Hello, amazing friends! I’m back with another edition of Painting the Smalls! The smalls are the smaller makeovers that make great fillers for my booth, but aren’t necessarily big enough to warrant a post of their own. So, I like to gather several of them in one post to share! If I’m being honest, sometimes the simple smalls are my favorite to work on!
Today, I’m sharing the mini makeovers of these six thrift store finds:
These mini makeovers always remind me of what a little paint can do!
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Mini Makeover #1
First up is this basket I picked up at the thrift store for $3.25:
I always check out the basket aisle. I am just drawn to them for some reason. This one wasn’t even particularly cute, but it was sturdy!
There are three basket makeovers in this bunch today and I started all of them with a quick spray of Rustoleum spray primer:
This a great way to get a quick first coat on.
The large, flat head of this brush makes quick work of painting baskets. (Be sure to wash natural bristles brushes when you’re done as they will clean up much easier than if you wrap them up and leave them for a day or so.)
The result is a fun, beach look that screams summer! (I can use that sometimes mid-winter!)
It’s super bright in these photos, but not quite as bright in person.
As you can see, I also added a handle to the front that serves absolutely no purpose ha ha. It just adds a little something so it’s not so plain.
I used wire to attach it to the front.
Mini Makeover #2
Next up is this clock I found for $4.75:
It’s just a simple clock, but I knew it could be so much prettier with some color!
I gave it a coat of one of my favorite blues…Savannah Mist:
I dry brushed with some white, sanded lightly all over, and sealed with Best Dang Wax in clear.
It looks fresh and new now!
This clock may be small, but the tick is super loud. It’s kind of soothing though.
Here you can see the dry brushing I did before sanding. I love the layered look of it…
I added a little surprise butterfly transfer to the tiny drawer too.
So much better and well worth $4.75!
Mini Makeover #3
The third mini makeover in this set is another basket that I picked up for $4.25:
To dress this one up a bit, I added a small tag to the front that I cut out of wood scraps using my miter saw:
I painted it in Cotton also and then added a transfer to it:
This is my favorite transfer because I have been able to use it on so many projects! See ten of them HERE!
Y’all know I love a simple white painted basket!
And guess what else I added?
A fun fabric surprise inside!
I lined this one with this sweet mini check.
See how I line baskets with fabric in this post.
And the little sign adds so much…
Mini Makeover #3
Next up is this picture I picked up at the thrift store for $2 ages ago:
This is the only piece that is not part of my current haul that I’m working through. It has been hanging around for forever though, so when I was making these chalkboards the other day, I threw this one in with them.
I removed the art work and painted the frame in Savannah Mist:
And then I dry brushed some white on there…
I made a chalkboard for the inside (see how HERE) and added a few more details and this mini chalkboard was complete!
I added these metal corners that I painted white…
And I also added hooks to add more function!
Mini Makeover #5
This is the final basket of the bunch. I picked it up for $3.25:
I’m not sure why I was drawn to it, but I was.
I primed this one the same as the others and then went for another blue. This is one of my favorite custom mixes!
You don’t have to seal baskets, but the easiest way to do that is with a spray sealer like this one, and that is what I used on all three of these.
It was the perfect size for this small tree that I have in our bedroom…
I had to share a little Christmas since it is December!
I sanded lightly all over to show some of the white coming through…
I love this color combination so much!
And how about those cute feet? I added those also.
Mini Makeover #6
And finally, I have this mirror that had a terrible spray paint job on it:
It looks way worse in person. I paid more than I would have liked at $12, but it is all wood and I thought I could tone down the silver and make it so pretty!
I ended up using yet another blue! I hadn’t realized I used so many blues for this bunch.
The Best Dang Brush gets into those details so easily!
When that was dry, I added Best Dang Wax in white wax with my brush also:
Then I took a clean, soft cloth and wiped away any excess, leaving the wax nestled in the details!
The wax seals it so that was it!
Here is how this pretty mirror looks now!
Such a pretty blue!
The white wax in the details…
Waxes are a great way to highlight the details when you don’t want to distress.
I’m always drawn to those blues and whites since those colors sell well for me in my shop.
Even the simplest of makeovers can still make a big difference!
All but one of these mini makeovers are from my current haul, so that is five more done!!
If you missed my last edition of Painting the Smalls…
You can see that HERE!
If you missed our Christmas Home Tour, you can take the tour HERE.
I’ll be back on Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure girls and this desk that I’m redoing for Brennan’s room:
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!
UPDATE: Hop on over and see how I gave this desk a much-needed update HERE!
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