Our top 5 thrifty decor and DIY projects.

collage of pink tulip wreath, faux fur stool and dining room hutch with chalkboard hanging above it

Thrifty decor and DIY is what fuels my fire here at Chatfield Court. I’ve done a lot of projects since I started the blog almost 5 years ago but the thrifty ones have turned out to be my favorite.

I think that it’s the challenge of not only finding an inexpensive treasure, but also turning that treasure into something that I love. There’s been several projects that stand out in my mind. Some have been recently done, some a few years back, but all of them are well loved and still used in our home.

Cool Thrift Store Faux Fur Stool

Let’s start with the hairy little monster, my DIY faux fur stool. This $2 find was transformed with just a bit of faux fur and now it has tons of personality. Can stools have personality? Why yes…yes they can. Even the hubs is a fan of this one.

glasses sitting on a small stool with faux fur thrifty decor idea

DIY Rustic Towel Rack for the Bathroom

This former porch baluster has been a welcome addition to our small bathroom. I only bought it because I loved the shape and the price, $2. It took a while but I eventually turned it into the perfect towel rack.

diy bathroom towel rack with a striped towel hanging on it

DIY Thrifted Industrial Nightstand

This project was done out of desperation. We needed a nightstand and I couldn’t find anything that would fit our small space. This $5 find was just supposed to be a temporary fix but it’s turned into a keeper. You can check out the before and after, here.

white metal nightstand with lamp and a pitcher of sunflowers

Thrifted Mirror Turned Chalkboard

This thrifty project is probably my favorite of them all. We were remodeling our galley kitchen, in our house in Illinois, and I really wanted a chalkboard. I was looking for a square mirror to transform but when I saw this lovely piece at a local thrift store, I couldn’t pass it up. It’s like an ever-changing piece of artwork for your wall. Check out my easy DIY thrifted mirror turned chalkboard.

snake plant in planter next to wood cabinet with lantern on top and green plant

Thrift Store Farmhouse Front Door

If you’ve been around for a while then you may know that I have a slight door obsession. It’s not the best obsession to have, especially if you live in a small house with limited storage space, but it is what it is.

I have a few projects that have involved my found doors but this turned into one of my faves. Check out the before and after of our thrift store farmhouse door. You won’t believe the change this $20 find made. We also have a few other awesome door projects like our frosted glass bathroom door and our mirrored barn door for our newly built guest bedroom closet. As always, they were easy and thrifty projects.

Oh…and the pink tulip wreath? It’s a project that I just finished. I call it “an explosion of pink”.

pink tulip wreath on blue front door

Do you have any fave thrifty finds? I’d love to hear about them.

The Thrifty Style Team is sharing their fab thrifty decor ideas and projects, too. Stop by and check them out.

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pin this for later graphictulip wreath on door and big chalkboard hanging on wall

 

 

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Who’s ready for a fun home decor giveaway? THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

I know I just shared our spring home yesterday but it’s Thrifty Style Team Wednesday and I just had to join in on it. We usually share a thrifty find but this month is special because we’re offering a home decor giveaway.

4 wooden herb boxes sitting on a butcher block island with tulips, napkins, candy eggs in green paper grass and green wreaths in them.

The way it works is that each member of the team is giving away a gently used, beloved home decor item from their own stash. So it really is like 11 giveaways in 1. You can visit each member of the team and enter to win.

My prize is 4 hanging wood herb boxes that I bought when we moved into the cottage.

4 wooden herb boxes sitting on a butcher block island with tulips, napkins, candy eggs in green paper grass and green wreaths in them.

I was so excited to get them but broke a cardinal rule…don’t buy something unless you have a spot to put it. Our cottage is small, with limited wall space for decor, and I was never able to make them work. Unfortunately I bought them from a shop that didn’t accept returns so I had to keep them.

Parsley wooden herb box sitting on a butcher block island with candy eggs in green paper grass.

So as they say, one woman’s mistake is another person’s treasure. Or something like that. 😉

These beauties are solid wood and they all have a hanger. They’re perfect for herbs or placemats or silverware…so many great ways to use them.

Thyme and Sage wooden herb boxes sitting on a butcher block island with tulips and napkins in them.

Ok, are you ready to give these herb boxes a new home? Make sure you go all the way to the bottom of the post for the rules and to enter.

4 wooden herb boxes sitting on a butcher block island with tulips, napkins, candy eggs in green paper grass and green wreaths in them.

Remember to visit the other members of the Thrifty Style Team to enter their giveaways, after you’ve entered mine. Each one will have a different prize and different rules on how to enter so make sure you read the rules.


How do you enter my giveaway? It’s actually pretty easy.

To Enter – GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS TO ALL THOSE THAT ENTERED

Good luck!

4 wooden herb boxes sitting on a butcher block island with tulips, napkins and green wreaths in them.

 

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Spreading a bit of spring around the house during this cold, wet winter has been on my mind lately.

I’ve been trying to do that and keep a lid on unnecessary spending for the house. It’s been going well but I did have one slip-up a few weeks ago when I found these cool glass bottles, with glass lids, at a thrift store for only $10.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them but they came home with me anyway and have quickly become my fave thing to use for a quick and easy spring centerpiece.

3 thrifted glass bottles with glass lids

Each one has some natural wear and tear but that just adds to their charm.

I’ve had them all over my kitchen and dining area since I brought them home. A few flowers in each and I have a simple but pretty spring centerpiece. This is something anyone can do and it’s so easy. You could even go the free route and clip a few flowers or greens from your yard. Pretty decor doesn’t have to be expensive, or complicated.

3 glass bottles with hydrangea on a marble cake stand in the middle of a wood table

hydrangeas in glass bottles on a marble cake plate in the center of the table

As far as my own decor, I tend to keep things simple so I either try to stay in the same color family or stick with one type of flower. To me, that makes more of a statement.

3 glass bottles with sunflowers in them on a kitchen island

3 clear bottles on a kitchen island wit sunflowers in them

While I do love them in the center of the table and on the kitchen island, my favorite spot has been on the white buffet in the dining area. I sometimes struggle with this cabinet because it’s so big. I don’t like a lot of “stuff” around so this area can end up feeling a bit empty. 

white buffet with 2 lamps and 3 glass bottles and red tulips

My 3 thrifted bottles and some beautiful red tulips make the perfect centerpiece, and just the right touch for Valentine’s Day. It’s definitely my favorite look so far.

The great thing about my bottle trio is that I can change them out every week and get a new look. Best 10 bucks I’ve spent in a long time.
 
Do you have a favorite thing that you like to decorate with?
 
Be sure you visit the rest of the Thrifty Style Team and see what they’re up to this month.
 
Next month we’re going to shake things up a little and offer a special giveaway, as well as our thrifty ideas, so you don’t want to miss it!
 
 

 

Check out some of my past Thrifty Style Team posts. Remember the fun, faux fur stool? You can find that, here, and part 2 of my thrifty sunroom makeover, here.

pin this for later graphic3 glass bottles and table centerpiece wit hydrangea

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Nothing like a 99¢ thrift store glass vase to get your creative juices flowing, eh? As soon as I picked it up I knew what it would become…a spray paint glass vase for jumbo jingle bells. 

Create a simple and inexpensive DIY spray paint glass vase with black paint. Such an easy decor idea.

It’s the last Thrifty Style Team get-together of the year and I wanted to share a project that you could not only create and use now in your holiday decor, but anytime of year. 

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DIY Spray Paint Glass Vase

A few weeks ago I found a box of big brass jingle bells while I was out Christmas shopping and knew that my cheap find would be perfect for them. 

Of course they couldn’t go into a plain glass vase. I had to fancy it up a bit…make it worthy of jumbo brass jingle bells.  

Like most of my projects, I wanted to keep it simple so I decided to just use spray paint to give it a facelift. I didn’t want to cover the whole thing with paint so I grabbed some painter’s tape and created a couple of stripes. 

DIY Spray Paint Glass Vase

I also taped the rim and stuffed paper inside to keep any overspray out.

DIY Spray Paint Glass Vase

My jingle bell vase was going to be on display on our black entryway cabinet so I went with flat black spray paint to set off the gold bells. 

All it needed was a couple of light coats of paint. It really covered nicely and dried quickly. 

How to make a simple and inexpensive DIY spray paint glass vase with black paint.

This literally took me about 10 minutes, plus a little bit of drying time, to put it all together. 

An easy decor idea for a simple and inexpensive DIY spray paint glass vase with black paint.

Not bad for 99¢ (and a box of jumbo jingle bells), if I do say so myself. Now I need to find a way to use my super cool spray paint glass vase after the holidays. Hmmmm… 

12 days left. Are you ready?


Make sure you check out the rest of the Thrifty Style Team to see what they’ve been up to. 

 

You can also check out a few of my past Thrifty Style Team posts.

Cool Thrift Store Faux Fur Stool

Thrift Store Art Gallery Wall

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Thrift Store Spray Paint Glass VaseA simple and inexpensive DIY spray paint glass vase with black paint. Love this easy decor idea!

 

 

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It doesn’t happen often, but I think my husband loved how this project turned out way more than I did. I even got him to pose for a picture with my cool thrift store faux fur stool on his head, but I have been forbidden to share it on the blog. I would like to stay married so I will honor his request. Actually I put it on my IG stories the other day (before he forbid it) but he doesn’t know. Shhhh…don’t tell him. 😉

Anyway, it’s that time of month where the Thrifty Style Team gets together to share their thrifty finds. Make sure you check them out at the end of the post. 

A few weeks back I was browsing through one of my favorite thrift stores when I found this little old wood stool.

A $2 thrift store find turned into a faux fur stool for the sunroom.

Was I looking for a stool? Umm…no.

Did I need another stool in my life? Not exactly, but it was only $2 and I loved it. Nobody was with me to talk me out of it (yes, the hubs would have talked me down), so it came home to live with me. 

A $2 thrift store find turns into a cool faux fur stool.

It went right into the sunroom, where it sat while I tried to figure out what to do with it. At first I was going to leave it. Then I decided that I wanted to paint it. In the end though, a spare piece of faux fur completely changed my mind.

I had the stool and the fur. All I needed was a piece of foam to add a bit of a cushion. 

Supplies to make a cool faux fur stool

  • stool
  • piece of faux fur
  • foam
  • utility knife – to cut foam
  • staple gun
  • a vacuum (it’s a messy project!)

This is such an easy project. I think it took me 10-15 minutes to do the whole thing. 

To start, I drew a template of the stool seat on the foam and cut it out.

Turning a thrift store find into a cool faux fur stool for any room.

After I cut out the template, I turned the stool over and positioned my fur so that it would cover the seat and foam.

A $2 thrift store find turns into a cool faux fur stool with just a few supplies.

Then I started stapling the fur to the underside of the stool seat. There was no fancy formula to this step. I just pulled the fur tight, without moving the stool, and stapled all the way around. 

Ten minutes and the stool had a cool new head of hair.

A $2 thrift store find turns into a cool faux fur stool for any room in your home with this easy DIY tutorial.

I think the faux fur was definitely the way to go. I thought about painting the legs but decided to leave them for now.

I’m loving it in the newly redone sunroom. It’s such a fun addition. I even sit in there petting it.

First the hubs posing with it, now me petting it. What is it about faux fur? 😉

How to turn a thrift store find into a cool faux fur stool for any room with this easy DIY tutorial.


Don’t forget to check out what my friends on the Thrifty Style Team are up to this month. They never disappoint. 

cool faux fur stool


 

faux fur stoolA thrift store find turns into a cool faux fur stool for any room with this easy DIY tutorial.

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Last week was a crazy week, with all of the fall home tours, but today is a new day and it’s all about the Thrifty Style Team. I shared my fall home tour last week but I’m not quite through sharing all my fall decor. Today I thought I’d share this quick and easy fall centerpiece that I made with a thrifted antique mirror. 

Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to check out all of the Thrifty Style Team projects.

A quick and easy fall centerpiece made with an antique mirror and wood feet. An inexpensive way to add fall color and style to your table.

I’d like to tell you that I put hours of thought into this one but…nope.  This one just came about by accident. The hubs took me estate sale(ing) over the weekend for my birthday and I found this cool antique mirror for just a couple of bucks. Love a good deal!

A simple fall centerpiece made with an antique mirror and wood feet. An inexpensive way to add fall color and style to your table.

I brought it home and placed it on the kitchen table to keep it safe.

Trying to clean up the kitchen island (a never ending process) I moved all of my pumpkins on to the mirror. 

That was all it took. An idea was born…

I didn’t have time for a big project so I decided to tweak the mirror to see if my idea worked. It did need a little stability to keep it level so I picked up a pack of wood feet (candle cups) from the craft store to make feet (my only purchase). 

Easy fall centerpiece with pumpkins

I didn’t like the natural color of the “feet”, so I used some dark walnut stain I had in my stash. Not quite the look I was going for either, so I pulled out my gold Rub ‘n Buff and…well…rubbed it on. I loved the aged brass look from the stain and the gold. 

A simple fall centerpiece with an antique mirror and candle cups.

Next I added a small piece of velcro to each “foot”. I’ll probably hang the mirror at some point, which is why I bought it, so the legs are only temporary. I did consider adding handles but decided that they really weren’t necessary. After all, this is supposed to be a quick project. Who needs handles? 😉

fall centerpiece velcro and candle cup

The only thing left to do was to arrange the pumpkins. Easy fall centerpiece in a jiffy, and for just a few dollars. Not something you’ll find on everyone’s table, but it fits right in here at the cottage. 

A quick and simple fall centerpiece made with an antique mirror and wood feet. An inexpensive way to add fall color and style to your table.

A simple fall centerpiece made with an antique mirror and wood feet. A quick and inexpensive way to add fall color and style to your table.

A simple fall centerpiece made with an antique mirror, wood feet and lots of pumpkins. A quick and inexpensive way to add fall color and style to your table.

An easy and simple fall centerpiece made with an antique mirror, wood feet and lots of pumpkins. A quick and inexpensive way to add fall color and style to your table.


Now it’s time to see what the other ladies of the Thrifty Style Team are up to this month. It’s always so much fun checking out all of their creative thrifty finds. 

Create a simple fall centerpiece with a thrifted antique mirror, wood feet and lots of pumpkins.

 

 

 

I’ve been feeling craft lately and also made an easy hoop front door wreath (complete with video!). You can check it out here.

Create a simple fall hoop wreath for your front door with just a few supplies. Plus there's a video.Simple DIY Fall Front Door Wreath

 

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