Hello, sweet friends! I’ve got another round of smalls for y’all today!
Before I started selling paint in my booth, these smaller makeovers were what kept me afloat some months. They are also what sell the quickest in my booth, so I am always on the lookout for them.
Grouping these smaller pieces together into one post helps me to get several done quickly. Most of them just need a simple makeover, and y’all seem to enjoy them too!
Here’s what I’ve got today:
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I’ll warn you ahead of time that most of these are white. I like to add a lot of white to my booth and that is what sells for me. Plus, a simple white makeover always does wonders!
And here we go!
Mini Makeover #1
Up first is this mini basket I picked up ages ago for 99¢ at the thrift store. It’s just been hanging around ever since, so I grabbed it to throw in with this bunch:
I was attracted to the doodads all around the top of it.
For its makeover, I started with a quick coat of Rustoleum spray primer just to get a fast first coat on:
The Belle brush works great for this too! Their round heads give better coverage for surfaces like this.
I sanded lightly all over once it was dry and then decided it was the perfect size for a small arrangement!
I still had my bin of random leftover floral pieces out that I was using for the tea cup floral arrangements I shared last week.
So, I added floral foam to the bottom:
And then I filled it with lamb’s ear…
I had several pieces left over from my brother’s wedding arch I did for his intimate wedding in our back yard a few years ago:
I tucked a few daisies in there too and got a sweet and simple arrangement out of it:
I just love how darker baskets painted white distress…
Mini Makeover #2
Up next is this thing…I don’t even know what to call it, but I liked the shape and it was a good size for $6.95 at the thrift store:
I knew it would paint up so pretty, and in its current yellow state, it really needed some help!
You could also wet distress like I did here instead so you don’t take it down too far to the white layer beneath the paint.
Instead of reaching for my usual sealer favorites, I just gave this a quick spray with Rustoleum clear matte spray to seal. I would not use that on furniture, metal pieces, or potential bleeders, but for something like this with all those nooks and crannies, it is the easiest way.
I guess it would be called an urn? That sounds so morbid.
It’s a pretty urn though.
And a little closer…
Sometimes a simple paint job is all you need!
Mini Makeover #3
I believe this next piece, a $6.98 thrift store find, was intended to be an outdoor piece, but I had another idea for it:
I often take a very dry brush with a little Sea Glass on it…
and add that to these black pieces to create a bit of a vert-de-gris look:
No need to seal, so this is such an easy way to give these pieces a new look!
Maybe in a guest bath holding extra towels?
Or holding extra TP on the back of the toilet? It’s the perfect size!
Mini Makeover #4
Next up is this small wall hanger I found for $3:
That huge glass knob drew me to this one!
It got a couple of coats of one of my favorite neutrals, Driftwood:
Then, I went back over that with a very dry brush and a little Cotton on it to highlight the raised pattern…
I sanded a little over that and then sealed it with Best Dang Wax in Clear. (This was metal and using a liquid sealer over metal can often pull out pink splotches. Wax won’t do that.)
Here is how this little piece looks now:
And a better view on a white background…
Mini Makeover #5
This next one was a recent find. I found this clock for $4.99:
Clocks sell in my booth, so when I find one, I cross my fingers it keeps good time and throw it in the cart.
This one also got a very simple cotton makeover and sealed with Best Dang Wax in clear. I hadn’t planned to share this one since it was so simple, so I didn’t even take any progress shots:
The white even makes the face of it look better!
Mini Makeover #6
And finally, number 6 is this basket that I have had since the 1900s!
I bought it from a basket vendor at a craft market, and those were my colors! I had a patriotic thing going on at the time. It was awesome.
I had been using it to store fabric scraps, but I finally sorted them and moved them to where I have all the rest of my fabric stored, so I decided it was time to paint it.
Then, I ended up going over it in Sea Glass for a bit lighter color.
It’s so fresh and clean now!
“Why wouldn’t you just spray paint it?”
I just love the texture that chalk paint adds.
I did distress the handle, but I left the rest clean.
I left it unsealed as I often do with baskets. If you wanted to add a sealer, Rustoleum Clear Matte Spray would be the easiest way.
Bonus Mini Makeover
How about a bonus makeover? I already shared these with the clock above, but I picked up this pair of candlesticks for $8:
They too were painted in Cotton, but when I went to distress them, the color beneath that was coming through was way too shiny.
I just add a little paint to my block and dab it off with a paper towel. Then I drag it across my surface. If you don’t like how it looks, you can wipe it back off right away with a wet rag.
You can see a lovely video of me in my braces sharing how I do it below 🙂
If you have any trouble viewing, you can see it on YouTube HERE.
It does the trick when your base color is a color you don’t want showing through.
I try to hit the edges that might naturally distress over time…
six seven more mini makeovers complete!!
I always enjoy dropping off my new goodies to my booth!
And that’s three more pieces I can cross off the list!
See them all so far at the links below:
Painting the Smalls #20 (Six mini makeovers!)
And if you really like the smalls, here are 23 more for ya!
See all the before and afters in one post HERE!
Maybe this post has you looking around your own house to see what you can paint??
My Etsy shop will be closed and on vacation with us starting this Saturday, April 8th, at noon through Friday, the 14th at 12:00 am.
If you need anything before I leave, be sure to get your order in HERE!
Even though I’ll be in laying in the warm sunshine, I’ll still be back on Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure girls sharing what I did with this interesting piece:
I hope you’ll still come by and visit!
UPDATE: See how sophisticated this little piece looks now HERE!!
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