Who’s up for a round of smalls today?? Sweet friends, I have SIX mini makeovers from my current haul coming your way! It’s also Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday, so be on the lookout for more makeovers from my friends at the bottom!
Here’s what I’m sharing today:
I don’t usually share a smalls post for Trash-to-Treasure day. It’s always the second Tuesday of the month, and it totally snuck up on me this month! I already had plans to share these so here we are!
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Mini Makeover #1
Up first is this spice rack I picked up for $5.99. That’s probably the most I’ve paid for a spice rack, but this one was very large and in great shape:
Everything started with a good cleaning with White Lightning. It’s a degreaser and a deglosser for the best paint prep possible.
I mixed one TBSP into a half gallon of warm water and wiped everything down, starting with this spice rack:
I opened a brand new pack of applicator pads which are awesome for cleaning your pieces. Then I wiped everything down with clean water to rinse.
I spray primed it with Rustoleum spray primer first just to get a quick first coat on:
Once everything was good and dry, I sanded liberally all over to smooth and distress.
Then, I found a mini transfer that I cut down to fit from the Classic Vintage Labels set of 26 mini transfers:
I think it has a little more personality now!
Mini Makeover #2
Mini makeover #2 is this lamp I picked for $6 at the thrift store:
It was missing the little knob that you use to turn it on and off, but that was an easy fix.
It was also missing a shade. When I started on this piece, I remembered that my neighbor who moved recently had given me a very large shade that was in excellent condition and it ended up being the perfect size!
I set out to embellish it with these leftover pieces I had from the Antique Damask transfer:
I had used the larger damask pieces on this lamp shade and only had these smaller pieces left.
You have to keep your hand underneath the shade while you’re burnishing, but transfers do great on shades.
Once I had the shade done, I went looking for something to tone down the shine on the lamp and found Dried Sage was a good match to the transfer:
I painted it on…
And then wiped it away with a cloth, using the paint more like a wash…
I like how it took the sheen down.
I gave it a quick spray with Easy Peasy Spray wax and this lamp was complete!
When I was given this shade, it was so huge that I had a hard time imagining what lamp I could use with it, but this was a perfect fit!
Here’s a closer look at the transfer…
There is no need to seal the transfer on the shade.
Mini Makeover #3
Next up is this tray I found for $6.98. I just loved it when I saw it and grabbed it right up!
It folds flat for easy storage.
This got a coat of Rustoleum spray primer first also:
I love how fresh it looks now!
It’s clearly a bed tray, but it could be a fun riser for your holiday buffet too!
Mini Makeover #4
Next up is this set of wall plaques I found for $4 each:
I knew these would get a super simple redo with Fluff:
Fluff isn’t quite as bright as Cotton, but still reads as white.
It took three coats and then I sanded all the details.
I used Easy Peasy Spray wax on these also:
I always forget about this wax. It’s so easy to just spray on, and wipe away…
Be sure to shake it until you no longer hear the liquid inside before spraying for the best results. It’s great for pieces like this with a lot of details.
I used the pretty tray set up to photograph these too!
And here’s a peek at the backs…have to make them pretty too!
I found a huge roll of that pretty kraft paper on Amazon HERE.
Mini Makeover #5
Mini Makeover #5 started out as this recipe box that I picked up at the thrift store for $3:
According to what I found inside, this box has been around since at least 1984:
Which doesn’t seem like that long ago, right?? That’s almost 40 years! Ha ha!
I was really hoping to find some good recipes in there but no luck.
After a good cleaning, it got two coats of Secret Path:
You may remember the gorgeous dresser I redid in Secret Path HERE.
I sanded lightly all over with a sanding sponge once the paint was dry, to smooth everything out. The sponges are super fine grit and are great if you don’t want distressing on your pieces.
Then, I pulled out some pieces I had left of this pretty Translucent Garden transfer:
This transfer has a TON of pieces you can cut apart and arrange any way you like!
Once I had it adorned the way I wanted, I sealed with Satin Clear Coat.
Here is how this forgotten box looks now!
Aren’t those dainty feet everything??
They take it up like five notches!
Those and the pull got gold gilding wax to brighten them up:
The top got a little love too…
And the inside…
I just kept wanting to snap photos of this cutie!
Mini Makeover #6
And finally, this Recipe book stand was a steal at $2.50:
That’s like pre-Covid prices!
I did what I always do with these black wiry pieces. I gave it a dry brush of Sea Glass…
It gives these pieces a faux patina look that I love and they always sell quickly for me.
SO simple! I don’t even bother to seal these ones.
Here is the after:
I love the details on this stand, but they didn’t stand out at all before they were painted.
Here it is naked…such a pretty design!
And that is SIX more mini makeovers complete!!
And Six more I get to cross off my list!!
Here is what my friends have for you today!
I’ll be back on Thursday with this old flatware box that got a holiday redo:
UPdate: See what it looks like all fancied up HERE now!
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