Swap It Like It’s Hot! [AKA This Super Sweet Thrift Item Challenge]

Did she just say swap?

That’s exactly right!

I am thrilled to be participating in the 6th Swap It Like It’s Hot for the very first time today! My friend Charlotte of Ciburbanity created the challenge as a way for bloggers to show how you can take inexpensive thrifted items and with a little creativity and TLC, transform them into completely different pieces with a multitude of new and unique uses! The best part [or maybe the initimidating part?!] is that we don’t choose our own pieces. We go shopping for someone else, ship our thrifted finds off to them and then sit back and watch the magic happen to our pieces. So while I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to see what Heather from Southern State of Mind did to my items, Amy from My Life at Home anxiously awaits the transformation of the pieces she sent to me!

Make sense?

Here, let me show you!

When I opened my package from My Life at Home, I found these…

Swap it like its Hot items before | This is our Bliss

I started with the 2 wooden bowls and after I was done with them, they looked like this…

Patterned & Brass Faux Planter stands | Swap It Like Its Hot | This is our Bliss

Here is what I did:

1 | Gather supplies:
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Tissue paper
Mod Podge
Foam craft brush
thrifted brass candlesticks
faux plants [I used this one & this one]
wooden bowls

2 | Cut piece of tissue paper into long strips and set aside.


3 | With your craft brush, dip it into the Mod Podge and start in the inside middle of the bowl and brush the mod podge on in a in a line from edge-to-egde, creating a “stripe” or a full circle strip of mod podge all the way around your bowl.

4 | Lay a strip of tissue paper down across your mod podge so your ends meet or even overlap.

5 | Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you’ve worked your way completely around the bowl. Always start your piece in the middle of the inside of the bowl and lay the strip down next to the piece before. Sort of creating a sun-like design. All of you pieces will cross in the very center.

6 | Let dry for 30 – 60 minutes and then apply a thin coat to the outside of the “papered bowl”.

7 | On the bottom of the bowl, apply a small amount of E6000 and attach your candlestick holder & let dry.

8 | Add your faux plant and you’ve got yourself a decorative planter on a stand!

Patterned & Brass Faux Planter stands | Swap It Like Its Hot | This is our Bliss swap-it-like-its-hot-pattern-brass-faux-plant-stand-this-is-our-bliss Patterned & Brass Faux Planter stands | Swap It Like Its Hot | This is our Bliss

*Tip for using faux plant in other pots!

Pull out the plant and remove the flat holder.

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It will look like this when you’re done…

faux-plant-flat-this-is-our-bliss…so you can easily set it inside your new patterned & brass plant stand!

Swap It Like It's Hot Thrift Challenge | Patterned & Brass Faux Plant Stand | This is our Bliss

For my other transformation, I took this guy…


gave it a couple coats of orange spray paint [leftover from The Curious Little Gentleman Big Boy Room], painted the 2 “knobs” at the top white and then topped it with a black pom on each side and then a third just below.


After hanging it on the wall with  my a command hook, I had a new 3-D “animal” head to go on the wall in the playroom.


It’s not weird to have a random cornucopia-turned-animal-head on the wall, is it?!

If you couldn’t tell, the playroom gallery wall isn’t complete yet, but the theme is animals, so it’s a safe bet this guy WILL have a permanent home somewhere in this space. I love adding quirky, unique pieces to a gallery wall. It breaks up the monotony of frame after frame. But don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of those types of walls, too!

So what do you think? Did I transform my pieces and give them new life?!!

Swap It Like It's Hot Before & After! | Patterned Brass Faux Plant Stand | This is our Bliss

And before you go, here is what I sent Southern State of Mind


I scooped these guys up on one of my daily trips to the Thrift store while stalking browsing for One Room Challenge goodies! Now, head over and see what magic she worked over there! I got a sneak peek via text the other day and I know you’re going to love what she did. Did someone say…??? nope, I won’t give it away, but trust me its GOOD!

And make sure to check out the rest of the SWAP IT LIKE IT’S HOT crew below!:



Windgate Lane

Vin’yet Etc.

Casa Watkins Living

One Mile Home Style




Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer

Addicted 2 DIY

Restoration Redoux

I Am a Homemaker

Maggie Overby Studios

PMQ For Two


Two Thirty-Five Designs

58 Water Street

Create & Babble

Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza

Gourley Girl and Guy

The Charming Farmer


This is our Bliss

Southern State of Mind

Two Purple Couches

My Life From Home


Erin Spain

Copper Dot Interiors

Prim and Propah

Sweet Tea Refinishing

Eveys Creations

On Fern Avenue

 I’ll see you back here next week for another ORC update as well as one of the DIY project tutorials from The Curious Little Gentleman Big Boy Room Reveal this week. I just haven’t decided which one will be first. Any requests?! 😉

Have a fabulous day, friends!!

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  • christykjames
    October 26, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    Cute makeovers! I can’t believe you found a way to rock the cornucopia! XO

  • Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza
    October 25, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    The bowls look amazing, but I love the animal head best! So creative!!

  • Lynn Fern
    October 21, 2016 at 12:16 PM

    CUTE!! My niece would love that 3D elephant…it’s adorable!

  • bcmottl
    October 21, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Just love how you put the bowls on the candle sticks!! great idea and I love the prints!

  • Stephanie @ Casa Watkins Living
    October 20, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Freaking AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!! I adore what you did with the bowls! Super creative and I’d totally use those.

  • Charlotte Smith
    October 20, 2016 at 8:29 PM

    A little animal print is ALWAYS a good idea. This is such a fun makeover! xx

  • Shelly@ConfettiStyle
    October 20, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    Love what you did with the bowls (p.s. stealing that idea) and the elephants trunk is just too cute. Great job.

  • Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.
    October 20, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    The bowls are so fun and fit perfectly into that beautiful vignette!

  • Emily
    October 20, 2016 at 9:55 AM

    The bowls are amazing! And I adore your cornucopia animal head – I never would’ve thought of that!! So cute 🙂

  • My Life From Home
    October 20, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    I LOVE what you did with the bowls and cannot wait to see the animal head. I never would have considered that, so you have me intrigued!