I’m not ready to bring out lots of fall décor yet, but putting together an Early Fall or Late Summer Mantel is something I like to do during August.
The centerpiece for the mantel is an easy thrift store find makeover that got a new paint job and new florals.
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Don’t overlook those ugly thrift store finds. I like to imagine how a piece could look with a simple makeover. The floral vase I used for my late summer mantel / early fall mantel looked pretty bad when I bought it. Now, it fits in with the green and coral décor I plan to use this fall.
Thrift Store Find Floral Arrangement Makeover for Fall
This sad floral arrangement had obviously seen better days. I found it at my local Goodwill for a couple of dollars.
The first step in the makeover was to remove the old flowers. They weren’t as easy to pull out as I had hoped. I thought this might have been a DIY project for someone, but considering how the stems were so firmly attached, it must have been purchased this way. This wasn’t the usual floral foam that’s found in arrangements. It is much harder.
Once the flowers were all pulled out, I was left with a mossy mess! I scraped as much as I could out and turned it upside down and gave it several shakes to get more of it out.
Even though the new florals that I planned to add would cover the old moss, there was an odor to it that I thought I could cover up with paint. I decided to use a sponge brush and lighten it up with white paint. It worked to rid the piece of the odor.
After that paint was dry, I gave the vase a coat of green chalk paint to go with my fall color palette.
Once the first coat was dry, I added a second and used a small piece of sand paper to have a little of the original gray show though on the base.
Adding flowers that go well for early fall décor was the next step. I used Dollar Store florals for this. I cut the blooms from the stems and inserted a toothpick into each one to push it into the very hard foam. The stems from the flowers weren’t firm enough to penetrate the foam.
After I put the greenery sprigs in, I decided I wasn’t pleased with the look. It didn’t have the late summer, early fall look I was hoping for.
The greenery was removed and I searched through my floral stash for something more fallish. I found some grass blades with fall accents on them that were much better for this piece. These stems also gave the arrangement some height. These are also inserted using toothpicks. An LED candle completes the look.
Finding thrift store items that just need simple makeovers is always a budget friendly way to create seasonal décor pieces. Using Dollar Tree florals keeps the cost low, too.
I’m happy with how this turned out and with its low cost. It has a hint of fall without the pumpkins and leaves that we often use for fall pieces.
What’s your latest thrift store find makeover for fall?
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Early Fall Floral Arrangement for Mantel
Supply List for Early Fall Thrift Store Find Makeover
- Thrift Store Find Floral Arrangement
- White Chalk Paint
- Green Chalk Paint
- Foam Brushes
- Floral Wire Cutters
- Dollar Tree Florals
- LED Candle
- Medium Grit Sand Paper
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