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100 Summer Home Decorating Projects Using Thrift Store Finds

Summer home decorating projects on the agenda today. The Thrift Store Decor Team has over 100 project ideas for you using thrift store finds and inexpensive items. I picked some of my best projects and one from each of the thrift store decor team to highlight in the post and then there are all the home decor ideas in the photo links at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!

Summer Home Decorating Projects

When I think of Summer and how I want my home to look I think light and airy. I want my curtains pulled back and the sun shining in. I want lightweight bedding and touches of white everywhere.

White Summer Home Decorating Projects
100 Summer Home Decorating Projects

White Home Decor Accessories

So I try to add white pieces in every room. I go through the house and see what I have that needs a refresh and then paint them white. Spray painting a few home decor accessories is super easy and inexpensive. If you don’t have anything at home you want to paint don’t forget to check out the thrift store or maybe yard sales.

how to use white paint for furniture and home decor and distress the paint
Paint home decor and distress the paint

Distressing the white paint just makes it better. See how I painted and distressed a bunch of pieces at one time here….Painting and Distressing Home Decor.(click any of the highlighted and underlined orange links to view the full Summer home decorating projects tutorials.)

DIY Seashell Container

Painted Seashell Container Display

Summertime decorating at our house always includes a few seashell displays. We’ve collected a bunch of seashells over the years. The seashell container above is from the thrift store. It had a bunch of gold writing on the glass when I bought it.

Did you know you can just scrape that stuff off? That’s what I did and then painted and aged the container base and top. Remember the china cabinets that had gold trim on the glass? Maybe you have one. You can scrape that off too. If you don’t want to paint your china cabinet just scraping off that gold would make the cabinet more modern looking.

Painted Herb Pot


Painted Herb Pots

The herb pots are by Kristin, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. The white paint with the sisal rope says Summer for sure. And with the chalkboard paint area you can change the wording anytime. Maybe you want to fill the pot with seashells instead of plants. Find the tutorial here….Painted Herb Pots.

Nautical Rope Coaters

Nautical Rope Coasters

Do you see kind of a nautical beachy theme in my selections? I could live on the beach if I just had the money (just a daydream). The sisal rope coasters are by Maryann, Domestically Speaking. A super simple project you can find here….. Nautical Rope Coasters.

Glass Fishing Floats

Glass Fishing Floats

Sarah, Sadie Seasongoods made the glass floats. The colors of the glass are calling my name. She has a full tutorial here…. Glass Fishing Floats. To tell the truth I don’t know if I have the patience for this. I know some of you do.

DIY Nautical Patriotic Banner
DIY Nautical Patriotic Banner

DIY Nautical Patriotic Banner

When you think of Summer you have to include red, white, blue decorations. The banner by Pam, House of Hawthornes can be hung just about anywhere. I especially like the ticking fabric she used for the anchor banners. Find the project here..Nautical patriotic Banner.

DIY Fire Pit

DIY Fire Pit

Gail, My Repurposed Life has the greatest projects but  most are too much work for me. The fire pit doesn’t look that difficult though. Find the tutorial here……DIY Fire Pit. Have any of you guys built a fire pit?

Carved Fish Vase Makeover
Carved Fish Vase Makeover

This easy and thrifty project is by Christy, Our Southern Home. She picked up the wood fish at the thrift store gave it a coat of spray paint then distressed it. My kind of project.

Beach inspired birdhouse with coastal vibe
Beach Birdhouse, 100 Summer Home Decorating Projects

Beach Inspired Bird House

Okay, one more of my projects. I couldn’t resist adding this cute birdhouse. It’s all beached up. I painted it turquoise and gave it a light white wash then added shells, greenery, driftwood, and a bit of old found pieces. Find the complete tutorial here….DIY Beach Inspired Birdhouse Project With A Coastal Vibe

Summer Decorating Ideas from the Thrift Store Decor Team below….just click the text links…..

Best Summer Projects Domestically Speaking

Summer DIY’s and Thrift Store Makeovers Sadie Seasongoods

Thrift Store Summer Projects My Repurposed Life

Thrifty Summer DIY Ideas House of Hawthornes

DIY Summer Ideas For The Home Our Southern Home

 Summer DIY And Decorating Projects My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Summer Home Decorating Petticoat Junktion (you are here)

Summer Home Decorating Ideas
Summer Home Decorating Ideas

Which of the Summer home decorating projects is your favorite? I know you can’t look through all the projects in the links below so be sure to bookmark this post and come back to it when you have time. Have a great day, Kathy

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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. Wow! I just can’t believe all these fabulous ideas for summer! Loving that shell jar!