Monday, September 1, 2014

Up-cycling Thrift Shop Finds with Wood Appliques

 I purchased this unusually shaped basket thrifting recently for five dollars.

It has a wooden bottom and a wooden edge around the top.  

I gave the basket a couple of coats of Annie Sloan French Linen chalk paint. Of course I then distressed it with sand paper, and waxed it, but it needed something more.

I had purchased these miniature wood appliques recently from D Lawless Hardware online (I am not being compensated for this post).  Most of these cost me under $2 each.  I think one of these would work.

Repurposed Grater Earring Holder
I used an applique from Hobby Lobby on my re-purposing project here, and liked the look.  Hobby Lobby doesn't have many appliques to choose from.

I chose this one for the basket up-cycle.  I painted the applique with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint.  I waxed it with clear and dark waxes, and then glued it on the front top of the basket with Aleene's Tacky Glue.

Thrift Shop Basket "French" Upcycle
And wallah, there you have it!

Thrift Shop Basket "French" Upcycle
 The basket takes on a decidedly "French" attitude with the gray paint and curly-Q applique.  The basket is good for toilet paper storage,

Thrift Shop Basket "French" Upcycle
 And it's perfect for magazine storage too.

Do you like wood applique trims too?

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rustic Upcycle: They're Not Your Grandma's Mail Organizers Anymore!

I love to find cheap thrift shop items to up-cycle!

Rustic Up-Cycle of Thrift Shop Mail Organizers
Like this 1970's colonial styled mail organizer, complete with metal eagle (and I think, a cobweb in there too).  This was one dollar.  I have seen many similar mail organizers.  $1 at the thrift shop.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Return of the $2 Rummage Sale Planter Table: Autumn Version

Upcycled & Repurposed Demi-lune Planter Table
I just love it when I can reuse summer decor for fall or winter.  

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


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