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Here Are 20 Epic Things You Can Do With Cheap Stuff You Can Get At A Thrift Store

Despite a constant flow of donations, thrift stores always seem to stock the same stuff. From old, scratched records, to mismatched dining sets, sometimes it’s hard to see the potential in what appears to be junk. But with a little bit of creativity, common thrift store finds can become gorgeous art pieces, unique items of clothing, and one-of-a-kind furniture. Check out the 20 ways you can update old thrift store stuff below, and get crafting!

1. Spray-paint wicker baskets to match the interior of your home.

Spray-paint wicker baskets to match the interior of your home.

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2. Ashtrays are a thing of the past, and litter thrift store shelves. Use metallic paint pens to turn ash trays into cute coasters.

Ashtrays are a thing of the past, and litter thrift store shelves. Use metallic paint pens to turn ash trays into cute coasters.

The Refurbished Life

3. Old records are cheap at thrift stores. Use your oven to turn them into retro bowls.

Old records are cheap at thrift stores. Use your oven to turn them into retro bowls.

The Surznick Common Room

4. A thrift suitcase + an old table = an adorable, upcycled project.

A thrift suitcase + an old table = an adorable, upcycled project.

Artsy VaVa

Get the tutorial here.

5. Use white paint and vinyl letters to make thrifted art your own.

Use white paint and vinyl letters to make thrifted art your own.

A Beautiful Mess

See the how-to here.

6. Use fabric glue to redesign a pair of high heels.

Use fabric glue to redesign a pair of high heels.

Love Maegan

See how to do it here.

7. If you know how to sew, turn thrifted scarves into throw pillows.

If you know how to sew, turn thrifted scarves into throw pillows.

The Jungalow

8. This modern clock is made from an old pot cover and clock.

This modern clock is made from an old pot cover and clock.

Maker Mama

See how it’s made here.

9. Use colorful dishes to decorate a wall.

Use colorful dishes to decorate a wall.

Apartment Therapy

10. Or, turn dishes into cute mirrors.

Or, turn dishes into cute mirrors.

Crafty Nest

Get the tutorial here.

11. Make a thrifted shirt ombre with a little bit of bleach.

Make a thrifted shirt ombre with a little bit of bleach.

That Cheap B****

Read the instructions here.

12. Thrift store teacups make adorable planters.

Thrift store teacups make adorable planters.

A Cultivated Nest

13. A fresh coat of paint makes any furniture look brand new.

A fresh coat of paint makes any furniture look brand new.

The People’s Shop

14. Cut up cute vintage bed sheets to make retro cloth napkins.

Cut up cute vintage bed sheets to make retro cloth napkins.

Goddess Hobbies

Just be sure to wash them first.

15. Thrifted picture frames make a garden look super mod.

Thrifted picture frames make a garden look super mod.

Five Painted Lane

See how these were made here.

16. Ugly decor can become original wall art with a little bit of creativity.

Ugly decor can become original wall art with a little bit of creativity.

View From The Fridge

Get the tutorial for this doorbell frame here.

17. Turn a men’s shirt into a quirky pencil skirt.

Turn a men's shirt into a quirky pencil skirt.

Cut Out and Keep

This does require a little bit of sewing. Get the instructions here.

18. Stray drawers make cute displays with a coat of paint.

Stray drawers make cute displays with a coat of paint.

Ponder and Stitch

19. Chalkboard paint is a fun way to dress up thrifted jars.

Chalkboard paint is a fun way to dress up thrifted jars.

C.R.A.F.T.

20. Reupholster an old office chair.

Reupholster an old office chair.

Love Grows Wild

See how it’s done here.

These creative ideas have me itching to head to the thrift store this weekend. Did any of these DIY projects speak to you?

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