One of my favorite things to do is to walk around a thrift store and put my thinking cap on. Sometimes there are items on the shelf that you look at and walk right past. Sometimes you find that perfect thrift store decor diamond. I like to take these small items and think of ways to breathe new life into them and use them in my home decor.
It’s almost like a fun game. How little can I spend and make something useable! I tend to pick up wood and metal items because they are my favorites and easily updated with a little paint. This little wall pail was so cute but wasn’t my style. However, I knew a little paint could change that!
Thrift Store Decor Find
This piece only cost me two dollars. I knew it could be used for faux greenery, holding remotes or candles. So many uses and as I mentioned in another post, utilitarian pieces are my favorite. You can find them all over my home and I’ve written about that in previous blog posts. They take up less space and serve a purpose. What’s not to love about that?
I already had some chalk paint on hand as I use this medium for many of my projects. The stencils I had purchased last year for another project and kept them around because I love numbers look on pieces. Don’t ask me why. It’s just my “thing”. You will also notice that most of the time, I use white or cream paint. This is because that color is timeless. It prevents me from having to go back and repaint pieces if I change my style, color or decor. No one likes starting over.
This small of a piece only required two coats of paint. Because I like to distress most of my wood pieces I don’t always have to paint to accomplish complete coverage. I find that chalk type paint has better coverage than most other styles of paint and seems to adhere to most objects better. Plus the dry time is much faster which means you can apply subsequent coats much sooner.
Here is the completed project. It was a quick, easy and cheap makeover. Sometimes you need to take on small projects so you can have that instant gratification feeling we all love. Since moving to the farmhouse it seems all my paint project take weeks to accomplish. It’s nice to be able to sit down and complete one in less than an hour. It’s good for the soul I think. Don’t you? Small tasks completed quickly help me take break from the massive remodel at hand on the farmhouse. SO much to do.
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