Up-cycled Dated Thrift Shop Christmas Decor

October 10, 2018

 One of my local thrift shops just put out Christmas decor.  The wooden tree on the left was $.99, and the one on the right was $1.99.  One is marked on the back 1996.  

These tired Christmas trees need a makeover.

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 First I untied all the rag ribbons on the wires, and removed them.

Next I used a blow dryer on the hottest setting to soften up the hot glue that held on the ribbon and buttons.  Then I used a combination of my finger nail and a screwdriver to remove the hot glue remnants.

I also sanded the top wood surfaces with 100 grit sand paper to smooth the top sides even further.

Next I brushed on a couple of coats of Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Chiffon Cream.

 I painted the wires too.  

I ended up not liking the tree base.  Too many wires!  I removed it.

I then pulled out my *Old Sign Stencils buffalo check stencil available HERE.

I laid the stencil on the trees on the diagonal.  

When my item to be stenciled is small, I like using the stencil on the diagonal.  

You could tape the stencil on with blue painter's tape.  For this small project, I just held it down with my finger, using extreme care not to move the stencil.

I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black to stencil on the pattern.

I wasn't quite satisfied with my trees yet, so I added the thinner lined stencil from the *Old Sign Stencils Plaid Shirt stencil available HERE to add a red line with Deco Art Chalky Finish Paint In Rouge.

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I sealed the stenciling and Chalked Paint with Deco Art Creme Wax in Clear.

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Give that thrift shop dated Christmas decor a second look!

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*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
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This was an ugly thrift shop Christmas tree I upcycled last year HERE.
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Carlene, you are so talented and have such a creative imagination! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ok that does it! I am coming to you the next time I need inspiration. You do some of the cutest stuff!


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