Lovely friends, I am so thankful for each and every one of you who visit here each day to see what I am up to! I just wanted to tell you that so thank you!
I’m on the last couple of things left in my yard sale rescue pile, and today I’m giving some love to these bowls:
I picked these up at a yard sale forever ago for a dollar each.
They are vintage (maybe antique) dough bowls and go for $20-$40 dollars on eBay at the moment. However, these are in gross condition as is. I hesitated painting them because they are a hot decor item at the moment. However, in their current state, I’m not so sure about that. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
First I tried to sand them to get down to the pretty wood. The smaller of the two had stains that went pretty deep, and the larger of the two had gunk in it that just smeared when I tried to sand it, like a waxy substance.
So at that point, I didn’t feel bad at all about painting them!
They are perfect for holding shells!
I love collecting shells at the beach, but I was lucky enough to find this big bag of them at the thrift store for $3.25!
Yes, I will buy your memories and make them my own!
They were mostly clam shells and I added a few of my own to the mix…
After really enjoying stenciling this wooden folding chair that I shared on Thursday, I thought I could have the same kind of fun with these bowls. However, stenciling a rounded surface isn’t the easiest task, so I decided to keep these a bit more simple. I started by adding Frogtape all around the top edge to create a striped effect…
I added two coats of Cotton and pulled the tape off immediately after the second coat.
Then I decided to use a round dauber to add the dots around the top of the outside. I spaced them evenly with the stripes I added to the top lip of the bowl.
Then I freehanded the dipped look around the rest of the outside using a brush to apply the paint.
I ended up going back and dry brushing white around the inside of the bowl with a VERY dry brush, just to give it a more weathered, left on the beach feel.
See how I turned a $10 thrift store coffee table into our current one HERE.
I tried a fun new color for the smaller one!
This color definitely says Summer to me! It’s The Gulf by Dixie Belle. After painting the inside in this color, I painted the outside in Cotton. Then just like the first bowl, I used a VERY dry brush with white on it and swirled it around the inside, mostly to camouflage all the gouges that were in the bottom of this one.
Then I went back with a smaller dauber and added detail to the rim of this one as well…
Then to have a little fun with the outside, I used my FrogTape to add a striped effect on this one as well:
It isn’t easy to use tape on a rounded surface but I just kept each piece as straight as possible. I only gave it one coat of The Gulf and pulled the tape off immediately after applying it. I did have to touch up a couple of spots with a small brush.
See how I whitewashed that sofa table HERE.
So although it may have been possible to get a good penny for the pair before, I love them so much more now!
How about you?
Only one more item left from my yard sale rescue pile!
If you missed any of these makeovers, you can revisit them all here:
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing the final piece: this basket I tried to flog for a dollar at my yard sale:
I guess a dollar was asking too much?
UPDATE: See how this basket got a fresh new look HERE!
Before I go…my friend Jen’s new book, Amazing Furniture Transformations, officially goes on sale today!! If you didn’t get a chance to preorder it yet, you can buy it now HERE! If you love seeing forgotten furniture pieces being brought back to life, you’ll love this book!
And just in case you haven’t heard, I am thrilled to be a new retailer for Dixie Belle products! If you’d like to give them a try or already love them, I hope you’ll consider buying them from me! You can visit my Etsy shop HERE! Thank you so much to those that have already shopped with me! 🙂
See ya’ll Thursday!
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