I purchased this wooden pitcher wall plaque at the thrift shop a couple weeks ago for $2. The artwork is lovely but the country blue color and busy floral pattern dated the piece. Here's the makeover and HOW I DID IT:
1. First I pulled out a wooden unpainted plaque, also from the thrift shop.
2. I sawed it in half on the chop saw. (I saved the front part for a future project.) I love this cheater build idea because the edges of the shelf have a nice finish.)
3. I screwed my shelf from the back onto the front of the plaque.
4. I sanded the design on the pitcher to smooth it out. Then I painted the whole piece with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.
5. I stenciled on the word "Fleurs" which is French for flowers with a Decoart Stencil.
6. I then distressed the edges with 100 grit sandpaper and the inside areas with 220 grit.
7. I waxed the piece with Decoart Creme wax using a chip brush, I have been using this easy-to-apply wax with various types of chalk paint with good results.
The shelf makes a great spot for a vintage measuring cup of faux lavender!