Hello dear friends and welcome back! Today I’m sharing another round of smalls! The smalls are mini makeovers of smaller thrift store finds that by themselves don’t warrant a post of their own, but with several others, they make for a fun post!
My booth is getting very low in the smalls department, so I’m thrilled to to have a few more to drop off!
Here are today’s mini makeover subjects:
First up is this paper towel holder I picked up for one whole dollar at the barn sale I happened upon a couple of months ago:
For a dollar, I had nothing to lose! It got a coat of one of my favorite custom mixes:
Now it’s a fun addition to any Summer kitchen:
A big improvement to the 80’s primitive wood look, right?
I was drawn to this next piece at the thrift store for some reason.
This cute faux tree was $5, and I decided to bring it home and give it some love:
I gave the base a quick paint job in Cotton and added this metal piece that came in a pack of four from Hobby Lobby:
I also gave all the leaves a good cleaning to remove all the dust that had built up…
And I changed out the dusty green moss for Spanish moss instead. You can see the faux distressing here too:
Not huge changes; I just freshened it up a bit!
This next one is super simple too! Okay, these are all pretty darned simple.
I found this small tray at the thrift store for only $2.98:
I gave it a couple of coats of Cotton and then added a mini transfer to the bottom:
I sealed it with Clear Wax.
This mini transfer is from a set called Classic Vintage Labels by Re-designed by Prima. If you search that name on Etsy, you should find several retailers that have them.
They are great for these smaller pieces!
This next one had a couple more steps! I picked up these candlesticks for $9 for the set at the thrift store:
I saw past the colors and knew those pretty details would paint up so nicely!
Then I followed that up with black wax:
The Best Dang Brush is awesome for applying wax and can really get into all those details! (I also love this brush for painting things like frames that have a lot of detail.)
Then I went back and wiped away most of the black wax with a clean soft cloth:
I love this combination!
It’s important to clear wax first since the chalk paint really soaks up the wax.
Next up is this wire basket that I picked up at the thrift store for $2.98:
I’m always drawn to wire baskets like this for some reason. I gave it a quick dry brushing with the brush I used to paint the candlesticks:
I love the effect that Sea Glass has on this basket!
And finally, this is probably my favorite of the bunch!
I picked up this clock while thrifting for $6.95:
Cotton to the rescue for this one too!
It got three coats and then a little distressing all over with 220 grit sandpaper to shabby it up a little:
I sealed this one with clear wax too. My favorite sealer is the Satin Clear Coat, but it can pool in the crevices of these smaller pieces, so I save that for larger pieces, pieces with less detail, and furniture.
I am still amazed at what a little paint can do!
That’s another round of smalls!
If you missed the last round, here’s what you missed:
See what I did with them all HERE!!
And I get to cross off several more pieces!
Missed any?? See what I’ve transformed so far at at the links below!
Meet me back here Thursday so see the best way to paint a kitchen table and chairs!
UPDATE: You won’t believe what this set looked like before, I promise! See it all HERE now!
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