Before and After Thrift Shop Flips

16 March
Every Tuesday for Treasure Trove Tuesdays I show you the things I find while out shopping for my Etsy shops, Little Vintage Cottage and Little Boho Cottage.

Many of those are destined for makeovers and today I'm sharing a couple of those thrift shop flips!

thrift shop flips

This plain wood letter holder is one.

I took it all apart, cleaned it up (it was full of nasty spider nests, eek!) and gave it a fresh new paint job!

And here it is now!

 The paint color is called Bahama Sea and I hand-painted the words on each pocket.

So much cuter now right??!!

This pedestal bowl also got a makeover.

I used the same Bahama Sea paint and here it is now...

I gave both the bowl and the mail holder a good distressing too!

Trays can be up-cycled into something different.

I made this one into a magnetic memo board.

I punched some holes into the sides and added a ribbon hanger. With the addition of a vintage magnetic clip with a cute "Smile" tag added you have a place for your grocery list!

This one should be pretty obvious... it's two old cake pans with a candlestick joining them into a tiered stand! I used my "Stayz On" Ink and large letter stamps to stamp the words "Store, Stash, Organize, Hold" around the outside.

Next up is some repurposed chicken wire and an old door knob made into a unique cloche!

I added some pretty green ribbon and a laser cut, wooden skeleton key for embellishments.

 Jello molds repurposed into photo stands or place card settings!

And here are some more old molds that I mounted on a piece of trim molding (old and chippy). In this picture I was using it as a vintage desk organizer.

This is half of an old globe that I mounted to some reclaimed fence boards with a vintage molding frame!

And here is another old cake pan stand!

What do you think? Do you like to repurpose old things and give them a new, sometimes totally different life?

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  1. Tania: I noticed that in your etsy shop you list a lot of "vintage" items. Can you tell me how you decide something is "vintage" or not? Just curious because my daughter is going to start selling things on Etsy and we were wondering how to determine that. Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi again Kim, I answered this question directly to you and then it dawned on me that perhaps others are curious so I'll answer it here again! Etsy considers anything 20 years or older as vintage so that is the rule I go by. Once you do something to it though like I have to the items in this post it is considered handmade. Etsy has some great resources for sellers that can be found by clicking the "Sell" link the uppermost left-hand corner. Hope that helps!


  2. I love your upcycling - the mail holder is really cute. You did a great job.

  3. Sweet! Love the cloche and the mail holder - that blue is divine!!

    Great projects!

  4. Oh my gosh you're amazing!
    Tutorial on the chicken wire cloche please???

  5. Wow Tania! I love it all...:) I especially love the tray turned magnet board....very creative! Thanks for sharing your projects!


  6. Wow, these are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.


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