How could anyone pass up a 75 cent lazy susan even if it needs some TLC? A little cleaning, sanding, painting, stenciling and a touch of metallic and it is now my table centerpiece.
For this project, I decided that all of my supplies had to be things that I already have on hand so that my current total out-of-pocket was less than $1. Let the challenge begin.
Time: 1 HoursCost: $1Difficulty: Easy
Yes, the real item looked as sad as this picture. First order of business was to take it apart and thoroughly clean it.
From the bottom, I was able to remove the screw holding the base and ball bearing ring from the top tray. With a 50/50 solution of alcohol and water, I lightly wiped all of the surfaces and lightly sanded.
I wanted to use the piece as an all-season centerpiece so went with Annie Sloan Old Ochre Chalk Paint. I always have this on hand as it’s a great neutral color.
In addition to the ease of using chalk paint, I love the fluidity and rhythm of applying it. With paint strokes going in any direction, it’s easy to get lost in the almost zen-like application.
Using the color schemes of my room, I decided to stencil a feather on the tray. With stencils that require a texture feel, I like to use an old toothbrush to apply the paint.
Using the same application method, I added teal over the dried brown color and removed the stencil. Now the entire piece was waxed with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.
Using patina and german silver Gilders Wax, I lightly applied the colors to various parts of the feather for highlighting.
Sometimes you just need more bling, so I added the Gilders Wax to the rim of the top tray to liven it up.
Suggested materials for this project:
- Thrift Store Lazy Susan (Local Thrift Store)
- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint & Wax (On hand)
- Feather Stencil (On hand)