The first thrift shop up-cycle started with a large wooden spoon and fork. Everyone had these a while back. I think I even had a set in the 70's or 80's.
First, I painted the spoon and fork with two coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Champlain.
I decided that the spoon and fork needed some decoration, like a stencil of course, but the stencil area on the fork was pretty small for most of my stencils.
I used my 1" Darice Poster stencils from a local craft shop. They are card stock stencils and come in various sizes.
For the spoon I used my Kaisercraft lower case stencil from Michaels, I think...
I cut the stencil apart to fit it to the curves of the spoon. Cutting up the stencil also makes it easier for me to get the stencil evenly spaced and in a straight line.
I then distressed the spoon and fork on the edges, and a little more here and there with 100 grit sandpaper. With Fusion Mineral Paint, there is no need to wax or seal your project! Nice!
"GOOD EATS", an easy and fun up-cycle. Also inexpensive!
Up-cycle number two started with a black, country prim style sign. I like the sentiment on the sign but the sign needed to be lightened up.
I brushed on two coats of Dutch Boy Chalk Finish Paint in Antiquated White, and distressed the edges. I pulled out my Pantry stencil from Old Sign Stencils and pounced on the lettering with black craft paint.
I added a couple of Hobby Lobby hooks, (that I purchased on their 50% off sale) and sealed the sign with Varathane Crystal Clear water based matte sealer.
You can always buy a board, or find a board, and make a sign but I occasionally like to up-cycle one. This one had nice smooth, routered edges and corners, and a light crackling already. The crackling still appears in spots on the repainted sign.
My last thrift shop up-cycle is a cutlery caddy.
I painted the caddy with two coats of Decoart Americana Old Lace Chalky paint. I used the Kaisercraft stencils again on each side of the caddy.
I distressed the edges with 100 grit sandpaper and the stenciled area with 220 grit sandpaper. I sealed this piece with the Varathane matte water based sealer as well.
I am happy with the way it turned out.
It's perfect for a farmhouse style kitchen!
Eat on one side and dine on the other!