I have a section of my work area at The Blue Building Antiques and Consignment that is loaded with items waiting for TLC. I grab items from yard sales, thrift stores, estate sales, etc. that have seen better days. There is an entire section of furniture, small shelves, side tables, knick knacks, etc. that simply need a slap of paint to transform them into a contemporary beauty. I call this my Quick Upcycle Project Pile. These are items that need some paint and about 10 minutes of attention. I could also be called the Cheap and Quick Upcycle Project Pile!
This still has the original price tag inside.
It is obviously from an upscale store. It is solid and has great texture. It is quite ornate with lots of detail.
And as a bonus, it has great little legs on it!
These type items are prefect candidates for a quick dry brushing technique.
I had a few sample jars of Fusion Mineral paint in my work area. I grabbed a few along with a 1″ angle brush that was in my Haven Conference SWAG bag compliments of Americana DECOR aka DecoArt. Both of these paint companies have fantastic paints in vibrant colors!
Dry Brush Technique
I love to apply white or lighter paint colors onto a dark surface with the dry brush technique. Dry brushing means that you dip your brush into the paint and then remove most of the paint from the brush. You then drag the brush across the surface of your item. The result is a shabby finish where the paint adheres to some of the surface in an uneven fashion. I love this look! I would suggest practicing a bit before you go at it on your actual project piece. There is definitely a learning curve to find the right look for you!
And here she is in all of her new found glory:
This would be great to use for a fern. Or to hold your mail or other documents.
Or how about a book holder or stationary station. The possibilities are endless!
Cost of this Quick Upcycle Project
- planter $5 at the thrift store
- paint free but you can buy samples at Lowes or Home Depot for a few dollars
- Total cost is under $10!
I am sharing this quick upcycle project with my wonderful group of blogging friends!
Join us the last Friday of each month for a different Inspired Makers Challenge
Follow along with #InspiredMakers and #InspiredMakersChallenge to see more amazing projects every month!
July Challenge: $10 and Under Projects with:
Kimm @ Reinvented | Denise @ My Thrifty House | Suzanne @ Shop At Blu
Sam @ Raggedy Bits | Toni @ Small Home Soul | Susanne @ Pearl Street Designs
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim | Anika @ Anika’s DIY Life | Janice @ Sawdust Sisters
Kim @ Farmhouse Made | Sarah @ 1915House | Lisa @ The Purple Hydrangea
And here are the wonderful projects: