Decorative Urns from Thrift Shop Finds

August 20, 2021

Photo of a metal flowerpot
Back in 2017, I created two flower urns from thrift shop finds.  The first one started out with this metal flower pot.

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Photo of a wooden candlestick
 This wooden candle holder had been in my parts stash for a while.  From a garage sale or thrift shop, no doubt.

I gave it a coat of latex black paint.

Photo of a white painted flowerpot and candleholder
Then I painted both pieces with two coats Dutch Boy Chalky Finish Paint in Antiquated Lace. (I no longer use this paint. I would have chosen Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Drop Cloth now.

Since the candle holder had a dip in the center, a shim was added to even off the top of the candle holder and prevent the screw from bending out the flowerpot bottom.

Photo of repurposed urn from thrift shop finds
Instead of distressing my DIY urn with sandpaper, I used the FolkArt Home Decor Layering Wood Block, 36046 and Walnut Noyer color craft paint.  

Photo of a repurposed urn from thrift shop items
I added a brown tag with "HERBS" for extra decoration, stamped with capital letter stamps.

The urn has been holding a houseplant (inside a plastic pot) since 2017.  

Photo of paint discoloration on a metal urn
The polyurethane sealer eventually caused something from the metal to bleed through the white paint.

Photo of urn being painted black
I decided to repaint the urn with Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Caviar.  

Photo of urn painted black
It took two coats.

Photo of a black urn with a gold decor transfer on top
Next I cut out one of the gold decor transfers from the Redesign With Prima Gilded Home & Nature Transfer.  This transfer has many different smalls to use on multiple projects, and really pops on black paint.

Photo of a partially applied decor transfer to an urn
I used the rectangular stick in the transfer tube to rub down the transfer.

Photo of a black urn with a gold decor transfer
The transfer has been applied.

Photo of a tube of Rub N' Buff Metallic Gold
I then decided to add a little gold to the edges of the urn and base with Rub 'n Buff Wax Metallic Finish in Antique Gold with my fingertip.

  I rubbed on Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in Clear using a fiber rag to seal the paint and transfer.

Photo of a DIY black urn with fall decor

Photo of a black DIY urn with fall decor
I love the urn in black.

Photo of thrifted items to be repurposed as another urn
I also made a second urn back in 2017 from these two finds.

Photo of a DIY white urn
That urn was painted with the same paints and sealed with the same poly, but never had any discoloration.  Here is it 4 years later.

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