Chalk Paint Makeovers for Thrift Finds

3 Materials
2 Hours

I love thrift store finds for a few reasons, not only do you get an item at a reduced cost from the original purchase price but you get the opportunity to be creative. You'll often find items that appeal to you in shape and size for your home yet the item might not match your decor. Such as was the case with these two odd finds, a blue tray and a pottery jug.

paint makeovers for thrift finds
paint makeovers for thrift finds

Both projects were painted and updated with the same color palette to match my daughter's decor. White chalk paint and a periwinkle shade of blue crafters paint. By mixing a drop or two or even more of the blue you'll be able to mix many shades of blue.

paint makeovers for thrift finds

So first was the tray, I painted it all over with a couple of coats of the white chalk paint since the blue pattern was still showing after the first boat.

paint makeovers for thrift finds

Once I had the tray covered well with the white and it had dried well, I used a high grit sandpaper to sand areas for a distressed look. You'll see the original shade of the blue tray is apparent once I sanded. The key to distressing is to sand edges and areas that would get the most wear and tear with repeated use of that item

paint makeovers for thrift finds

Here is the finished look with a blue hydrangea arrangement that nicely accents the underlying blue in the tray.

* Color variation is from taking some pics with natural light and others with artificial lighting.

paint makeovers for thrift finds

The next item was the pottery jug, again given a good solid base coat with the white paint. I eyeballed the jug into thirds to create a color fade look from dark blue to light to white. The colors were created by adding drops of blue crafters paint to the chalk paint in varying amounts. I dabbed the paint on with a sponge brush or you could use a regular household sponge. Work in the direction from bottom of the medium blue towards the white by pressing and patting as you cover the mid section. You need to make sure your sponge barely has any paint left in it when you get to blend into that next shade up to create the umbra look.

paint makeovers for thrift finds

The final blue was created by adding more drops of the blue crafters paint into the white. Again when your foam brush is freshly loaded with paint pat and dab working your way from bottom up to the next color with the lightest amount of paint remaining in your sponge as you blend and lighter tapping too helps. Here's a close up of the blending, it takes a bit of patience but it's easy when working with these water based paints.

paint makeovers for thrift finds

So for a few bucks, a little patience and time you can create matching decor for your home from mismatched thrift store finds! I hope this is a simple, quick project that you'll try as well now that I've given you a little inspiration.

paint makeovers for thrift finds
paint makeovers for thrift finds
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  • Val
    on Dec 5, 2018

    I love that you turned these items into pretty pieces that suit your home, you have great vision to see them anew and talent to do so. They both got a much needed revival and look lovely.

    • Tracey
      on Dec 10, 2018

      Val your comments certainly brightened my day, thanks for your thoughtful expressions.

  • Kat Rogers
    on Dec 15, 2018

    You're such a Good & Thoughtful Mom to think about doing something so creative and time consuming for your daughter... It's quite a special trait. Ànd They Came Out So Cute! I would've loved to have seen a picture of them displayed in her room.

    • Tracey
      on Jan 12, 2019

      Kat Rogers you are so kind your comments made me smile! The flower in the tray is on her table in her new house. There were two vases, the second one she took on painting herself after I left, we are on opposite ends of the country! She told me they are together now in her front entry. Thanks so very much.

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