My first stop in the thrift store is the aisle with "wood" items. Many people throw away great wood pieces. For the most part wood can be repaired, sanded and painted. This gives you the ability to make your thrift store piece into a real treasure.
The candlestick holder pictured above was a plain, dark wood piece (total cost .50 cents). It was painted with acrylic paints, which was relatively easy because I only painted dots, squares, stripes and a few very small daisies on top.
The final step was to apply several coats of high gloss polyurethane.
If you aren't comfortable hand painting things, there are so many other ways to paint your item.
Here are a few examples: Rustoleum as a great variety of spray finishes.
- Natural rust
- Terra Cotta
Some of these finishes also work great on metal. Just take a good look at the directions and check what finish will work best for what you are painting.
For more information on Rustoleum spray paints check their site at:
Their site includes tons of information. They show you all their products, colors, different finishes and the types surfaces that can be painted.
So many times you will find something in the stores that you like that just won't match your decor. With so many different products on the market now you change the color without changing the item.
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