How to Turn Thrift Store Halloween Finds Into Chic Fall Decor

by Maddiy.martini
4 Materials
4 Hours

I have never enjoyed decorating for Halloween and hardly even for fall. I recently realized it's because I despise the color orange. So I created chic and subtle Halloween decor that matches my house and is NOT orange.

I thrifted all of the items below from Goodwill during their Fall VIP sale for $12. One tip I always use when thrifting is to look at the size and shape of objects...color can always be changed!

Thrifted Halloween decor
Prepping the paint for the DIYs

1. Prep the paint

I started by pouring some paint onto a paper plate to mix. It doesn't really matter what type of paint you use, but I used Satin paint in White Dove. I also did some in Eggshell Revere Pewter.

Adding baking soda to the paint

2. Add baking soda

Next, I added some baking soda and mixed the paint and baking soda until I had a thick consistency. I added backing soda to the paint because it gives it texture and creates a pottery-like finish.

Painting the Halloween decor items

3. Paint the items

Next, I painted three coats of the baking soda and paint mixture onto each of my ~spooky~ items.

Painted Halloween to fall decor

Painted Halloween to fall decor

Look how cute these turned out! They look great clustered together, but would also look awesome spread across my living room and kitchen on separate tables and shelves because they are subtle and go with the rest of my decor.

DIY fall decor

For more creative autumnal decor projects, discover Hometalk's best chic and modern fall ideas here.

Suggested materials:
  • Paint   (Home Depot)
  • Baking Soda   (Home Depot)
  • Paint brush   (Home Depot)
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  • 17335038 17335038 on Sep 28, 2022

    I would suggest to put the arrangement on a black place mat, or patterned black and white fabric. Doing this would add more visual contrast, and would make the collection look more cohesive.

  • Dee Dee on Jul 27, 2023

    I use Rustoleum white spray paint. But I usually have white paint on hand from painting trim. I never thought of using that paint. Thank You.