Swap It Like Its Hot – Thrift Store Finds

Swap It Like Its Hot

Boy have we got some fun for you today! It’s that time of year, when my girl Charlotte from Ciburbanity hosts her annual Swap It Like Its Hot series! Let me tell you, it is a hoot!

40 bloggers swapping thrifted finds to makeover…well it could be DIY magic, or an epic disaster.

40 bloggers swapping thrifted finds to makeover…well it could be DIY magic, or an epic disaster. I mean, look at the kind of things you can find in my local thrift shop.

Find for Jaime

See what I mean? These are the finds I spied while deciding what to send to fellow thrift swapper, Jaime from That’s My Letter. It could be crazy awesome, crazy huge, or just plain crazy. No worries, I couldn’t be so cruel as to send her that weird miss Piggy…besides, I found a few fun items that I’d love to see what a great builder like Jaime could do with.

My thrift swap sender, Jessica from Decor Adventures was super sweet not to send me anything completely coo-coo (like a weird miss Piggy figurine). Well almost…I had one item I could not figure out for the life of me. But I’ll tell you more about that later. Here’s what Jessica sent me:

SWAP It Like It's Hot - before

Very cool items right? I knew what I wanted to do the moment I saw them!

To the bat cave!…er workshop!


Oh man, I LOVE picture card holders! I’m totally assuming that’s what these are…wouldn’t it be weird if that’s not what they are at all? Anyway, it’s all I see when I look at them (that or car lights for a fun toy car for kids).

A few of my favorite Krylon spray paint colors, and now my daughter has a fantastic way to keepsake postcards and letters from her pen pal (which is her Grandma and Grandpa, isn’t that sweet?).

Card - Picture Holders

Card Holders

They make for such a pretty collection don’t you think? Plus they match perfectly with the DIY canvas art I made!

DIY Picture card holders

Ok, they say great minds think alike…sometimes crazy minds do too… but anyway, Jessica sent me a tray that looks almost exactly like the one I picked up for myself from the thrift store several months ago! WHAT? Awesome, now I have a pair.

Trays updated

I originally wanted to stain it different hues to highlight the awesome woven design, but after sanding a little edge of it, I realized that this bamboo wasn’t going to stain so easily, so I ditched that idea and chose to spray paint it in a color blocking style.

Paint Trays for a contemporary twist

With two trays (mine was a little beat up), I decided it would be fun to use it as wall art instead of actual trays! A couple 3M Command strips, and they look great up on the wall together! Updated, more contemporary…actually they would be really cool either as art OR for actual tray use.

Painted trays as wall art

Last, but not least, a simple glass vase. I love glass, and I love gold, and boy aren’t they just a match made in heaven? I decided to bring out a few other glass jars and vases I had lying around and make another little collection.


I started by taping off and spray painting the bottom portion of each of my glass jars. Use the Krylon metallic gold Maxx…it is the perfect color match to the next step.

Gold liquid gilding to paint jars

When you want a super reflective shimmer to your gold, use the Martha Stewart gold liquid gilding! It is AH-mazing! You’ll paint that on with a soft bristle brush right on top of the spray painted area. This will ensure that you don’t have to use more than one coat of that valuable liquid gold, and that it doesn’t appear too streaky.

Gold Gilded Vases

It is just SO pretty! I feel like Midas, but without the negative side affects. 😀 Hmmm, what else can I goldify?

Gold dipped jars

I had such a great time giving these items my own personal style and twist. But there was one item Jessica sent that stumped me. Not because I don’t know what to do with sued material, but rather because I’m really weirded out by thrifted materials I can’t wash or scrub down.

You guys are crazy creative…so I want to know, what would YOU make with this guy? Hm, and how could you clean them before use (they aren’t washable)? Let me know!


Be sure to pop over to Jaime from That’s My Letter and see what fun trinkets I sent her, and to Jessica of Decor Adventures to see what she made as well!

Swap It Like Its Hot -thrifty finds series

Tune in all week to see the crazy items this talented group of bloggers has been making over! Search the hashtag #swapitlikeitshot on social media to follow along with all the fun or check out our Pinterest Board.


That’s My Letter / DIY On the Cheap / Run To Radiance / The Gathered Home

Two Thirty Five Designs / Chaotically Creative / Decor Adventures / Homemade By Carmona


Thoughts From Alice / Reinvented / Confessions Of A Serial Do-It-Yourselfer / Restoration Redoux

Always Never Done / I Am a Homemaker / Black and White Obsession / Windgate Lane


Town and Country Living / brepurposed / The Charming Farmer / 58 Water Street

Designer Trapped In A Lawyer’s Body / Year of Serendipity / White House Black Shutters / Desert Domicile


Two Purple Couches / Like A Saturday / Finding Silver Pennies / Artsy Chicks Rule

Something to Be Found / Shades of Blue Interiors / Simple Designing / Our Southern Home


Evey’s Creations / Dragonfly and Lilypads / Weekend Craft / Ciburbanity

A Designer At Home / Polished Habitat / Blue i Style / Addicted 2 DIY

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32 Comments on Swap It Like Its Hot – Thrift Store Finds

  1. Pris Sverige
    April 21, 2018 at 1:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Wonderful ideas!.. Especially unexpected for me was the idea of picture holders 🙂 And I really admire the decision to decorate glass vases 🙂 Thank you!!

  2. Linda Nelson
    January 11, 2017 at 10:08 am (5 years ago)

    What a fun swap! Suede is generally not “laundered”, but cleaned with a suede brush/tool. i would also consider placing the swatches in a tray filled with baking soda to absorb that “thrifty’ odor, or to place them outside in the sunlight for a day. As far as getting creative with them, my first thought was to make a little swatch book, and sew a vintage button onto each “page”. You could also mount each individual swatch onto blank greeting cards and add your artistic touch. Try making stitched designs using a sewing machine or by hand.

    • Ursula Carmona
      January 11, 2017 at 2:41 pm (5 years ago)

      Oh wow, you rock! I love your creativity!

  3. Sue Castanien
    March 9, 2016 at 8:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow! Great transformations! I would try washing the fabric in cold water in a mesh bag (in case it falls apart) and letting it air dry. I totally agree that anything fabric from a thrift shop needs to be washed before it is worn or used.

  4. Michelle from Weekend Craft
    October 13, 2015 at 10:30 pm (6 years ago)

    Love your transformations. I am a krylon girl myself can’t beat that nozzle. Color blocking the trays were a great way of bringing them back to 2015 love it.

    • Ursula Carmona
      October 14, 2015 at 8:52 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks Michelle! Haha, Krylon users unite! 😀

  5. Erin Spain
    October 11, 2015 at 9:21 pm (6 years ago)

    How fun! I especially love the picture holders. Great job transforming everything!

  6. Trisha D. @Black and White Obsession
    October 6, 2015 at 10:52 am (6 years ago)

    How fun is it when your swap buddy sends you something you can pair with stuff you already have on-hand?! Those baskets are quite the lookers now!

    Such a good tip to save that liquid gold by layering some inexpensive spray paint underneath.

    • Ursula Carmona
      October 7, 2015 at 2:08 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Trisha! Oh yeah, gotta extend the life of whatever we love! 😀

  7. Jessica @ Decor Adventures
    October 6, 2015 at 10:11 am (6 years ago)

    Awesome! I’m so glad you got to use all of those items. I knew you would put some pretty colors on them and I was hoping you’d find them at least useful 🙂

    Glad to be Swapping It with you!

  8. Kimm at Reinvented
    October 6, 2015 at 9:23 am (6 years ago)

    LOVE everything! I’ll have to give that gold guilding a try. The trays look so modern and cool now. I would wash the fabric anyway, washing would probably enhance it’s texture, then maybe decoupage the warm fall colors on a foam pumpkin?

    • Ursula Carmona
      October 7, 2015 at 2:09 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Kimm! GREAT ideas! I’ll give it try! 😉

  9. jillian
    October 5, 2015 at 10:10 pm (6 years ago)

    I am in love with the picture holders! The color scheme is fantastic!

  10. Shanna Gilbert
    October 5, 2015 at 9:49 pm (6 years ago)

    Love the bright photo holders with the black and white photos!

  11. Tania // Run to Radiance
    October 5, 2015 at 3:06 pm (6 years ago)

    LOVE. The colors you picked for everything are perfect! And honestly…I’m the same way, I’d just throw those away or re-donate? 😛

  12. Caitlin @ Desert Domicile
    October 5, 2015 at 1:58 pm (6 years ago)

    I love those picture card holders! You could always use them as place card holders too 🙂

  13. Emily @ Two Purple Couches
    October 5, 2015 at 1:47 pm (6 years ago)

    Each of your makeovers are fantastic, Ursula!! I really love the colors you used for those little picture holders! The suede is a total stumper… maybe the pieces could be used to make holiday ornaments of some sort? Or fabric gift tags?

  14. Jaime Costiglio
    October 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm (6 years ago)

    Ursula the transformation is beautiful! Amazing what a little paint can do right? Nicely done.

  15. Charlotte @ Ciburbanity
    October 5, 2015 at 10:57 am (6 years ago)

    SO pretty! Those colors are just the perfect combination… all of your items look like they should be in a gallery all together. Thanks for joining the #swap fun!!!

    • Ursula Carmona
      October 5, 2015 at 2:27 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks so much Charlotte! This is so much fun, thanks so much for inviting me!

  16. Bee
    October 5, 2015 at 9:35 am (6 years ago)

    You did an awesome job!! I love the baskets!

  17. [email protected]
    October 5, 2015 at 8:58 am (6 years ago)

    I love your transformations Ursula! I think the gold vases are my favorite and I’m totally going to save your liquid gold leaf OVER spray paint tip for future reference! But everything turned out so cute!

    • Ursula Carmona
      October 5, 2015 at 2:22 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you Brynne! Yeah, I’m officially a liquid gold fan now! 😀


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