Three Thrift Shop Kitchen/Dining Upcycles

February 12, 2017

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.

Upcycled Vintage Wooden Spoon & Fork
 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!

Upcycled Vintage Wooden Spoon & Fork
"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.

Old Sign Stencils Pantry Stencil with Hooks
 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.

Old Sign Stencils Pantry Stencil with Hooks
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.

Upcycled Thrift Shop Cutlery Caddy
 I am happy with the way it turned out.  

Upcycled Thrift Shop Cutlery Caddy
 It's perfect for a farmhouse style kitchen!

Upcycled Thrift Shop Cutlery Caddy
Eat on one side and dine on the other!
*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. The pantry sign is awesome Carlene. Don't you love the fusion? I hate waxing so this is such a good alternative!

  2. I upcycled a silverware caddy almost like that last year. We use it at the lake house and I love it.

  3. Hi Carlene, pinned and enjoyed reading your post - I am just starting to up-cycle signs to new signs and it is rather freeing. Happy Valentine's Day Tuesday.

  4. Your projects always give me inspiration for projects of my own. These are too cute!!!!

  5. Oh my goodness. I had that set of fork and spoon way back when. My husband bought it in the Philippines back when he was stationed there in the Navy in the late 60s. They graced all my dining room walls until we moved into our latest home. I think I must have sold them at a yard sale. I think what you did with them is pretty neat. So much better than that dark wood.

  6. Three fantastic projects! Love all of them.

  7. These are all lovely well-done projects. Especially love the sign, but they are all attractive. You are inspiring Carlene. Wish I had half of your ideas...LOL

  8. My favorite is the caddy. I'm gonna be looking for one I can upcycle the next time I get to the thrift store(s).

  9. I love this pantry sign! You are a genius! Love your work!


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