Peek-a-Boo Succulent Planter: Thrift Store Swap Reveal!

Peek-a-Boo Succulent Planter: Thrift Store Swap Reveal!

It’s that time of year again! The thrift store swap reveal is here! This is my second year participating in the swap. If you aren’t familiar with the swap let me break it down for you. A group of bloggers got together and were assigned one other blogger to send two items to repurpose, upcycle, and totally make over. These items had to be from a thrift store and couldn’t cost more than $10 total. Fun!

I was given Brenda over at Unique Junktique and sent her some lovelies I found wandering my local thrift aisles. You really need to see what she did with the items I sent her! Seriously though, it’s kind of amazing.

I have the great pleasure of showing you what I did with my thrift store swap items I received from Suzanne over at The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment (P.S. you really ought to see what Suzanne did with her items too). First, let me show you what Suzanne sent me.

The Items

Tada! My items are an old worn out jewelry box with missing drawer and broken music box, and a serving tray. Holy possibilities Batman! I took one look at my jewelry box and knew what I wanted to do. Consequently, that’s the item I’m revealing today. Also, I’ll show you how I did it.

The Reveal

Peek-a-boo Succulent Planter

Check it out! My outdated broken little box received some major love. Succulents are booming right now and I knew I wanted to turn this box into a beautiful planter. Not only that, but the missing drawer made for the perfect peek-a-boo feature into the inner workings of the planter! It’s a peek-a-boo succulent planter! Honestly, I love how this all came together. It took a little work, but boy was it worth it. My kids are constantly peering at the glass and watching the water trickle down when it’s time to feed the succulents.

How To

Prepping the Box

First I dismantled the box and tore out the entire interior, including the music box.

That orange fabric paper was the pits to pull off. I don’t know what type of glue they used, but boy was it effective.  I ended up using goof off and water, and scraping away at it until it finally gave way. But look at the adorable under side of the lid! Score!

The box was in rough shape. I sanded down a few spots and cleaned it up ready for paint.

Next, paint! I chose Cottage White latex paint I had left over from touching up my baseboards. It worked really well. I love how clean and bright it looks here.

Now, you know me. I couldn’t let it stay plain white so  I chose a beautiful stencil and got to work stenciling a design on the lid and box. The greens and grays look stunning on this planter. I love how it turned out.

Now assemble your jewelry box.

Prepping for Succulents

I had to do a little research on the best way to prep my box for the succulents. I didn’t want the wood to warp and get rotten due to potential water issues, nor did I want my little plants to die on me. Here’s what I did.

  1. Line the box with a plastic lining. I used a roll of the big plastic sheets you use when you prep to paint a wall. I glued all the edges down, but kept the “window” open.
  2. Cut glass and glue in place. I bought a replacement glass piece usually used for picture frames at the hardware store (8×10). I measured how much I’d need and cut the glass accordingly using a glass cutter. It honestly took me a few tries to score and break the glass, but I eventually got it. By the way, the glue I used for all of this is the Beacon 3-in-1 advanced craft glue that dries clear. It’s magnificent glue.
  3. Line box with sand or small pebbles.
  4. Add bigger rocks, for air flow and drainage.
  5. Add cactus soil. It’s more preferable for succulents who don’t need tons of water to begin with.
  6. Plant succulents.
  7. Add more rocks if you’d like!

Don’t you love it?! I do. There’s no reason you can’t do the same. Run to your local thrift store and grab a jewelry box for $4 and go to town. I’d love to see what you come up with!

And don’t forget to check out the other fabulous make-overs from our gals!

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Stay tuned to find out what I end up doing with my other fabulous thrift item, the tray.







Thrift Stores and Their Could-Be Stories

Thrift Stores and Their Could-Be Stories

Thrift Stores: People watching in retail form

Oh the thrift store. Is there a better place to spend a leisurely afternoon perusing the aisles of assorted and organized randomness? There simply is not.

I love to rummage through the incidental knick-knacks and what-nots of other people. It is akin to a glimpse of the life of a random wonderful stranger. Thrift store shopping is people watching in retail form. And we all know how much I adore people watching.

What sent me to my local retailer of thrifted items? Another round of the Thrift Store Swap is upon us and I am excited! Last year we did wreaths plus one other item of our choosing. This year, it’s free reign and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

If you aren’t familiar with this particular swap, I’ll explain. The whole idea is to gather several bloggers who are each assigned one person for whom they must buy two items from their local thrift stores and ship to said person. Moreover, we must transform or upcycle our items into something fabulous.  The beautiful gal I’m sending to is Brenda over at Unique Junktique. She is the queen of repurposing and transforming. You really ought to check her out.

I simply had to share my rummaging escapades for Brenda with you. My fellow dessert dwellers do not disappoint when in it comes to fabulous and ridiculously random finds at the thrift store. Consequently I can’t help but imagine the stories behind a few of these pieces.

The Goods

Would you look at those shelves! They are stuffed with all kinds of glass and ceramic goods. Apparently my fellow dessert dwellers have a thing for shiny glass objects. Equally important to note, there were five shelves identical to this one. FIVE!

What is the story behind these little guys? Perhaps they once adorned the kitchen shelf of a middle aged woman with an adoration for all things piggy. One fateful day, as she dusted and polished her extensive collection of swine oddities a life altering revelation slowly dawned on her. Her true passion isn’t pigs! She’s been living a lie! No, her true passion has always been roosters!

So, her once comical and beloved piggy pile was donated, in hopes that one day, a true piggy lover will find them. Snatch them up. And place them in their new rightful place. Right alongside a sign adorned with a big fat pig that says, “Bacon”.

What about the budding heart surgeon? Was the pressure to slice into the flesh of a dying man, pull out his weak and diseased heart, and repair it to the best of his abilities simply too much? As the result of a massive mental breakdown he tears the diagram off the wall and careens through traffic to the local thrift store. Not even bothering to erase his failures, he unceremoniously dumps the board into the donate pile and drives off. With a stiff upper lip, he wipes away a tear of frustration deciding that perhaps accounting is his future now.

Although glass oddities and medical diagrams are a few favorites of mine, you cannot discount the massive piles of pictures and their frames. Perhaps a giant mountainous purple city scape will bedeck the walls of one lucky man-cave.

Was this the muff of a beguiled bridesmaid? One who, for the life of her, could not understand why the bride insisted on muffs for the entire entourage in the middle of June, in the dessert.  A muff lovingly transformed into a “rocket booster” by my four year old.

No, none of these fabulous items will do for Brenda. You’ll have to wait a little while longer to see what wonderful finds I sent her way.

Before I go, however, I must leave you with one last amazing find.

Honestly! Does it get any better?! It simply does not!