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70 Budget Home Decor Makeovers

Today, I’m sharing creative budget home decor makeovers from thrift store finds. You’ll be surprised at the creations you can make from everyday items. The Thrift Store Team finds inexpensive items at local thrift stores or flea markets and upcycles them.

70 Home Decor Makeovers

The fun makeovers are from the whole group. I’ve included a before photo of my budget makeovers….then the after photo. Click any of the photos to see the complete project. Then click the photo links at the bottom of the post to view more projects. As an added bonus I included a short video tutorial I filmed on three easy upcycled crafts you can make.

The decorative gift boxes were too pretty to use as boxes! You guys know I love those bold colors. I framed one of the box lids and hung it in the granddaughters’ bedroom. Talk about inexpensive art. You can frame other things like fabric, kid’s paintings, vinyl stickers, etc. Get creative with it.

spray paint a thrift store basket

This basket with the cool handles got a coat of spray paint and a fluffy addition. It’s also in the granddaughters’ bedroom. It works great for holding their tea set. Baskets come in handy for corralling cookbooks, hand towels, etc.


The out-of-date wall art looked so much better with a coat of spray paint. I decided on white but black paint distressed would be nice too. They are hanging in our dining room now.

thrift store find

The wood-framed mirror isn’t a mirror anymore. I got caught in the photo. The mirror is pretty seashell art. Just a simple stencil craft.

rain boot upcycle

You guys know the rain boots had me at hello. I couldn’t resist the pretty colors. Not only do they make a unique flower vase, they’re my size. Win-Win. To display real flowers in boots like these, just put them in a vase and slip the vase into the boots.


The rusty bucket got a coat of wax. Then I hot glued sisal rope and a starfish to the bucket. It makes the perfect seashell container.


This really heavy office desk drawer makes a great serving tray. I added a coat of paint and sisal rope handles. I have a sisal rope addiction.


The fabric calendar was in my junk stash forever. It was a find from my favorite junk shop. I cut the calendar up (I know, bad) and framed part of it. The frame came from the junk shop too. Frame something unexpected.


I love the colors of the infinity scarf. Blue and green are the perfect color combo….kind of like red and turquoise and pink and orange. I cut the scarf and tied it around a grapevine wreath. Ta-dah, instant wreath. This is so simple and you can change the scarf or other decor with the seasons.

If you’ve always wanted to know how to paint problem furniture here’s a video I made that shows a secret technique!

Problem Furniture? No Problem


The reclaimed door back was the perfect backdrop for an inexpensive thrift store wreath. I displayed the wreath on the mantel for Fall.


The last project is all about special paint techniques. The four trays got painted then had a super secret special technique applied to the paint. The belt handles dress up the trays. Time to watch the “Paint Sprayer For Furniture” video I made….

Three Easy Upcycled Crafts – Home Decor Makeovers

Budget makeovers created from thrift store finds
Budget makeovers created from thrift store finds

Time to see what the rest of the Thrift Store Decor Team has for us. Just click the pink links below.

Our Southern Home
Domestically Speaking
My Repurposed Life
My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia

As an added bonus, there is a photo linkup of all budget makeovers below. Just click the photo to see the project in detail. Have a great day, and I’ll see you tomorrow. Kathy

70 Budget Makeovers From Thrift Store Finds

70 Budget Home Decor Makeovers

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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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. So many great projects this year… can’t wait to see what you create next year!