Hey guys, it’s that time of year again! When my good friend Charlotte from Ciburbanity hosts a Swap It Like It’s Hot party! Yep, can you see a big bunch of 40 or so bloggers all gleefully opening thrift shop packages we swapped while singing “swap it like it’s hot, swap it like it’s hot”. I’m sure it’s quite the sight…what with the bad dancing while singing and opening our packages (yeah I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who did that).
In this round-robin swap, I sent some fun things to Jess of Domicile 37, and I confess I may have bought multiples of something I sent her to keep for myself.
I received my package from Breanna of Brepurposed who rocked her makeovers. And wowza, these items she thrifted for me were so great, I pretty much kept them as they were! Well, with a little spray paint makeover. Make no mistake about it, spray paint makes a huge difference!
Here’s what Bre sent me:
What would you do with these items? I admit I could have been a bit more creative with them…but when you love something almost as is, you do what you love!
Let’s start with this cool oil can. Unfortunately it still had oil in it, so when I opened my package it had spilled all over everything else. Luckily I could unscrew the top and wash it out. It made me realize I could turn the base into other really amazing things…but c’mon, how cool is this? It’s so vintage and eclectic, I’d rather have the eclectic item in my house, and add a modern twist.
After a simple spray paint makeover, and a bit of liquid gold leaf, this bad boy made its debut in my office space as a rubber band catcher.
I bet this would be amazing storage for ladies bracelets too. I’m a simple girl, no jewelry, but for those of you who do wear a little bling, this is a fun way to think outside the jewelry box!
Next up we have this napkin holder. At least I think that’s what it is… I like the idea of the brass (gold?), but not the hue, and the leaf at the bottom just wasn’t my cup of tea. Instead I decided to remove the leaf base, spray paint it to the exact gold color used in my craft room, and use it for practical purposes.
My daughter has been decorating thank you cards and envelopes lately (great hobby! I’m a proud momma), but she needed a place to set them up to dry overnight.
Since our craft room is always in high demand (what with 4 crafters in the house), she needed a place she could set them without fear of them being touched, jostled, or crushed. This little napkin holder just got upgraded to her craft and card holder! Now each item can sit and dry, and stay until she is ready for it.
These ornate dishes are adorable! I really wanted to harness it to become a cute tiered tray. An idea I had from Stephanie, a member of my creative team who rocked a tiered tray just recently. I pretty much followed her tutorial, except I used wood instead of a perfume jar. You can check out her step-by-step tutorial here.
I love anything you can use as a storage tool. Pretty storage…yes please!
Speaking of trays, this picture frame made an awesome tray! A little marble design contact paper on a piece of wood cut to size, and one spray painted tray later… and voila!
This fancy little tray is perfect for our tea parties! Well, with 3 girls lots of tea parties are inevitable.
Nothing is quite as fun as a good old thrift shop hop! I hope we can inspire you to transform inexpensive finds into gorgeous decor. Even if you didn’t go thrifting you can still give new life to old things you already have.
Ready to go to the next blogger in this round-robin swap? My girl Jess from Domicile 37 got this package of goodies from me, stop by her blog and see what she did with them!
Want to check out the rest of the swaps? Check them out here:
Brepurposed / Home Made by Carmona (your here!) / Domicile 37 / Evey’s Creations
christy @ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
I’m always excited to see what you do with your items, Ursula! As usual I was not disappointed!! Great makeovers and your photography is always beautiful! XO
You are so sweet Christy! Thank you so much!
I love them all, but the oil can makeover is my favorite! Never in a million years would I have seen an oil can and thought “Hey I need that” lol but now I do!
Love all of it! The new card holder is genius!
Kimm at Reinvented & Roadkill Rescue
Crazy good makeovers, as usual! 🙂 I’m totally in love with the oil can. I don’t wear bracelet either, but I could see one filled with washi tape! 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your weekend Ursula!
Thank you so much Kimm! I love how you think…eventually we started using for washi tape too! 😀
Love these! That napkin holder idea was so smart! I have something similar I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with. And I absolutely love the oil can!
So so so fun! The oil can is perfection. Such a great repurposing.. smart. Very smart. 🙂 You always hit a home run. Love! (I thought I’d commented before… losing it a little bit I’m afraid.)
Thank you my friend! I had such a fun time with each item!
Great job Ursula. Your projects are proof that just a little DIY effort can yield great results.
Stephanie @ Casa Watkins
ooooh love this Ursula. That napkin holder fit perfectly in your peg board! Such creative use for the oil can too!!!
cassie @ primitive & proper
love what you did, ursula! i love that little tray especially- so pretty and glam!
Corinna - ADesignerAtHome
Super creative solutions for the items you received! Loving how you repurposed the napkin holder to something sweet for your daughter <3
Girl, I do not know what you were talking about the other day. Your items are perfectly in tune with your brand! I love each piece and how you switched up its purpose.
😀 Thank you cutie!
Oh my gosh! I’m so sorry about the oil! Ha. I totally didn’t realize there was anything in there! Love what you did with all these items. I agree, I probably wouldn’t have changed them too much either 😉
LOL! No worries at all! It helped me realize I could open up the oil can… Thanks for such a fun box!