Monday, July 09, 2012

Thrift Store Redo

Sometimes second hand stores are a creative person's dream.

I used to volunteer at a Community Services Center/Thrift Store and can't remember how many times things there struck my creative mind.

A while back I went back to that thrift store to visit. While there I found an odd metal thing.
I wish I had taken a before picture. It was kind of ugly. The previous person had painted it various reds, pinks, white, bronze and had glitter and just all around looked bad.
So much so that when I bought it the cashiers stated "finally we can be rid of that ugly thing"!

But I saw it's potential.

I sanded what I could off (which wasn't much) and covered in white paint.
I decided to go with a blue and green theme. As if the hearts were blue flowers growing on the green stem.
I left the 3d dangling heart the original bronze. But painted the rest.

I figured it would make something pretty to display a pair of earrings to be pictured. Or to hang a light such as was done here.

What have you given new life to lately?


  1. Wow! It is amazing to be able to see the potential in something that at first sight seems useless and expendable. Reminds me of how God looks at us when others would have tossed us away. I love this! I love thrifting too!

  2. I love upcycling things I find at the thrift store, too! And I think this would look good with earrings hanging on it.

  3. When you started this post, I thought for sure you were going to drill little holes along the entire length and make a unique earring tree... but alas - that's why you are the creative one and I am left only dreaming of having some creativity!

  4. Sorry, I didn't mean the last post to be anonymous...

  5. Hi Amber,

    I love thrifting! You did a good job.

    Thanks for leaving a comment on our blog. I'm dropping in from swap-bot.

    Thanks again,


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