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Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

It’s a New Year and a new Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! We took a few months off for the holidays, but we are back to show you more upcycled thrift ideas! This time we have joined forces with even more bloggers and have tons of thrifty upcycle ideas to get those wheels spinning.

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | Red Cottage Chronicles    Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Pili | Sweet Things    
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation    
Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy     Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
    Ali | Home Crafts by Ali    Sue | A Purdy Little House   Sara | Twelve on Main
Claire | Pillar Box Blue     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Kim | Farmhouse Made       Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    
Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs    Megan | C’mon Get Crafty     
Denise | My Thrifty House    Toni | Small Home Soul    Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

Farmhouse Candle Wall Sconce

farmhouse wall sconce

If you visited Red Cottage Chronicles recently you may have seen the reveal of my farmhouse dining room.  The budget to makeover our room was only $100, and the bulk of that went towards faux shiplap and paint, so I had to be really creative when it came to accessories.  I mostly shopped our house for things I already had, but did hit the local thrift shops for some fun finds.

Sometimes I go into the thrift store with an idea in mind, but other times I walk around aimlessly until something catches my eye.  The latter is how I decided on this vintagey (not a word, I know) farmhouse style candle wall sconce.

Farmhouse Wall Sconce

This Christmas tray was only a dollar, and a set of silver candlesticks were $5.00.  The candle sticks are real silver so I felt a bit guilty about painting one of them for this project, but that lasted only for a minute!

I really had no idea how to achieve the finish that I wanted, so I just layered on paint I already had to create kind of a pewter finish with an aged patina.

Farmhouse Wall Sconce

After giving each piece a good cleaning, I sprayed them with a light coat of black chalkboard paint and let it dry.  It goes on really shiny, but dries to a nice smooth, mat finish.

farmhouse wall sconce

Next I sprayed on a light coat of Rust-Oleum Universal Hammered Paint & Primer in silver, leaving some of the black showing through.  I like the hammered finish as it adds a bit of a texture of old pitted metal.

farmhouse wall sconce

Finally I used a can of chalkboard paint and a paint brush to layer on more black chalkboard paint.  I left more of the silver showing through actual candle holder.  On the tray I built up layers allowing each to dry in between coat until I achieved the look I wanted.

farmhouse wall sconce

farmhouse wall sconce

I actually used a paper towel to kind of smudge the last coat and eliminate some of the brush strokes, giving it a bit of a softer patina.

farmhouse wall sconce

I used a 1 1/2 inch angle bracket to mount the candle stick to the tray using hot glue.  First gluing the bracket to the bottom of the candlestick.

NOTE:  I won’t ever light a candle in this faux vintage wall sconce as it was constructed for decorate purposes only, so I was okay with the level of hold the hot glue offers.

farmhouse wall sconce

Again using hot glue, I fastened the candlestick onto the tray.  Finally I hot glued a “tooth” type wall hanging thingy to the back of the tray.  I know, very high tech terminology!

Farmhouse wall sconce

For a grand total of $5.50 this farmhouse wall sconce is the perfect addition to the gallery wall of our newly updated dining room.

farmhouse wall sconce

farmhouse wall sconce

Although I am not sure if this is what aged pewter really looks like, I am really please with how it turned out!

diy farmhouse wall sconce

For even more thrift store upcycle ideas be sure to scroll down and visit all the participating bloggers!

Until next time….

Red Cottage Chronicles



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  1. I never would have guess at first glance that the sconce didn’t come that way. And a cheap tin tray that you turned into something lovely. So awesome! And I love your paint layer technique, it looks great!

  2. This is really clever, I would never have thought of it! I’m always a fan of something to hang on the wall, too, that isn’t flat to add dimension.