{swap it like it's hot} From Thrift Store to Champagne & Diamonds

Are your ready to Swap It Like It's Hot?! Here's how it works... bloggers sign up on a list, and then each goes shopping at local thrift stores to purchase one or several items {with a max budget of $10-15} to mail to the person below them on the list {that's the SWAP part}. Each blogger is then challenged to come up with creative ways to repurpose whatever treasures she receives in the mail {that's the HOT part}.

swap it like it's hot

This slightly crazy but super fun, twice-annual event is hosted by Charlotte, from Ciburbanity {aka City Suburb Sanity}. I participated for the first time last fall, and I was thrilled to be invited back for this round. If you've just hopped over from Confetti Style, welcome! Let me begin by showing you the thrifted items that Shelly sent me:

swap it like it's hot

When I ripped open the box, I was pretty excited to see how much potential these items had! I wanted to makeover all of them, but for today, I picked just two - the metal planter and the bamboo utensil tray. But I've already started working on that recipe box, so keep an out for it on the blog in the coming months.

Honestly, the red metal planter is that one that had me totally stumped from the outset. 

But then, as I was working on transforming a printer stand into a bar cart as part of my Drab to Fab project for the Denver Home Show, I realized that I was going to need some items to stage the top of the bar cart. That's when I remembered seeing a really adorable Kate Spade champagne bucket and knew the metal planter would make a perfect for recreating that look! 

Kate Spade inspired champagne bucket

Come back on Friday for the DIY tutorial for this champagne bucket, as well as several other simple Kate Spade inspired bar cart items.

bar cart styled with thrifted finds

Unlike the planter, which took me a while to figure out, I had the opposite problem when it came to the bamboo tray. I had SO many different things I wanted to do with it that it was hard to narrow it down and settle on just one idea.
bamboo tray ready for a makeover

With Mother's Day coming up soon, I finally decided to turn the bamboo tray into a jewelry display. I started by painting the tray gold {although I realize that in these photos it looks similar color to the bamboo, it's actually a gorgeous metallic gold. Then I added some of my boys' artwork, as well as a recent photo of them. And an elephant, because elephants are always a good idea!

DIY Jewelry Display

I mean, really, what mom or grandma wouldn't want to receive this from her kiddos? It's the perfect place to put your jewelry at the end of the day. 

DIY jewelry display for Mother's Day

I'll share the how-to on this glam and sentimental jewelry display in the coming weeks. You might want to sign up for my email list {at the bottom of this email} so that you don't miss a post!

Now that you've seen how I transformed these items from thrift store bargains to champagne and diamonds, it's time to see what everyone else did with their treasures. 

Thrift Store finds get glam makeovers

Here's a little sneak peek at what I mailed to Melissa of Polished Habitat. Melissa has a talent for creating beautiful organizing solutions, so I kept that in mind when shopping for items with the potential for both style and function.

Thrift store items shipped

I'm headed over to Polished Habitat to see what Melissa did with these items... join me there! 

And make sure you don't miss any of the other stops along the Swap It Like It's Hot blog hop! Eight bloggers shared their swaps yesterday, and eight more today. I'll update this post to include the links for the Wednesday-Friday participants as the week goes on!


  1. I love your bar cart. It's so fun and festive! Great swap transformations!

  2. I knew you wouldn't disappoint, Angela!! That metal planter turned ice bucket is so fabulous now! And the jewelry holder is super sweet! XO

  3. I am continually impressed by the way everyone makes magic happen. I absolutely LOVE what you did with the planter! I always see those at the flea market and I might have to snag one next time around! <3

  4. Whaaat this is awesome!!! Love Kate and love champagne! Everything you made turned out fab!

  5. That jewelry display is so chic!!! I need one of those in my life. Great job!

  6. WOW! you did an amazing job- love the shadowbox!

  7. Wow, you made this happen over here! I love what you did with every single piece and how you added YOUR spin to it.

  8. That ice bucket is AWESOME! I love it!! Actually, I love both projects, but the graphics on the ice bucket I just swooned over!

  9. Wow, those are some amazing transformations! I love the Spade look of the ice bucket.

  10. It's almost as if that metal planter was meant to be a champagne bucket! It's perfect! And your jewelry display is so sweet - I love that you included photos of your boys!

  11. That jewelry display is amazing and you have, maybe, the prettiest bar cart I've ever seen! Great work! :)

  12. Great idea with the jewelry holder! Those little trays are everywhere at thrift stores. Might need to grab a few now. :)

  13. SO cute! The champagne bucket is flawless!! I LOVE that... DEFinitely headed back to see how you made it! I'm also chuckling over the cracker stands you sent to Melissa. So random. :)

  14. Awesome! Love that ice bucket!