Valentine's Day Project in Country Sampler Farmhouse Style Spring Magazine

January 18, 2022


The new spring issue of Country Sampler Farmhouse Style magazine is now on newsstands, and I am pleased to announce that it contains one of my thrift shop makeovers!

As always, the magazine features a lot of inspiration and projects from other blogger too.

(When you click on the bold Amazon, Old Sign Stencils or Dixie Belle Paint Company affiliate links you will be taken to the products I used for this project. If you order it does not change the price or service at all. As an Amazon Affiliate, Old Sign Stencils Affiliate or Dixie Belle Paint Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases.) 

Here is my magazine feature!

Project Details Reprinted From My 1/28/2018 Blog Post:
I bet you all remember the era of country wooden heart decor?  I sure do!  I had a lot of it myself.  Nowadays wooden heart decor is readily available at thrift shops.  I don't pick it up much, unless I think I can disguise or cover up the hearts, or it's for a Valentine's Day project, then it's perfect.

The shelf actually has a date carved into the back.  1988.  That sounds about right!

First I brushed on a coat of Clear Zinsser Bulls Eye Shellac.  This will help with stain bleed through on white chalk paint.

I then brushed on two coats of Chalked Paint in Chiffon Cream.  Rustoleum Chalked Paint is one of the best inexpensive chalk paints I have used.  It wet distresses very well.  (I would use Dixie Belle Chalk Paint in Drop Cloth today)

Wet distressing involves wetting a t shirt rag and wiping the edges and large areas of the piece with the rag.  I rub harder on the edges and less in the center areas.  

These are two stencils I used on my Valentine's Day project.  

First, I used the word "love" from FolkArt Die Cut Paper Stencils Phrases (26-Pack) and "xoxo" Momenta Hello Adhesive Stencil.

I removed the mirror and replaced it with a piece of chalkboard from Home Depot, cut to fit.  (I first tried to paint the mirror with chalkboard paint but scratched the paint TWICE when placing the mirror back in the frame.)

Love was stenciled with Ceramcoat in Buttercream on the chalkboard and xoxo was stenciled with Ceramcoat black craft paint above the heart cutout.

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

I also added this hook from Hobby Lobby.

I received these vintage Valentines back in 1961 from my kindergarten classmates.  

I have at least 50 old valentines from the 1960's.  All were addressed to me from classmates, family and friends.

I added a red tulip to a small vintage Listerine bottle and placed it on the drawer shelf, and added the old valentines to a Hobby Lobby metal pail.

Here is my farmhouse style Valentine's Day decor project!

Thanks for visiting!
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Congratulations! A lovely project that is definitely magazine-worthy. I wish that I had saved my Valentines from school.

  2. Congratulations Carlene, this is such a cute project!!


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