Hello beautiful friends! I am well on my way to filling my booth back up after the sad state I left it in for several months after our big move. What my booth is still desperately lacking though are smalls. Smalls are all the little things that help keep sales going when shoppers aren’t in the market for furniture. I just can’t seem to keep them.
Every once in a while I will go rummaging around in my stash and pull out a bunch of things that only need a quick paint job and go to town. I don’t normally share them here because they aren’t usually very exciting makeovers.
Here is the stash of goodies I collected to be made over:
Some of these items have been hanging around for more than three years!
I am splitting this into two posts because I ended up editing almost 60 photos! I will share the other half on Tuesday!
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Here’s a closer look at the pieces I’m sharing today:
Let’s dive in!
I started with this pair of candlesticks. I picked up the set for $11:
I loved all the amazing details on this pair, but not the finish on them so much.
I set up my Homeright Small Spray Shelter which is the perfect size for these smaller items. My new house is super windy so the paint cans worked great to hold the shelter in place. I gave the candlesticks a coat of Rustoleum Spray Primer to start:
I did this just to get a quick first coat on there, and I did this with most of these small items I redid.
Then I followed up with my DIY chalk paint in Behr’s Bit of Sugar. (Recipe with video HERE.) I could not locate my favorite brush for painting all those details anywhere, so I had to use this Zibra brush instead. The smaller size worked great on these details…
They look so pretty with their new white paint!
I love how detailed they are!
Up next is this sad little spice rack I picked up for 99¢:
I found a few of these in one thrifting trip several years ago and I have slowly gotten through them. This one seemed like a good place to store some favorite nail colors:
The little drawer is perfect for holding nail files, clippers, etc.
This next piece is from Home Interiors, and I paid $6.98 for it:
Like everything else, this got a coat of primer first as well…
Again, that was just so I didn’t have to hand-paint two coats. Then I used the same Zibra brush to chalk paint all those nooks and crannies. I could have just spray painted it and called it a day, but I much prefer the depth and texture that chalk paint has:
I decided not to distress this one, and sealed with the clear matte sealer as well…
As you can see I ended up turning it into a chalk board since the mirror had a few scratches. This would be so cute in a girl’s bedroom!
See how I make chalkboards HERE.
Up next is this napkin holder I picked up for $2:
I loved the vintage feel of it. It turned out to be quite cute in its coat of white!
We usually use paper towels for napkins at dinner, otherwise I might have had to keep this one!
I picked up this block of carved wood on deep clearance at TJ Maxx because the hook that was on it had broken off:
I know that thing has been hanging around for over three years! I removed the rest of the hook, and figured I could just add my own. I had one of these hooks left over from this chair-turned-shelf and it worked perfectly:
I was in search of a cookbook holder and had been keeping my eyes open for one for forever when I spied two at the Goodwill. I bought them both to see which one I preferred, and then the following week, I found two more in the same Goodwill! How funny is that?
So of course I bought those as well lol. I figured I would test them all out and see which one worked the best. My Mom claimed one of them right away.
Here is one that I paid $2.25 for but decided not to keep:
I loved it after I painted it though!
And it works great too…
I painted this the same way…spray painted the first coat, and handpainted with chalk paint the second coat. Again the chalk paint just gives it such a nicer texture. I sanded here and there and sealed with the clear matte sealer as well.
I did paint the one I kept as well, but never took a before photo…oopsie!
And lastly, how about a tray? I picked this up for $4 a while back:
I thought it was kind of ugly at the time, but brought it home anyway. I actually kind of love it here on my coffee table!
I love how the texture painted up:
I swear white paint makes just about anything look better!
Although nothing super creative happened here today, I hope it was still fun to see these smalls become something a little prettier!
I’ll be back with eight more simple makeovers on Tuesday!
UPDATE: See them all HERE now!
Have a beautiful weekend, Friends! 🙂
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