Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thrift Store Makeovers........

Goodwill Hunting....

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.

  • Hammered
  • Antique
  • Crackle
  • Leather
  • Metallic
  • Natural rust
  • Sandstone
  • Terra Cotta
  • Crackle
I have tried several of these finishes. The hand hammered spray I have used on hardware for a great looking finish. In fact, my kitchen cabinet hardware was in such bad shape that I landed up removing all of them and spraying with the"hammered" product. They look great and I saved myself about $400.00 in new hardware. I used the brass finish, but they do come in several different colors.

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.

Happy Shopping!

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  1. This is a fabulous blog!!!!!!!!!! I love this candlestick........and for 50cents? wow!!!

  2. I appreciate the compliment. Please come back and visit because I'll have plenty more Thrift Store Makeovers.

    Thanks again.

  3. Hi, Christy, Love your blog! I can't wait to see more, thanks for sharing. Nice candlestick.