Thrifted Vanity Set ~ Swap It Like It’s Hot

Woot! Woot! I’m excited because today I am taking part in the Swap It Like It’s Hot blog party where a huge group of 40 bloggers have an annual swap for some thrifted finds costing $10 or less. I send some goodies to a friend, while someone sends some to me, and we all get to see what each person does with them. Isn’t that fun?! Check out how I made a thrifted vanity set.

Swap It Like It's Hot Wednesday Challenge | Prodigal Pieces |

Here’s what I got from fellow DIY blogger, Erin Spain

Assortment of Thrift Store Finds for #SwapItLikeItsHot Challenge | Prodigal Pieces |

Vintage Reader's Digest Game Box | Prodigal Pieces |

Hmm…now at first you make think that’s some pretty boring stuff, but I see potential. This collected assortments has sort of a general theme running through it, so I do the next best thing to bring it all together into a thrifted vanity set…PAINT. tee hee hee.

In order to prep these items, I use basic household rubbing alcohol to make sure the surface is clean.

Using Rubbing Alcohol to Prep Surface for Paint | Prodigal Pieces |

My paint color of choice is this pearlized gorgeous color called Sea Mist by Rustoleum. You know my favorite furniture color is Aqua, so it was meant to be.

Aqua Blue Sea Mist Spray Paint by Rustoleum | Prodigal PIeces |

After a few coats, my vanity set was ready to go.

Aqua Blue Vanity Set from Thrifted Finds by Prodigal Pieces |

I added a bit of padded material to that game box and turned it into a jewelry box.

Playing Card Box Turned Jewelry Box by Prodigal Pieces |

That color is perfect for this collection and I seriously can’t say enough how easy this was to put together.

Vintage Vanity Set from Thrifted Finds by Prodigal Pieces |

Thrifted Metal Container Made New by Prodigal Pieces |

And what doesn’t this vanity set look good paired with vintage books? tsk.

Vintage Bookends Painted by Prodigal Pieces |

While normally my projects head to my shop, this set is staying with me. Doesn’t it look great in my bedroom?

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Now, the next time you head to the thrift store, be sure to take a closer look and see how you can create your own budget decor. It’s a fun treasure hunt!

Do pin and share to inspire others to do the same – thanks! ♥

Thrifted Vanity Set Made from Vintage Finds by Prodigal Pieces |

Now for my part of the swap…here is what I sent to Jamie at That’s My Letter.

Sent Items for Swap It Like It's Hot | Prodigal Pieces |

Any guesses as to what she’ll create? Pop on over and see!

This swapping party has been going on all week, so be sure to check out all the fun inspiration from the first two days including today!


Hearts & Sharts / 58 Water Street / I Am a Homemaker
Prim and Propah / Create & Babble / Windgate Lane
Gourley Girl and Guy / Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza


Confetti Style / Blue i Style / Polished Habitat
Two Purple Couches / Run to Radiance / Restoration Redoux
Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer / Our Southern Home


DIY on the Cheap / Prodigal Pieces That’s My Letter
Southern State of Mind / Roadkill Rescue / Always Never DoneYear of Serendipity / Casa Wakins


Two Thirfty-Five Designs / Finding Silver Pennies / Ciburbanity
The House of Wood / Weekend Craft
Decor Adventures / Bright Green Door


While They Snooze / The Charming Farmer / Primitive and Proper / A Designer At Home / BrePurposed / Home Made By Carmona / Domicile 37 / Evey’s Creations

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More projects like my thrifted vanity set:

Vintage Waterfall Dresser Gets Volkswagen Bus Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | Thrifted Military Ammo Box Repurposed Storage by Prodigal Pieces | Free Trunk Gets Industrial Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | Vintage Industrial Teen Boy's Bedroom Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |
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  • Kimm at Reinvented & Roadkill Rescue

    So pretty, Larissa! I LOVE that pearly finish. And I’m so glad that you kept these pretty things for yourself! 🙂

    April 6, 2016 at 8:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I think I found a favorite new spray…endless possibilities! Thank you, Kimm. 😀

      April 6, 2016 at 10:18 am Reply
  • cassie @ primitive & proper

    these finds were all so fun! love the color you chose for them and how you made them all work together.

    April 6, 2016 at 9:19 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Cassie! Yes, fun to think outside the box…literally. 😉

      April 6, 2016 at 10:17 am Reply
  • Jeanie @ Create & Babble

    Spray paint and your creative imagination are always a winning combination!

    April 6, 2016 at 11:08 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahahaha…gotta love spray paint! Thank you, Jeanie!

      April 6, 2016 at 2:26 pm Reply
  • Emily

    Your vanity set is so lovely! Adding the fabric to the game box was so smart!

    April 6, 2016 at 11:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was fun to recreate these pieces. Thanks, Emily!

      April 6, 2016 at 2:26 pm Reply
  • [email protected]

    Spray paint is such a great way to upstyle thrifter pieces. Great job.

    April 6, 2016 at 3:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Oh yes, my go-to in many situations. So easy! Thanks, Shelly!

      April 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm Reply
  • shanna gilbert

    Brilliant idea my friend! This is such a darling set!

    April 6, 2016 at 5:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! That color is right up your alley, Shanna. 😀

      April 7, 2016 at 4:03 pm Reply
  • Patty

    It looks very pretty especially the way you have them displayed. I collect hammered aluminum and I don’t know if I could paint it, but I still think it looks pretty and actually if I see a piece that can’t be shined up I might give this a try especially the turquoise, one of my favorite colors.

    April 6, 2016 at 5:43 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I really had a hard time deciding, but I wanted a matched set, so paint it was since it had a bit of damage. Thanks so much, Patty!

      April 7, 2016 at 4:02 pm Reply
  • Jessica Gourley

    LOVE that pretty aqua! 😉 So clever to keep the 3 items together- I especially love the bookends! Great job!

    April 6, 2016 at 8:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It was fun to make a coordinating set. Thanks!

      April 7, 2016 at 4:01 pm Reply
  • Jillian

    I think that is my new favorite color! Great job Larissa.

    April 6, 2016 at 9:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It looks so much better with the perlescent effect up close. So pretty! Thank you. 🙂

      April 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm Reply
  • Erin Spain

    I love the color you chose! And what a fun idea to use them all together as a set. Great job!

    April 6, 2016 at 10:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Erin! I had fun and thank you for the fun challenge.

      April 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm Reply
  • Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    I love how this sweet set came together, Larissa! And of course I’m an aqua girl all day long so ‘m loving the color!! XOXO

    April 6, 2016 at 10:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      tsk. You know it. 😉 Thanks, girl!

      April 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm Reply
  • Dena

    Very cute! Love that Social Etiquette book, too!

    April 7, 2016 at 7:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! Can you believe I found it in the trash? Crazy. 🙂

      April 7, 2016 at 3:58 pm Reply
  • Marie, The Interior Frigalista

    I knew you’d pull it off Larissa but I wondered what the heck you could possibly make with those items. LOVE how you repurposed them, so pretty!

    April 7, 2016 at 8:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You and me both! Those “bookends” had hollow core, and I wish I could have used them in another way, but I like them as book ends. Thanks for the love!

      April 8, 2016 at 12:35 pm Reply
  • Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza

    Love what you did with those finds – especially the jewelry box with the graphic fabric inside!

    April 8, 2016 at 10:39 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Karen!

      April 11, 2016 at 5:18 am Reply
  • Charlotte Smith

    What a fun way to keep the set together! They look great, Larissa!!

    April 9, 2016 at 10:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Charlotte, and for creating this fun swap. 😀

      April 11, 2016 at 5:17 am Reply
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    May 8, 2016 at 2:48 am Reply
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