Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was super relaxing, a friend treated me to a pedicure and our family enjoyed our weekly stroll to Starbucks and let the kids play in the school fields (the best kinds of days). Today’s project is a quick one- it’s Monday after all, and today my class is writing the midterm! These Paint Dipped Thrifted Treasures are part of my DIY Video series with our local Shaw channel- it’s been so fun coming up with ideas that can be demonstrated in a two minute video!
I know painting old things is not a new idea. Spray painting things is pretty popular on Pinterest (and I’ve been known to pull out the spray paint), but today’s craft uses acrylic paint to ‘dip’ pieces of your find. I love the thought of old items being brought back to life and updated to match current decor with a little bit of paint. So while we’re not painting the whole item- we’re still using paint to add a bit of visual interest to an otherwise plain thrift-store find. Enough with the chatter- on with the video!
Pretty darn easy, huh? The hardest part is the tape! Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- Painters Tape
- Multi-surface Acrylic Paint
- Small Paint Brushes
The first step is to find some things to paint! I took a trip to the thrift store, but you can also just check your cupboards. Before you get started, you need to make sure the items are super clean to ensure the paint adheres properly. Done scrubbing? Now you can get taping. Tape off sections of your piece- I chose stripes around the birds’ necks, and the handle of the little creamer.
Once they’re taped, you can get to painting. Pull your paintbrush in- away from the tape to make sure you don’t get paint under the tape. It will probably take two or more coats to get the opacity that you want. Make sure you use a multi-surface acrylic paint so that it adheres properly. I used this kind, but I’m sure any kind would work well. I would also recommend enamel paint if you’re planning to use any dishware you’re painting regularly.
That’s it! I love the way these ones turned out and am on the look-out for a wooden dish for keys and change that I can paint a section of. Would you guys consider adding some paint to items you’ve scored thrifting?
Karisa | Petite Modern Life
Colleen your blog is so awesome! I’m glad you said hello on mine so I could find you! Your 2 bugs are adorable. I’m looking forward to going through your fun little space on the web. :)
Oh, gee THANK YOU! Karissa your blog is awesome too, can’t wait to see more of you :)
This is genius! I love that teal and gold combo!
Thanks Megan! Those ones are definitely my favourite :)
So adorable! and what a good thrift store find! I love those geese :)
Thanks Shelby! Funny story about those geese. We’re pretty sure that they’re Shane’s Aunt’s. She brought the identical ones to the same thrift store the week before I bought these (I didn’t know, of course!). One person’s trash ;)
Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness
SO fun!! What a great idea,and those geese totally look so cool with the little pop of color! You’re so clever. :) Thanks for linking up to Motivational Monday!! Join us again at our new time starting on Sunday’s at 6pm PDT! :)
Thanks so much Amanda! I’ll take clever ;)
Grace @ The Big Reveal
These are so adorable. My Mom has these same brass birds, but they are enormous. She still keeps one by the fireplace. I will have to show her this cool way to update them. (Or maybe just kidnap them and do it myself:))
Ah, mine are NOT enormous, but you saying that kind of makes me wish that they were?
Laura Irion // Avery Street Design
It’s official, you can do no wrong. Love these too!
Oh gee, thank you :) You’re making my day with all these comments!