I’m excited to be a part of this month’s Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! Scroll down to read about the Challenge, and see how this project evolved!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | The Kolb Corner Kim | Made in a Day
Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Jeannee | Shepherds and Chardonnay Sue | A Purdy Little House
Kimm | Reinvented Ann | Duct Tape and Denim Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars Toni | Small Home Soul Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom Marie | DIY Adulation Chelsea | Making Manzanita
Michelle | Michelle James Designs Denise | My Thrifty House Sara | Twelve on Main
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Chelc | Inside the Fox Den
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek Florence | Vintage Southern Picks
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Fancy Vintage Planter Made from Thrift Store Finds
One day recently I was in the Salvation Army Thrift Store to see if I could find something…ANYTHING to inspire me for the monthly Thrift Store Challenge. I’m a part of a group of DIY’ing bloggers, so I want my project to be worthwhile.
The rules are simple: transform a thrift store find, yard sale find, or resale store find into a new piece of decor. No theme to stick to and no budget.
Wouldn’t you know it…I couldn’t find a darn thing! Doesn’t Murphy’s Law say, when you’re looking for it, you can’t find it?? Out of the store empty-handed! All you like-minded shoppers know exactly what I mean.
A few days later, I drove across town to another Thrift Store I like, but don’t go to often because of the distance. I found mostly things for my Etsy shop, but nothing to repurpose. And THEN……I SAW it!
Finding the Thrift Store Treasure~
It was pricey, but at 30%-off-day, I got a beauty for $4.19.
I fell in love…and knew what I wanted to do…
This is wire and metal with a perfectly chippy look! You can see in the bottom photo that it is actually a sconce to hang on the wall like this! (below)
The Repurpose Plan
Simple. Hang it upside down and put a trailing plant in its little “tray”… (the top of the sconce).
Off to the nursery….
Since I live in the Deep South, planting season is over because it’s so darn hot. Nobody is in the mood for outdoor gardening! So it was slim pickings at the plant place, but I found exactly what I was looking for….”Creeping Jenny,” my favorite trailing plant. $3.74 for a little pot.
And then as I was walking past one of my junky piles at home, I spied a funky gold thing I’ve had in my stash for a whole year. I’d been pondering how to use it.
I’m talking about that gold thing on the bottom. I found it at a Thrift Store in Maryville, Tennessee. I think I paid 99¢.
These were part of my “Smoky Mountain Pickin'” haul…a bunch of fabulous vintage finds from a year ago with a little history of the abandoned town of Elkmont in the Smokies.
I’ve seen the gold thing repurposed into a cute necklace holder, so I planned to do that and list in my Etsy shop, but I never got around to it.
So what does this have to do with the sconce? I’ll tell you…I had a light bulb moment! Let’s put the gold thing on the bottom of the sconce to decorate it and add a bit of extra oomph! I got busy spray painting it white.
And by the way, here’s the “Cheapskate Picker’s” cheapskate spray painting station~
I asked hubby to drill a hole in the masonry for me, and here it is!
The Finished Fancy Planter
Don’t you think this would have been a bajillion dollars at Pottery Barn or Ikea??
And with the trailing tendrils of Creeping Jenny….
View from the driveway~
I’m so proud of the new fancy planter!
About Creeping Jenny
As you can see, it’s a pretty trailing plant, and ground cover. Though it looks delicate, it’s actually hardy and versatile if you give it plenty of water. During the Summer, I water and mist its leaves twice a day, and it’s thriving! I thought it was a shade-loving plant, and it is, but it also does well in sun. It’s easy to root, too, if you want to propagate. Just snip some tendrils and stick in water.
Hope you liked the fancy vintage planter made from thrift store finds!
And now, don’t forget to visit the other bloggers in the Thrift Store Challenge to see their inspiring projects!
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