Tuesday, January 24, 2012

38 Trash to Treasure Link Party!

Ohhh, I love days like today!

A good challenge.  Sharing inspiration and creativity.  Trash to treasure.  It's all so much fun!

Just before Christmas, my blog pal, Amanda, and I held a last minute blogger meet and greet.  We hung out at a local thrift store where we did some chatting and digging for buried treasures.  Before everyone left, I decided a challenge would be fun.  I asked that everyone that grabbed some goodies, send me pictures of how they turned it into their personal prize.

Here is what I came home with:


Holiday decor was 50% off that day, so I snagged this beauty for a dolla.  I wanted to be able to use it year round, so the snowman sadly had to go {sarcasm my friends}.  And go they did, with a couple of coats of white spray paint and a piece of fabric lining the bottom, I was left with my new treasure!


I just love love love my new little tray.  I am excited to use it all over the house.  In the family room to hold remotes.  In my dressing room to corral girly jewelry or in the office as a stationary station.

The whole process was super simple, I just gave the tray a couple of coats of spray paint, cut the fabric to size and used some spray adhesive to adhere it to the bottom of the tray.  Then, I used a small craft brush to dab the edges of the fabric with some Mod Podge, just to make sure it doesn't fray and is really suck down.

Here she is corralling some stationary items:




One of the best dollars I have ever spent.  It's so bright and cheerful.  And because I just used a scrap piece of fabric and leftover white spray paint, I was able to keep this at a one dollar budget.  For those wondering about the stationary holder, that was a previous Goodwill find for $.50 that also got some spray paint.

I also challenged the pretty ladies that were with me to share their makeovers, so here they are now with how they turned their Goodwill thrift store finds into treasures in their own homes:

Kimberly found a hurricane:


After adding in some lovely smelling coffee beans, she now has a stylish way to corral her makeup brushes.


Corie scored this awesome mail holder:


She gave it a coat of spray paint and cut out some letters with he Cricut.  She used Mod Podge to affix the letters as labels to each slot!


Heidi found an awesome galvanized steel bucket.  She knew she had the perfect place for it:


Her current stationary holder was working to keep her essential paperwork in order, but the file folders would sometimes tip.  Not anymore!  She just popped the holder inside the new bin!


Amanda found a stand that she saw some potential in....


A little spray paint later and she had a lovely piece for her counter which she can use for serving or to hold a bowl of goodies!


And what did the other host, Amanda, come up with?  Well, she always wanted to make a book safe.  You know, a top secret place to hide her personal possessions.  So she found a giant hardcover book for $.50.


She glued the pages together {tutorial on her blog here}, and cut out her secret storage area:


These gals had a lot of creativity and now have fun new additions to their homes thanks to some thrifty finds and a good challenge!

Now it's your turn!  I am so excited to see what you all have been working on at home!


And a button for you:


So what do you think of today's makeovers?  Anyone feeling inspired to head to a thrift store and whip out the spray paint?

38 comments:

  1. oooh amanda's stand almost looks like a re purposed fire pit! LOVE IT!!! Such great makeovers!

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  2. Great finds and reinventions!

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  3. Your tray looks lovely. How fitting the P tile is worth three points. And, it is awesome seeing what everyone else did! So much creativity!

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  4. I always see those Christmassy trays and wonder if I should get some to make over! Maybe there'll be Easter trays around soon, so I can give it a go? :)
    And I love Amandas little stand, it went right from "Not coming into my house" to "Oh, I want one!".

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  5. Love the tray! Looks great!
    xx



    The Urban Umbrella
    xoxo


    http://urbanumbrella.blogspot.com/

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  6. Is the link party up? I don't see where to link a project.

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    1. Sorry Amy - for some reason my code wasn't working - fixed it now.

      Thanks for the heads up - hope you link up!

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  7. I love all of the finds! You guys did an amazing job.

    ~Mrs. Delightful
    ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  8. Thanks for housing jen!!!! I live in the middle of nowhere so finding thrifty things is impossible most days but I did manage to give new life to some chicken wire -- hope that's ok love!!! Xoxoxo

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  9. Your tray is so cute!! I just linked up a few of mine...off to add your party link! thanks for hosting, jen!

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  10. Love the fabric you used for your tray - my favorite colors! Those other projects are great. Using coffee beans to prop up makeup brushes is such a unique idea. Thanks for hosting the linky party!

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  11. Do you remember what fabric you used? It is exactly what I've been looking for to complete a project at my house!

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    1. Hi Heather! Here is a link to the fabric: https://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=85814f57-87eb-48c6-ae2f-6cb48a851e48

      xoxo!
      Jen

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    2. Thanks! Your tray is beautiful and I'm hoping this fabric will look just as good in my house!

      Heather - at home with H.

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  12. Oh my goodness, that tray is amazing!! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Love the way the tray turned out, Jen! Everyone did an awesome makeover...I love the stand and Corie's file, and what a good way to put that bucket to use, Heidi! We definitely need to do this again, how fun!

    www.studioblonde.blogspot.com

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  14. I love the Drab To Fab: Ribbon Board - that's exactly what I've been storing away for a spring day to work on! It can't come soon enough!

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  15. I absolutely LOVE the first tray...those colors are gorgeous! I linked up my IKEA framed turned into an earring stand. :)

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  16. Super cute stuff!!

    I am a newlywed and your site has been super helpful in getting us off on the right foot with organizing and going through all of our stuff as we make our house a home together. Love everything!

    <3 Michelle

    nestlovedesigns.blogspot.com

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  17. Amazing, this post is so inspirational So many great ideas I saw a couple that I may try. Thank you for posting this, it really helps to realized that I can change things around my house and do not have to spend a fortune doing it.

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  18. Your are so inspiring!!
    Love your blog so much and I have a tray like that with cows on that could just do with the same treatment!!
    Have linked up to my most prized thrifty find - a sewing box which I made over with a bit of spray paint and wrapping paper!

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  19. Thank you for hosting this fun link party! Lots of great ideas!

    Becky B.
    www.organizingmadefun.com
    Organizing Made Fun

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  20. Gorgeous tray! I love how you always use fun and happy colors for your projects! Definitely helps set the mood :)

    Check out my IKEA LATT children's table makeover! http://enjoyerofgrace.blogspot.com/2012/01/ikea-hack-latt-childrens-table-2-chairs.html

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  21. Thanks for hosting! I see so many fun ideas already!

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  22. What a great post! I loved those ideas! I need to start thrifting more than I already do...I have so much junk to turn into treasures!

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  23. Gorgeous tray! Love the ikat fabric you selected too.

    xo,
    cristin

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  24. Jen I love your tray redo, It turned out so so cute! AND I LOVE that it was just $1.00. How great. I haven't been to your blog in a while and I have missed it!
    -jg

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  25. So many fun, creative ideas here! Jen, I love this party!!! Thanks for hosting.

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  26. Hey Jen,

    BEAUTIFUL and well done to the clever creative souls ! just wanted to tell you that the link at 76 seems a bit dodgey, http://pure.bioelements.com/ is what it links too. Not sure if it's just me or not. But the rest of the ideas I've gleamed over and love LOVE LOVE :) Thanks for being a great hostess :)

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  27. So many great projects!! I LOVE your tray - I will have to look for a tray at The 'Will next time I am there! Amanda's stand is amazing - she chose such a beautiful color and that wood art in the background is AMAZING!!

    Sarah from The House That Ag Built

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  28. absolutely LOVE your tray and the powder blue stand! Now, I just need to score one of each of those for my house!!!

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  29. Fantastic and of so inspirational thank you so much!!

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  30. Hey Jen! Thanks so much for hosting this link party, and for checking out my mirror refinish!

    I'm happy to report that it is done! Woohoo! Love when a plan comes together!

    http://www.vintagemauve.com/2012/01/25/mirror-mirror-is-finally-on-the-wall/

    Check it out and let me know what you think!

    Cheers,
    Jessica

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  31. Who knew you could do so much with paint? You did, of course!

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  32. Thank You for all You offer - and to All for the Great Ideas! I hope You'll check out some of my Repurposed offerings - and some of the 'other things' I 'fix. ;-}
    Lynden
    http://aneleganttouch-lynden.blogspot.com
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/An-Elegant-Touch-/162889457132788

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  33. What perfect timing! I love that I just finished a trash to treasure project yesterday. :) Thanks for the link party.

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  34. everything is awesome, you rock girls!

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