Home Treasure Swap with Porch

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Hey Friends!

I hope y’all have had a fabulous week so far. It’s been a busy, busy, busy one for me!
But today I have a fun post to share with you all.

Porch.com invited myself, along with 7 other bloggers, to “shop” their homes for a “Home Treasure Swap” Challenge.

I was recently interviewed by Porch and shared a bit about myself with them.
In case you didn’t see that, or if you don’t know, Porch is a home network where you can get connected with professionals, browse hundreds of projects and get advice on all things home related.
They’re partnered with Windermere Real Estate, Better Business Bureau, and Realtor.com where over 95% of homes for sale feature free Porch Home Reports.
Not only that, they also have a partnership with Lowe’s and you can find Porch in all 1500 Lowe’s stores across the country!
So it you haven’t already, stop by and check them out sometime.

For this swap, we were to gather a few things we no longer liked or no longer used in our homes.
Then box it all up and send that goodness on it’s way to our partner in the challenge.
Once received, each blogger would restyle, or makeover, and find a way to use the items in our own home decor.

How fun is that? 
I love decor challenges like this. It really gets those creative juices flowing!

Here are the 8 bloggers participating in the “Home Treasure Swap” challenge.


My partner was Taryn over at Design, Dining & Diapers and here is what she sent me.

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - items I received - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

And here’s what I did with it all. :)

I loved the little mercury glass “Paris” jar as it came to me.
But I did give it a light sanding to lighten and distress the wording a bit.
Then I added a few faux flowers …..

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - Paris Bottle with Flowers - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

I love the way it looks here in my foyer along with my French print.

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - Paris bottle - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

I also sort of love it here on the mantel.

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - Paris Bottle on the mantel - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

It might live in both places for bit before I decide where it stays for awhile.

The Empire State Building….

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - Decor Makeover - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

I sprayed it silver.
I tried to add a candle inside with some greenery but could not find a candle skinny enough.
So I decided keeping it simple was better anyway!

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - Thrifty decorating - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

The metal tray got quite the makeover however.

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - Gold Tray Decoupaged! - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

I am really loving gold lately and really wanted to add a touch of it to my Family Room.
So I sprayed the tray gold and found this graphic from The Graphic’s Fairy to decoupage onto it.

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - Graphic from The Graphic's Fairy - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

I printed it, cut it out and decoupaged it to the tray using Mod Podge.
Really easy and great way to make something pretty out of something ordinary.

Once that was dry, I sealed it with a coat of clear sealer spray.
And then hung it over my antique mirror with some ribbon….

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - decoupaded thrifty home decor! - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

I just love it.

Sprayed gold tray with Mod Podge Decoupage Graphic in center - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

The little wire basket got a fresh coat of white paint.
I decided to use it on my front porch full of seashells.
I added rope to the rim for a nautical touch….

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - add rope for a nautical look - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

…and a starfish to the front.

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - add a starfish to the front - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

Then I filled it up with goodies from the sea….

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - Seashells - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - seashell basket makeover - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - nautcial basket - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

I enjoy changing up this hall tree often.
And this is a really fun change for the warmer weather.

The basic black frame got a bit of a makeover too.

SUPER EASY DIY ART!! - Add tissue paper, printable and done! - artsychicksrule.com #DIYart

I put a bit of Mod Podge directly on the the mat with a little paint brush….

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - use Mod Podge to attach tissue paper - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

Next I laid a piece of this pretty black and white tissue paper over it…

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - attach tissue paper to matte for a fun look! - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

Then I pressed firmly and went over the edges with an xact-o knife.

So easy to add tissue paper to a matte for a fun look! artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

So easy! But it gives it a totally different look.
I created a “live, laugh, love” graphic to place inside the frame.

Add tissue paper to a mat and printable for easy wall art! artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

Super easy art!
It’s on a shelf on my built in bookcase in the Study.
That fun DIY is not quite complete so I can’t show you the whole thing yet. ;)
But that’s where I’ve decided to use my pretty new art. :)

Annddd…that’s it for my items!

Now it’s time to see what Taryn over at Design, Dining & Diapers did with these items I sent her below.

Home Treasure Swap with Porch - items I sent - artsychicksrule.com #homedecor #thrifty

I think it’s funny we both sent each other a silver tray. :)
Visit her here to see!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed seeing how you can change things up a bit to use in your home decor.
Like I always say…look past what you see and envision what things can be.

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Be sure to visit all of the other bloggers and see what they did with their home treasures too!

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  1. I love the gold tray AND the black and white art! Very cute! I am lovin gold right now too and that image you put on there was beautiful! And the black and white art looked so easy to make but still had class and charm to it! Loved them both. I love seeing your posts because your house is so pretty inside. Love your taste!

  2. okay so i might be leaning towards you a little but i think you did the most outstanding job with your treasures..ok i am having back surgery tomorrow so i might be abed for a while but i’ll be back (said in my terminator voice lol) xx

    1. aw thanks Chris!!! and love the terminator ;)
      Hoping you are doing well today and on the mend!
      Best wishes for healing to you my friend!

  3. I’ve got to admit Nancy when I saw the stash I thought, what the heck is she going to do with that? As usual you did not disappoint. What a difference some paint, Mod Podge, a trip to the Graphics Fairy, and loads of creativity can make – love them all!

    1. I know…me too! :) I had to think a bit but then it all seemed to fall into place. Love a challenge like this!
      Thank you!!

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