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Multi-Purpose Thrift Store DIY Upcycle

This upcycle project includes an inexpensive thrift store find, succulents, and chocolate candy. What can be better than that? Plus today is Thrift Store Decor Tour Day and you guys know what that means.

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I bought the stand/holder with the three metal cups at the thrift store for $1.99. I think it’s a condiment server, but not sure. I could see it had a lot of potential. In fact, it turned out to be a multi-purpose piece and that is always nice.

thrift store upcycle project using artificial succulents

In preparation for the project, I found my stash of faux succulents on a junk shelf in the workshop.

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Then, I pulled out my bowl of river rocks and glass beads. I somehow mixed the two together in an earlier project and I’m too lazy to separate them.

spray paint thrift store finds

The wood stand got a coat of my favorite Rustoleum Heirloom Satin Spray Paint. I love this white color because it isn’t too white.

burlap for DIY projects

My first plan was to use burlap in the metal cups and then add rocks and succulents. As you guys all know, sometimes I change plans midstream.

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I put the cut burlap squares into the cups and then filled the cups with rocks. Next came the artificial succulents. 

succulent project

Once the stand was dry, I placed the filled metal cups in their slots and was not at all happy with the look. Too much going on, and I wasn’t sure about the white color either. 

Rustoleum Spray Paint Hammered Finish for thrift store projects

So I pulled out my Rustoleum Matte Hammered Spray Paint. The color is between dark gray and black. This dark color is much better for Fall.

faux succulents thrift store upcycle project

The succulent, burlap, and rock-filled metal cups looked fine individually but not in the stand holder.

how to upcycle a three cup condiment stand holder into a succulent planter

I took out all the burlap and used the same type of succulents in each cup. This look is much better.

how to upcycle a thrift store find to hold candy bars

Next, I removed the succulents and filled the metal cups with mini candy bars. I told you guys this was a multi-purpose piece…..and it would look great in your Fall or Halloween displays.

multi-purpose thirft store diy upcycle project can be used to hold candy or as a succulent planter

Another idea for the holder is as a desk organizer. I didn’t paint the metal cups but they could be painted to match the stand. That’s a good idea…..I may paint them. Please leave a comment before you take the tour if you have the time.

Take the Thrift Store Decor Tour and see what my thrifty friends have for us today. Just click the text links below the “before makeovers” photo collage…..

Thrift Store Decor Team before makeover photos October 2023

Thrift Store Decor Tour….
Painting A Thrift Store Lamp – My Repurposed Life
Multi-Purpose Thrift Store Upcycle  – Petticoat Junktion (you are here)
Boho Pumpkin With All Natural Craft Supplies- Sadie Seasongoods
Vintage Wooden Bucket Makeover – House Of Hawthornes
Update A Rolling Cooler With Spray Paint – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Minnow Bucket Pumpkin With Dollar Tree Stencil – Organized Clutter
Updating Fall Thrift Store Art – Shop At Blu
DIY Velvet Pumpkins – Domestically Speaking

multi-purpose thrift store DIY upcycle

As always, thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Fun project Kathy! I like the hammered paint better than the white paint. It’s cool that it is so versatile. 🙂
    Great find!



  2. Of course my favorite use is for the chocolate bars! And those vintage copper cups are to die for!!! Pinned!

  3. I love how you show us your thought process for changing your mind mid-way through a project. That darker color really looks like fall more! I gotta say my favorite is it being used as a candy holder though!

  4. Such a handy little thing- I love vintage condiment servers for that very same reason!

  5. Cute little project item.
    I like that you painted the stand with the hammered paint. Looks much better. The white really didn’t do much.
    A person could exchange the copper containers with clay pots or with small glasses and put a candle in each; small tea light or battery operated candles.
    Have a wonderful day and enjoy your weekend.