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Thursday, June 18, 2015


Session 2 of DIY Summer School is happening today!  My friend Beth of designPost Interiors put together this fun series, and we really want you all to join in and participate with us.

Today, we're featuring our thrifted makeovers.  After searching through a few stores, nothing was really catching my eye.  But then, I came across this vase and really liked the lines of it.  

With this piece in mind as inspiration, I knew it could have a little more personality with some bling added. 

After giving the vase a fresh coat a spray paint (this one is my favorite for a glossy finish), I had a blank canvas to work with.

So, I raided my jewelry stash and pulled out a statement piece that I don't wear anymore (bubble necklace, anyone?).   It was easy enough to use some pliers to pry apart the links that connected the pieces.  And, despite the glue pictured, I ended up just hot gluing them on.  It was much faster and held securely.  I decided that it needed a bit more than just the pink, so I pulled out another necklace that I don't wear much and added some pieces from it, too.

To finish it off, I really liked the stripe detail on the original finish, so I added those back on with my favorite Martha Stewart liquid gilding paint

So with a few dollars for the vase, unused jewelry, and about 15 minutes, I have a whole new sassy piece!

Perfect for some of the flowers my husband surprised me with a few days ago (today's our 21st Anniversary!).

Thrifted makeovers are probably one of my most favorite things to do!  Here's a few of my other top thrifty makeovers:

Upcycled Wooden Serving Tray

Brass Lamp Makeover

80's Brassy Chandelier Makeover

Straw Purse to Car Trash Can

Bamboo Nightstand Makeover

Want more thrifted makeover goodness?  Head over and check out these great posts, too.

We want you to join our class!  Here's what's up next time... you have free reign so we'll expect to see some creative projects from you, too.

July 9th: Wildcard (use anything you want!)
July 23rd: Craft Store
August 6th: Tool Store
August 20th: Found in Nature

And, today we'd love to see your best thrifted makeover, so link up your project here, or on Instagram using #DIYSummerSchool to tag your project. 

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  1. So cute! I have lots of old jewelry that I need to find a use for! Happy Anniversary!

  2. Julia @cuckoo4designJune 18, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    Such a fun and cute project. Love it

  3. Beth @ designPOST interiorsJune 18, 2015 at 7:42 AM

    I have been hanging on to a few broken necklaces but had no clue what to do with them. Thanks for the inspiration! And Happy Anniversary!

  4. Always love your thrifts!! This is super cute, Jennifer!

  5. Oh I love this! So smart to use the necklace!

  6. How fun! I have that necklace and am totally copying! Love and happy Anni!!!

  7. What a fun makeover – I love how glam it turned out!

  8. Jennifer@TheChroniclesofHomeJune 18, 2015 at 6:47 PM

    What a fun piece. But wait...should I not be wearing my bubble necklace anymore?! I still kind of like it :)

  9. Fantastic idea & great performance!:-) Amazing

  10. This is just too cute AND clever! Love it!

  11. Saw this on IG and definitely thought an idea worth stealing! Thanks Jennifer, too bad I missed the party!

  12. I'm in love with that painting behind the vase! Is it also one of your DIY's? I have searched the blog but can't find anything about it. I have to try to copy it! Unless you bought it somewhere, please do tell!


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