DIY, Farmhouse-Styled Decor Using Thrift-Store Finds

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I wanted to share with you a little about how I like to incorporate farmhouse style in my own home using inexpensive finds from the thrift store. (If you’d like to watch my live video on this very post, scroll down to the bottom for the direct link!)

I’m going to show you how to use your creativity and think outside the box when it comes to decorating your home using thrift-store finds! Here are 3 ideas to get you started!


The book covers in the image below definitely don’t fit “style-wise” in our home, but the pages have the perfect patina to them. I found these old books for 25 cents each at a local thrift store. The solution? Tear the bindings off!

All you have to do is carefully remove the covers to reveal a beautiful, farmhouse accessory for your home! (If you're looking to salvage old books, learn how to repair book binding.)

Stack a few of them together, and tie some pretty ribbon or jute around the outside.


There are a gazillion old and outdated frames at thrift stores! And with a little chalkboard paint, you can transform them from blah to wow in minutes! First, clean the glass and frame. Using a wood sponge, carefully paint the chalkboard paint onto the glass. Let that first layer dry for a few hours. Paint one more layer, after the first one has dried. Now it's ready to go back into your frame! Lastly, all you have to do is season the board by swiping it horizontally with a piece of chalk. That's it! Easy peasy!

I’ve also made a moss-covered chalkboard, and it was so much fun to create! For that tutorial, stop by my blog, The Rustic Boxwood, to find out more details.


That’s another item thrift stores are brimming with — old containers, such as vintage silver creamers, white enamelware, or beautiful, floral bowls!

To upcycle these containers into pretty succulent holders, here’s what you’ll need:

  • bag of moss
  • bag of white beans
  • faux succulents
  • containers

First, prep your container by cleaning it thoroughly. Next, fill your bowl with beans. Then, place the moss on top, covering the beans. Lastly, insert your succulents. I got mine at the dollar store, and I love them!

Here’s a quick recap: 1. Find old books with ugly covers. Tear the bindings off and stack these new-to-you books to reveal updated shelf decor. 2. Find an old frame, and create a rustic chalkboard! 3. Upcycle an old container into a succulent planter. So, those are just a few ideas to help get you started on incorporating upcycled, farmhouse-style decor from the thrift store in your home!

I hope you’ve been inspired to find some thrifted treasures! If so, what are you going to be on the hunt for? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below, or stop by and say hey on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, HomeTalk and Facebook. It always makes my day to hear from my sweet readers!

Have a great day!

Suggested materials:
  • Bag of moss   (Dollar Tree)
  • Bag of white beans   (Grocery store)
  • Faux succulents   (Dollar Tree)
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  • Irene Gronewald Irene Gronewald on Feb 10, 2019

    yep..inspired, did the books at christmas time and the picture mirror chalkboards.i ordered lazer cut stencils of crown, mermaid n french designs put them on chalk boards ar the top, or whole thing...great looking, will try planter

  • Holly Holly on Sep 30, 2020

    It's beautiful. Is that a silver sugar bowl with the succulent's in it?