Kilim Upholstered Thrift Store Bench

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This kilim upholstered bench made by Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. is a match made in thrift store heaven! Lindsay, a kilim-loving gal, was in need of a bench for her mudroom. She headed straight to the thrift store where she found a wood and metal bench, a Navajo blanket, and a sleeping bag for batting. She combined the three items together to create this beauty!

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Old Candle Holder + Old Cake Pan = New Pedestal

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While browsing online, Laurel of The North End Loft came across a rustic pedestal and thought, “I bet I can make that!” Right she was! Laurel created her pedestal using a chunky wood pillar holder and weathered cake pan she got from the thrift store. I love all the decorating possibilities with this little stand, and of course, the fact that it’s from repurposed materials makes me love it all the more!

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Thrifted Light Fixture to Glass Cloche

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Inspired by glass cloches, like those from Restoration Hardware, Susan of saf affect was on the hunt for a thrifty alternative. She scored two industrial glass light fixture globes at a Habitat for Humanity Restore for only a few dollars. Placed on a tray with a few interesting objects, you’d never guess they were once used for lighting. What a great repurpose!

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Thrifted Nut Bowl to Wood Slice Mirror

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I know people often look at the things in thrift stores and garage sales and wonder what in the world it is and who would ever buy it. Like a nut bowl that looks like it was cut from a tree trunk. Where one person sees a strange, old nut bowl, a creative genius like Caitlin from the Desert Domicile sees an urban chic Anthropologie-inspired mirror. Caitlin took the $5 nut bowl and in just a few steps turned it into this amazing mirror that seriously gives the Anthro inspiration a run for its money. I love how Caitlin used one of her late grandmother’s Mexican woven belts so the mirror is not only stylin’ but meaningful.

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DIY Armillary for Less Than $10

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Christin from Pregnant with Power Tools loves “décor that goes beyond the norm,” like the armillary which she describes as scientific, mysterious, and gorgeous. You can add expensive to that list since even a “cheap” one from Pottery Barn cost $130! Thankfully, Christin shares at Someday Crafts how she made her own for less than $10 using embroidery hoops and a thrifted candlestick. She says, “There are so many ways you can personalize this! More rings, or fewer, with or without arrow or inner sphere, different bases, colors, sizes!!! I can’t wait to see what you make!

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Repurpose Cake Pans into Tiered Stand

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From serving snacks and beverages to organizing craft supplies, there are TONS of uses for tiered trays. However, in my book that still doesn’t merit a monster price tag. Kirsten of The Crafting Chicks shows how you can turn a few items from the thrift store into your own stylish tiered stand. Kirsten simply painted her candlesticks and then glued them between the cake pans to create her stand. I love that this is made from repurposed materials and cost only $6, especially considering what a versatile piece it is!

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Decoupage a Box for an Instant Update!

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Erika from Retropolitan purchased a few sheets of marbled paper online and used it to recover an old wooden box she had picked up at the thrift store for a couple dollars. She says, “It was a fairly easy decoupage project that took about a half hour to do. I think it turned out pretty great for only $3 and a few minutes of my time.” After making over her box, Erika just so happened to notice that West Elm sells an agate box that looks crazy similar for $49 to $79!

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Thrift Store Honeycomb Lamp Makeover

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Megan from Homemade Ginger had been looking for a solid set of table lamps for her office desk but didn’t want to spend much money. After diligently looking at thrift stores for months, she found a set of honeycomb lamps that needed some TLC. With some spray paint, a little tweaking, and a modern lamp shade, these lamps look like new ones worth hundreds of dollars!

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