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Remember last week when I shared my Thrift Store Swap – Patriotic Star Wreath? Well, it’s time to share my second Thrift Store Swap transformation! If you aren’t familiar with a Thrift Store Swap, you can read about it here.
Here is the second item that was sent to me by Kim at Made In A Day. It’s a wooden thing-a-ma-jig with hooks, which just so happens to look like the perfect jewelry tree stand.
First, excuse the extremely dry hands…eek, someone pass the lotion. Okay, now that you’ve got a nice close up of my desert hands, let’s move on. There were a few things that needed to be fixed before the transformation – the bottom base came apart from the rest of the piece and there was a crack under the top base that needed to be glued for stability. Once the piece was repaired with wood glue, I sanded the entire piece and attempted to paint it with chalk paint. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the paint streaks from the chalk paint. I also forgot to cover the hooks with tape, which is a step that needed to be done since I didn’t want the hooks painted. Grrr…a small set back, but nothing sandpaper and spray paint couldn’t fix.
After about six light coats of semi-gloss white paint (yes, six!), I finally got the look I was aiming for – slick & shiny!
Even with six coats of paint, there were still a few places that needed some hand painting. To do this, I sprayed some paint into an old can cover and used a small brush to touch up missed areas.
Amazing how a good coat of paint can transform an item. I love the new look, but it was a little too short for my necklaces – boo!
But it was the perfect size for storing my daughter’s collection of bracelets – yay!
Want to join the next Thrift Store Swap? Let me know in the comments below!
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