Thrifty under $50 Blog Hop!

Today, it’s back to our roots for many of my blog friends!  I’m joining my friend, Beth with Home Stories A to Z and her Thrifty Under $50 blog hop with 20 bloggers participating.  We all went out and found thriftstore treasures that we could repurpose and change up for under $50. This is something that I’ve been doing for a long, long time, but I haven’t done much of that lately because of space limitations.

I hate when that happens as I dearly love to shop this way and have been since I started this blog 9 years ago!

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If you’re dropping by from Ella Claire, welcome! I know you’re loving all the projects being shared.

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Since my house is FULL and I can’t bring another big piece of furniture in here, I went for a small item. Something that could fit on a coffee table or bookshelf.  I’ve always been a fan of boxes of all types and have several of them that I’ve collected over the years, from tiny to larger.

I was in Blue Ridge, GA browsing a thriftstore with my sister and found this cute, but beat up little hinged wooden box for $5.  I love the detail on the edges and top, with brass trim.

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Using what I had on hand, I pulled out Annie Sloan Antibes Green and Maison Blanche Satin varnish to finish off this box.  I hand painted it with a small paintbrush (2 coats) and then added the varnish on top to seal it and give it a nice little sheen.

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Adding a tray to my coffee table, I layered in some pretty things along with the box for a nice pop of color.

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Loving those blues and greens together. I’ve also been collecting brass trays from thrift stores and have found several lately.

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A real plant in a white thrifted planter adds a nice bit of fresh greenery to the mix.

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I love how the little box turned out with it’s new shade of green.  It’s happy and bright now and I can use it in many places.

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That little twig bird I’ve had for a long time and I thought he was a wonderful nod to Spring.

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Isn’t he cute?

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I love mixing up vignettes with colors and textures to get a fresh look for the coffee table and this cute green box is a good addition to my accessories.  I’ve really enjoyed adding more green to my living room.

Next on the stop is Sarah, with Life on Virginia Street. I know you’re in for a treat with more thrifty finds!  I hope you all enjoyed this blast from the past as all of us scored thrifty treasures and made them over.  I truly still love to shop like this and one of these days I’ll be out shopping again when I can bring more home and not have to say no because of space.

Here’s the list of all the bloggers in the Thrifty Under $50 blog hop, so I hope you’ll stop by and see all their finds and transformations! This was a fun party to participate in!


Home Stories A to Z
Design Dining Diapers
Finding Silver Pennies
Anderson + Grant


French Country Cottage
Refresh Restyle
Just a Girl
Finding Home Farms


Bless’er House
Beneath My Heart
Love Grows Wild
Ella Claire

Life On Virginia Street
Four Generations One Roof
Nest of Posies
City Farmhouse


In My Own Style
Sand & Sisal
Julie Blanner
Fox Cottage Hollow

- Rhoda


  1. I love what you did to the box. Great transformation. I just bought a wood box from Goodwill this week, so now I have some good ideas on how to re-do it.

  2. I LOVE the color you chose for the box. The green is so rich and fresh. You’ve inspired me to find the old wooden box I have hidden away and give it a new life. I think it will work great in my sunroom..with the thrifted furniture…also refinished with chalk paint. Thanks for sharing your beautiful box. So inspiring!

  3. I love your fresh greens and blues Rhoda! What a perfect example of how to take something used and make it a chic accessory for styling. Thanks for joining in the hop!

  4. That is an amazing transformation! All those greens juxtaposed with the blue and white looks so fresh and spring-like. I have several birds I’ve collected, they always make me happy.

  5. What a gorgeous shade of green! That little box is a perfect fit in your room. So happy to be blog-hopping Thrifty-style with you this week girlfriend!

  6. Very pretty. Love the green and it looks great on your table.

  7. Antibes Green is the perfect pop of color on this little box. It looks so cute in your home!

  8. Becky in 'Bama says

    followed a few of the ‘blog’ hoppers and saw some really nice makeovers. I’m just sad that I’ve NEVER found anything in a thrift store worth bringing home. Our home-town thrift place is downright nasty and mostly filled with trash, which makes me wonder what happens to all the good stuff I donate to the place??? To be honest, I work a full-time job and cannot devote the time to thrift store shopping that it really takes to find ‘good junk.’ Maybe once I retire I can leisurely treasure hunt at the many thrift stores throughout our area. I’ll try to keep some of these ideas in mind.

  9. Wood boxes are something that I can never seem to walk past at thrift stores and this one is so unique! It looks lovely painted green.

  10. What a lovely little treasure the box became. Glad you rescued it. I am SO in love with the green plaid runner/mat/topper on your coffee table. Its the shade of green i have been looking for forever. Any chance you would share the source? Thanks much.

  11. Great job, Rhoda! What a fun party!

  12. What a beautiful box, Rhoda! That green is fabulous… perfect!

  13. Beautiful transformation! The green box looks lovely on your coffee table.


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