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

FEBRUARY 27, 2015  —  By Emily Geraghty  
Emily Geraghty

Emily Geraghty

Emily Geraghty is a DIY writer and video specialist for ViralNova. Previous to ViralNova, she worked in digital content and video production for MTV, Allure, Glamour and LogoTV, as well as reality television development. In her free time she runs the fashion blog That Cheap Bitch.com, a blog about thrift store shopping and inexpensive beauty trends.

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.

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

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

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

Get the tutorial here.

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

See the how-to here.

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

See how to do it here.

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

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

See how it's made here.

9. Use colorful dishes to decorate a wall.

10. Or, turn dishes into cute mirrors.

Get the tutorial here.

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

Read the instructions here.

12. Thrift store teacups make adorable planters.

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

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

Just be sure to wash them first.

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

See how these were made here.

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

Get the tutorial for this doorbell frame here.

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

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

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

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

20. Reupholster an old office chair.

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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