3 Repurpose Thrift Store Finds
Finding treasure to transform at thrift shops is one of my favorite things to do! The thrill of the hunt! Spotting a diamond in the rough laying there for a great price! I have to have it! How many times have you thought that?! Well I have many times and now it’s time to see my 3 repurpose thrift store finds!
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First Let’s Save These Butterflies!
Once the restrictions of the virus where lifted, my first trip out was to the local thrift shop. I found this pair of plastic butterflies which I thought were hideous! My crafters eye saw a painting project.
Flat black spray paint first, then into the acrylic paints. I choose my brightest colors that all went together good and began painting the wings. They all had symmetrical spaces so I was careful to mirror the colors.
Once they were finished gave them a coat of acrylic finish and hung them on my antique sled above some house plants. I love them!
Repurpose 2 Pieces
I’ve had this stand for a long time. I used it for summer plants until the basket finally rotted beyond presentable. Actually, the bottom rotted out! My friend gave me the bowl.
I cleaned the stand up and covered the rush, twisted paper used for chair bottoms, since it was still in fairly good shape. I beat the rest of the bottom off with a hammer to find this big screw thing.
Save Some of the Original
I was able to twist the screw out with a pair of pliers. I wrapped the rush to keep it clean.
I went ahead and spray painted it flat black. Then applied white paint with a dry brush technique.
Oops! The black paint didn’t quite cover all the way to the rush wrapped around the stand so I took a bit of jute twine and covered the bare spot.
Next I sanded the bowl inside and out and gave it a coat of matte clear enamel. I was hoping the wood would “pop” better than it did…oh well, it does have a protective finish!
Hubby to the Rescue
Now is when I had to call in the Calvary to help figure out how to attach h these two pieces. Hubby to the rescue! He figured out how to attach the two pieces for me.
Now all I needed to do was decorate it. Since fall is on the way and my friend had given me lots of fake fall flowers and leaves, that’s what I used to fill it up. This thing screams fall!
Lastly, A Shelf
So finally, I wanted to update this heart shelf. Of course it got a coat of flat black paint to begin.
This time to distress I took sandpaper and scuffed the shelf all over. This reveals some of the original red paint in places and gives it an aged, worn look.
Thought about cutting a design with my Cricut Maker, but left it blank so I can use it for all seasons.
So I find a lot of joy in rejuvenating my thrift stop treasures! The hunt to find things to the finishing touch is an amazing journey, one I’ll take time and time again! What about you? I’d love to see your transformed treasures or thoughts about mine in the comments below.