100+ Upcycling Ideas from the Thrift Store Decor Team in 2019

100+ Upcycling Ideas from the Thrift Store Decor Team in 2019

If you are a subscriber to my blog, then you may have noticed a theme on the second Wednesday of each month. That, my friends, is what we call “Thrift Store Decor Team” day! Some of the best upcycling bloggers around (aka, the Thrift Store Decor Team) get together and throw a little makeover party with upcycling ideas for all their secondhand finds. 

And now that 2019 is nearly over, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite upcycling ideas from the past year. I’ve selected one favorite project from each of the members of the Thrift Store Decor Team, but keep scrolling to see the full collection!

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Best Upcycling Ideas from the Thrift Store Decor Team – 2019

Faux Cactus Decor

Of all the Thrift Store Decor Team day projects that I posted throughout the year, this has to be my favorite! I’ll never forget standing in Habitat ReStore for several moments as the upcycling idea formed in my mind. But they were PERFECT for my “Thrift the Look: Boho Decor” post that I was working on at the time. Can you guess what I used to make them??

Cactus decor with a Boho vibe by upcycling the post caps into Boho plants

Candy Dish Candles by House of Hawthornes

I’m such a huge fan of House of Hawthornes (we have a very similar love for all things vintage) that I had a hard time picking my favorite project of hers. But I really loved this handmade candle in a candy dish that she made. Simple, but effective, what a terrific way to reuse a lovely covered dish like this!

Candy dish or colored glassware that has been upcycled into a candle

Watermelon Wood Bowl Makeover by Refresh Restyle

I’ll never forget when I first saw this project earlier this year and thought, “DUH – what a PERFECT way to paint a plain wooden bowl!”. I mean, honestly, does it get any cuter than this??

Striped Serving Tray by Domestically Speaking

Domestically Speaking finds a LOT of fun things at her local thrift stores, and this beat up cutting board was no exception. She gave it such a simple makeover, but it really made quite the difference!

Painting a cutting board from the thrift store and upcycling it into a tray

Vintage Record Table Cart by My Repurposed Life

Sometimes thrift store makeovers don’t require a drop of paint. But rather they need a LOT of cleaning and replacing old wood that has rotted or wasn’t even good hardwood to begin with. And that’s just what My Repurposed Life did to this record table cart which really breathed new life into it.

Record table cart from thrift store that has been cleaned and transformed

Adirondack Chair Makeover

Molded plastic furniture can really take a beating under the sun. So, when this plastic Adirondack chair set became faded and bleached out, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia gave it a fresh makeover!

How to paint plastic molded chairs or outdoor furniture for the patio

Picture Frame Makeover

Our Southern Home has one of the most lovely homes around – she is QUITE the decorator! And I was blown away at this super simple, but crazy effective touch that she gave to this mostly-gold picture frame. Seriously – it made SUCH a difference…

How to add depth to a vintage gold picture frame by using Rub and Buff in Ebony

Succulent Display with Old Movie Reels

There are a LOT of ways to display succulents (real or fake) out there in the world. But this one might be the most unique AND the most charming that I’ve ever seen!

Succulent display with old movie reels or film reels

And now for our full collection of upcycling ideas and thrift store makeovers!


Upcycling Ideas from the Thrift Store Decor Team – 2019

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Make sure you also visit each of the Thrift Store Decor Team’s posts today, too. Everyone will be showcasing their favorite upcycling ideas from the collection!

My Repurposed Life

House of Hawthornes

Petticoat Junktion

Domestically Speaking

Refresh Restyle

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Our Southern Home

Sadie Seasongoods (that’s me! You’re already here)


SO much inspiration here, don’t you think? I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane and feel inspired to upcycle and repurpose some of your thrift store finds next year!

If you enjoyed these upcycling ideas from the thrift store decor team, then you’ll love this project of mine. Can you guess what I upcycled to make this windmill wall decor?

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Upcycling Ideas for Thrift Store Items and Secondhand Shopping from the Thrift Store Decor Team

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Thanks Sarah, I love that succulent display too and your Boho decor is sooooo fun!

  2. WOW, you are so very clever and good!!

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