Hello amazing friends! I hope you were all able to enjoy some of the long holiday weekend! Today I’m back with one of my favorite things…another batch of smalls! If you’re new around here, the smalls are mini makeovers that by themselves wouldn’t make for a very compelling blog post, but grouped together, are fun to see!
Here are today’s bunch:
Nothing too exciting, right? Would you have brought these home?
Let’s start with the first piece, this basket I picked up at the thrift store for $3.25:
It is a great size and a great deal at just over $3!
The best way I’ve found to paint baskets when brushing the paint on is to use a large round flat brush like the Best Dang Brush. It makes painting details like basket weave super quick and easy!
Then I wet-distressed it with a damp washcloth:
I just love this gorgeous coastal blue!
This might not really be practical as a laundry basket, but it would be perfect to sit by the door to collect shoes!
Or how about to hold a couple cozy blankets by the sofa?
Next up is this LOVE sign I also picked up for $3.25:
I’m sure we’ve all seen something similar at the thrift store.
I painted this in Cotton and then sanded all over to distress. I had intended to add a transfer right over the center, but the red bled through. I could have BOSSed it and kept going, but I decided to cut a small piece of luan to cover it instead:
I painted it in Cotton also and added a mini transfer to the center:
These are from a set of mini transfers called Classic Vintage Labels by Re-designed by Prima. If you search that name on Etsy, you should find several retailers that have them.
This is so much more chic now!
Perfect to hang by the door for leashes, etc.
Mini makeover #3 started as this large spice rack I paid $3.98 for:
I always pick up spice racks because they always sell quickly!
This one got a similar redo to the makeover above, Cotton paint and a mini transfer:
I sealed it with Clear Coat in Satin using a small brush. I usually prefer to apply it with the blue sponge, but it’s tricky to get the inside corners with the sponge. Just be sure to add thin coats if using a brush!
This next one started out as what I believe to be a holder for a large candle:
It was half off of $3.25. These are fantastic as catch-alls for jewelry, hair ties, etc!
I gave this one a layered look by dry brushing in Cotton first, then Sea Glass. Then I sealed with Best Dang Wax in clear. Sometimes sealing metal with a liquid sealer can cause pink to bleed through, so the wax is a better option.
Next up is this mirror I found at the thrift store for $3.98:
Someone had fun with this one painting it pink, but I took it down a notch by priming first and painting in Cotton:
Then I used Gemstone Mousse in Golden Gem to highlight all the details:
I didn’t want to sand to shabby it up for fear that the pink would show through, so this worked perfectly!
I chose to photograph it as a mirrored dresser tray instead of hanging it since it is quite petite:
The final mini makeover in this bunch is on this piece:
It originally had two hooks on it that I stole to use on this mirror:
Of course I rarely toss anything, so I stuck this in the to-do pile in hopes of still being able to do something with it.
It’s press board, so filling the holes wasn’t really an option. Instead, I cut another piece of luan to cover the center panel.
Then I spray primed and then painted it in Sea Glass:
Priming is NOT necessary with chalk paint, it is just a quick way to get a base coat on these smaller pieces!
I gave everything a quick sanding and then decided to go back and add a little sweet detail using my stylus:
I attached the sea horse and turned it into a cute towel hook!
I had this sea horse hook in my stash, and it was just perfect for this piece!
This would be so sweet in a coastal bath!
And that’s another round of smalls!
I use a lot of blues and whites on my smalls because that is what sells well for me, but even if these aren’t colors that inspire you, hopefully, you’re inspired to see beyond what you see on the thrift store shelves!
Did you see my last last Painting the Smalls post?
You can see it HERE!
And I am so excited that I get to cross several things off the list this time!
See any you might have missed below:
How to Paint Nicotine Stained Furniture (Trestle Table)
I’ll be back with something a bit different on Thursday!
I get asked all the time to share what things sell for in my booth, so I’m going to share several smalls from the past and what they ended up selling for:
I hope you’ll join me!
UPDATE: See this fun and informative post on pricing the smalls HERE now!
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If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!