November’s Top Shelf Clearance Challenge

Hi friends! I am so excited that it’s time for another Top Shelf Clearance Challenge! This is a challenge where we,

Tara @ stilettosandshiplap

Terrie @ decorateandmorewithtip

Stacey @ poofingthepillows

NJ @ thecolorfulwingsjournal

were each allowed to spend just $15, on a clearance item(s), and then blog about the process of incorporating these items into our decor.

It may seem like any easy task to find a clearance item to use in your home, and sometimes it really is, but other times there is hardly anything worth buying on the clearance shelves….but there is almost always something that can be worth while, with a little tweaking and imagination!

I was so excited when I stopped by my local Target, a week after Halloween, and found all Halloween/fall decor was 70% off!

This metal bucket was in the fall clearance, originally $5, on clearance for just $1.50! I didn’t know what I would do with it, but I liked the shape of it, and I love galvanized metal, so in my cart it went.

I decided to scrape off the lettering.Then using white vinegar and a towel, I gave it some patina. I simply put a towel over the bucket, and then poured the vinegar on the towel. I allowed it to sit on the bucket for a couple hours. It was super easy, and gave the metal bucket a perfect patina.using this stencil… I stenciled “Merry Christmas” on the bucket. It’s now the perfect container for a little Christmas tree, in my boy’s room. My only regret about this bucket…I wish I would have bought more! There were stacks and stacks of them, and I only bought one! Why??? So many darling possibilities with these buckets!

Because we were allowed to spend $15, I wasn’t about to stop at just $1.50! I kept looking around the store, and was so excited to stumble upon this darling lantern.And on clearance, for just $12.48!!Of course, this was easy to use in my decor. I can think of at least ten different ways to style this lantern for Christmas. I am sure that you’ll probably see this lantern styled a few different ways throughout the season, because I love to change things up all.the.time!!!Isn’t it the perfect display case, for some of my many, many, many vintage ornaments? I love it!!

I would love to hear what you think! And, please visit my friends’ blogs, to check out their clearance finds!

Thank you for visiting LeCultivateur!!!


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  1. It’s perfect Emily! It’s so cute, yet so vintage looking and styled so cozy! Fabulous job! XO

    1. Thank you so much!!!💗

  2. Oh my gosh you are amazing!!!!!! I love what you’ve done. And thanks so much for the tip on aging the bucket, I never knew that! I’m excited! I certainly hope you don’t make me want to go out and spend money – it will all be your fault. Loved this post!

    1. Thank you so much, my friend!!!💗

  3. I love the glass house with the ornaments in it! I would never think to reuse that tin, but you were able to make that work! Amazing.

    1. Thank you so much!!!💗

  4. Emily, What great finds you found. I would of never thought about giving that bucket a revamp. Awesome inspiration! I love how you took your ornaments and gave them a place to lay for the holiday season. I just love how you took two clearance items and made us WANT! Love it!

    1. You’re so sweet! Thank you!!!💗

  5. OMG! I absolutely love how you aged that bucket! I had no idea that was possible! Thank you so much for sharing that! I cant believe you scored that gorgeous lantern from clearance! So awesome! Great job girl!

    1. Thank you so much!!!💗

  6. This is so pretty, Emily! I love what you did to that bucket and now I’m really wanting some for myself! I can think of several places I could use them already. I also love how you styled the little frame lantern with the vintage ornaments in it. You always do such a wonderful job, sweet friend.

    1. Thank you so much!!!💗

  7. Emily! I love every bit! 💗💗💗💗

    1. Thank you so much!!!💗

  8. Such lucky finds! I absolutely love the way the lantern filled with ornaments is incorporated into your vignette. Gorgeous!

    1. Thank you so much!!!💗

  9. I am a new subscriber to your blog and I love every bit of it! Your home is so light and cozy with a wonderful vintage feel (which is the same style I’m trying to do in our new house). I’m a huge fan of re-purposing and recycling, so I love the the transformed metal “game day” bucket into a Christmas container. I hope my Target has some of these containers left, so I can change one of my own! I can’t wait to see what else you show us for the upcoming holidays and I’m so excited to found your blog!! <3

    1. Thank you so much for such a huge compliment!!!💗

  10. I love this idea and have never seen how to make a galvanized bucket have such amazing patina! Grinned and pinned and am totally stealing the idea of the balls in the glass house. Although my houses are tiny compared to yours. Love it all!

    1. Thank you so much!! You are so sweet!💗

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