12 Thrift Store Housewares Transformations

A Dozen Easy Thrift Store Housewares Transformations DIY Ideas

When I go trash to treasure hunting at a thrift store, I head straight for the housewares. There are so many fun things to look at. I take my time investigating each aisle and inspecting vases, bowls, cups, trays, anything that speaks to me. I have done a lot of thrift store housewares transformations over the years so I thought I’d share before and after pictures of my favorite 12 projects. If you want the tutorial, just go ahead and click the link!

Where to Go

Here are some of my favorite places to hunt, specifically for housewares:

What to Look For

  • Baskets
  • Candlesticks
  • Any type of container (wood, glass, ceramic)
  • Trinket Boxes
  • Small Figurines
  • Cups and Saucers
  • Vases
  • Bowls
  • Wooden Items

Don’t Pay Attention To

  • Color
  • Minor scratches

Avoid

  • Weird smells
  • Broken items beyond repair
  • Chips in glass

Easy Transformation Ideas

DIY Upcycled Striped Utensil Holder

OK, to be fair, this first one isn’t one I did, but I helped guide one of my best friends through her idea and provided her with the supplies. They came out looking great!

DIY Upcycled Striped Utensil Holder

Teacup Bird Feeder Repurposing Idea

This one is a favorite for spring. The birds LOVE these little feeders and my daughter and I enjoy refilling them together.

Teacup Bird Feeder Repurposing Idea

How to Make Your Own Personalized Mugs

These make great gifts. You can make them for friend, family, teachers, and coaches and personalize them as you wish.

How to Make Your Own Personalized Mugs

Thrift Store Find Wooden Bowl Makeover

This is a simple way to add a nautical twist to an otherwise plain wooden bowl.

Thrift Store Find Wooden Bowl Makeover

DIY Rope Vase 15 Minute How To

Another way to give a nautical look to an inexpensive glass vase.

DIY Rope Vase 15 Minute How To

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To

Everytime I walk into a Goodwill, I see a tray. I gave a face lift to this old wooden tray and turned it into a colorful serving tray.

Trash to Treasure DIY Serving Tray How To

6 Down, 6 To Go

Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Dessert Stands

I needed some platters for a party, and these were a great budget friendly alternative to the expensive retail dessert platters. All you need is some industrial strength glue!

Upcycled Thrift Store DIY Dessert Stands

How to Etch Glass Thrift Store Makeover

I use these salt and pepper shakers every day! Recently, however a reader had trouble finding the right spice jars so I sent her mine. 

How to Etch Glass Thrift Store Makeover

Planting Succulents in Thrift Store Vases

Not really a transformation, but a great upcycle. These milk glass vases make perfect containers for mii succulent gardens.

Planting Succulents in Thrift Store Vases

Easy Thrift Store Storage Jar Upcycle

Next, I needed some extra craft storage so I turned this thrift store cookie jar into some craft storage.

Easy Thrift Store Storage Jar Upcycle

Easy Upcycled Cake Platter

I loved this cake platter when I found it, but I wanted to update it a little with some white paint.

Easy Upcycled Cake Platter

Hand Painted Wooden Bowl Knockoff

Lastly, this bowl inspired the cake platter above. This was an easy way to update an out of date thrift store find.

Hand Painted Wooden Bowl Knockoff

Here’s a bonus thrift store housewares DIY!

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