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Trash to Treasure Makeovers

November 7, 2019 By Taina Laraba

· Junkin Market,Vintage Inspired,Tutorials,Home and Garden

Happy Thursday my Friends!

I'm super excited to share these TRASH TO TREASURE MAKEOVERS with you and maybe you'll have a day during the cold days in front of us to make one of these for your home.

Let's start with a super easy one!


For these little tiered stands you can use just about anything. This one is a candle holder I spray painted and a china dinner plate. Easy as pie….or cookies!

Find a beautiful candle holder and dinner plate at your favorite thrift store. Spray paint the candle holder in either white or cream and allow to dry. Then epoxy the dinner plate to the top.

Another super easy one for you...


This is the $4 thrifty tea kettle that started it all. The black handle is what sold me. All the way through this project and up until I was writing the post I was calling the kettle a teapot. Then out of the blue I realized I was probably using the wrong name. I asked the hubby and he said it was a tea kettle. And so it is.

The black and white polka dot belt is a thrift store purchase too. I usually shop at the thrift store on discount day. I qualify for several discounts so just about any day is good. I’m a senior citizen, military spouse (retired), and a student (kind-of).

I cut the belt to fit around the tea kettle and got out the hot glue gun. Glue gun projects are so easy.

If you look at the original photo of the tea kettle you notice there is a rim about an inch from the bottom. I used that rim as the guide for the belt. Well, the project took all of two minutes.

Cute little pot. Now all it needs is flowers.

Yet another super simple Trash to Treasure decor piece.


The galvanized pie plate turned upside down on the bucket is perfection.

Debbie aged the bucket using vinegar! I’ve heard of that process but it’s too much work for me. I want to buy my stuff already aged.

How to Age Metal

  1. I pour plain white vinegar to cover all the pieces and let soak for a while.
  2. It could be a day or a few hours, it just depends on what I have going on.
  3. I have found setting the tub in direct sun seems to speed it all up. (The vinegar helps to etch the metal so the peroxide and salt that I add later can work it's magic).
  4. After the items have soaked, I pour off the vinegar then pour on several bottles of drug store hydrogen peroxide and sprinkle with kosher salt, I'm sure regular table salt is fine but I had

    a big box of kosher salt on hand. (The basic gist of this process is that hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizer and salt, when left on metal, is corrosive and will cause rust).

  5. Then I let the pieces sit in the peroxide and salt solution anywhere from 30 min to a day.

  6. Final step, I pour off the excess liquid and dump the whole tub of pieces

    on a big piece of cardboard and let dry in the sun.

Since I do this processt kind of haphazardly, I can get haphazard results which is actually

perfect for me. But if anything is not "aged" enough, I will put it in the next batch.

Sometimes newer pieces with heavy duty finishes may need two rounds for the

vinegar to etch or break through the tough coating/finish.

Chalkboard Wall Art

Another favorite, the “gather” chalkboard art is so classy looking. I like the way Christy spray painted the whole thing including the frame with black chalkboard paint then used white to paint over the frame. Saves a step or two because by just distressing the white paint you highlight the chalkboard paint underneath.

To Make Wording for your signs

Print your text in the fonts of your choice. Cut them out and arrange them on your chalkboard. Shade the entire back of the print with chalk (for non-chalkboard projects, shade with a pencil). Trace the letters on the front using a pencil. When you lift the paper, you should see a faint chalk outline on your board that you can then trace regular chalk or a chalk marker.

Tea Cup Candle Holder

Now if this idea isn’t just the cutest. Fun yet sophisticated. The china design is really pretty and Maryann has a trick to melting and pouring the wax. The teacup candle would make a great inexpensive Christmas gift.

Making Candles

  • Tea Cups (I see cute ones at thrift stores all the time)
  • Candle Wax
  • Candle Wicks
  • Scent (optional)
  • Old Crayola Crayons (if you want to color the wax)

Step 1: Use a bit of hot glue to secure the metal circle on the wick to the bottom center of the tea cup. Wrap the top of the wick around a pencil to keep it centered and lay across the top of the tea cup.

Step 2: Melt wax in a cooking pan over medium heat, until the wax is no longer opaque. The bag of wax will have specific instructions depending on the type of wax.

Step 3: An easy and inexpensive way to color wax is to add an old chunk of colored crayon when melting. If you have kids at home, chances are you probably have some stubby old crayons around somewhere. You can also buy wax dyes, but why not use whatcha got?!

Step 4: Remove wax from heat, then add scent, if desired. This is also available in the candle-making section at the craft store.

Step 5: Let the wax cool just a bit, then carefully pour it into each tea cup. You want to let the wax cool a little so that it doesn’t “undo” the hot glue that’s holding your wick in place. I used a funnel to pour the wax in so that I didn’t splash it all over and make a mess.

Step 6: Let the wax harden completely, then trim the wick.

Glass Globe Solar Lights

I got a great deal on glass globes at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. They were marked $1, but lighting was 50% off the day I went. I picked up 3 sets of matching globes. Had I known they were on sale, I probably would have selected at least 2 more sets.

Supplies and Tools:

  • Glass Globes
  • Wire (Dollar Store)
  • Inexpensive Solar Lights (Dollar Store)
  • Brackets or Shepherd hooks for hanging (Dollar Store
  • Needle Nosed Pliers (for snipping and or bending wire) (Dollar Store)
  • Glue such as E6000 (I chose not to secure the lights, but you may want to do so)
  1. Uncoil wire
  2.  Place wire around the neck of the glass globe, leaving wire for securing.
  3.  Before clamping the wire, decide how long you want your handle, snip that wire and curl up the ends to secure around the collar wire

4. Slip handle into the collar

5. Secure collar by twisting the wire

6. Secure and snip collar and handle wires

    7. Remove battery tab and stake from solar light. Place light on top of globe.

    8. Make adjustments to wire so it sits securely and is centered on the neck of the globe

    9. Repeat!

    I hope that these projects bring you lot's of happiness when your out there thrifting. I love how all these projects are fairly simple - some taking a little bit more time. How wonderful is it when we can save some money by making our own decor?

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