Thrift Store Challenge

I have been invited to participate in a Thrift Store Challenge with some fun and very creative bloggers! Links to all their blogs and their amazing projects are listed at the bottom of this post.  Please check them out.  For this challenge, we did not have a theme or any budget (but try to keep it as budget friendly as possible).  Just buy something from a thrift store and spruce it up, paint it, etc. and do what you wish with it.

Items I found for the Thrift Store Challenge….

I actually found 2 items. The first is this artwork. I’ve been re-doing my guest bathroom in the One Room Challenge with a Nautical,  coastal vibe and have been on the hunt for some vintage-looking artwork and accessories.  I visited my local Goodwill and couldn’t believe I scored this little piece of art for $3.99!  I loved the picture but wasn’t really diggin’ the frame.

Thrift Store Artwork
Thrift Store Artwork

So, what to do about the frame?

I thought about buying a new frame, but then my husband suggested I just paint this one.  What a good idea!  So, using some left over paint in the color Nocturne Blue from my bathroom makeover, I gave it a few quick coats. (Before I painted it I taped off the glass for easy clean up.)   I figured if I didn’t like it, I could always find a new frame to replace it.   Luckily, I love how it came out.  This is such an easy and cost effective way to update your artwork and using left over paint from my garage it cost me zero money.


My other Fun Find…

The other item I got was this simple vase for only $2.99.  Here is what I did with it.

Thrift Store Challenge
Thrift Store Vase

I really liked the shape of this vase and decided to make a quick and easy coastal centerpiece using supplies I had on hand.  (I did have to buy this faux succulent from Hobby Lobby.)  The rope was left over from this End Table Coastal Makeover.

First, I used my glue gun to glue the rope to the bottom of the vase.

Next, I filled it about half way with some sand we had leftover from our DIY Tiki Bar and stuck the succulent right in the sand.  If you follow me regularly you know I am all about simple and easy projects, and this one couldn’t be much easier.

Final Outcome…

Here they are together.  I plan to move these into the Guest Bathroom, but for now, they will live on the top of the shelving unit in our entryway.


Very simple, very easy and both cost me less than $10.

Please check out all the other participants in the Thrift Store Challenge!

Trash Talk – Decorate & More with Tip
Thrift Treasure – LeCultivateur
You light up my life – Stilettos and Shiplap






The Thrift Store Challenge – The Home Envy
Brass Antique Lamp – The Farmhouse Eclectic






Thrifted Jewelry Case Makeover – This Full Life 5
Thrift Store Find – The House House Blog
Thrift store challenge – Through a Vintage Door
Pretty Bowling Ball – Shabby Queen
Thrift Store Challenge – The Collected Haven
April Thrift Store Challenge – Sweet Southern Grace


  • Reply Victoria Olson April 22, 2019 at 9:26 am

    This is so cute! You did a great job. It was a fun project to work on with you.

  • Reply Terrie April 22, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Jodi, I always love coming over and reading what you find for our challenges. Your nautical theme really is lovely. I love the frame after you painted it. What a great idea on using sand, succlent and the glass vase to make that arrangement. So creative.

    Love working on the challenge with you. Have a beautiful day.

    • Reply Jodi House April 22, 2019 at 10:54 am

      Thanks, Terrie! I love seeing what you come up with too. You are so creative!

  • Reply Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap April 22, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Awesome finds! I think they are going to look great in your bathroom when it’s all done. Love the blue frame.

    • Reply Jodi House April 22, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you, Tara! I love these challenges! It is so much fun to get creative.

  • Reply Shae April 22, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    I love the vase that you made!!! So pretty! And the frame was a wonderful deal! Loved working with you on this project!!

    • Reply Jodi House April 23, 2019 at 8:15 am

      Thank you! I am all about simple. I loved working with you too and loved the item you picked up.

  • Reply Deborah Cline April 23, 2019 at 12:13 am


    Such a cute find! So much fun to make over!


  • Reply Emily April 23, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Such great finds!! They look perfect together!! They will look perfect in your bathroom, when it’s finished!!!
    Happy Monday, friend!!

  • Reply Maren April 23, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Love how you added some rope and a succulent to the vase! So creative!

    • Reply Jodi House April 23, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you!!! Glad you like it. Aren’t these challenges so fun?

  • Reply Teresa O'Connor April 23, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Love what you’ve came up with, they go together so well. Will be looking forward to seeing them in your new bathroom but I think they look great here too!

    • Reply Jodi House April 23, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you! I know. I am torn between leaving them where they are or moving them into the bathroom. We shall see where they end up.

  • Reply Dori April 23, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Love this! So cute and creative!! It looks perfect in your bathroom!

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