For people who like surprises and finding unique cast-offs that have untapped potential, a thrift store is a dream come true.
One of my favorite things to do is browse through our local stores with eyes open for something that could be upcycled, updated, painted, or tweaked. When it’s a bargain, the deal is even sweeter.
It’s rare that I’ve gone shopping with a specific item in mind and actually found it. More often, I’m a browser, just checking things out and looking for anything that catches my eye.
Sometimes I know right away what I’ll do with it. At other times, I have to bring it home, sit it on a shelf, and think about it for a while. That was the case with this piece:
I’m still not quite sure what it even is. Perhaps it was once the base for a lamp?
Maybe a candelabra?
Whatever it is, it has a few qualities that I look for in a thrift store gem:
- a unique shape
- the ability to be updated with paint
- potential beyond its original use
I brought it home, stuck it in a closet with a few other finds, and promptly forgot about it.
Then we moved and I put my eyes on practically every item we own. I decided it was time to give this little gem a new life.
A little thinking, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.
Another trip later yielded this 59 cent beauty (yes, I jest.):
Only one more item…
a $1.00 Peace Lily from the clearance rack at Lowe’s.
With the addition of a little glue –
and some spray paint –
these two unlikely pieces fit together perfectly to create an easy, upcycled plant stand.
I started by gluing the plate on top of the stand. This is when I discovered that I love gorilla glue. My brother-in-law is a huge proponent of gorilla glue, so after hearing him (and my sister) sing its praises, I decided to give it a try for this project.
I was not disappointed. After a 24-hour set, these two unlikely partners are forever united. This is good stuff!
Two coats of paint took it from this:
While the paint was drying, I scoured my garden supplies for the perfect pot and found this:
which also got a new paint job.
A simple repotting task, and the project was finished!
This was another super simple project, but I love how it turned out. Someone’s trash became my treasure – for less than $5!