Swap it Like it’s Hot {Halloween Edition}

swap-it-like-its-hot-image-1024x1024Hello lovely Friends! It’s that time of year again…time to Swap it Like it’s Hot!! I absolutely love this game. If this is new to you, basically a bunch of awesome bloggers buy thrift store treasures (or not so much) to send to each other to be reinvented. 

For our last round in the Spring, I was given these goodies from my friend, Shanna from Restoration Redoux:


And I turned the wood items into this pretty addition to my garden:

DIY Garden Planter

See more of that project HERE.

I am including a couple of affiliate links so you can find the products I use. 🙂

I really love getting items that I can transform into completely new items!

This time was a bit more of a challenge. I was sent these two items from Shelly at Confetti Style:


The tray is metal, so there really wasn’t any way I could cut it up or turn it into something completely different, and since the paint was chipping pretty badly, I decided to create something for my Halloween display with it:

Metal Tray Turned Halloween Display

Fun, right? I used my Silhouette (I have THIS one) to create this. I made a “stencil” from contact paper. I would highly recommend not being so cheap like me, and using the real deal, transfer paper, for something this detailed. It took me a while to place all those tiny details by hand, but once I got it where I wanted, I used Rustoleum Spray Paint in Gloss White to fill in the stencil:


It adds a touch of whimsy to the spooky display below:

Metal Tray Turned Halloween Display

As you can see we go all out for Halloween around here! We are definitely the Halloween house in our neighborhood. Don’t let that spook you though, we do it up for Christmas too. 🙂

Halloween display from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

How about that other piece I received? I bet you can’t even see it in the photo above.

See it tucked in the back there?

Halloween display from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Let me move a few things for you…

Halloween display from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I tried SO hard to come up with a unique idea for how to change this thing up. Then I painted it to see if that would spark some creativity, but I just decided to add it to this vignette as is. It holds a couple of spooky pieces here perfectly…

Halloween display from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

And because I just painted it white, it will serve as a great storage/organization piece long after the cobwebs have been taken down.

Aren’t those headless images spooky? I actually found them on Pottery Barn’s site believe it or not!  A couple of years ago, I did a knock off of their Halloween Mantel:

Pottery Barn Inspired Halloween Mantel

(See the full post HERE, including how I did it with thrift store and dollar store finds.)

They offered the images then as free downloads. Unfortunately they no longer offer them. Boo!

I still love to use them.

Halloween display from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

This table is set up under a portico that you walk under when you walk up to my front door, so it stays protected. And of course this guy watches over it too…

Halloween display from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

And here it is at night:

Halloween display from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com


Halloween display from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com


Halloween display from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Here’s a few more I took while I was at it:

Halloween display from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

See how I made that standing Halloween sign last year and more daytime Halloween décor photos HERE.

In this one, I dragged that giant tree branch out of my neighbors trash pile…

Halloween display from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

(That skeleton’s head was broken off…but the effect here is extra spooky!)

Halloween display from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

On Halloween night, we really do it up. You can see what that looks like HERE.

Here’s a daytime image from last year…the fencing in the foreground holds in the ghouls in the graveyard!

Outdoor Halloween Decor at confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I need to take some daytime pics this year.

So that’s it for this edition of Swap it Like it’s Hot!

But wait…don’t you want to see what I sent out? If you’re one of my regular fabulous readers, I know you do! 🙂

Here’s what I sent:


Visit Katie at Addicted to DIY HERE to see what she did with these treasures!

See all of the other creative bloggers we’re touring with this week at the links below:



Windgate Lane

Vin’yet Etc.

Casa Watkins Living

One Mile Home Style




Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer (me!)

Addicted 2 DIY

Restoration Redoux

I Am a Homemaker

Maggie Overby Studios

PMQ For Two


Two Thirty-Five Designs

58 Water Street

Create & Babble

Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza

Gourley Girl and Guy

The Charming Farmer


This is our Bliss

Southern State of Mind

Two Purple Couches

My Life From Home


Erin Spain

Copper Dot Interiors

Prim and Propah

Sweet Tea Refinishing

Eveys Creations

On Fern Avenue

If you missed what I made over last Fall for this fun series, here is what I got:


And you can see what I did with them HERE. 🙂

I’ll be back on Thursday sharing what I did with this dresser:


See ya then! 🙂

Update: See what I did with this dresser HERE now!



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  1. Wow, you guys go all out for Halloween!!! That entire table is all sorts of awesome.

  2. Love this simple but so spooky for Halloween!

  3. Very cool! I did something similar with witch silhouettes on old frames. Great minds think alike!!!

  4. Christy, I love how you used the swap items i sent you. That tray is fabulous and looks like something you’d pay big bucks for. And I know the caddy will come in handy for so many uses. Great swap transformations.

    • Thanks, Shelly! These were great items, but I have to admit I was feeling a bit challenged lol. And yes, that caddy is such a functional piece! XO

  5. Um… your house for Halloween is ABSURD! I never go too crazy for Halloween, but this might change my mind! LOVE the tray…. the skeleton graphic is amazing. And I’m kind of obsessed with the creepy black and white pics! What a ‘chic’ way to bring in the holiday! Thanks again for being awesome!

    • Thanks so much, Charlotte! We are all about some Halloween around here! Thanks once again for being our awesome leader! XOXO

  6. I had a feeling you would have a Halloween makeover! I’m in love with your skeleton platter! Your whole house looks hauntingly beautiful! You know I love Halloween just as much as you! Great job my friend!

    • Ha ha yes, the timing was perfect for a Halloween makeover! Thank you…I knew you would appreciate the Halloween décor! XOXO

  7. What a great project! I love what you created. I have a Silhouette on my Christmas list. I hope I’ve been good enough this year.


    • Thanks, Nancy! I hope you have been good as well…there are so many fun things to create! XOXO

  8. Wow – So glad I found your Blog – Your Halloween displays are so over the top perfection! Wow…oh…I already said that. 🙂

  9. Marcie Lovett says

    You must save a lot of money on candy, Christy. I know I wouldn’t walk my treat bag up to that house! Seriously, you did an amazing job decorating (although I am a wimpy, non-scary Halloween person).

    Is that Grandma’s dresser? Can’t wait to see what you do with it.

    • Ha ha Marcie! It is so funny to see three year olds march right past all the spooky décor, while the ten year olds are afraid to walk up lol! You have a good memory! That is the taller mate to Grandma’s dresser and spoiler alert: I cheated on this one and painted it exactly like the first one. No surprises this time, but it fit too well for the “Glitz and Glamour” Themed Furniture Thursday this month not to share it. 🙂

  10. Annie (Canada) says

    Love your enthusiasm for Halloween Christy 🙂 You go all out! I too love Halloween but since moving to a large property set back from the road we don’t get any trick-or-treaters 🙁 so I don’t bother decorating.

    • Thanks, Annie! We do love some Halloween around here! I don’t blame you for not decorating since there’s no one to appreciate it…saves money on candy though! 🙂

  11. Your Halloween vignette is AMAZING! You definitely knocked it out of the park with your swap items!

    • Thanks so much, Katie! Visiting you soon! Can’t wait to see what you did with the items I sent. 🙂

  12. Your Halloween decorations are just awesome!! And I love the spooky update to your tray!

  13. Awesome!! Y’all go all out- love how you hung that above your mantle!

  14. Wow, girl, that’s some SERIOUS Halloween decorating! I love what you did with your goodies!

  15. So creative and SPOOKY for Halloween! You really go all out – that’s awesome!!

  16. You must have the spookiest house on the block at Halloween! Though I think the tray update is cute, you would have had to fight me for it if we had seen it at the same time in its pre-update stage! I collect old tole painted trays and really like the shape of that one!

    • Ha ha we do! The kids really love it though. Unfortunately the paint was chipping pretty badly in the center of the tray, but it was lovely at one time! 🙂

  17. Your skeleton silhouette turned out awesome!!! Love it!

  18. Wow your Halloween vignette is so amazing, I absolutely love how you used both items and made them so amazingly spooky! That little boy holding his head, so good, creepy good!

    • Thanks, Laurie!! Aren’t those photos awesome?? I’m so bummed that PB too them down from their site, but I was surprised to find them there anyway. 🙂

  19. You are so talented! And what a fun idea. I never saw that fun Halloween plaque out of that old ugly thing!

    • Aww you are too sweet, Karen thank you!! I had no clue with this thing, but it worked perfectly for Halloween! 🙂

  20. WOWIE!!! So creative and a beautiful transformation. I don’t normally decorate for halloween, but you’re display is making me want to! LOL.

  21. Oh my WOW!! I love all of your Halloween decor & your transformations are fantastic!! <3

  22. So fun! And I LOVE your Halloween decor!

  23. Love what you did with your items! Perfect for the Halloween Queen! 😉 Your house looks great, I know your kids love it! Xo

  24. Love the transformations, Christy! Are you going to do a video of your Halloween Display this year? You guys do such an awesome job decorating your home.

    • Thanks, Marie! I do have a video of last year on Halloween night that my hubby made… thinking of saving that for Halloween. 🙂


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