With a little imagination and creativity, thrift stores can be a treasure trove of frugal decor possibilities – like this outdated tray that got a fresh new look!
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Last week I hit the thrift stores with a fun side-kick and a healthy dose of shopping determination.
(🤗Psst…be sure to turn on video sound to experience the complete vibe of this fun makeover.)
Apparently, the exciting fact that it was National Thrift Shop Day hadn’t made it this far south.
At least the cashiers I had didn’t know.
Which just made me sad.
What a day!
Maybe if it were an actual holiday and everyone had the day off…
But the day wasn’t all bad news – my 15-year old companion turned out to be an amazing shopping pal. We found some great pieces and deals together.
And the best part was that he caught the thrift bug and was inspired to repurpose a few items himself. He was so inspired, in fact, that he proposed a project challenge between us!
We’re both making plans and working on projects…and the family gets to choose the winner.
I’ll share more about our challenge in the coming weeks. Sign up for the newsletter to stay in the know about our projects:
UPDATE: My project is complete! Check out DIY Sunflower Bird Feeder to see the thrift finds I used to make this one-of-a-kind feeder.
Frugal Decor Foundation
So one of my finds last week was this $3 outdated plastic serving tray – perfectly suited for a makeover.
The moment I saw it, I thought of my friend, Mary, and a plastic framed mirror that she gorgeously transformed with paint.
In that instant, I felt personally challenged to see what I could do with a plastic piece too.
I guess a single challenge just wasn’t enough for the day! 🙂
I decided on a gentle upcycle using just two methods:
- paint (of course, right?)
- and decoupage
I planned to cover the bottom of the tray with fabric, but the print I picked out had a light background, so I went ahead and completely painted the whole tray so the bright colors wouldn’t show through.
Do you ever get tired of hearing me gush on and on about Rust-Oleum?
It’s just that good.
Or exclamation point. 🙂
There’s so many yummy colors, textures, and finished to choose from, and the every-time flawless finish made a fan of me from the first can.
This time I used an ultra-matte finish, which suited my fabric selection perfectly.
After the paint dried, I measured and cut the fabric to fit the tray. This was an easy fit – I just turned the fabric over, with the wrong side up, and lightly marked the edges with a pencil.
Next, I gave the tray a good coating of Mod Podge for fabric.
With a good coat in place, I smoothed it out before topping with the fabric,
then gave it an additional coat on the top to seal in the fabric.
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Finally, I got to the really fun part (as if it weren’t already fun) – adding a few pieces of frugal decor elements.
I found all of my pieces at Hobby Lobby for 40-50% off, which just made my day!
Those little pumpkins really grabbed me.
Aren’t they adorable?
So tell me…do you ever see serving trays when you thrift shop?
Do you have inspiring ideas for updating them?
They’re great pieces for arranging seasonal decor or even permanent items you want to enjoy in your home.
Be sure to grab one on your next thrift trip and let your upcycling creativity roll!