Go to any yard sale or secondhand shop and one thing is apparently clear: there is no lack of goofy vases in the world. Kim turned her thrift store vases (purchased for 50 cents a piece) into something quite lovely using nothing but craft paint. (Here's the tute.)
This next one is the same idea using jars & bottles that were rescued from the recycling bin.
Speaking of the recycling bin, these bottles were given new lives with nothing but labels. Now they're 'vanity-worthy.' They're the perfect way to store and display homemade bath products.