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Thrift Store Finds

Lately, I have been painting smaller items that I have picked up at various thrift stores.  I am hoping to take part in a few local craft shows and I know that I need smaller items that are easily transported and will not take up too much space at the show.  In keeping with my own philosophy of upcycling, I have been collecting a variety of wooden objects and thinking of ways to make them more attractive or modern.  The plus side to this is that it allows me to indulge my love of colour, pattern, stenciling and découpage without worrying about whether or not it will appeal to a buyer because the items cost so little to begin with.

I have found that there are a lot of free-floating shelves around.  They are usually pine, many have hearts carved in them ( too many ) and have that country, kitschy look that was popular 20-30 years ago.  This shelf was originally plain pine without coat hooks.  I have always wanted to imitate that great subway dresser done by Lindauer Designs  and this seemed to be the perfect piece for it.  I added a darker stain to the top, unfortunately, my sanding did not remove all the original finish so it resisted the stain in spots.  However, it does give it a reclaimed look.  The rest is AS Graphite over Old White; I used reverse stenciling .  The street names are from Ottawa, where I live ( we don’t have a subway!) and I added the coat hooks. DSC_0001(14)

This shelf looked hand made when I bought it.  It was painted white and had odd block like posts which I removed.  I painted it red, and added an old Ikea kitchen bar that I was no longer using.DSC_0002(16)

I did buy one of those shelves with hearts.  I thought it was okay because it has a mirror and I went for an over-the-top feminine look.  It is painted in AS Antoinette and stenciled all over with pearl plaster.  I haven’t found much use in the past for the pearl plaster but it does give a nice raised effect to the stenciling.


This last shelf is pressed board and was meant for a bathroom as it had a bath motif in the centre part. I painted it with yellow and grey-white chalk paint and added the wrapping paper découpage.


In addition to shelves, I have painted a bread box:DSC_0011(7)

some doll’s furniture, like this antique cradle DSC_0009(4) and a few trays.  This tray was painted in Old Ochre and printed with chalk paint colours.  It is my version of Annie Sloan’s take on Paul Klee.  It’s not nearly as attractive as hers but it does look nice on the tray.DSC_0013(4)

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13 thoughts on “Thrift Store Finds

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  2. First of all I want to say wonderful blog!
    I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing.
    I’ve had a difficult time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out.
    I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15
    minutes tend to be wasted just trying to figure out how to begin.
    Any ideas or hints? Cheers!

    • Thanks for the comment. I really don’t centre myself per se. I have to know what I am writing about before I start. My blog is part research so I will gather that info first then start to write. I generally move things around and edit as I go. If I am just writing about things that I have painted, I start writing, almost like a conversation. I prefer the blogs where I discuss styles because they seem more interesting to me.

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