Who doesn’t like to have a good score at the thrift store? If you’re not raising your hand…ummm…I can honestly say that we are not kin. hee hee hee. Seriously though, take a look at what I got in this stash in one trip. A clock, a caddy, a wood thingy (I actually know what it is, do you?), and a large empty framed wall decor. I want to show you how I turned them into some thrifty farmhouse decor. Let’s get our DIY on!
When I go thrifting, I’m always on the lookout for these outdated wooden pieces because they offer much potential. Since I am not a box store junkie for my home decor, I like to make it my own by personal touches and updates, or even finding a new purpose for it which, I believe, causes intrigue in my decor.
First, let’s start with that little wood napkin caddy. Isn’t it cute? It is raw wood and my first thought was to simply stain it.
First, I cut a piece of wood to turn the inside into four segmented sections. Since my kids have long used a large plastic cup for their colored pencils, it was high time this mama did something cute. That cup was always flipping over dumping the contents – no fun. Plus, they always bickered about finding the right color. No more, I tell ya.
I have shared before how easy it can be to update these raw wood pieces and give them an entire new look with stain in this post. My choice of stain for this caddy was Provincial, the same color I used to update my barn beam mantel. Once the stain was dry, I used this Andy Skinner stencil that I previously used on our patio table to give it some whimsy. How much more fun is this new look?
My kids love it (and so does this organized mama). They can carry the pencils easily, see the colors they want, and it had made my life easier for our homeschooling times. whew!
WHAT IS IT?
Next, onto that wood thingy I so intelligently described above. Do you know what it is? If you look closely, you will see a handle on the front as it is sitting. Inside are 3 large holes on the back side. Any guesses? It is a handmade apple picker. You would scoop up apples with it by running it on the ground and then filtering them out through the holes into your bucket. So cool!
I thought it would make a quirky wall pocket since I don’t have an orchard. sigh…bummer. All it needed were some sawtooth hangers added to the back (which I might add can be removed to make use of this cool tool at any point in the future).
Voila! It is not a rustic wall pocket, complete with cup hangers after I added a couple of hooks.
I love it! It could hold magazines in a bathroom, use it in the laundry…just so many possibilities.
BRING ON THE PAINT
Next up, that large wall decor I found was missing the original contents, so it basically was an empty frame with backing. If you know me, I love to make DIY chalkboards, so that was a no-brainer for me. tee hee hee. But first, I wanted to brighten up that frame. I chose to use one of my favorite brushes, the 1″ square brush (sold in my shop because they’re awesome!). It is perfect for frames and cabinetry.
I used DecoArt Chalky Paint in Vintage for the base coat, and then did a wash of a yellow and white. For the backing, I cut a piece of hardboard and then painted it a couple coats of flat black. (no expensive chalkboard paint needed)
Once all is dried, it’s ready to go to add to my thrifty farmhouse decor arsenal. Fun!
What a great piece to have in most any room. You can use it as a chalkboard or as a backdrop to make lovely wall decor.
WHAT TIME IS IT
Last, but not least is the clock. It was actually given to me by a friend who knows I love to repurpose. It was also the same day I found these other items. To me that clock face was ugly, so I took it all apart and designed my own. I actually think this is a woodshop class project because Ashley Smith signed her name to it. Ashley rocked it! So cool.
TIP: If you’re looking to design a clock face for whatever purpose, you can find a ready-made printable selection of clock faces here.
To get the look I wanted for my thrifty farmhouse decor, I first used my handy spray shelter and gray paint to give it a few coats. If you don’t have one of these tents, you seriously need to treat yourself. I LOVE IT! See how much I’ve used in these DIY posts.
After the paint cured, I added a bit of dimension with some waxes and put it back together. What a difference, eh?
If you’re not into DIY or simply love my projects, all but the pencil caddy can be found in my shop. Yay! (SOLD)
Well, now you’ve seen four makeovers in one post. I truly hope that encourages you to head out and start a project of your home. Making our house a home doesn’t have to break the bank. It can be fun to make things new with a little bit of DIY.
Do pin and share to inspire others to make their own thrifty farmhouse decor too!
Up next, I will be giving this broken down dresser a face-lift like you’ve never seen before. SEE THE AFTER HERE.
Until next time!