Hello hello, dear friends! Thank you SO much for all the love y’all sent my way on the antique serpentine dresser I shared on Thursday! Looks like it was definitely a favorite! After all that work, I am back today with some easy breezy makeovers and my sixth installment of Painting the Smalls!
The smalls are the little things I paint for my booth that don’t always make the blog because they are well, small. Every once in a while it is fun to gather several together and share them as a group! Dixie Belle is doing well in my booth these days, but the smalls used to be how I made my rent some months.
Most of these pieces are from my First Post Shut-down Thrift Store Haul:
Here’s what’s getting their big makeovers today… I did end up keeping one of these items. Let’s see if you can guess which one:
Brace yourselves…lots of white ahead, but first let’s start with something that didn’t go white, this black basket that I got a great deal on for $2.25:
I found three metal baskets that day, and this was my least favorite, but it ended up being the easiest update ever!
I dry brushed it with Sea Glass and that was that. It turned out pretty darned cute:
Amazing what a little color can do! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I’m not sure what else you could use it for, but it’s pretty holding a few seashells. I didn’t do any sanding this time. I just didn’t paint it completely…
I didn’t seal it with anything either.
Up next is this set of bookends I picked up for way more than I would have like to have paid at $7.25 for the set:
This particular thrift store is usually pretty cheap, but they raised their prices after the shut-down. These were brand new though.
A simple white paint job did wonders for it:
I spray primed first with Rustoleum’s spray primer and then followed up with a coat of Dixie Belle’s Cotton. A quick sanding with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge highlighted some of those pretty curves:
Another find from my first thrifting trip back is this wall clock I picked up for $6.25:
It was actually fine as is except the corners and edges were all worn and it looked pretty beat up.
I gave it a refresh with one coat of Cotton:
I photographed it real quick while I still had this cutie pie table and chairs set up last week!
A light sanding on the rough wood reminds me of old fence pickets which I love, but haven’t come across in a while…
Fixed it right up!
Up next is this picnic basket I picked up for $4.95:
I loved the wide weave on this one.
A quick spray all over of Rustoleum Spray primer gave it a great base:
You can see the bookends in there too along with a couple of other things that got quick makeovers. Using my medium spray shelter not only stops the wind from blowing away the spray, it also prevents the spray from hitting our black fence!
Then I followed up with one coat of Sea Glass while I still had it out from the wire basket.
I decided it needed a little something more, so I added this simple wreath stencil to the top:
You can see more on how I add stencils and what I use HERE. It involves spray adhesive.
You can see a little of the white coming through which I love with Sea Glass:
The inside got the same treatment, although I wish I would have added something to the back of the lid. I still might. I think it needs a little starfish or something…
And here is that little rocking horse you saw in the spray shelter:
I picked it up for $2 back in the Fall. Honestly, it was perfectly cute the way it was, but not necessarily for decor purposes.
As you saw, this got a coat of spray primer also and that was actually all I gave it.
And finally, this basket was a pre-shut down find that I picked up for half off of $5.25:
I had actually spotted it on one trip and passed on it because one of the pieces holding it together on the bottom had come undone. It was 50% off the next time I went it so I got it, and it ended up being an easy fix!
I love how this one turned out!
I just love a painted basket!
I left it unsealed. The number one was a thrift store find last year that was part of a “2015” New Year’s decoration. I used the two on another basket a while back. I just wired it in place with craft wire.
And I didn’t get a good shot of the pitcher holding the hydrangeas, but it was also from that haul! It was a steal at $6.25:
It makes for the perfect vase for a large arrangement, and I also used in Thursday’s Antique Serpentine Dresser Makeover:
Looks fancy, huh? Yep…thrift store…six bucks!
Any guesses as to which piece I kept??
Looking for even more smalls? Check out my last set of smalls HERE!
I’ll be back on Thursday with ANOTHER ROUND OF SMALLS:
See y’all then!
UPDATE! No need to come back, see this set of smalls HERE now!
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