Thrift Shop Wood Hearts Become Faux Reclaimed Wood Hearts

January 16, 2014
I picked up a couple of dated country hearts at the thrift shop this week.

This one is a $2 wooden heart,

And this one with a mother's prayer on it for $1.

I have been looking at some great reclaimed lumber projects on Pinterest lately, and I decided to try to make these cutesy country hearts into a couple of rustic hearts.  No sawing with any power tools and very little sanding went into making these rustic, upcycled hearts.

I am going to use the back so I won't have to sand off the painted side with the Mother's prayer.

I roughed the heart up a bit with a hammer head, awl, and I also dragged the claw of the hammer across the heart for larger grooves and ruts.

I stained my heart with dark walnut stain.

I painted on some ivory and red acrylic paint.  I did this in a messy fashion as almost all of it will be sanded off.

I left very little paint on the heart.

Thrift Shop Country Wood Hearts Become Faux Reclaimed Wooden Hearts
Lastly I applied two coats of a matte polyurethane, and hung the heart on the wall.  A saw tooth frame hanger is nailed to the back.

I went through pretty much the same process with this one.

I flipped this one over too to distress the back and found the deep hanging groove in the wood.

I tried to make a few wider and deeper grooves in this one to distract from the deep groove on top.

I stained this one dark walnut, and painted it white and red too, but sanded off even more of the paint, leaving a trace of paint in the ruts and grooves.

Thrift Shop Country Wood Hearts Become Faux Reclaimed Wooden Hearts
The polyurethane brings out the rich wood tones.

Thrift Shop Country Wood Hearts Become Faux Reclaimed Wooden Hearts
 I put holes in the ends of the top groove for a curled wire to come through on the front.  Hopefully disguising the deep groove even more.

Thrift Shop Country Wood Hearts Become Faux Reclaimed Wooden Hearts
A couple of rustic faux reclaimed wood hearts just in time for Valentine's Day!

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  1. So neat! I love both, but I especially like how the second one looks like metal!

  2. I've never thought about re-using those hearts! What a great idea, Carlene!

  3. I love these! They look very old and weathered. Great idea!

  4. So funny - I had that first heart in my house many years ago.

  5. Hard to believe they're the same hearts! They look great, Carlene!

  6. Wow, I am impressd! Very neat. They came out nicely :)

    Have a blessed evening!

  7. Carlene, I love the Mother's Prayer! So neat. My prayer too.

  8. Love the way you refreshed them and gave them new life. They look amazing!

  9. Smart chicka--love them! Now, I have something else to look for at the thrift store. Thanks for linking up!

  10. That looks great, I've often wondered how hard it would be to get that stuff off the front of wood plaques,etc. - well never mind, just flip it!

  11. Well, I have one with the cutest little paint thing on it from my MIL house...wanted to do something with it. You've given me quite the inspiration...again!
    Thanks for coming by and seeing my vintage jar with measuring cups and grater cups...I loved that idea! You have some great ones I know that!

  12. What a fun transformation! And...not a bad way to take out a little aggression with a hammer claw! Nice job Carlene!

  13. Another creative re-purpose. Love the look of the aged wood.
    You did good.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  14. Now all the wooden hearts languishing on thrift shop shelves everywhere will quickly disappear. Love the chance to reclaim something and you know how I love distressing. Heart, heart!

  15. I had one country heart in my junk collection and I flipped it and added it to my mantle. You saved me so much frustration trying to get that stuff off the front. Here's my mantle.

    Thanks again, I added a link to you in my post :)

  16. Great update to those old hearts from the thrift store! Nice job.... I will be looking for hearts now!


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