paint whenever I want. Always enjoy your posts and great projects.

    March 5, 2019 at 7:29 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s the best part – it pops up anywhere. I’m so glad you enjoy it. Thank you.

      March 6, 2019 at 5:41 am Reply
  • Michele

    I love how you take thrift shop junk and turn it into such beauty!
    The first thing I would use the shelter and turn table for is taking neon colored plastic eggs and spraying them cream or robin egg blue. I would then put them in some real nests I have on hand. Maybe I could make a whole spring centerpiece similar to your awesome one!

    March 5, 2019 at 7:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Woot! That just makes my day, Michele. Thank you so much!

      March 6, 2019 at 5:44 am Reply
  • Kaycee

    What a perfectly “Springy” and pretty centerpiece you created Larissa! You and your HomeRight tools are a perfect pair for creating no matter the weather! I love the teal color you used too, sooo pretty!

    March 5, 2019 at 8:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I just needed a boost to get me through the next month or so. Thank you, Kaycee.

      March 6, 2019 at 5:45 am Reply
  • Deborah L Mildenstein

    Love how creative you are! Would so love the spray shelter to begin transforming things myself!!

    March 5, 2019 at 9:43 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Deborah. I try to do what I can. You will love it! 😀

      March 6, 2019 at 5:46 am Reply
  • Amy Giannini

    I absolutely love the teal you chose! I will be looking for that on my next shopping trip!

    March 5, 2019 at 10:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Wahoo! It’s one of my favorite sprays. I hope you enjoy it too.

      March 6, 2019 at 5:47 am Reply
  • Grace Rasmussen

    Gee- your centerpiece is sweet. I need to get things together, I probably have everything you used, just need to add the primroses!

    March 5, 2019 at 10:56 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      tee hee! Sounds like some fun for you, Grace.

      March 6, 2019 at 5:47 am Reply
  • Carolyn

    So very cute!! I actually have that same little crate from my grandkids toys..need to get it out and add some paint!! Would love to have a paint shelter seeing as I live by the beach and it’s always soooo breezy which makes it hard to spray paint! Love all your creativity!!! You definitely inspire me!!

    March 5, 2019 at 11:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I knew I wasn’t alone. haha! Thank you for the smile, Carolyn.

      March 6, 2019 at 5:48 am Reply
  • Tanya

    I get thrift store wall shelves. I’d paint them in the tent to keep the over spray in and the wind 💨 and the Oregon rain ☔ out…

    March 6, 2019 at 3:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I do too…aren’t they fun?!

      March 6, 2019 at 5:49 am Reply
  • Dale Cundy

    I love your centerpiece! It is a versatile piece….you could change up the look with different plants, ribbons, candles, jelly beans, etc! It would be such a blessing to win the HomeRight Spray tent. I have so many smaller pieces of furniture, shelves, accessories, etc. that need to be spray painted but I live in an apartment which makes these projects so difficult to spray paint. Thank you for the opportunity to win…😊

    March 6, 2019 at 4:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes! That’s the whole idea. Just making fun for our home is half the joy. Thanks for the love, Dale.

      March 6, 2019 at 5:49 am Reply
  • Debra A Wise

    So cheerful and springy. Love the makeover. I can’t believe the change in the pails.

    March 6, 2019 at 10:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was something I HAD to do. haha. I needed a pep! 😀 Thank you, Debra.

      March 7, 2019 at 5:27 am Reply
  • Erin Ellis

    This would be fabulous to use so that I can finally get my grandfathers tables repainted and not get it all over the patio.

    March 6, 2019 at 1:15 pm Reply
  • KellyM

    The first thing I would use the shelter for is to liven up some plain wooden crates that I have. Lots of things I want to do with them but not in their boring plain state. Thanks for the chance to win !!

    March 7, 2019 at 8:09 am Reply
  • Marti

    SERIOUSLY — how do you see the end results when you’re looking at a pile of unrelated objects?? You continue to AMAZE me!!

    May 15, 2019 at 12:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      aww…you made me giggle, Marti! 😀 Thank you so much.

      May 15, 2019 at 5:51 am Reply

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