March Madness {31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days}


March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days

Hi friends! I missed you yesterday! I worked on my ceiling all day and it is coming right along! March sure was a whirlwind, wasn’t it? Today I am collecting all of my March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days Series projects in one convenient post. That way you can revisit them if you like, all in one place!  Enjoy! 🙂

Day #1

Today is a Good Day to be Happy Sign from an old dough board.

Today is a Good Day


Fancy Chalkboards from lucky estate sale finds

Fancy Chalkboards


Want to learn how to coaver a round basket? This would work on a cheesebox too!

Fabric Covered Basket


A thrift store lamp and an old frame pair up to make this super cute chalkboard message board! Confession of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Lamp to Memo Chalkboard


Sewing cabinets make perfect side tables!

Sewing Cabinet Side Table

Day #6

Paint and simple numbers revived this crusty old stool.

Stool Revived


Turn a cigar box into the perfect place to hang your keys!

Cigar Box Upcycle


Headboards are perfect for transforming into coat racks, or towel racks.

Headboard to Organizer


Odd estate sale caddy, gets a new look!

Weathered Grey Caddy


A plain tray is updated to look like a repurposed drawer!

Faux-Drawer Tray


Server/TV Stand in French Linen

French Linen Server



Three French Trays


Dress up a plain frame with sweet drop cloth rosettes! Video tutorial included!

Rosette Picture Frame


Thrift store box gets a much needed update!

Planter Box


Upcycle a basket with paint, jute, and a chalk board.

Basket Upcycle


Table and Chairs with French Flair

Paris, Table for Two


Update an old figurine with a little spray paint!

Owl Figurine Refresh


Painting the legs only adds a nice contrast while preserving the beautiful wood on top.

Paint a Table & Keep the Beautiful Wood too!


Mason Jar Blue (Junque Boutique Milk Paint) Headboard Bench

Mason Jar Blue Headboard Bench


French-Inspired Coffee Table Makeover with Fabric and Lesley Riley's TAP paper

French-Inspired Coffee Table Makeover


Fabulous $7 Bulletin Board from Thrift Store Parts

Fabulous $7 Bulletin Board from Thrift Store Parts


Turn a thrift store picture into a tray by painitng and adding a few old fence picket pieces to the bottom!

Reclaimed Wood Tray


This was a dated oak dresser that was brought to life with DIY chalk paint!

Oak Dresser Makeover


Oak bedroom set painted in DIY chalk paint. What a difference!

The Rest of the Oak Bedroom Set


Doll cradle with a shabby sweet makeover

Shabby Sweet Cradle


Don't Disturb this Groove sign from a thrift store find.

Don’t Disturb this Groove


Thrift store shelf made over with old fence pickets!

Coastal Cottage Shelf


One more use for an old the perfect backdrop for a wreath, by adding a metal grate.

One More Use for an Old Window


Grey and White Side Table. A cookie cutter table now looks like a high end cottage-inspired piece!

Grey & White Painted Side Table


Flatware box made gorgeous with a little paint and fabric. Now it can hold more than just flatware!

Upcycled Flatware Box


Fabric Framed Mirror from a thrift store frame and mirror!

Fabric Framed Mirror

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days!

Do you have a favorite? I know I have a few!

How about another pretty makeover as a bonus?


Check out the after HERE! Have a great day!!





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  1. Wow! Just wow! Please tell me your secret. How do you get so many post and projects done and do everything else? Do you sleep? Have a clone?

    Fantastic work, Christy! 😀

    • Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a clone you could put to work?? I had a lot of these projects done before March Madness which really helped! Writing a post every day also helped me to hone my post writing. It used to take me forever to write a post! XO

  2. Hi Christy, I so enjoyed the makeovers and was actually excited to open my email every day to see what you did next. I literally would open yours first! haha I really missed it yesterday so I think you spoiled all of us. I think I am having withdrawals now. lol Thank you for sharing your beautiful pieces with us. You have inspired me (and others I am sure). Have a great day!

    • Aww You are so sweet, Lori! Thank you and I am so glad you enjoyed my makeovers! I’ll still be here though just not every day. Thanks for following along! XO

  3. Ha, I was hoping you’d do a round up post and here it is!

  4. WOW!!! You’v done yourself proud….take a bow!!! (here the clapping)

    Only one thing….I liked Woody in the cradle…NOT the bear!!!

  5. I love your posts and March Madness was AWESOME! You are SO creative! I believe I can tackle some of these now that you have given me the ideas. Thanks so much!

  6. Wow!! What a bunch of neglected thrift-store-stuff-turned-absolutely-gorgeous! I don’t know which is my favorite! They’re all beautiful, Christy! Happy Easter! xo

    • Thanks, Kendra! Looking at all the before pictures, it really does look like a bunch of junk ha ha! Happy Easter to you too. 🙂

    • Tina Matteson says

      I totally agree!!! None of it seems worthy of a second look in the before photos, and then you made them all into items I feel I HAVE to have…! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.

  7. So glad you put all the March Madness makeovers in one post! I enjoyed every one of them and think I will have to try a couple of ideas of yours. Thanks for challenging yourself for the past 31 days and sharing all your fabulous projects!

  8. Tina Matteson says

    I am so happy to have discovered your blog, and I have thoroughly enjoyed all your March Madness projects! You are so inspiring. I especially love the drop cloth rosettes.

  9. You’re right, what a March madness! But your results are always amazing, you’re so creative 🙂

  10. I just came across your blog today, and I have been amazed at all of your beautiful projects!! I loved your 31 March projects! I am very new to blogging (2 weeks), and I am so inspired by the things you have done. Thank you for sharing! I look forward to following your work.

  11. Ohhhh, those day 2 chalkboards are still the cutest things ever!

  12. Karen Konczyk says

    I was checking out your ottoman .. Can’t find how you did it 🙁
    Is it here on your site?


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