Thrift Shop Valentine's Day Project

My Valentine's Day project started out with the purchase of this little wooden box with heart cutout and a cutting board.  The box has a rusty metal insert behind the heart cutout.

I removed the handle on the box and taped around the edges of the heart prior to painting.  I painted both pieces with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  I distressed both pieces with 100 grit sandpaper and then screwed the box to the cutting board.  I also stenciled the word love above the handle cutout with the Inspiration Stencil from Home Depot.

Cutting Board Valentine's Day Display Box
 I usually don't care for heart cutouts much but for a Valentine's Day Project I made an exception.  I sealed the pieces with Varathane Water Based Matte Poly.

Cutting Board Valentine's Day Display Box
 The little display box works well for red faux tulips or maybe even filled with heart shaped red lollipops on the counter.

Cutting Board Valentine's Day Display Box
I never pass up a cheap cutting board!  So many possibilities...

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Up-Cycled Rummage Sale Wooden Plaque

The first project from my midwinter rummage sale haul last weekend to be upcycled is this dated wooden display board with heart cutout.

First I painted it with DecorArt Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Primitive.  I applied two coats.

A Midwinter Rummage Sale Haul

It was a great morning for a rummage sale!  

We are in the midst of a January thaw way up here in northern Minnesota.  Here's what I got for $22 today at a local non-profit's rummage sale.

This was the best buy of the day for $2, a DollyDale Feed Scoop with 5 lb scale.  I have never seen a scoop with a scale before in my rummaging, thrifting and/or junking.

It might be a fun piece in a farmhouse kitchen!

My Inexpensive Craft Room/Den/Guest Room Makeover

 Sadly, my den had become a junk room, littered with craft supplies, thrift shop finds, blog props and STUFF.  It needed an intervention.  Because the room is quite large, I am transforming it into a craft room, den and guest room.

Garage Sale Step Ladder Style Plant Stand Makeover

Time to get the paints out after the Christmas holidays!

First up is this wooden step ladder style plant stand that I picked up at a garage sale last summer.  It had a very dark espresso type stain. 

I painted the plant stand with two coats of Dutch Boy Chalky Paint in Antiquated Lace.  I then distressed all the edges lightly with 220 grit sandpaper.  The French street stencil is from Decoart.  I stenciled the letters and number with black craft paint.  Then I brushed on a coat of water based Varathane poly sealer in matte finish.

I love how my little plant stand turned out!

I love how a little paint and a French stencil can transform a piece of furniture.

My dog, Fergie, isn't sure what to make of ANOTHER different thing in the living room.

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