What Would You Do? A Thrift Store Swap! #swapitlikeitshot

I bet when you read the title of this blog post you had no idea what I was talking about, right?  Well it’s time for another round of Swap It Like It’s Hot, where a group of crafty and creative bloggers get together, swap cast off thrift store pieces and breath new life into them using their DIY skills.


I was so excited when Charlotte from Ciburbanity asked me to participate in the swap again but was a little nervous about what I was going to receive in the mail from my swap partner.  This time around my items came from Kimm at Reinvented and when I opened my box of goodie, I was giddy.  Kimm sent me some great pieces to work with.


Like all craft and DIY projects I undertake, I spent some time bonding with the pieces before I decided how I was going to transform them.  I decided to makeover a couple of the pieces now and the others will make their debut as part of my Christmas decor in November. #moregoodnesstocome

So before I jump into what I did with a couple of these items, let me first tell you that I had a hard time letting go of the leaf bowl the way it was.  It was perfect and I could totally see if on my coffee table filled with fall nuts.  But alas, I had to let it go and give it a new look (or in this case, a new purpose).

Since I loved the bowl so much, I didn’t go too crazy with the transformation. I decided to pare the leaf and one of the snack bowls and turn it into flower vase AND candleholder.  You read that right… this little piece has two personalities.

Now it’s a candleholder…


And now it’s a flower vase.


How did I do that you ask?  I attached the bowl (with the writing facing the back) to the leaf using a screw so the bowl could be turned upside down.  When the bowl is facing down, a candle sits on the bottom. Then when the bowl is turned upright, I add a glass bowl and use it to hold flowers.  Just like magic!


Oh, and did I mention that I added a hanger to the back of the leaf so it can also hang on the wall too!


The other piece I transformed was this art piece.  I knew immediately that I was going to make a clock with this piece and decided on a black and white theme.

It went  from a cozy cottage piece of art…


to a chic black and white buffalo check clock with a gold edge.



Pretty snazzy don’t you think?  I’m thrilled with the way my swap items turned out and had so much fun transforming these pieces.  Now it’s time to go check out all the other bloggers projects.

And speaking of other’s bloggers projects, I was so busy getting crafty with my items that I totally forgot to take photo of the items I sent my swap partner Christy.  So, hop on over to Christy’s blog, Confessions of a Serial DIYer and see what goodies I sent her and how she worked her DIY magic on them.

And be sure to stop by each of the participating blogs throughout the week to see all of the fabulous swap transformations.




Windgate Lane

Vin’yet Etc.

Casa Watkins Living

One Mile Home Style



ConfettiStyle (that’s me)

Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer

Addicted 2 DIY

Restoration Redoux

I Am a Homemaker

Maggie Overby Studios

PMQ For Two


Two Thrifty-Five Designs

58 Water Street

Create & Babble

Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza

Grouley Girl and Guy

The Charming Farmer


This is our Bliss

Southern State of Mind

Two Purple Couches

My Life From Home


Erin Spain

Copper Dot Interiors

Prim and Propah

Sweet Tea Refinishing

Eveys Creations

On Fern Avenue

Join the List


  1. Shelley super cute!!!!! I adore what you did and so creative!!!! Great transformation.

    • Thanks Stephanie. It’s always great when the swap idea is a hit instead of a fail. Looking forward to the next swap.

  2. Shelly, your candle-holder-slash-vase is awesome!! What a clever idea! And it’s so perfect for this time of the year 🙂 Love your clock, too!

  3. Girl, you have creativity oozing out of you! What great ideas and repurposing, I’m SO impressed!!

    • Thanks Karen. I’m always trying to push my creativity and sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t. This time was a winner.

  4. Absolutely love what you did with all of it!! I need that clock in my life- if I recreate I will link to you! great job!

  5. You did an awesome job reinventing your items, Shelly! Love both pieces! And thanks for sending me items I could work with! XO

  6. Brilliant Ideas and Design makeovers, Shelly – I would have totally been at a loss…fabulous and so fun!

    • Thanks so much Charlotte. I love participating in the swap and giving my creativity a challenge. Thanks for including me.

    • Thanks so much Ariel. The swap is always fun and challenges my creativity.
      Looking forward to seeing your transformations.

  7. I Love what you did with that gorgeous leaf bowl. It swivels and hangs that is so awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh my gosh, Shelly, I am so impressed! LOVE the vase/candle holder, that is crazy creative! And the clock is gorgeous, love the touch of gold. So glad you had fun with the goodies!

    • Hi Kimm,
      Thanks for the awesome items you sent. I had so much fun with the swap and can’t wait for the next round.

    • Thanks so much Laurie. I love my ‘new’ pieces too and will get lots of use from them.

    • Hi Jillian,
      Thanks for stopping by the blog and for your sweet comment. The swap was so much fun and I can’t wait to see all the other transformations.


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