Secret Santa Thrift Flip

on January 29, 2016

Hey, There! Yes. You read that title right. I did say Secret Santa. In January.
If you’ve been to these parts before, you may remember around Christmas when I was asked by the lovely Sara of ShabbyGraceBlog to participate

along with a group of some of my most favorite and admired bloggers, in a Secret Santa gift exchange

My Secret Santa, Amy, from My Life from Home, sent me the most adorable Christmas tray, salt and pepper shakers, and various other Christmas fun – I was SO excited to open that box, and it was a ton of fun sharing my gifts with you!

But what you didn’t see that ALSO came in that box was the surprise thrift item, full of upcycling potential, that was included in our packages for all of us girls to show to you later! Later is now, and this was my thrift flip – cute!  

I’ve had so much fun putting my personal spin on what was already a sweet little piece. Here it is now – I like to call it “An upcycled hanging bud vase”! 
To get this look, I started by disassembling the shelf and removing the apron from the bottom. It was very easy.. no glue involved at all, I just simply removed four screws, popped the panes off the back, and it was in pieces.
Next, using a hole saw (a bit used to drill doorknob holes) and my drill, I created a large hole in the center of the shelf. 
After a quick coat of white chalkboard paint, that I forgot to take pictures of, ample drying time, followed by a light sanding on the edges to lend just a touch of shabby chic, I reassembled the shelf using the original four screws and added anchor hooks to the middle of the window pane edge.
After taping off the ends to prevent fraying, I then threaded jute twine through the anchor hook and then through the hole originally intended for the heart skirt I removed, tying off in a large knot on the underside of the shelf. 
Next, I prepared the vase. The vase was a simple dollar store bud vase. I attached a doubled-row of hemp twine around the middle to act as both an accent, as well as a stopper preventing the bud vase from falling through the hole. 
The rest was as simple as placing the bud vase in the hole and hanging the shelf, and adding fresh daisies! 
Can I just say I hope I’m invited to participate in the Secret Santa/Thrift Flip again next year?! I mean how fun is it to have just a little bit more Christmas cheer in January? 
For more Thrift Flip fun, please be sure to stop by and visit all of my Secret Santa friends! I’m excited to see what they all came up with, too! 
Thanks so much for stopping by – Let’s talk soon! 

Thrift Collage1. The Dean’s List Blog // 2. Pretty Practical Home // 3. Casa Watkins 4. The Twin Cedars // 5. Our Crafty Mom // 6. Twelve on Main // 7. Creatively Homespun // 8. My Life From Home // 9. Hobnail House // 10. Domicile 37 // 11. Beauteeful Living // 12. Knock it off Crafts 13. Pocket of Posies 14. The Weathered Fox // 15. Shabby Grace Blog

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  • Chanell

    Super, super cute upcycle! I love the addition of the flower well.

    January 29, 2016 at 2:27 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thanks so much Chanell, and thank you for giving the perfect name to my "hanging vase"! I just could not wrap my brain around an appropriate name!

      February 2, 2016 at 5:58 pm Reply
  • Amy Dowling

    I love how you redid this piece! What a transformation. I was looking forward to seeing how it turned out. Great job! Love it. 🙂

    January 29, 2016 at 2:52 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thanks so much, Amy! It was so much fun and I'm glad you like it! Thank you so much for a box full of wonderful!

      February 2, 2016 at 5:59 pm Reply
  • Michelle James

    So creative! I just love it!

    January 29, 2016 at 5:55 pm Reply
  • Meghan Danielle

    Love how you painted this. Great upcycle!

    January 31, 2016 at 2:29 pm Reply
    • Kim Young

      Thank you Meghan! It was a lot of fun to play around with.

      February 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm Reply
  • Cat Golden

    What a great idea! I love that you added a vase!

    January 31, 2016 at 11:32 pm Reply
  • Shabby Grace Blog

    This is SO cool!! What a neat idea. I like how you took the heart off, that screams "country" to me!!! Great idea!

    February 1, 2016 at 1:44 am Reply
  • Prettypracticalhome

    Kim, this turned out wonderful! I love the bud vase idea and it looks so much better without the heart. It's so fun to see what everyone came up with–I hope to do it again next year, too!

    February 2, 2016 at 2:41 am Reply
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