HI All! I remember a couple weeks ago my farmhouse signs and thrift store makeover post, when I said that I had two more projects to show you. Well today is that day! I want to share with you how I gave two thrifty finds a farmhouse makeover.
Thrifty Finds A Farmhouse Makeover
The first is a plain wooden tray that has been sitting in my thrift store stash for quite a while. The other day when I was shopping at Hobby Lobby for the items needed for my Spring Garden centerpiece I ran across a stencil that I just had to have.
The first thing that popped in my head when I saw the stencil, was that it would be perfect for the little wooden tray that’s been sitting in the closet forever. So, I snatched it up, and off to pay for my purchases, then get back home, and get started on the thrifty finds a farmhouse makeover, and the other projects that I wanted to get done that week.
I first wiped the tray down with a wet soapy rag, then dried the tray. Next came two coats of Waverly white chalk paint. (I’m sorry I forgot to get a before photo. But it was just a plain wooden tray).
After that dried, I then centered my new stencil on the wooden tray. Using Waverly ink (which is black) chalk paint, and a stiff brush I stenciled the lettering in the center of the tray. Once done I gently removed the stencil.
Once done I let the tray dry thoroughly, then I took it outside and distressed the edges with some fine sandpaper. After that I added a little black to the edges here and there. Just to add to the distressed look I was seeking.
Loving how it turned out but thinking that it needed something else I decided to take a cue from Mary over at The Boondocks blog, and broke out some twine, and my hot glue gun.
Starting on one of the handles I started wrapping the twine around it and gluing it down with hot glue. Then I went to the other handle and did the same.
All done and such an easy Farmhouse makeover! It is now hanging in our kitchen dining area because the hubby really loved it, so I kept this one.
Next is the Goodwill metal sign that I had bought and wanted to use as a magnetic board for notes but couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do.
First I drew off a chicken, and wasn’t happy with it even before I painted it. So, I added a pig and went as far as to paint. It didn’t like it either so it had been sitting there on the back burner.
Then when I took the bird nest back that I had purchased for the spring centerpiece I went back to check out the other stencils and found another that would be perfect. It would even go with the wood tray above.
So once home I gave the metal sign a quick sanding, then two coats of Waverly’s white chalk paint. Once dry I centered the stencil on the metal board and stenciled in the lettering with my black chalk paint.
Then came a light sanding, a little black paint to the edges of the sign adding to the distressed look.
It is now hanging under the wooden tray. Love how they both turned out! It is amazing how much a new paint job, and some stenciling can make a difference. Don’t you think? Do you love giving Thrifty finds a farmhouse makeover?
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