Two Thrift Shop Finds Become Easter Decor

March 17, 2017

I purchased this basket and standing wooden cross at the thrift shop yesterday.

The basket is a country wooden basket with a teddy bear stencil.  Since I was pretty sure that this stained piece would bleed through chalk paint. I sprayed it with Zinsser spray shellac before painting.  I based coated the basket in white flat paint and then painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.  I distressed the basket with 100 grit sandpaper.  Then I stenciled the ends with a
FolkArt Garden Icons bunny stencil.  This is a multi-pack of pasteboard stencils including flowers, vines, birds, bunnies and birdhouses, etc.  I use these and the decorative icons pack all the time.
I always distress stenciled areas with 220 grit sandpaper.

I added a stenciled white round tail with the dot of a lowercase "i" stencil that I had on hand.  Then, I added a metal label frame with a Picmonkey text in DEAD HARDY font.  Bunny is on one side, and Rabbit is on the other.

I love these little faux pots from Sullivan's Floral and Gifts (this is a wholesale link).  I have all three pots and I use them all the time.  You can look for them at local floral and gift shops.

I added two of the little Sullivan's pots to my basket.  The topiary may be from Sullivan's too.  I found it at a local floral and gift shop.  The small pots retail at about $6.50 a piece and the topiary maybe $7.50 - $8.

My bunny is a white iron figurine that I've had for a while and don't remember where I got him.

Next, I decided to update the tabletop cross with metal flowers and leaf accents.

I painted the cross in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.

I painted the rusty metal floral piece with Decoart Americana Chalky Paint in Lace.  I used my Plaid Layering Block to distress the edges and center sections of the cross with Ceramcoat craft paint in Walnut Noyer.  

I used Decoart Creme Wax to seal the entire cross.  Decoart Creme Wax is easy to apply.  Much easier than Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Clear Wax, and it's water based for easy clean up.

You can decorate for EVERY holiday and season with upcycled and repurposed thrift shop purchases!  I do.
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Carlene, these are so beautiful! Thank you for showing us what lovely transformations can be made with thrift store items. Very talented.

  2. Love both of these projects. The bunny is so cute!

  3. Sweet magic. Love the end results and the cross is beautiful. Have a good weekend..Looking for sunshine here.

  4. Love the projects!!! Great makeovers!!

    Enjoy, Janie

  5. What great transformations! Great job!


  6. So cute Carlene. The cross is my favorite ... great job on both.
    Audrey Z.

  7. You did a wonderful job on both of these. The cross really came to life. Great vision!

  8. Wow, what an improvement over the originals! Love that you painted them both different colors, which makes it stand out. Also love the mag rack re-do. So cute now with the bunny stencils. I'm going to have to keep my eyes open at thrift stores & try to think outside the box. I stand & look at stuff & think, "what can I do with this?" And walk away b/c I can't think of anything. Then I think of something later...after the thing is surely gone...sigh.

  9. What a fabulous transformation! They both came out lovely.


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