Upcycled Thrift Store Finds

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By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Thrift stores are an excellent source for house decorations. But sometimes they need an upgrade before they can go on display. This tutorial will show you several examples of upcycled thrift store finds.

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My first example is this cute metal owl trivet. Metal decorations can be rusty so rub a wire brush over them to clean them up.

To prevent further rust, spray the item with Rust-oleum.

If you like the color you can stop at this step.

However, if you want a different color you can paint on another coat like I did.

This owl is now hanging up in my kitchen.

I loved the form of this ceramic flower but found the color dull.

After washing your item you can just cover it with a new coat of paint.

To emphasize the petals I chose to use several pastel colors.

The inner petals are purple and the outer pink.

If you like some of the colors you can leave them. I left the center of the flower as I found it.

After drying I hung the flower up on the wall.

This flower adds such a delicate touch to my bathroom.

I thought this metal leaf would look great in my living room.

Some metal decorations could be cleaned up with Brasso. It helped with this leaf but I still didn’t like the color.

To mimic fall colors I painted a base coat of brown.

Future colors were painted on and then lightly brushed with a paper towel.

This gives the leaf more texture.

My living room has a forest theme and this leaf fits right in.

I found this plain star lamp base at a thrift store. I disassembled it from the electrical parts and dry brushed lines of paint over it.

After drying I reassembled the lamp base.

Craft on!

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