13 Thrifty Makeovers and a Fun Anouncement!

13 Thrifty Makeovers from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Hi friends! Do you love saving money like I do? Do you love having new things for your home like I do also? Those two things don’t usually go hand in hand, but today I’m going to share 13 thrifty makeovers that satisfied both! These are all my own projects and some go way back! πŸ™‚

Let’s start with this sad little cabinet I picked up for $5 at the thrift store:


With a little paint in a fun pattern, and some chicken wire, it got a fresh new look!

A little paint in a fun pattern and some chicken wire update this thrift store charmer.

Chicken Wire isn’t Just for Chickens

How about this very hotel-esque picture I picked up from a yard sale for $5?


I turned it into the perfect addition to my Mom’s French Country Bathroom:

Update an old picture with French graphics! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

French Graphics Revive a $5 Yard Sale Find

This $2 thrift store tea pot was super cute as is:


But it made an even cuter garden feature!

Garden Feature mad from a Teapot and Cup and Saucer/Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Teapot Garden Feature

This little headboard was $15 at my favorite thrift store. It came with the footboard also, but that is still sitting in my garage.


I turned it into a sweet place to hang your coat, your hat, your kid’s backpacks or whatever else you feel inspired to hang:

Turn an old headboard into a great place to hang coats, towels, backpacks, or whatever!/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Headboard Coat Rack

How many of these little shelves have you passed up? This was  $1 at a yard sale:


I felt compelled to bring this particular one home. I added a chalkboard and some paint and now it’s a fun piece that hangs in my boys’ bathroom (hence the message):

Adding a chalkboard to this little shelf gave it a whole new personality. ?Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Chalkboard Shelf

This little cheap plastic garbage can…


…was the perfect candidate for this Ballard-inspired wastebasket:

Ballard Inspired Monogrammed Wastebasket from a Cheap Plastic Garbage Can/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Ballard Inspired Monogrammed Fabric Wastebasket

This next find was $5 at an estate sale. I’m sot sure what I liked about this at the time:


But I was able to give it a whole new look with a little paint and jute twine:

Coastal Magazine Rack

Coastal Cottage Magazine Rack

This odd shelf was a $5 find and was dusty and neglected, and had a weird shelf in the middle that was no longer functional:


I wacked out the shelf  and replaced it with a plain one, and added a piece of beadboard to the back.  And of course, a little paint goes a long way:

Cottage SHelf updated and painted with Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue

Old Shelf Saved

This next little find is a favorite. I found this at my favorite thrift store for a couple of dollars:


And after a small fail, it turned out pretty cute:

Caddy redone two ways

One Caddy (that I almost ruined), Two Ways

Ooh la la!

How about a wreath redo? I buy all my wreaths at thrift stores. If you look closely, this wreath was only 75¢:


I buy them out of season to get even better deals. This is about the cheapest one  I’ve found. I used it to create this pretty Summer wreath a couple of years ago, for less than $10!

Summer Wreath/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

DIY Summer Wreath

I am a bit of a frame hoarder. There are just so many things you can do with a  simple frame. Three of these I found thrifting:


Well these actually stayed frames for the most part:

Old Frames Become New Treasures

Old Thrift Store Frames become New Treasures

They became part of a gallery wall in my boys’ bathroom. A little paint , even on the mats, make them look fresh and new! I’ll never buy a brand new frame again! (Not true.)

Next up is from the Fall. I know it’s a seasonal post, but the before and after is really worth seeing. Here is what I had to work with when creating a new vignette for my dining room table:

Fall-Vingette-26 (2)

And here is what they turned into:

Beautiful Fall vignette made from thrift store rejects!

Thrifty Fall Décor

How about one more to round out our 13? I tried not to include furniture in this post, but this is a little one. I found this at a yard sale for $5. The previous owner had attempted to give it a makeover:


It actually wasn’t awful, but I took it in the opposite direction:

Antique Bench Makeover

Antique Mini-Bench Makeover

Better, no?

So now are you ready for my fun announcement?

For the entire month of March, I’ll be posting a thrifty makeover every day! I post a lot of furniture and while I know most of my lovely readers enjoy seeing the transformations, isn’t it nice to see smaller things too? I have a few things that I’ve never posted about before that I transformed a while back that I want to share, and I have several things I’ve been working on recently for my booth and for my house that I want to share also!

March Madness: 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers

I hope you’ll stick around and follow along! Everything will be thrifted, as in from yard sales, thrift stores, and estate sales! We’re talking supa cheap, ya’ll! These posts are going to be short and sweet, and hopefully inspiring!

If you liked this post, you’ll love this one even more:
15 Ordinary Items Repurposed

15 Ordinary Items Repurposed

And you might enjoy this one too!! These items weren’t transformed at all…I used them as is! πŸ™‚

15+ Fantastic thrifty finds that I found to decorate my home. All of these items were used as is!

15+ Fantastic Thrifty Finds

My friend, Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule is also sharing some fantastic thrifty makeovers today! Be sure to stop by and say, “Hi!”

I would say that thrifting is my middle name, but really it’s Kink.  No kidding.  πŸ™‚



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  1. I am so excited to see what you share in March! You find the best stuff and I love to see how you transform it.

  2. Christy, all I can say is WOW!!! I just don’t know how you do it. I love to decorate but have to find things ready to go. I do not have your vision. Sure wish I did!! Love your posts. Thanks so much!!!

  3. sheila ressel says

    Such great transformations! You’ve really inspired me. I can’t wait to go through my “junk” room and see what I can come up with!

  4. Kink? How did you pull that off? πŸ˜› All of your makeovers are fabulous, of course. Wow…31 days. Quite ambitious. I’m tired just thinking about it!!


    • Isn’t that funny? It’s my maiden name and when I married, I didn’t want to let it go. It replaced Rochelle, which I don’t miss one bit! My plan is very ambitious indeed…I better get back to work. πŸ™‚

  5. Oh, I can hardly wait to see what you have to share. I love your projects. I too love to thrift, I haven’t redone any of my pieces. Although you have inspired me to try. Love ya’

    • Thanks so much, Patricia! I have several goodies to share. Most of the things I bring home can’t look any worse, so I don’t fret about messing them up. Give yours a go. πŸ™‚

  6. Sweet – I look forward to following this series!

  7. Oh my gosh So many great ideas so little time and spaces toputtem
    Can’t wait for next month

  8. You are extremely talented!! I am in awe of how you can see past the original state and transform these pieces into beauties!!!

  9. I love all of your makeovers and thrifty finds….your post(s) are making me re-think a few of my thrifty finds:) I can’t wait for March!!

  10. How fun! I love all your make overs πŸ™‚


  11. I wish I could find just a few of the treasures you find. I have a good eye but we just don’t seem to have much in my town. I’ll keep looking! BTW, has anyone noticed thrift shop prices on the rise? They are where I live! Love ALL your stuff.

    • Thank you, Linda! I am very lucky in that I live in an area with a ton of thrift stores! You are right though. It does seem like things are getting more expensive and you really need to be right there as things are coming in sometimes. I prefer yard sales, but we’ve got a couple of months to go yet! XO

  12. What a great idea, Christy! Looking forward to what you have in store! And you give me some ideas for things that I already own and will be transforming. Thanks!

  13. I love all the renovations! Those items look so much better! You should move her to Oregon and help me!!!!

  14. I can’t wait to see what you’re going to do next month. Loved all of your transformations in this post. Time to start hitting the local thrift stores……

  15. I am a secret frame hoarder too. Wow, 31 days? Seriously?!? You are amazing my friend!!!

  16. You are truly inspiring, Christy! I’m completely amazed that you have such great vision for some pretty awful looking, dated items! I have bought numerous things to makeover and sure wish I had your vision – usually I have no idea what to do with it, just that it could be something cool.
    Thanks for sharing your vision!

  17. Amazing transformations Christy! I love a good thrift project! Thrifting and repurposing is so much more fun than shopping in the mall!

  18. Hello,
    I am a new follower, and I am new at diy.Everything you’ve reprised is absolutely wonderful. I am glad I signed up to your email.Thank you for the inspiration.

  19. Wow you’re amazing! I love how your brain works!

  20. Wow this is amazing, so many great projects, absolutely love every single one! πŸ™‚


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