Y’all, I am so excited to finally reveal what I’ve been working on! Can I just say how grateful I am to be a part of this great collaboration with some amazingly talented women! These women are the BEST!! Since our first swap, our little group has grown. We added five new bloggers to bring our grand total in the swap circle to 10 bloggers! However, I must give credit where credit is due, this swap would not have been possible if not for Lyn over at MidMichigan Mom. This entire swap is her “baby” so to speak and it has been so much fun!
The premise of this collaboration: Everyone was to purchase items for under $10 at a thrift shop and we would send them to a fellow blogger. This process would keep going until the circle was complete. Once everyone received their items, we put our creative minds to work to transform these Thrift Store finds and make them new again.
My items came from Tiffani over at Not Your Average Southern Belle. These are the goodies she sent me –
When I saw the sconces I knew exactly what I wanted to do. It was almost as if a “light bulb” went turned on in my brain. I was going to turn them into bedside lamps. One for each of my little ones. Before you get all excited to see them, things didn’t work out exactly as planned. I could not find a light fixture that would fit the sconces. I scoured the internet and the local hardware stores but everything I found was too big. I was so bummed. I had such great ideas for them. So it was back to the drawing board.
I decided to repaint them and use them for what they were made for, CANDLES!! Only I added a bigger base to the candle holder part so it could hold a tall pillar candle instead.
I started out giving them a good wipe down and then I cut out paper to cover the mirror portion of the sconce. I would be using spray paint and didn’t want to ruin the mirror.
I also painted two round wooden disks that would serve as a base for the pillar candles.
After I painted them, I noticed that they were too white. Since these sconces would be hanging in my dining room with my newly made over buffet table, I decided to “antique” them as well and used Minwax stain in Dark Walnut to give them some depth. I also used a 200 grit sand block to rough up the edges to give them a rustic look. I used wood glue to attach the wooden disks to the back of the candle holder and used clamps to keep them in place while the glue dried.
Finally, when the glue was dried, I was able to hang my sconces on the wall! I had small candle wreathes that were just sitting in a box and since they look kind of “fall-ish” I decided to use them in the final touches.
TADA!!! I gave new life to the old sconces. I love the weathered-aged look of them and they really do match well with the buffet table.
The reflection off the mirror is going to look so pretty when I light the candles. In case your wondering, I don’t plan on using real candles. I have the “cheater candles” that are battery operated. You get the effect without worrying you’ll burn your house down.
My second project to tackle was the candle stick holders. I must say that I was a bit stumped on this one. Part of me wanted to just polish them and use them as is but this wouldn’t be a Thrift Store Swap repurpose if I did that. I thought of making a Fall/Halloween centerpiece with them but that was too seasonal and would have to be put away after October 31st. I decided that I needed some inspiration and what better place to find it than Pinterest!!
After a few searches I came across this really great candle stick make-over by Lina over at Fancy Frugal Life. I was inspired by her creativeness and decided to give her idea a try! I spray painted my candle sticks two different colors. I used Valspar Spray paint in Pink & Purple (my daughter’s favorite colors). Next I found two picture frames with flat bases at Goodwill for $2 and spray painted them as well.
When the frames and the candle sticks were dry, I used some of my spare scrapbook paper and cut it to fit the backing of the picture frame. Both frames are 5×7 and I would be using pictures that were just slightly smaller so the scrapbook paper makes a nice backdrop for them. I used ModPodge to adhere the paper to the backing.
Once that was done I taped the photos my daughter selected onto the backing (this makes it easier when she wants me to switch out the photo) Then came the tricky part, I had to superglue the picture frames to the candle sticks. I used Gorilla Glue (it has never failed me) and sure enough, it didn’t fail me this time either! The picture frames stuck to the candle sticks no problem! The finished project is a really cute picture frame display. I loved how my version of Lina’s project turned out.
And there you have it!! Both of my $10 Thrift Store Swap items completely transformed and given a pretty spiffy make-over.
I am so glad that the ladies in this swap wanted to do this again!! Being party of this group of amazingly talented and generous women is so much fun! It’s always fun to see what someone else picks out for you to work with. It’s even better when you get to repurpose those items into something that works for your style and for your family.
Are you curious to see what everyone did with their swap items? I know I am! Let’s get this blog hop started shall we!!
Hop on over and you can see what I sent to Laci over at Sequins in the South and find out how she repurposed the thrift store treasures I sent her way. You can also check out what everyone else did with their items as well –
What do you think about my make-over items? I’d love to hear from you!