Gift Ideas with Thrift Shop Finds, Paint & Stencils

This rough framed print was one of my October Fall Finds.  I really purchased it just for the frame.

I used this frame for a gift I made for my older daughter!  I used another thrift shop frame for a homemade gift for my younger daughter too.

Organized Clutter's Most Popular Blog Posts of 2017

When I do projects for Organized Clutter, I just never know which ones will be the most popular with my readers.  

Here are the top 6 reader favorites in chronological order:
Thrift Shop Candlesticks Repurposed as Spring Nest Holders #thriftshopmakeover #upcycle #repurpose #springdecor #birdsnest
1. Thrift shop iron candle holders became spring bird's nest holders in my first popular post of 2017.  A great project does not need to be expensive or difficult.

See the transformation here.

A Stenciled, Buffalo Check, Plaid, Repurposed & Upcycled Christmas Tour 2017

Rustic Christmas Vignettes #upcycle #repurpose #printertray #cuttingboard #drawer #buffalocheck
I don't do a full blown Christmas tour.  None of my children are in town, and I'm not a big entertainer so I have abbreviated holiday decorations.  They come for about 4 days.

I decorate my kitchen, my living room and my covered patio.  AND I have a small tree now so I never have to remove living room furniture to put up a large tree.

I will share my recent and some not so recent projects that I used in my 2017 Christmas decor.

Christmas Junk Project Favs Blog Hop

Thrift Shop Wooden Letters to Christmas Sign#Christmasjunkfavs #sign #stencil #oldsignstencils #rusticChristmas #buffalocheck
Welcome to the Junkers' United 2017 Christmas Junk Favs Blog Hop!  Join me and four other bloggers as we share our FAVORITE Christmas Junk!

Thrift Shop Hinged Box Upcycle with Paint and Stencils

I found this little box at the thrift shop last week for $2.99.

The finish is very scratched and etched with names.

The entire inside is lined with metal, so it wasn't a jewelry box.

I think it would make a great desktop box for mail or envelopes or desktop supplies.


Thrifted Recipe Card Stand Re-purposed As Christmas Decor

A couple years ago I found this dated little recipe card stand/holder.

This little stand was perfect for a makeover!

Ugly Thrift Shop Christmas Tree Upcycle

I found this skinny wooden Christmas tree at the thrift shop last week.  

I think it was originally a primitive style, craft sale tree.

But at some point the wooden tree was decorated with paper stickers and fake gifts were glued on the base.


Thrift Shop Vintage Child's Metal Folding Chair Christmas Upcycle

I found this little child's vintage metal folding chair at the thrift shop this week.  

It's not the original paint job.  It's been spray painted red, but the spray paint has some dings and chips and scratches and rust, so it seems vintage.

Thrift Shop Repurposed Cutting Board Christmas Decor

I found a small cutting board at the thrift shop this week for $1.

As you probably know, I love to repurpose and upcycle cutting boards!

Minnesota Floor Puzzle Piece Re-Purposed As A Christmas Tree Ornament

This is a piece from a United States Floor Puzzle I found at a local thrift shop.

It's not wood.  It's pressed paper, but since it's a floor puzzle piece, it's a nice size for an ornament.


A YOU CUT Tree Farm Christmas Covered Patio

You Cut Tree Farm Sign
Back in October, I made this You Cut Tree Farm Sign with a stencil from *Old Sign Stencils and a wooden frame with star cut out that I purchased at a flea market for $1.

The theme for my rustic covered patio Christmas decor this year is a YOU CUT Tree Farm.  

Stenciling on an Old Window Screen with Old Sign Stencils

I recently purchased this old window screen painted dark green for $5.  

It has some damage to the screen, but I think that may add to the charm of my project.

A Minnesota Buffalo Check Christmas Vignette

A Minnesota Buffalo Check Christmas Vignette
I started Christmas decorating today using some of my recent projects in the kitchen!

My new vignette includes projects with Minnesota and Buffalo Check stencils!

Thrift Shop Wooden Salad Plates Repurposed As Christmas/Winter Decor

I have actually been hanging on to these wooden salad plates from the thrift shop since early 2017.  I have 4 of them, and they are marked "Made in Japan". 

Today I gave them a Christmas/Winter makeover!

Thrift Shop Spice Rack Repurposed As Christmas Decor Shelf

This vintage wooden wall spice rack was one of my Fall Junk Finds.

At least I think it's a spice rack.  It's hinged with a lip to hold spice jars or maybe a recipe book.  Anyway, I purchased it for 75 cents at a thrift shop.

Thrift Shop Paper Towel Holder Repurposed as Rustic Christmas Decor

 One of my recent purchases posted to Fun Fall Junk Finds was this paper towel holder.

It was made to sit on the counter and not hang on the wall.

This is the back with prim style flowers.

Wooden Corner Shelf Re-Purposed As A Christmas Tree

 This corner shelf was one of the items in my August Thrift Shop and Garage Sale Post.  My mom actually got it second hand at a sale in her apartment building.

When I saw this shelf, I saw a Christmas tree. 


Create Boutique Style Gifts With Thrift Shop Finds

Besides creating great decor for your own home, you can create boutique style gifts for your friends and relatives too.  

Like this thrift shop snowman tray above!  I paid $2.99 for it.   It was mass produced, machine painted, and dated.

 I purchased this wall art mostly for the frame.  I paid $1.00.

Let's make them into boutique style gifts anyone would love to give or receive.

Vintage Rusty Snow Shovel Sign

Do you pick up vintage yard tools at rummage sales?  Including old snow shovels?  

Well I do, but I live in Minnesota.

Goodwill Faux Printer Tray to Stenciled Christmas Farmhouse Decor

I don't get to the Twin Cities very often, but I was able to visit a Goodwill in St. Louis Park.  

I found this divided wood tray (among other things). 

I wasn't sure exactly what my purchase was originally.
 *One of my readers identified this item as a Mancala board.

Thrift Shop Repurposed Frame Christmas Tree 2017

Last year I took a pile of thrift shop frames and created a Christmas project!
 The sizes were, measured from the outside edges, 12" x 10", 14" x 17", 17" x 24", and 5 3/4" x 7".


Vintage Tell City Footstool Gets a Boutique Style Up-cycle

I purchased this vintage Tell City footstool several years ago at a local primitive occasional shop for $20.

The finish was very worn and the fabric was faded and soiled.

Thrift Shop Tavern Style Beer Sign Gets A Farmhouse Makeover

Here's one of my crazy purchases from the thrift shop!  

Even though the sentiment "BEER Helping White Men Dance Since 1867" is pretty funny, it's just not a sign I really want in my home.

Let's give it a farmhouse makeover!  I love the hinges on the frame.

Upcycled State Pride Thrift Shop Toolbox

 I think this little toolbox was a high school shop project.  The student had signed his name on the bottom.

The price was right, and it had possibilities.


Thrifted Breadbox Gets Farmhouse Style with Paint & Stencils

Unfortunately, my "before" photos of my thrift shop breadbox are unavailable.  I had no memory card in the camera.  Senior moment!

But I found my breadbox's twin on ebay.

Garage Sale Upcycle with Chalky Finish Paint & A Buffalo Check Stencil

This great little vintage table was one of my garage sale and thrift shop finds in August.

It's a somewhat unusual pedestal table because its top is rectangular and not round or oval.

The Great Minnesota Hot Dish "Sign"

I am having more fun today with my $4.99, 51 piece,  ArtMinds home state stencils from Michael's.

As you can see, my home state is Minnesota!

Thrift Shop Wooden Picture to Trendy Minnesota State Decor

 I purchased this little wooden picture at the thrift shop recently.  

This is the back.  The picture is made from vertical slats joined by two more horizontal slats.

I thought the little wooden picture has some upcycling potential.


Garage Sale Metal Vase Upcycled for Christmas Greenery

This large metal vase was one of my August Finds at a garage sale.  

After washing the vase, I painted it with two coats of Chalked Light Tint Base Paint, mixed in Chiffon Cream.   You could also spray the vase with Zinsser Bulls Eye Clear Shellac Spray  prior to painting to prevent rust or bleed through.  You could also use a Chalked Spray Paint.

Dated Thrift Shop Frame to Pet Memorial

Sorry I haven't posted for a week.  I was in the twin cities for four days last week and worked the rest.  It was a great trip to see kids, grandkids, enjoy great restaurants and shop.

While I was in the cities, I visited a Goodwill, and purchased this dated wood frame with oval antique style, mirrored photo holders.  It was $3.99.

Fun Fall Junk Finds

I have to admit this little wooden wheelbarrow was not cheap.  I paid $30 for it at a local antique store but I had to have it.  The rusty wheel and the red chippy paint are just junk decor perfection!  

Of course it will be awesome next summer in the junk garden, but I am hoping to work it into a Christmas vignette as well.

"You Cut Tree Farm" Christmas Sign with Old Sign Stencils

You just never know what you are going to find junkin'!  Like this $1 clearance frame painted in barn red with star cutout.  I think it was a cull from a local shutter business.  The frame is 22" x 26".

Here is the makeover!

Wooden Thrift Shop Bookends Upcycled with Paint & Stencils

I purchased these wooden bookends very cheaply at a thrift shop recently.  

Thrifted FRAME Ideas for Holidays, Gardens, and the Home

Picture frames, framed mirrors and old framed cardboard style oil paintings are always available at thrift shops and garage sales.  I look for unusual sizes and shapes, (not just 5x7 or 8x10 photo frames) also frames with raised detail, and rustic reclaimed wood frames.  I always check the mitered corners to make sure they are nice and tight and not coming apart.  

Links are provided under the photos to blog post tutorials.

Thrifted FRAME IDEAS for Holidays, Gardens & the Home
 This is an example of a great rustic frame of mine.  It's square rather than rectangular, and the wood shows it's age!  

It was perfect for an outdoor bucket of greenery.

Thrift Shop Vintage Globe Bookends Upcycle

I purchased this set of vintage Made In Japan, Gifts Round the World bookends, at a thrift shop recently.  

I love globes but I want to lighten up my decor so I decided to paint the dark wood.


Thrift Shop Candle Sconces Repurposed as Wall Book Shelves

My project today begins with two dark stained thrift shop candle sconces and a thrift shop wood plaque.

Add Farmhouse Style To A Garage Sale Shelf With Paint & Stencils

I purchased this wooden shelf in August at a garage sale.  I gave it a makeover.

Upcycled Garage Sale IN Box

This wooden "in box" was one of my August Thrift Shop & Garage Sale Finds.  

I sprayed many coats of Zinsser Clear Shellac Spray  to cover some ink stains in the bottom of the box first.

The next step in my upcycle was to paint the box with Dutch Boy Chalky Finish Paint in Antiquated Lace.  I purchased my paint at our local Menards.

Rummage Sale Stool Farmhouse Upcycle with Paint & Stencils

Do you remember this little stool from my August Rummage Sale & Thrifting Finds blog post?  It is a sturdy little stool with a metal tag in front that says "Chester" by Ty Sundberg. 

 My upcycle of the stools follows.