Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge – Fixer Upper Style

I’ve paired up with a group of talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild! 

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Amanda | The Kolb Corner      Chelc| Inside the Fox Den     
Erlene | My Pinterventures     Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main    
Debra | Shoppe No. 5      Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    
Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized   Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    
Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things        
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek     Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Sherry | Savvy Apron     

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


Thrift Store Upcycle - Fixer Upper

Even if you are not addicted to watching Chip and Joanna Gaines’ antics on Fixer Upper, you have to admit there is always something from each episode that catches your attention.  And while adding shiplap walls to your home might be a bit daunting, there are plenty of ways to get that Fixer Upper style in your own home on a thrift store budget.

When I first saw this mason jar flower caddie on Pinterest I was determined to try and find a way to make one myself. 

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(Source – Pinterest)

And then I remembered this old wooden box I had found while out thrifting.  It was coming apart, but I love the dovetail detailing and knew it would be an easy fix.  While I didn’t think it would be big enough to hold mason jars it did fit these glass bottles.

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Now what to do about that metal handle.  Since my husband works at a home improvement store, I asked him to be on the lookout for something that would work. 

Sure enough he came home with this piece of metal banding.  It is used out in the lumber yard to band loads together.   It is about 3/4 inches wide and very flexible making it easy to form the perfect handle.  (Time to make friends with your local home improvement store staff!) 

We attached it using little short black screws, drilling a pilot hole through the banding and wood first.

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I headed out to the yard to cut some flowers from the garden and was pleasantly surprised to see my Limelight Hydrangea is starting to bloom!

When I set the flowers into the bottles, they were just too high for my liking.  I found a few mason jars in my cupboard and it turns out 3 fit perfectly!

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I arranged the flowers between the three jars and really love how it turned out.  For now it is on the dining room table, but I have a feeling it will be adorning the mantel next!

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It pays not to over look thrifty finds that are falling apart!  A little glue, some metal banding, a couple of screws, jars and flowers and you have that fixer upper style!

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Until next time….

Red Cottage Chronicles





Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with! 

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  1. I love this! What a great use for that old cheese box. You are going to enjoy this in all seasons.

    I missed sharing with you all this month!

    1. I had to hunt around the house for Mason jars that fit! I have a ton of big ones, and was lucky to find these three mismatched ones way at the back of the cupboard!