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100 Thrift Store Home Decor Makeovers

Thrift Store home decor makeovers don’t have to be challenging. When you shop the thrift stores, keep an eye out for lamps, wreaths, dinner plates, candle holders, and glass jars.

You can find all kinds of hidden gems and thrifty items to upcycle. These things can be updated easily and in so many ways. The projects in this post are super easy. Take a look and pick out one to try.

Thrift Store Home Decor Makeovers

How to make vases using aluminum cans
How to make vases using aluminum cans

I’m starting with the simplest DIY trash-to-treasure makeover ever. Click any of the pink text links to view the complete project tutorial for each project…..

Cookie/Dessert Stand

Thrift Store Home Decor Makeovers
Thrift Store Home Decor Makeovers

For these little stands, you can use just about anything. This stand is made with a candle holder I spray painted and a china dinner plate. Easy as pie….or cookies!

Upcycled Teapot Planters

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Junky and funky finds make the best flower planters. You will have the most unique porch decor on the block. Watch the video showing how to update a few thrifty finds in minutes…

Thrift Store Rooster Lamp

Home Decor Makeovers

The small ceramic caddy with the rooster decal and cute handle was dark brown, and a coat of white spray paint updated the look. So many of my trash-to-treasure / thrift store decor makeovers involve spray paint. Spray paint is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to update furniture or home decor.

Upcycled Chandelier

Brass Chandelier for trash to treasure makeover

It’s sad to see these vintage light fixtures being trashed. I buy any I find if the price is right. Click here to see how I repurposed this vintage chandelier into a fun LED Candle holder.

Belts- From Trash To Treasure

trash to treasure makeover using recycled belts to decorate a glass vase

You can do all kinds of things with recycled belts. I decorated a glass vase with fun girly belts, and I’ve also used belts to make handles for wood boxes!

DIY Galvanized Cake Stand

Trash to Treasure Makeovers - DIY Galvanized Cake Stand
The Galvanized Cake Stand by Debbie, Refresh Restyle, is perfect for serving up cupcakes, cookies, or small cakes like the one under the glass dome. Doesn’t it just make you happy to look at that cake stand? Of course, it could be the Strawberry Cake, but no……that’s not it.

The galvanized pie plate turned upside down on the bucket is perfection. Debbie aged the bucket using vinegar! I’ve heard of that process, but it’s too much work for me. I want to buy my stuff that is already aged.

Chalkboard Wall Art

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Another favorite, the “gather” chalkboard art, is so classy looking. I like the way Christy spray painted the whole thing, including the frame with black chalkboard paint, then used white to paint over the frame. Saves a step or two because by just distressing the white paint, you highlight the chalkboard paint underneath.

But my favorite part is how she wrote the word “gather” on the surface. Christy gives a complete tutorial on how to get the word on the chalkboard and make it look so pretty.

Teacup Candle

Teacup Candle

Now, if this idea isn’t just the cutest. It’s fun yet sophisticated. The china design is really pretty and Maryann has a trick to melting and pouring the wax. The teacup candle would make a great, inexpensive Christmas gift.

Sweater Pillow Cover

sweater pillow cover

Anything with texture catches my eye. When I spotted the sweater pillow cover by Kristin, I immediately wanted to snuggle it—nothing like a warm sweater on a cold day. I think I would sew those pretty buttons from the sweater onto my pillow somewhere.

Glass Globe Solar Lights

glass globe solar lights

I’m on a mission to buy glass globes and make some of these solar lights. Gail put seven of them together for less than $7. I spot similar globes at thrift stores all of the time. Look for a similar project from me soon. Of course, I can’t completely copy them. The next trash-to-treasure makeover is one of mine from earlier this year.

Serving Stands

serving stands using Pier One plates and brass candlesticks

The Pier One plates on brass stands were very inexpensive. I think I made the two stands for under $5. These stands are really dressy, flashy, and sassy. I like the serving stand idea so much because the things you can put together to make them is almost endless. Think about pans, platters, ashtrays, candlesticks, vases, etc.

Framed Decorative Gift Box


One of my favorite thrifty decor projects is when I framed a decorative gift box as art for my granddaughter’s bedroom.

100 Thrift Store Home Decor Makeovers

100 Trash to Treasure Makeovers from thrift store finds

Our Thrift Store Decor Team:

Domestically Speaking
My Repurposed Life
Our Southern Home
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Refresh Restyle
Petticoat Junktion (that’s me!)

This gathering of 1oo Thrift Store Home Decor Makeovers is one of the best! Click the photos below to view the projects. Bookmark this page so you can come back and check out all of the projects when you need diy inspiration. Have a great day, Kathy

Find 70 more budget makeovers here…70 Of The Best Thrift Store Makeovers.

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. Glad you found me Geri. I love Christy! I have been able to spend a bit of time with her over our blogging years and she is the sweetest…plus very creative.

  2. I love your refinished treasures, I’m just getting into redoing furniture and thrift store finds and appreciate all the tutorials and hints of how to make things look great! I found your link because I follow Christy from Confessions of a serial DIYer!

  3. Thanks for posting this today. I’m already tired of looking at Christmas decorations. Yes, they are beautiful but I can’t bear to decorate one more thing.(said with love)❤️