FTC disclosure: Valu Home Centers sponsored this blog post. The opinions I shared about shopping at these locations below and using the discussed materials are my own.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Shopping local to create upcycled home decor is a win-win-win situation; the local shops get your business, you get to be creative, and your house will thank you for making it so pretty.

I wanted to give a little life to the area next to my couch in my reading room.  I don’t know if you can tell by the look on my dog’s face but she clearly wants it to be made-over as well. 🙂

For this blog post, I started my shopping adventure at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop. It’s always a pleasure shopping at the “Sal Vay” because not only is it helping a good cause, but its also encouraging the practice of what haus2home is all about; reclaiming, reusing and upcycling!  I found lots of hidden treasures for inspiration and walked out with a lamp, a shelf, a suitcase and some lace!



Then, I headed to my local Valu Home Centers for supplies!

I started this upcycling project by prepping everything for paint. This included taking all the price tags off with some cleaning solution,  cleaning any dust or particles off with a wet rag, sanding, and taping.

I decided I wanted everything to be the same color, so I went with a Krylon White Glossy paint.

Tip: When using spay paint, I always read the back of the can because not all spray paints are used the same.

I went ahead and gave everything nice thin coats, letting the paint dry between each one.

Next, using the lace I found at the Thrift Shop, I decided to try a new technique and spray another color on top of the white creating a lace effect.

Ta da! Once it was all dry, I placed the suitcase on top of a small table to create a larger surface for an end table.

Now, if you’re ready for all the “after” photos…here they are!


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Questions? Comments?  Leave them below!  And remember to always reclaim, reuse and upcycle!

Posted by:Jackie Hausler of haus2home

Jackie Hausler seeks to inspire creativity in the name of reclaiming, reusing and upcycling. With each project, she walks followers through do-it-yourself projects, shows how to give old items a new chance at life, and teaches ways to be eco-friendly and live a green lifestyle. She believes making your house a home doesn't have to be expensive to be beautiful, and is passionate about accomplishing that while being kind to our earth. Jackie is the founder of the home and lifestyle blog haus2home.com.

2 replies on “Shopping Local to Create Upcycled Home Decor

    1. It is a handle to turn it into a spray gun. You can get them at your local hardware store for a couple of dollars and it helps the spray painting process tremendously!!

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