Hello, amazing friends!! Who’s up for another round of smalls today? I had just three small items left in my End of Summer Thrift Store Haul, so I’m sharing those plus a couple more smaller items to make it another batch of smalls!
Smalls are the smaller items that keep my booth going in between furniture sales. I used to not share them since they are all just simple makeovers, but together, they make for a fun post and ya’ll seem to enjoy seeing them. That’s great for me because I love doing them!
Here’s the bunch I’ll be sharing today:
Up first is this basket with handles that I have had for forever!
I bought it probably the summer before last for one whole dollar at a yard sale. I knew it would paint up so cute, but it got buried in my storage room and I forgot all about it! I pulled it out a couple of months ago and finally got it done!
I redid it at the same time as I redid this table I shared this summer, but forgot to share it in my last round of smalls. You can see that table makeover HERE if you missed it. I just love the freshness of that Farmhouse Green!
For this basket, I brushed on two coats of Dixie Belle’s Cotton:
I just love the texture chalk paint adds to a basket! And that tag is one I made from a scrap of poplar. I painted it also and added a mini transfer to it. It is from a set of mini transfers called Classic Vintage Labels by Re-designed by Prima. If you search that name on Etsy, you’ll find several retailers that have them. To see how I attached it with wire, check out the second basket I share in this post.
Up next is a set of candlesticks that I picked up at the thrift store this week. You may have seen this photo I shared on my Facebook page this week:
You can barely see the candlesticks in the front of the cart behind that awesome frame. They weren’t the prettiest:
They were priced at $4.25 for the set though which is a steal, so I had to get them. No worries if they weren’t exactly my style of course because I painted them!
I just used a clean soft cloth to wipe the excess away and a buffed it a bit. There is no need to seal over the wax since the wax is a sealer also.
I painted decorative wooden discs as samples for my booth to show the different colors of wax and this was one of the combos I chose…
I just loved it so much that I knew I had to use it on something else!
I recommend applying a coat of clear first if you plan to use the black or brown wax as the chalk paint can really soak it up. However, there is no need to start with clear wax first when using the gray or white waxes.
The next item I’m sharing today is this pretty clock that was one of the final items in my summer haul:
I paid $5.25 for it and knew it would paint up so pretty!
Cotton all the way for this one! It was easy to paint since I was able to pull the clock face right out of its socket.
A little distressing with 220 grit sandpaper really helps show off all those pretty curves!
This next item is something that I always pick up when I see them…spice racks!
This one was on clearance at the thrift store for only 99¢!
I painted this one in Mint Julep…perfect for a cottage kitchen!
This old fuddy duddy of a spice rack painted up pretty darned cute, right??
The addition of another mini transfer added a little more charm:
I sealed this one in Gator Hide since it will likely be used in a kitchen. I almost always use the blue sponge to apply it, but for something with these small areas and inside corners, it was easier to use a 1″ brush to apply it.
I have one more spice rack that I pulled from my stash. I took a photo of the before ages ago, but I must have deleted it from my phone when I was trying to make room last week. (Anyone else always running out of storage on their phone?? I think I just take too many photos!)
It looked very similar to this one:
I gave it one coat of Fluff and then sanded it more heavily than usual:
I’ve staged these with polish in the past and I love this repurpose for these spice racks! You could mount it right on the inside of your bathroom cabinet door!
I added part of a mini transfer to this one too! Such a quick way to add a little something! You could stencil something in that space also.
I sealed this one with Gator Hide also since it too will likely end up in the kitchen!
Although I staged these as free-standing, I did add hanging hardware to the backs. Just be sure to pre-drill when using screws on these small/thin pieces of wood so you don’t crack the wood:
I learned that the hard way!
And finally, this rattan and wood box that I picked up for only $2.98:
These boxes are beasts for bleed-through, so I knew I needed to start smart with a coat of BOSS in white:
I left it to dry for a couple of days before I had a chance to get back to it. I try to let items that I BOSS dry for at least a day. The more dry time, the more effective.
I applied the blue with a small brush to get into all those holes…
This one got a good sanding and a light coat of Clear Coat in Satin to seal.
Now it’s a treasure box!
I painted the inside in the blue, but forgot to take a photo!
Cute, right? I wasn’t sure if this one could be cute, but for $3, I was willing to take a chance!
And that is six more smalls complete!
I love painting the smalls and I hope you enjoyed them too!
And that also completes my End of Summer Thrift Store Haul!!
Can I get a WOO HOO??
If you’ve missed any of these makeovers, or want to revisit any, you can find them all here:
I have been shopping and I can’t wait to show you what I have coming up!
But first, I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing a post I’m putting together as a reference for all the different Dixie Belle products!
UPDATE! Take the mystery out of all those products now HERE!
I hope you have a fantastic fall weekend!
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