Swap It Like Its Hot 5

Swap It Like It's Hot 5

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!

Thrifted Items

Here’s what Bre sent me:

Thrift Shop Items - Before

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!

Oil Can Makeover heading

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.

Oil Can Makeover

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.

Oil Tin Can Rubber Band Holder

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!

Oil can turned decorative accessory

napkin holder makeover

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.

Napkin Holder Turned Letter Holder

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.

Upcycled Thrift Shop Item - Letter Holder

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.

Craft Room - Letter Holder

Ornate Dishes makeover

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.

Tiered trays from dishes

I love anything you can use as a storage tool. Pretty storage…yes please!

Picture frame makeover

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!

Picture Frame to Marble Tray

This fancy little tray is perfect for our tea parties! Well, with 3 girls lots of tea parties are inevitable.

Tea Party Tray

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!

Jess Domicile 36 Swap Items

See more swap makeovers

Want to check out the rest of the swaps? Check them out here:





While They Snooze / The Charming Farmer / Primitive and Proper / A Designer At Home
Brepurposed / Home Made by Carmona (your here!) / Domicile 37 / Evey’s Creations

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17 Comments on Swap It Like Its Hot 5

    • Ursula Carmona
      April 13, 2016 at 2:23 pm (6 years ago)

      You are so sweet Christy! Thank you so much!

  1. Jillian
    April 12, 2016 at 6:56 am (6 years ago)

    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!

  2. Dena
    April 11, 2016 at 10:50 am (6 years ago)

    Love all of it! The new card holder is genius!

  3. Kimm at Reinvented & Roadkill Rescue
    April 9, 2016 at 9:31 pm (6 years ago)

    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!

    • Ursula Carmona
      April 10, 2016 at 7:24 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you so much Kimm! I love how you think…eventually we started using for washi tape too! 😀

  4. Erin Spain
    April 9, 2016 at 2:45 pm (6 years ago)

    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!

  5. Charlotte Smith
    April 9, 2016 at 9:56 am (6 years ago)

    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.)

    • Ursula Carmona
      April 10, 2016 at 7:25 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you my friend! I had such a fun time with each item!

  6. [email protected]
    April 8, 2016 at 4:29 pm (6 years ago)

    Great job Ursula. Your projects are proof that just a little DIY effort can yield great results.

  7. Stephanie @ Casa Watkins
    April 8, 2016 at 2:46 pm (6 years ago)

    ooooh love this Ursula. That napkin holder fit perfectly in your peg board! Such creative use for the oil can too!!!

  8. Corinna - ADesignerAtHome
    April 8, 2016 at 11:56 am (6 years ago)

    Super creative solutions for the items you received! Loving how you repurposed the napkin holder to something sweet for your daughter <3

  9. Jessica
    April 8, 2016 at 9:55 am (6 years ago)

    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.

  10. Breanna
    April 8, 2016 at 9:17 am (6 years ago)

    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 😉

    • Ursula Carmona
      April 8, 2016 at 11:24 am (6 years ago)

      LOL! No worries at all! It helped me realize I could open up the oil can… Thanks for such a fun box!


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