Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Three Painted Thrift Finds: Quick and Easy Thrifted DIYS

I'm creating like crazy, I can't stop! I missed going nuts on thrifted finds and yielding new creations. Here are three quick and easy DIYS I made in minutes last week:


This big suitcase is better than ever sporting dinosaur figures! I taped dinosaur-shaped cut outs to the case and sprayed over them with white Color Place spray paint. 


With hands shaking from doubt, I proceeded to blaspheme all over this beautiful mid century modern chair. For shame! I could have done better, but this painting was done in minutes and the chair sold for more than I would have sold it for without the added detail. 


I'm finally displaying all of my tiny toys for inspiration and crafting purposes. I prowled for tiny shelves to hold my beautiful toys while thrifting and found the perfect duo, but they were dirty plain pine wood shelves shaped like houses.


The application of black acrylic paint makes them look modern and helps the toys pop. It makes the shelves with consistent with all the other black framed art in the apartment, too.


It's been fun rearranging the toys within and coming up with creative photography and crafting ideas along the way. We're never too old to play with toys, right? The tallest toy in the new layout photo is no taller than 2 inches! I love tiny representations from everyday life.

What creative things have you been doing with thrifted finds lately?
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40 comments:

  1. Oh I do love the chair with the mushroom detail, get cool. I too, would have been shaking I'm doubt. But what a great idea for one off chair finds.

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    1. I want to get cracking painting more furniture, I have lots of ideas :)

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    2. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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  2. Love them all - and I also enjoy transforming thrift finds with a little paint.
    It does wonders, doesn't it?
    Great job!

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  3. If the reselling thing ever dies down you would make a great toy store owner!

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    1. I may have considered it once or twice...

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  4. Liking the new layout Van! Great idea for your little toys. We have a bunch of little toys floating around too and mostly just cluttering up our desks so that's a nice way to display them. :)

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    1. I'm plotting on the best way to display them. There may be a tiny toy shelf DIY coming soon.

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    2. Oh, and thanks for the layout feedback. I needed a fresh new look!

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  5. These are all fab, I especially like the suitcase. My boys collect lego minifigures and I have succumbed to one or two as well. They sit in with my earrings on a printer's tray.

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    1. Good choice, I love those as well as the playmobil figures. They're just so appealing.

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  6. LOVE the black houses for your displays. I recently purchased some cute small accessories wooden display cases and I have yet to paint them. This is just the inspiration I need!

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    1. Hop to it! :) I have loooots more to paint myself, I'll probably dig into that today.

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  7. Cute DIY ideas, as always. I love those little painted house shelves. I am in desperate need of some proper display shelves for all my teeny tiny thrifted finds.

    <3 Jackie @ Let's Go Thrifting!

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    1. I need more, too. I have so many awesome tiny thrifted finds that deserve display. I think I'm going to custom build some shelves soon, expect a DIY! :)

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  8. Love the cute shelves for your toys! Always great ideas Van!

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait to get busy making more.

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  9. I really like what you did to the suitcase. It looks like the dinosaurs are roaming in the fog or something. Kind of spooky in a Halloween way.

    Bravo to you for taking the chance and adding the mushroom design on the MCM chair. I would be shaking too if I were doing the same thing to a nice piece of furniture :0) Sometimes all it takes is a simple little thing to transform a piece into another level of desirability.

    I also like how you used the shelving units to display your little toys and figures. Me, I would have probably created little dioramic scenes inside each section of the shelves. I love dioramas, and any way to turn something into one, I'm on top of it :0)

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    1. I have a few toy-dioramas around the house and I'll be making more in the near future ;)

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  10. Wow! I love the black paint on the shelves - it really makes your stuff pop. I chuckled when I saw your shelves - I've got a house-shaped shelf in a pile to put in my next sale. It's brown and dirty and I paid too much because I have a huge soft spot for anything house-related. Your post is making me reconsider its fate. Thanks! ~ Liz

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    1. It may look great with some fresh paint, try it!

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  14. I love the shelves and the chair -- too cute!

    Haven't done anything with thrifted finds, but I almost bought a quirky "vase" type container the other day that I was going to spray paint a different color like your shelves (the container was a bit chipped and white). Only the price on it was unmarked, and when I asked one of the women in the store how much it was, she slapped a $6 price tag on it, which pissed me off because you can get brand new similar vases at the Ross next door for around the same price. Grrrr! I just left it there.

    But hopefully I can find another container like that. :o)

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    1. I see that all the time, I've seen items from the dollar store next door in a thrift store for more. Too funny. I'm so excited to keep re-working thrifted finds. Good luck finding another awesome vase!

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