It’s a New Year and a new Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! We took a few months off for the holidays, but we are back to show you more upcycled thrift ideas! This time we have joined forces with even more bloggers and have tons of thrifty upcycle ideas to get those wheels spinning.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | The Kolb Corner Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars Erlene | My Pinterventures Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek
Pili | Sweet Things Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Marie | DIY Adulation Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog
Jes | My DIY Envy Lindsay | Crazy Organized Molly | Just a Little Creativity
Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods Kimm | Reinvented Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Ali | Home Crafts by Ali Sue | A Purdy Little House
Sara | Twelve on Main Claire | Pillar Box Blue Chelc | Inside the Fox Den Kim | Farmhouse Made Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled Sherry | Savvy Apron Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod
Lora | Craftivity Designs Megan | C’mon Get Crafty
Denise | My Thrifty House Toni | Small Home Soul Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister
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I love a good thrift store makeover challenge, when other bloggers get involved, and you get to see who finds what and wonder why you didn’t think of that! Usually when I go thrifting, I find a ton of random junk that I am uninspired by. For this trip and this challenge, I really wanted to find something that I could use to decorate my fake-mantle-Ikea-cubby-bookshelf, a chandalier for Lilly’s bedroom, or a piece of furniture I could actually flip and use in our bedroom.
The thrift I went to is so stinkin’ cute! If you live out in Chester or Lancaster County, it’s called Country Gift & Thrift Shoppe, and you must go because they have a ton of nice clothes, handmade quilts and pillows, sewing and quilting items, antiques, aisles and aisles of kitchenware, nice toys, and lots of books.
Maybe because I had Edie with me, my creative juices were literally nonexistent, because I was stumped after taking a few laps around the two floors of goodies.
Behold… these are what I found lurking next to a row of shopping carts!
These poor things were so Nina Garcia Sad looking, and at $4 each, I had to bring them home.
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My original plan was to just paint them with the sprayer, replace the fabric, then pop them in the playroom for some stools or something the kids could use. The more I looked at that horribly orange color, the more I wanted to try bleaching the wood.
Bleaching Wood for a Thrift Store Makeover
Did you know that’s a thing? I am not fluent in woodworking speak, but I am fluent in “oh my Lord, that wood stain is hideous.” There are different methods of attack when bleaching wood; peroxide, oxalic, and chlorine bleaches.
I went with a basic Clorox bleach and water mix, because I’m super cheap and I’ve never done it before. There are other bleaches available for bleaching wood, like oxalic acid and 2 part kits, but for an $8 thrift store makeover, I figured some good old Clorox would suffice.
Both stools (or footrests?) were sanded lightly and wiped down, then on top of a trash bag I went ahead and painted on the bleach. Straight up. Not a whole lot happened after I left it on for an hour. Womp.
Andrew had the genius idea to soak the stools in our trash can with water and bleach mixed. Light bulb moment, folks. I mean, seriously.
Timers set, I did each half of the stool for about 40 minutes, and to my surprise it brightened up amazingly! All that funky stain was gone, and the wood was a nice bone shade.
After a good rinse, I let them dry over night and realized I had to seal the wood somehow. So, I decided this would be a great time to try white wax.
Can I just say that I’ve never even waxed furniture before?
I’ve never waxed furniture before.
Waxing my Bleached Thrift Store Makeover
I’m glad my friend Lisa at The Purple Hydrangea is a literal furniture makeover maven, because I was floating around in uncharted waters, in terms of wax. When I thought wax, I thought it’d be the consistency of… you know… wax. But she assured me things would be fine, and they absolutely were!
For my very first toe-dip into waxing territory, I went with this kind and used a brush I already had.
Wax on. Wax off.
It’s super soft as it dries, though not a true white; it’s more of an antique white, which was fine for this project.
Yaaaas. Is this not gorgeous!?
Recovering my Waxed Bleached Thrift Store Makeover
Armed with my staple gun, a drop cloth, scissors, and perma-tape, I used the original cover to make a pattern for my new cover. Hemmed the edges, turned down the ends and stapled the new cover to the frame.
I am sure the kids will beat it up and it’ll need a new seat, or wood top for a stool or little table in the playroom, but for now, it’s adorable in the kids reading nook.
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!