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My Best Thrifting Tips – Recycled Décor

Today on Thrifting with the Gals we are so excited to have Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest and Emily from The Thrifted Table with us! In addition, all the regular thrifting friends from around the country are sharing their Thrifting Tips and Adventures with you. Be sure to see all the links at the end of this post.

On My Best Thrifting Tips – Recycled Décor, I’m sharing an easy way to transform Thrift Store, Flea Market, Yard Sale and antique store finds. Today’s simple tip will turn thrifted items into useable home décor that you will proudly display.

If you’re unaware of THRIFTING WITH THE GALS, we are a group of Instagram friends who are from different parts of the country. We connected on Instagram and share a love for thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales, antique shops and all things vintage.

Each Wednesday, we take you along on our thrifting trips and share all our goodies with you. Be sure to tune into our stories around 1:00 PM, EST each Wednesday. Follow along on Instagram Here.

If you are joining me from Kristen at White Arrows Home, isn’t her collection awesome? Thank you for stopping by.

The Wall Sconce Story

Did y’all see the wrought iron wall sconces I found a few weeks ago? Well, in case you missed it, I found one at a thrift store but didn’t purchase it. My next stop was a Good Will Donation Center and there was another identical wall sconce.

What are the chances of that happening?

Needless, to say I purchased both. Thankfully, the first one was still there when I returned.

BesT Thrifting Tip – Paint

When I find a Thrift Store Treasure, the first question I ask myself is “Can I Paint It?”,

Paint is the cheapest way to update almost anything.

So let’s take a look at some simple transformations using only paint.

Easy Transformation

The wall sconces were so easy to transform. Here’s all you need.

The sconces had a little thin paint problem and because they are iron, a fresh coat of rust prevention was in order.

They are a perfect addition to either side of the DIY Greenhouse. Plus, the solar lights will look so pretty at night.

The $2.00 Birdhouse

A rustic handmade birdhouse for $2.00 was another recent thrifting find. All it needed was a little cleaning and a fresh coat of paint.

Since I wanted it to pop in the flower garden, I chose RED.

This update took less than 30 minutes to apply two new coats of paint.

I can’t wait to actually hang it in the garden.

Since the bird house will be exposed to the outdoors, I chose to use a clear spray sealer for outdoors.

Other Recycled Decor Projects

In previous news, I found this great chest at a flea market several weeks ago. A little paint and it’s a perfect fit beside our bed. See this 3 Step Furniture Makeover Here!

If you missed how that ugly thrifted lamp got transformed, you can see the after on Easy Thrifted Lamp Makeover

Once that makeover was complete, I couldn’t wait to update the thrift store chest on the other side of the bed.

I had found this chest about a year ago and just quickly painted it.

Inspired by the success of the above makeover, I decided to tackle something a little more involved.

If you haven’t seen Amazing Furniture Transformation, you can see it here.

I can’t wait to share some of my next finds and thrifting tips with you next month on Thrifting with the Gals.

Now it’s time to see what all the other Gals have been up to since last month. Next up on the Tour is Emily at The Thrifted Table.

Be sure to Click blog Name below to Follow Along
Dabbling & Decorating / Shiplap and Shells / Robyn’s French Nest /
Stacy Ling Bricks N Blooms / White Arrows Home/ The Ponds
Farmhome / The Thrifted Table

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Monday 22nd of March 2021

Rachel, I love all of these finds so much. You have a knack for finding and bringing out the best in every piece.

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Monday 22nd of March 2021

Shawna, I really appreciate this.


Sunday 21st of March 2021

So many fun finds, Rachel! Makes me want to go thrifting!

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Monday 22nd of March 2021

Jen, It is so fun. Thanks.


Saturday 20th of March 2021

Loving all of these thrifting tips!

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Sunday 21st of March 2021

Ana, Thank you so much.


Saturday 20th of March 2021

Your projects always leave me in awe! I love them so much Rachel! You inspired me!!

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Sunday 21st of March 2021

Kristin, I appreciate your encouragement,


Saturday 20th of March 2021

Rachel you have such a good eye! I love all of your find but I think the sconces are my favorite. I still can’t believe you found two!

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Sunday 21st of March 2021

Kelly, It was meant to be. I love them.