Gift Ideas with Thrift Shop Finds, Paint & Stencils



This rough framed print was one of my October Fall Finds.  I really purchased it just for the frame.

I used this frame for a gift I made for my older daughter!  I used another thrift shop frame for a homemade gift for my younger daughter too.


First I stained the frame with Varathane Premium Wood Stain in Dark Walnut.  Then I cut a piece of unfinished bead board paneling to fit the opening.  I painted the smooth side of the paneling with 2 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

I then pulled out the stencil I purchased on Etsy and stenciled the lettering with Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Black.

On this project, I closed the stencil marks with a fine tip art brush.  (This is optional)

 I then sealed the stencil and chalk paint with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax in Natural.  

I am getting some mileage with this stencil!  My other projects made using this stencil here.

My youngest daughter wanted a menu board chalkboard.  

I pulled out my Momenta 2" Alphabets Adhesive Stencil for the word menu.

I cut a piece of Home Depot chalkboard sheet to fit my thrift shop frame. 

I used Momenta Alphabets and Numbers Adhesive Stencil for the days of the week initials.   I laid a ruler down on the edge of chalkboard using the width of the ruler as my left edge and spacing the letters 1 1/2" apart.

I stenciled the letters on with Ceramcoat Select Multi-Surface Paint in Ivory.  The multi-surface craft paint need not be sealed to protect the paint on the chalkboard.  It's fully cured in 21 days, and is water resistant.

I used the dot on the "j" for the initial periods.

Here is my stenciled menu board.

I painted my thrift shop frame with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White, and I faux distressed the edges with FolkArt Layering Wood Block and Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Walnut Noyer

Close up of faux distressing.  


And here's my finished menu board!




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3 comments

  1. Love both frames update. Great gifts!

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  2. Love these ideas as I love to work with repainted thrift frames. You introduced me to the Layering Wood block and it is my favorite new tool!! Love your projects!

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