Hello lovely friends and welcome back!! Who’s up for another round of smalls today?? It’s been a while! If you’re new around here, welcome! The smalls are all the smaller makeovers I like to stock my booth with that are too small to warrant a post of their own. So, I like to gather several of them and share them in one post every so often!
For this round, I have three pieces from my new haul and three pieces that I pulled from the rest of my stash:
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Mini Makeover #1
Up first is this set of candlesticks I picked up for $3.75 each:
I always consider candlesticks if they are priced right since they are generally good sellers for me.
I started this set with a quick cleaning and then two coats of Vintage Duck Egg Blue.
I knew I wanted to accent the details with black wax and to do that, you first need a layer of clear wax.
I applied that with my Best Dang Brush:
You want to apply clear wax before the black wax when using chalk paint because the chalk paint is porous and will really soak up the dark pigment.
I buffed it in and removed the excess with a soft clean cloth and then applied a layer of black wax:
I buffed that in also and removed the excess with a soft clean cloth, buffing it to a nice sheen:
Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax is water-based rather than oil-based which is awesome for a few reasons:
- It has no harsh fumes or smell
- It can be painted over once it cures without having to remove it first
- Clean up is super easy! I just spray a bit of the spray Dawn on my wax brushes and rinse
Their wax also comes in a smaller 4oz size, so you don’t have to break the bank.
That’s it! Wax is a sealer, so this mini makeover was complete!
I love how the black wax nestles in the details!
Mini Makeover #3
Next up is this small box that I picked up for $2.98:
It looked all fancy until I turned it over to reveal a $5 Dollar General sticker on the bottom lol!
I started this makeover like I do many of my smalls…with a quick coat of Rustoleum spray primer:
Priming is not necessary. It’s just a way to get a quick first coat on these smaller projects.
Then I gave it one coat of Dixie Belle’s Tea Rose:
When that was dry, I accentuated the details with silver gilding wax.
It looks so much sweeter now!
I did some blending with Cotton to highlight the open space in the middle there…
And the inside got a little surprise with the help of the Vintage Floral Transfer:
To seal this one, I just gave it a quick spray of Rustloeum’s clear matte spray since it had all those details to contend with.
Mini Makeover #3
This next piece is one I’ve had hanging around my work area for a while…this lamp that I paid $5.25 for back in the fall:
I taped it off and painted it in Cotton, and then it just sat eyeing me form the corner of my work table.
All that was left to do was cheat distress it and match up a shade, so I finally got it done!
I always keep my eyes out for deals on shades at the thrift store.
This one actually still had the plastic on it, and it was only $4.25. That’s way cheaper than I could ever buy one for new!
And here’s a closer look at that cheat distressing…
You can see more on how I cheat distress in this short video:
If you have any trouble viewing, you can see it on YouTube HERE.
Mini Makeover #4
Mini makeover number four started out as this super sweet set of paintings I picked up for $5.75 each:
If only those frames weren’t so darned pink!
I taped them off and gave them a couple of quick coats of Cotton:
I think that did wonders for them!
I am always drawn to paintings and all the detailed work that goes into them, and I thought these were especially sweet.
At first I just saw the little girl and put her right into my cart…
But then, a sweet lady shopping nearby pointed out the little boy:
Thank you, sweet lady!
Mini Makeover #5
Next up is this spice rack I picked up ages ago!
I love the doors on it, but this too had been sitting with a couple of coats of Cotton on it for a while, eyeing me from the sidelines! I was still deciding on what else to do with it.
I finally decided to add a few pieces of the toile transfer that I used on this cool piece I redid a couple of months ago.
I just cut it where I wanted to and burnished it on with the stick that came with it:
I sealed it with clear wax and this makeover was officially complete:
Kind of cute, eh?
My mom has already claimed this one!
Mini Makeover #6
And finally, the last makeover of this bunch is this small tray I picked up for $3.75:
I started this one with a quick spray of Rustoleum spray primer also just to get a quick first coat on it:
You can see in the bottom of the tray were three holes that looked like something had been screwed into the bottom at one time, so I had plans to cover that right up!
This set gives you perfectly straight cuts and the grid mat helps keep everything aligned nicely.
To adhere it the bottom of the tray, I applied a thin coat of Satin Clear Coat with a brush. Then I laid the paper in the bottom and smoothed it out. I bought this tool to help with applying transfers that was perfect:
As it dries, it pulls taut for a lovely finish.
I sealed it with another coat of Clear Coat in Satin.
And while it’s not much from the front…
It is super cute once you get a little closer…
And that’s six more smalls complete!!
Okay, I’ve got one more BONUS makeover to share…this sad tissue box holder that was $2:
My amazing niece was in town a couple of weeks ago and we went thrifting for some goodies she could make over while she was here, and this is one of the items she picked out!
She did a great job on it and she was so proud!
Here it is all pretty on my table in my office:
I grabbed it to take a couple of quick photos before she left. The other side had these cute boots from the Vintage Floral Transfer:
So cute now, right?
I hope y’all enjoyed these mini makeovers!!
And I get to cross three more pieces off my to-do list!
I’ll be back with this chair on Tuesday:
Update! The Berber carpet-esque upholstery has been banished! See the after here now!
Have an amazing weekend!!
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