Up-cycled Decor for my Daughter's Apartment

August 22, 2016
I have been helping my daughter decorate her new apartment.  We are fixing up furniture and decor, mostly with paint, to both unify the items and update them too.  
When I wanted to add hooks for coats and purses on an entry wall, I used a red pallet arrow that I had purchased at a Moving Sale at Morgan's Mercantile and General Store, a local occasional shop.

First I repainted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite.

This is a thrift shop metal sign.  The metal rectangle had decoupage like paper on top.  I wet it down and removed it.  Next, I painted it Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.
Then I made a new graphic for the metal sign with Pic Monkey.

I applied my image using the Mod Podge Image transfer method on Pinterest using Matte Mod Podge.  I added 4 white hooks from Hobby Lobby and nailed on my metal sign.  I finished off the arrow/coat hook with a coat of Varathane crystal clear water based matte poly.

 Here are some photos (taken with a phone camera) with the arrow in place.

Next I taped off a very plain, dark wood framed bulletin board and painted the frame with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.

 Next I stenciled on a doily stencil with ivory craft paint.

My daughter is going to buy some decorative push pins for the bulletin board and add photographs of family and friends. 

Both items look great in her new apartment!
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. What a lucky daughter to have such a creative mother helping her decorate. Love it.

  2. Great job - love the coat rack, so clever.

    Have fun decorating with your daughter. First time apartments are so much fun.

    Have a great week.


  3. They look great I love the arrows! You could make those easily Carlene!

  4. Both of those are great. I know your daughter loves them in her apartment!

  5. The arrow is beautiful ♥


  6. Both your projects are so creative and cute. I really like the bulletin board. In fact, that's something I might try with one of the boring boards that I own! Hope your daughter knows what a cool mom she has!

  7. Love theses! I especially like the red arrow. 😀

    - Sherri

  8. Love both of these items. Your daughter is lucky!

    xo Dianne


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