Before and After - Trash to Treasure Projects

08 February
Today I have some trash to treasure projects to share! I'm trying to finish up some old projects that have been lying around for awhile. Today I'm sharing five small redo projects.

Trash to treasure makeovers

Here is a before shot of the first group of items ... a small spice rack, little notepad holder thingy, and some child size hangers.

Trash to Treasure Projects - Thrift Store Flips

I sprayed the notepad holder thingy white, distressed it a little bit and then found a postcard to slide into the glass front. This little thing is cool because you can change out the postcard anytime your little heart desires!

It would be cute with a vintage Christmas postcard and some holiday greenery inside don't you think?

The postcard I chose is actually from someone's business, I save all kinds of things and pretty business cards is one of those things!

Here is what the front and back looks like when it's not in the holder.

And here is the back side of this thing. It was just plain wood and the spray paint didn't look to good on it so I glued some birdcage scrapbook paper over the back.

I also sprayed the spice rack white and just distressed it a little bit. It would be sweet in a craft room holding vintage salt shakers full of pretty glitter!

I sprayed the child size hangers blue, pink, and yellow and then I used some stickers and stamping to dress them up a bit!

Here are some close ups. I have some baby clothes that I want to take to my space at the antique mall soon, these hangers will be cute to display them on! I have a total of 10 of these hangers that are all cutified!! :o)

Now here is the before of the next couple of items I worked on.

Let's all just say it together now... "EWWWWWWW!" Honestly, I don't know what ever possessed me to buy these hideous things. I scare myself sometimes... not to mention those closest to me :o/

But I thought rather than just turn around and give them back to Goodwill I'd at least give redoing them a shot!

Here is how they turned out... both with a coat of white spray paint.

I gotta say... they look better but still not great.

This would be cute(er) with a little plant inside...

And maaaayyyybbbbeeee... just maybe this would look better with flowers inside?

I have a couple more things I'm still working on, I hope to show those soon :o) These will either go down to my space at the antique mall or be listed in my Etsy shops.

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  1. Hi Tania,
    I love the two little wooden things, the one that holds the post card would be amazing at Christmas with greenery in it, I think you could keep decorating it for the seasons all year - love that scrapbook paper too! And what an awesome idea to use a spice rack with salt shakers for glitter...hmm...I'll be looking for a spice rack now! ;)
    Love the owl painted white and it would look super cute with a plant inside!
    White paint is amazing!
    Have a wonderful rest of your week! Hugs, Kimberley

    1. Hi Kimberley! I might have to keep the little spice rack after all!!


  2. I always enjoy seeing your makeover magic at work! Spray paint is a decorator's best friend. Love that scrapbook paper on the back of the notepad holder--wish I could find some like it! The hangers are adorable and will look even more charming with baby clothes on them.

  3. I must say paint does wonders, but those vases...not so much for me! LOL! Love the spice rack painted though. Just visited your Etsy shop and sale and bought the Hummingbird print! So excited.

  4. The white thing with the postcard is my favorite.

    I have to say the owl thing and that vase - hideous before. LOL!! You definitely improved on them.

  5. Sometimes I buy stuff just to see what it will look like with a coat of spray paint! LOL! Although, I tend to go for the crazy colors. I wonder what those owls would look like in teal?

    What a great baby shower gift those hangers would make!

  6. Sometimes I buy things just to see what they will look like with a coat of spray paint! LOL! Although I tend to go for bright crazy colors. I wonder what those owls would look like in teal?

    1. That's funny! I've been concentrating on mostly neutrals as that seems to be what sells for me. Thanks so much for stopping by!


  7. I admire your talent! Somehow my things never turn out like I envision. :)

    1. Thank you Sandra! To be honest I'm not sure WHAT I was envisioning when I bought the owls and vase! lol!


  8. Tania, I love yourbefor and afters! I have a suggestion for your pitcher that you don't like. How about gluing some burlap ribbon around the areas of the horse riders? You may have to use a couple of layers but that would totally make it awesome! Just a suggestion. Love your blog and your little Etsy shop. My sister has two shops on Etsy. Both vintage. 3sisterstreasures and 3sisterssmalls . Check them out when you get the chance.

    1. Hey, that's a great idea! I actually reworked the little owl planter here:

      I'll be sure to post the vase after I try your suggestion too!

      And I'll definitely check out your sister's Etsy shops :o)



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