Thrift Store Upcycle

Hello friends today I’m sharing a thrift store upcycle. I found this piece thrifting for $35.  As a result of elbow grease, wood filler and paint this thrift store upcycle is a beauty.

To begin with, this piece needs lots repairs in this case, we knew it would be worth it in the end.   We saw the beauty behind all the grossness. 


By the way, a glimpse of the bottom, I know it’s a mess but we see potential.

I will be using the top part to finish off the dining room project I spoke about last time. 

As a result of the thrift store owner mentioning the piece was found in a shed, a lot of disinfecting took place before work began.

Beginning the Transformation of this Piece

First, my husband cut the portion that is a small mantle off.  He’s the power tools person, not me.  I  don’t want to learn to work with them and I’m okay with that.


Once removed the piece was sanded to remove chipped pieces of paint. 

Next, I  added wood putty,  in spots to fill in holes and broken spots and let this dry for 24 hours.


Wood Filler was Added Next to the Thrift Store Upcycle

As you can see, this piece was pretty dirty and needed love.  As I mentioned, sanitizing took place.


By the way, you will notice a lot of wood putty was used .


Next, I took it outside and sanded well and wiped it down with tacky cloth. 


This piece has details that I love and is one of the reasons we brought it home.


I painted two coats of ASCP in Old White and then used clear wax. 


Below are close-ups of the detail.



Finished Thrift Store Upcycle

I kept décor simple adding a pitcher filled with cherry blossoms and one of my crowns.



Below a terrarium sits with tea cups from my grandmother and rosebuds for spring.  Also dried hydrangea and work well with a few pieces of silver plate.  Adding a crown nearby adds whimsy.




A bust placed on a small Florentine tray also adds a touch of French.  Next,  dried Chamomile here keeps the look simple.   The bust was also found while thrifting and it is plaster ware.   After some checking, I think it may be from the 50’s or 60’s.  


The bottom half of this piece still needs love and we need dryer and warmer temperatures for completion,  Stay tuned.

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

34 thoughts on “Thrift Store Upcycle

  1. Oh you bring all of that over to my house right now!!!! You my friend are becoming a real furniture whisper! Just beautiful re love of these pieces. Seriously bring them over here and bring Peanut and Reeses to play with Buddy. Great job.

  2. Oh my goodness, Cindy what a find! I love all the details on your mantel and it pairs perfectly with your chippy frames! Love that terrarium and all the pretties too!

  3. New follower here! I saw your name on a comment you left for Rooted In Thyme and I had to come see what you’re all about, hehe! Looking forward to following you. Love how you guys brought that beautiful piece back to life, so pretty!

  4. Angie,

    Happy to have you follow along. I love painting furniture and pieces in our home to give them an update.

    You’ll see some recipes too. I’m going to go look at your blog and give you a follow back.

    Thanks what blogging is all about. Supporting one another

  5. That was the perfect addition. I love how you brought it all together. xo Laura

  6. It turned out to be a very pretty and unique shelf. It looks great ~ Pinned! I’m visiting from Thursday Favorite Things.

  7. Cindy, you are so talented. I adore what you did with the piece to restore it and how you have it so artfully displayed. You really have a gift for design. I laughed when you said you have no desire to work with power tools! Me neither!! Ha! We’re so lucky we have such handy and helpful husbands. I always tell him, I’ll dream it and you do it! 😉 Enjoy the weekend!

  8. Thanks Kim so much! Funny, I tell John can you cut this like this and build it to this? He says let me look and I tell him I’m not worried you can fix anything. I’ll take care of the pretty.

    We are truly blessed. He loves building things and coming up with a plan.

    Have a super weekend my friend!

  9. Cindy this is gorgeous! sometimes it’s hard to see if something is able to be salvaged. you guys did a beautiful job. Love how you have those amazing windows resting on the shelf. love all the detail!

  10. What a great find, Cindy. It turned out great-lot of work but so worth it to get a great piece like that.
    Hope you have a great weekend. xo Diana

  11. Such a wonderful piece Cindy. It is so lovely with the love you gave the piece. The hard work has paid off. Happy weekend. xo

  12. Oh I love your new find and the whole display! The terrarium vignette is fantastic too. I do hope you will share this post at TFT or All About Home on Monday.

    Have a great weekend!

  13. Wow, that is gorgeous! Great teamwork. I also love your display of beautiful teacups with the rosebuds. So romantic and beautiful.

  14. You definitely took this piece from rags to riches Cindy! I love how it turned out, and also how you styled it! It looks perfect mixed in with your decor. Love all the sweet little touches you’ve added! Many blessings 🙂

  15. Beautiful, just beautiful. I can imagine how you will decorate it for different seasons!

  16. Cindy, this piece turned out so well! I’ve seen some Annie Sloan videos, and the paint looks amazing. It was the perfect paint for this piece. I’m so impressed by the results! You also accessorized so nicely with the cherry blossoms. Happy almost spring!

  17. I am so impressed with what you have accomplished. This is absolutely beyond my skill level! You have a great talent!

  18. You really transformed this beautiful piece of architecture. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

  19. OOOH!!!!! So much to love in your post today, Cindy! What a great idea to repurpose that center part of the old Victorian mantel into this new mantel shelf… This give me an idea of what to do for our laundry room which has THE UGLIEST wire shelf for hanging clothes… 😀 I will be searching! Happily featuring your post (as you know) at Share Your Style this week, #246). <3 Oh, and isn't plumber's putty wonderful stuff? Just mix and rub on with your fingers, sand and voilà! Great job cutting, John!!

    Enjoy your new shelf and happy almost spring,
    Barb 🙂

  20. You scored big time with this piece Cyn. It’s gorgeous, and you and John worked your magic and brought it back to life and found the perfect place for it.

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