Thrifting and Upcycling: How to Decorate on a Budget

Having a beautiful home doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank! Today I’m showing a few easy ideas to decorate on a budget with thrifted finds and upcycled decor!
How to Decorate on a Budget! Tips and tricks for thrifting your way to a beautiful home! at LoveGrowsWild.com

I’ve come a long way with my mini kitchen makeover, and it’s looking fabulous! The large chalkboard I made is the focal point of the room, and the distressed signs I hung over the doorways add the perfect rustic charm. I love the little details that give the space some personality like my mason jar soap dispensers, but my favorite project so far has been my DIY photo clipboards!

All these projects have started to complete my vision of a vintage-inspired kitchen, and I have saved tons of money decorating along the way! I love making my home beautiful, but my wallet (and husband!) doesn’t allow for big splurges on the gorgeous decor I find in magazines. Instead, I find ways to re-create those front page worthy designs on a budget! 
I just finished decorating a small wall in my kitchen, and I thought it would be the perfect example to show you how I keep my decor spending under control… Take a look at my latest project!
How to Decorate on a Budget! Tips and tricks for thrifting your way to a beautiful home! at LoveGrowsWild.com

I just love it!! This small wall in my kitchen was in need of some decorating, and from the moment we moved into this house I knew what would fit perfectly there… This shelf:

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It is a hand-me-down from years and years ago! We’ve used it in the mudroom of our old house, but it has been sitting in a closet (remember my decor hoarding issue?) ever since we got to the new house, and I thought it was time to give it some new life!
I knew a coat of white spray paint was exactly what this shelf needed to fit in with my kitchen decor, but it needed a little bit of repair love first. I had to fill in a slight crack in the shelf with wood filler and figure out what to do about the two missing pegs on the shelf. I could have just filled the holes in with more wood filler, but I found two small wood pegs at Menard’s for pretty cheap, so I added those to the empty spots. My husband laughs at the amount of tools I drag out to complete the smallest of projects, but I did it all by myself, and I’m darn proud of it! (Why use one drill when you can use two?) 

After the repair work was done, I finished the shelf with a few coats of ivory white spray paint and hung it up in my kitchen! An easy makeover complete!
How to Decorate on a Budget! Tips and tricks for thrifting your way to a beautiful home! at LoveGrowsWild.com
Even though this project is all about saving not spending, I did make one small purchase awhile back that inspired the look of my whole kitchen… A simple little pot holder from Target. It had previously been hanging on a Command hook on another wall to remind me of my decor inspiration, but it looks MUCH better hanging from my new kitchen shelf! I’d also love to find an apron or some pretty tea towels to hang on the hooks too!

How to Decorate on a Budget! Tips and tricks for thrifting your way to a beautiful home! at LoveGrowsWild.com

Okay, now onto the fun stuff… Shelf styling! The first piece I knew I wanted to include on the shelf was this old box grater I picked up from an antique store. The texture and patina on this grater are just beautiful, and it adds the perfect vintage touch to my kitchen! I stacked some pretty white bowls next to the grater to contrast against the metal. You can NEVER have enough pretty white dishes!

How to Decorate on a Budget! Tips and tricks for thrifting your way to a beautiful home! at LoveGrowsWild.com
To add a bit of warmth and height to the shelf, I propped up a thrifted cutting board I found at Goodwill for just a few dollars. Every once in awhile I find some gorgeous cutting boards there, so keep your eye out for them! Next to the board I wanted some sort of white vase to set flowers in, but I couldn’t find anything in my decor stash so I went with a mason jar instead. I have plenty of those around here! I’ve seen these gorgeous painted mason jars all around blogland, so I decided to give it a go. I followed this tutorial and ended up with the perfect “old” jar! Seriously, I think I might have to make a hundred more of these babies. Love! I want to find some pretty (but fake) flowers to add to the vase, but for now a handful of silverware looks beautiful. 

How to Decorate on a Budget! Tips and tricks for thrifting your way to a beautiful home! at LoveGrowsWild.com

How to Decorate on a Budget! Tips and tricks for thrifting your way to a beautiful home! at LoveGrowsWild.com

To add a bit of softness, I set some old linens that belonged to my husband’s grandmother on the shelf under the cutting board. Is there anything prettier than vintage linens?

How to Decorate on a Budget! Tips and tricks for thrifting your way to a beautiful home! at LoveGrowsWild.com

How to Decorate on a Budget! Tips and tricks for thrifting your way to a beautiful home! at LoveGrowsWild.com
How to Decorate on a Budget! Tips and tricks for thrifting your way to a beautiful home! at LoveGrowsWild.com

So there you have it! I added a gorgeous little display to my kitchen using (mostly) thrifted and upcycled decor all for under $10! Take a look around your home and see what pieces you could makeover or re-purpose into something new! And don’t forget to stop by your local thrift stores from time to time… you never know what you’ll find!

How to Decorate on a Budget! Tips and tricks for thrifting your way to a beautiful home! at LoveGrowsWild.com
Now every morning, I get to wake up and come downstairs to this view of my kitchen… I’m so in love!! 
How to Decorate on a Budget! Tips and tricks for thrifting your way to a beautiful home! at LoveGrowsWild.com

How do you save money on decorating? Do you shop thrift stores? 
My kitchen makeover is almost complete!
Check out more projects from my kitchen:
DIY Photo Clipboards

Rustic Wood Kitchen Sign

How to Make a Rustic Industrial Chalkboard
DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser
How to Create Distressed Signs
Numbered Plate Display

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Thrifted Mirror Makeover

Happy Friday everyone! 
There are some very exciting things coming up on Love Grows Wild soon, and I’ve been a busy bee getting everything ready to share with you! I’m so excited I can hardly keep it all a secret!! Let’s just say you definitely do NOT want to miss anything next week : ) 
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Today I have a very simple project to share with you that began at my favorite thrifty place to shop: Goodwill! Every time I’m in town, I try to swing by the thrift stores to see if I can uncover any hidden gems to decorate my house with. When you’re on a budget, shopping thrift stores is a great way to decorate! 
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One particular day while shopping at Goodwill with one of my blog buddies,  I found an oval mirror that was pretty outdated, but had great makeover potential.
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I loved the feminine, curvy lines around the mirror and the beautiful details in the flowers. However, I was not loving the color! It was antique white and the little flowers around the mirror were painted pink. This would probably be adorable the way it is in a little girl’s room, but I wanted it to have a more fresh, modern look. 
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I started my simple makeover by unscrewing the frame from the mirror to make it easier to paint. Then I gave the frame a few coats of bright white spray paint, making sure to spray in all the detailed crevices around the frame. 
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After the frame was fully dry, I screwed the mirror back together and set it up in my bedroom next to my jewelry display. Much better now! It looks beautiful next to my Cork Board Necklace Organizer!
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The white paint gave it a fresh, clean look that fits right in with my decor. The neutral color also allows me to move it anywhere around the house when I feel like changing things up!
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Even with everything painted a solid color, you can still see the pretty details of the flowers. They’re still feminine but not so “little girl”. 
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Another thrifty piece I’ve updated is this old picture frame that I turned into a tray. It has a beautiful decorative edge that was bright gold, but I gave it a fresh look by painting it white. Anytime you have mismatched or outdated decor, you can easily coordinate everything by painting it all one color. A couple cans of spray paint is much cheaper than buying all new decor! 
Just ask my husband. I think he’s going to start calling me the “crazy spray paint lady.” : )
I also placed a piece of patterned scrapbook paper under the glass to dress the tray up. I can easily update the tray when I change my decor by switching out the paper or using a pretty fabric instead.
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The tray holds some of my favorite jewelry so it is easy to grab when I’m getting ready in the morning. It’s also a great place to “de-bling” at the end of the day! 
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A small, white bowl (also a Goodwill find!) holds some of my bracelets on the tray as well. 
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I hope I’ve inspired you to do some thrift shopping this weekend and get your hands dirty with some spray paint! It’s a form of therapy, I swear! 
And don’t forget to stay tuned next week for some BIG announcements!!! Have a wonderful weekend!



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How to Create a Record Wall

Our playroom makeover is coming along nicely, and I’m having so much fun coming up with unique art to complete the space! If you follow me on Instagram, you saw a sneak peak of today’s project while I was speed shopping through a 3 story antique warehouse with a hungry 3 year old in tow! Yikes!
My sweet little shopping trooper and I were on a hunt for some old records I spotted last time we were in the store. The bright color labels on the records immediately caught my eye, and I thought they would be so fun to hang in a grouping on their wall! So today I’m sharing with you how I created a Record Wall in their playroom:
How to Create a Record Wall
I picked up sixteen records from the antique store for about 50 cents each. I don’t know if that was a rip off or a steal, but I thought $8 for a big art display wasn’t a bad price! I tried to pick a few records in each color to add the most impact on the wall.
How to Create a Record Wall

After gently cleaning the dust off the records, I laid them out on a table to visualize where I wanted each color to go. I decided to put them in a square with four rows of four records, but you could go crazy with the shape or color pattern of your records!

How to Create a Record Wall

After contemplating how to best hang the records on the wall, I found this Scotch Permanent Mounting Tape at Hobby Lobby and thought it would be perfect!

You can find a similar mounting tape here:Scotch Permanent Mounting Tape

How to Create a Record Wall

I just cut 2″ pieces of tape to use on the top and bottom of the records, peeled off the backing and stuck them on the wall! It couldn’t be easier and I didn’t have to make a single nail hole! I just love those kind of projects : )

How to Create a Record Wall
I added the records to a little reading corner in the boy’s playroom, and here is the space before:
How to Create a Record Wall
and AFTER:
How to Create a Record Wall
Don’t those records look awesome up on the wall? All those circles just make me smile : )
So fun for a playroom!
How to Create a Record Wall
My boys said, “What on Earth are those things on our wall? Are they like CDs?”
Oh, do they have a way of making me feel old!
How to Create a Record Wall

I added a green rug and an old rocking chair to make their reading corner nice and cozy. I’d love to paint the bookcase and chair someday, but for now I added a pillow I made using extra fabric from their curtain valances.

How to Create a Record Wall
The record wall was such an easy project and added a ton of personality to the space! I’ve got a few more projects up my sleeve before I’m ready to show you the room reveal, so stay tuned!
How to Create a Record Wall
I’m sharing the coolest watercolor project I made with my boys at 52 Mantels on Friday, so make sure you head over there too! Have a wonderful day!
 
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Rustic Winter White Mantel

All my holiday decor has been put away for awhile now, but my normal home decor hasn’t found its way back out yet. Actually, if I’m being totally honest, it has all been sitting in a big pile on the floor by my fireplace. I just haven’t found time yet to dress the house back up again! 
Well today I decided I was tired of staring at all my pretty stuff on the floor, so I set up a simple Winter White Mantel that can stay up for the next few months. 
I created the mantel 100% from things I already had. I used one of my absolute favorite up-cycle projects: my metal star covered with twigs. You can find that tutorial here!
That project didn’t cost me a penny, and I love the texture and rustic quality it adds to my decor!
To add to the rustic winter theme, I filled tall cylinder vases with more branches from my yard and added a sprig of ice crystal branches from my Christmas decor
The center of my mantel display is an old gold frame that I spray painted white. I made a sweet little banner out of twine, white burlap, and white fabric I had leftover from other projects and hung it across the top corner of the frame. 
{ T I P } Frames of all shapes and sizes make great back drops when decorating! 
On the other side of the mantel I stacked a few small books that I covered with paper for a unified look. I wrote lyrics to one of my favorite songs on the spines of the books… it’s all in the details! You can find the tutorial for my lyric book covers here.

I placed a small bird (found at Michael’s) sitting on a doily on top of the books. I love layering! I also set a feather my son found inside a curvy glass vase as a nod to the little birdy. 
Isn’t he cute?

It is very simple, but by layering items in the same color palette, I was able to create a beautiful, natural mantel with things I already had! 
I think this picture really shows how beautiful white can be when layered with different textures:
So what do you think? Do you stick with whites and neutrals or do you need COLOR in your decor?
 

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Kids Canvas Art Display

I have a special playroom update to show you today! In case you’re just tuning in to my playroom makeover, so far I’ve found storage for the kids’ toys and organized them with some adorable DIY faux chalkboard labels. I’m off to a pretty good start!

I knew the playroom needed some artwork to break up all the boring, gray walls, and I happened to have the perfect pieces to add just the right bright pop of color to the space! I created this Canvas Art Display from a very special art project my boys did a few months ago…
My mother-in-law has a cousin from Matlacha, Florida that comes to visit us here in Indiana every once in awhile. Her name is Leoma Lovegrove, and she is such an creative, colorful, and amazingly talented woman! 
Leoma an internationally known artist whose work can be easily recognized by its vibrancy and unique style. She has been represented in numerous galleries through out the United States and has made quite the name for herself. Her portrait of Jimmy Carter hangs in his Presidential Library in Atlanta, Georgia. She also has art in the private collections of the White House in Washinton D.C. as well as George W. Bush’s Presidential Library in Dallas. Leoma was even honored at an artist’s reception in the White House given by First Lady, Laura Bush. 
Leoma is such a kind and beautiful woman, and I just love when her and her husband come to visit! Last time they were here, Leoma offered to do a painting session with my boys, and they were SO excited! We headed up to the farm and all piled in her mobile paint studio, a tiny yellow camper she calls “The Yellow Submarine”. She gave the boys each their own canvas and paint brush and instructed them on how to paint. They watched her intently and copied each brush stroke onto their canvas.
Here are some fun photos from our painting lesson:
 (I apologize, the Yellow Submarine didn’t have very good lighting!)
Wyatt (the little blonde one) cracks me up with his faces!
That painting session in the Yellow Submarine is a memory the boys and I will never forget, and we will cherish these canvases forever! What makes them even more special is what the paintings represent… 
Leoma and the boys painted the view from our house looking out towards the family farm. This summer I let the boys walk across the field to the farm by themselves for the first time. The family owns the field and I could see them the whole time, but I was a big step for me letting them go off on their own! I may have shed a tear or two at the thought of my babies getting so big : (
In Leoma’s painting you can see the dark tree line to the right and the white sheds and farm house to the left of the trees. Leoma added the path across the field and the boys holding hands walking together. 
I hung Leoma’s painting up using some velcro and mini clothespins that I covered with washi tape. The velcro is hidden unless you’re looking up close!
I wanted to add a fun border around the boys’ canvases so I picked up some old pictures frames from Goodwill, removed the glass and backing, and painted the frames bright blue and green to match our toy storage bins
I hung the blue one around my oldest son, Alec’s, painting. He was so worried about messing up, but Leoma taught him that there are no mistakes in art! He couldn’t wait to show it off to Daddy. 
And I hung the green frame around my youngest son, Wyatt’s, painting. He had so much fun and tried so hard, bless his little heart! 
Leoma showed the boys a trick to finish their painting – Paint all around the outside edges of your canvas so you don’t have to worry about fancy framing! It looks much better than having the bright white canvas sticking out!
I hung their little art gallery in a corner of the playroom that I hope to turn into their “creative area.” I want to re-finish a little table we have so they can do their art, Lego building, or whatever there!
Now that I have some artwork up on the walls, I’m moving on to some other fun projects for the playroom! If you follow Love Grows Wild on Facebook or Instagram, I’m sure you’ve seen some sneak peeks of what’s to come! 
Thank you SO much to Leoma Lovegrove and her wonderful husband, Mike, for spending time with the boys and giving us such a wonderful memory!  
You can learn more about Leoma and her beautiful art through her Facebook pages:
Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens

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