Gift Ideas with Thrift Shop Finds, Paint & Stencils

December 28, 2017

This rough framed print was one of my October Fall Finds.  I really purchased it just for the frame.

I used this frame for a gift I made for my older daughter!  I used another thrift shop frame for a homemade gift for my younger daughter too.

First I stained the frame with Varathane Premium Wood Stain in Dark Walnut.  Then I cut a piece of unfinished bead board paneling to fit the opening.  I painted the smooth side of the paneling with 2 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.

I then pulled out the stencil I purchased on Etsy and stenciled the lettering with Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Black.

On this project, I closed the stencil marks with a fine tip art brush.  (This is optional)

 I then sealed the stencil and chalk paint with Minwax Paste Finishing Wax in Natural.  

I am getting some mileage with this stencil!  My other projects made using this stencil here.

My youngest daughter wanted a menu board chalkboard.  

I pulled out my Momenta 2" Alphabets Adhesive Stencil for the word menu.

I cut a piece of Home Depot chalkboard sheet to fit my thrift shop frame. 

I used Momenta Alphabets and Numbers Adhesive Stencil for the days of the week initials.   I laid a ruler down on the edge of chalkboard using the width of the ruler as my left edge and spacing the letters 1 1/2" apart.

I stenciled the letters on with Ceramcoat Select Multi-Surface Paint in Ivory.  The multi-surface craft paint need not be sealed to protect the paint on the chalkboard.  It's fully cured in 21 days, and is water resistant.

I used the dot on the "j" for the initial periods.

Here is my stenciled menu board.

I painted my thrift shop frame with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White, and I faux distressed the edges with FolkArt Layering Wood Block and Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Walnut Noyer

Close up of faux distressing.  

And here's my finished menu board!

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Love both frames update. Great gifts!

  2. Love these ideas as I love to work with repainted thrift frames. You introduced me to the Layering Wood block and it is my favorite new tool!! Love your projects!


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