Welcome back, dear friends!! It’s Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday and y’all know how much I love turning old forgotten pieces into brand new treasures! Today, I get to do it with a few of my favorite creative friends, so be sure to look for links to their makeovers at the bottom!
Let’s get to it! I shared a peek of this magazine rack on Thursday:
I picked it up at the thrift store for $6.25. That’s a bit more than I would have paid pre-Covid, but things have changed a bit, and I am just rolling with it.
I liked the shape of this sweet magazine rack and the fact that the center handle did not extend all the way to the bottom, so painting the insides wouldn’t be too bad. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
To prep this piece, I gave it a good sponge bath with White Lightning (at the same time I was washing down the last two pieces I shared). Then I swapped the water out for clean water and gave it a rinse.
Once it was clean, I gave it one coat of BOSS in white since I was pretty sure those red tannins would bleed through:
I let that dry overnight. Allowing plenty of dry time is absolutely key in the effectiveness of BOSS, especially in colder weather when it can take much longer to dry.
Then I was ready for paint! I chose one of my old favorites, Cotton:
I ended up giving it two more coats for solid coverage.
Then I gave everything a good sanding with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge:
FrogTape is always my favorite for adding stripes. I only gave it one coat and pulled the tape off as soon as I applied it. I gave the sides a light sanding after the paint was dry to smooth everything out.
I shared how well it works to paint a piece with a lot of detail in this silver tray makeover, but its intended purpose is for applying wax, and it worked so quickly and so well for this small piece!
I don’t use wax as much these days to seal furniture because it can be a lot of work. I have switched to Clear Coat or Gator Hide for those pieces, but I don’t mind it on these smaller pieces. Dixie Belle’s wax is water based, so it doesn’t have the harsh smell that you get with some other waxes. I just brushed it on and buffed it off with a clean soft cloth…
The brush cleans easily with warm water. You can add a little mild dish soap if you like also. I will warn you that if you haven’t used a natural bristle brush before, they do stink while they are drying, much like a wet animal, but that is completely normal!
Adding a little more detail
I thought I was done at this point, but I felt like this magazine rack could use a little something more on the front.
I considered a small transfer but decided on a resin piece instead. To make that, I used a Redesign with Prima Decor Mould and Amazing Casting Resin. (One box will do many pieces.) You’ve seen me use these a few times lately.
- I started by getting all my product set up. The resin kit comes with two bottles that you combine equal parts of. I poured those into the cups provided. (Image 1)
- Then I poured them into a 3oz bathroom sized cup and mixed well. (Image 2)
- Immediately after mixing, I gently poured the mixture into my mould, being sure not to overfill. (Image 3) I had a couple of other moulds on hand that I poured the excess mixture into as not to waste it.
- And finally, After waiting about 10 minutes or so, more like 15 in these cold temps, I was able to remove my new embellishment from the flexible mould. (Image 4)
The resin piece will be warm to the touch as soon as it is dry and still a bit flexible, but it will harden quickly. If you want to soften it again to make it more pliable, put it in the microwave for about 15 seconds.
This is such a great way to create all kinds of small decorative pieces! One day I will have to test how many pieces you can get out of one kit, but it is quite a few! I gave it a quick coat of paint before attaching it with E6000 glue.
Here is how this cute magazine rack looks now!
With more and more people moving towards reading on tablets and phones, these poor magazine racks are losing their place in homes across the country, but how cute could they be as a floral centerpiece?
I don’t do so well with arranging flowers. That’s why I love a look that says, I just picked these fresh flowers from my cottage garden and threw them together! Ha ha! Except I no longer have a garden to find fresh flowers, and these are just very good fakes.
I found them at JoAnns early last year, and I believe these are the same ones.
I think they are so pretty, cascading over the sides of this piece with its sweet stripes.
Oh how I love a simple stripe…
And you can see that I used my cheat method for distressing the decorative piece I added to the front:
This would be great on a dining room table, on the floor beside the sofa, or even on a dresser…
Of course, it could still serve as a magazine rack also!
Don’t forget, my friends have makeovers of their own to share with you today as well!
Good-bye to one more project! Only seven pieces left! YAY!!
I need to go shopping!
See any you may have missed at the links below:
Painting the Smalls, Holiday Edition (Five of these pieces are in this post!)
And speaking of magazines, I have something exciting to share on Thursday!!
UPDATE: See my exciting news HERE now!!
See y’all then!
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