Trash to Treasure Ideas for Spring

Here are some easy trash to treasure ideas for spring that you will love. Each project is fast and fun to make. They’ll have you wanting to go out thrifting for your own supplies. Grab a paintbrush and let’s get started!

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trash to treasure ideas

A couple of months ago I was on a trip with my three sisters. They all love to thrift so we spent a day shopping at the local thrift stores near Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.

There were so many goodies to be found including the pieces I am upcycling today!

Three small baskets with long handles, a wicker basket, a watering can, a bamboo wooden tray, and a pet dish holder.

Yep, I bought a pet dish holder! The bill for all of the pieces was well under $10!

Thrift store items including baskets and a watering can ready for a trash to treasure ideas project.

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repurposed wooden tray

Let’s start with the wooden tray. You’ll see better in the video below, but the wooden tray is bamboo and has a checkerboard design. The design was kinda cute except for the fact that it was really orange.

We’ll fix that in just a bit.

The size of the tray was perfect for the piece that I would use as the base. Risers are so popular right now and I love to figure out what pieces I can put together to make one.

The wooden tray and the pet dish would be perfect together to make a riser! Have you seen these pet dishes at thrift stores? They are usually easy to come by.

E6000 (or Gorilla Glue) works great when gluing different surfaces like wood and metal together. I applied the glue directly to the top of the metal pet dish that would come in contact with the wooden tray. Of course, I measured to center the pet dish holder on the underside of the tray.😉

Then I stacked all the heavy stuff I could gather up in my craft and sewing room on top and allowed it to dry and set up overnight.

Since I am going for a spring theme with these projects, I decided that Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Teal Ocean would be the perfect first layer for the wooden serving tray. Two coats covered the surface.

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Oops, I forgot to mention that I used a fine-grit sanding sponge to scuff the shine off of the wooden serving tray.

Thrift store wood tray being painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Teal Ocean

chippy paint finish

You know I am a chippy paint finish kind of girl, and an easy way to accomplish this is with candle wax. I rubbed an old candle in the areas I wanted chippiness to happen.

Then I applied two coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Farmhouse White. You will see the fun way I distress in the video but you can see the results in the third image below

Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint also carries an eco-friendly and food-safe wax called Milk Wax ECO. And the fact that it is so easy to apply makes it a win-win!

Apply the Milk Wax with a chip brush and then buff lightly with a lint-free cloth!

repurposed junk ideas

Next on the list of trash to treasure ideas is this adorable watering can. I fell in love with it because of the long spout. And because of the price – it was two bucks!

Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint works perfectly on metal. I used the color Fluff – it’s a lovely white that will look good distressed back to the original green of this watering can.

Once the paint was dry, I used my Exacto knife to distress the watering can. Just a few scrapes here and there and the piece looks perfect!

Lady using an Exacto knife to distress a painted watering can

trash to treasure for spring

Remember the little baskets I found while out thrifting with my sisters? They were probably used by floral shops to make small plant gifts for Mother’s Day or other holidays that you want to give a little gift for.

The handles are long and I thought they would be sweet as Easter baskets.

But they need a little color. So I used spring colors of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint:

  • Bergere (light blue)
  • Arabesque (dusty pink)
  • Mustard Seed Yellow
  • Layla’s Mint (light green)

An artist’s brush works perfectly to get into the small woven areas of the baskets but I didn’t try to get complete coverage. Some of the warm woven areas show and I like that. 😊

An ice tray filled with a variety of milk paint colors by Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint.

Each basket has two coats of paint. For the small baskets, I painted the inside as well but for the larger wicker basket, I only painted the outside.

Lady painting a small thrift store basket for a trash to treasure ideas project.

easy trash to treasure ideas

The trash to treasure ideas worked out pretty well, don’t you think? The tray can be used as a riser, a serving plate for goodies like cookies (chocolate chip anyone??), or maybe in a guest bathroom to hold soaps, washcloths, and hand cream.

Don’t you love this watering can?? The day I finished painting it, my hubby brought home a flat of pansies and I couldn’t resist putting some in it. The white really highlights the color of the pansies, don’t you think?

The pansies will have to be repotted properly either with drainage holes I make in the bottom with my drill or with a layer of gravel on the bottom. Plants don’t like soggy roots. 😊

Painted watering can for a trash to treasure ideas project filled with pansies for spring.

creative and useful trash to treasure ideas

The painted baskets could be used as Easter baskets. I am using one of them to hold a small plant. A small round plate is on the bottom of the basket and it’s hidden by the basket grass.

When spring is finished, these baskets could be painted in different colors for a whole new look!

See the wreath hanging above the trash to treasure pieces? You can find the tutorial HERE.

Staged spring home decor pieces upcycled from trash to treasure.

You can read more about this gorgeous sideboard by clicking the images below! It’s a two-part tutorial with lots of images of this beautiful antique sideboard.

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  1. Got to love trash to treasure! You can make something out of nothing. People pass up good finds all the time because of the color. They are great finds for those of us who love to paint. Beautiful projects, friend.

    1. Thanks, Tammy! Trash to treasure projects are some of my faves 🥰

  2. Oh, Cindy I can’t decide which is my favorite. I love the idea with basket and adding the wood.

    I love the watering can for the same reason, the spout! Great job and tutorial.

    hey look so pretty styled too! Pinned

    1. So glad you enjoyed the projects, Cindy! Thanks for pinning 🥰

  3. Wow, girlfriend! You have been busy. So many great projects. The sweet watering can is my favorite.

    1. The watering can is my fave too! Thanks for stopping by Renae!🥰

  4. You have so many great upcycling ideas, Cindy! I especially love the watering can!

    1. Me too Marieza! The watering can is on my front porch and it looks adorable!😊

  5. There are SO many good ideas here. Obviously, I love the painted baskets because I am a big fan of baskets. The watering can with the pansies is ADORABLE. I want one for my garden. I love the little oak sideboard – it’s so practical and can be used in so many locations. Pinned multiple images. Wishing you and your family a happy Easter.

    1. Thanks Anna! I appreciate the encouraging words and the pins 🥰

  6. What a wonderful post Cindy. Isn’t it amazing what a little bit of paint can do. I have just ordered some Dixie Bell for the first time, I cant wait to try it.
    I hope to see you in July.

    1. You are going to love using Dixie Belle paint! It’s one of the best I have used! And yes, I hope to meet you at Haven!! 🥰

  7. love love love that watering can – what a great shape and it looks perfect in the white you chose! You just never know what treasures are lurking at the thrift shop and you found some great ones!

    1. There are so many fun things to find at thrift stores! Thanks for stopping by Janet! 😊

  8. Beautiful projects, Cindy!! I love the painted basket. You are so creative and do such a lovely job. Great finds!!

    1. So glad you enjoyed the trash to treasure projects! Thanks for stopping by Rachel 😊

  9. Cindy, I love all of your amazing transformations! My favorite is the watering can. I love the long handle and how you distressed it using an X-acto knife…so clever! It looks like it was made for those pretty pansies. Happy Spring, my friend! xo

    1. Happy spring to you too Lynne! So glad you enjoyed the projects!🥰

  10. I love all of these ideas! Perfect inspiration for Earth Day Cindy.

    1. Thank you, Marie! Recycling is so important for our lovely planet!