Ooh, I think you’re going to love this one. We love thrift scores around here. Sometimes the struggle is seeing beyond the current state of an item. A simple clean up, alteration or full on makeover can take an ugly find to the jealousy inducing pieces we see on Etsy. Jess from Domicile 37 rallied up a group of bloggers who love taking thrift store/craigslist/yardsale/flea market finds and bringing new life to them. The name of the challenge: #ItsSoUglyItsCool.
You can join the fun, too. Simply tag your makeovers on Instagram and use the #ItsSoUglyItsCool tag. We’ll be sharing our favorites on our accounts. Don’t get stuck on the word “ugly.” Basically what you need to do is to find used piece(s) (furniture, decor, vintage items, odd items, etc…) and show the BEFORE and AFTER of how you transformed the piece to fit in your home. You can DIY it, clean it, polish it, etc…Just share how you make it your own or how you add life to it.
There’s going to be a pretty big divide on my project. I already know there are going to be people who feel very strongly that my “boho-ifying” of this piece is ridiculous and that it was better before. Oh well!
I call it: Boho Fringed Wicker Plant Stand
It’s like it’s wearing a fun festival style skirt. And it allows me to throw plants into it that are still in their ugly store containers without it being visible through the weave. I love it. It’s really as simple as picking out some kick ass yarn and cutting it to the length plus a little excess of the pot holding part. Knot it into the weave and knot additional pieces onto the first set.
I used this “Pueblo” colored yarn and this cool mixed yarn. And a couple episodes of mind numbing children’s cartoons and I was finished knotting. I’m not quite a maximalist but I do like to live on the embellished side of life.
And because everyone loves a before and after. Here’s a side by side comparison of my handiwork. It’s kind of like a string wall hanging on a planter. In fact, that’s exactly what this is, ha. I love string wall hangings because they’re simple but look really, really good when you use good yarns and mix different textures. Here’s one I made to look like a moroccan wedding blanket!
Even better than a before and after? MORE thrifted makeovers! Yes, my awesome blogging friends and I have a whole slew to share with you. Please give these wonderful ladies a visit:
Want to see what I scored along with this planter? Don’t forget to subscribe to my RSS feed so you can get notified when the #thriftscorethursday post goes up and you’ll see!