The Big Reveal – #Thriftstorethrowdown
It’s so exciting to finally be able to share Part II of the Thrift Store Challenge. In case you missed Part I you can read more about the challenge and see who else is participating, here. As a reminder, these were the goodies sent to me.
Of the four items, I chose the napkin rings, the pear and the tiles for the upcycle.
Thrift Store Challenge Reveal!
Napkin Rings to Mini Succulent Pots
First, I sprayed the rings with white spray paint. I used cork cut into circles that would act as the bottom; then filled the tiny pots with dirt for succulents & cactus plants.
I superglued the magnets but once glued, be sure to keep the tiny pots a fair distance apart or they will spin around and connect magnet to magnet! Tossing dirt everywhere.
Right now these cuties are hanging out on my fridge but they can go on any flat metal. I’m looking for a rectangular metal tray to hang on a sunny wall so these guy get plenty of bright light!
In case you’re wondering how I’m watering them. A plastic pipette (like an eyedropper) allows me to drop enough water without spilling it everywhere.
2016 has been the year of the houseplant in our home! I’m especially loving the hard to kill succulent & cactus plants-I try hard not to overwater. So, these tiny potted plants are my new fav!
Brass Pear to Marbleized to Silver tone Pear
I absolutely loved this heavy little pear when I opened my challenge box but wasn’t sure how to up cycle it. I thought giving it a glossy marble-like makeover and using it as a bookend would be the way to go.
In theory it was, in reality, not so much!
Here’s what I did.
Sprayed the brass pear with some gold tone paint.
Used some nail polish and a lined bowl of water. Dropped in a few colors, swirling for a marbleized look.
Slowly submerging the pear, the paint colors adhere and when lifted out….
So close, but OH NO!
The swirling pattern was okay but the clumps were not! I let it dry then used nail polish remover to go back to square one. In doing so I removed the original brass and was left with a brushed silvertone.
This I liked even more than the idea of a glossy marble. So my upcycle is more a make(under) since I didn’t add anything.
Stone Tiles to House Numbers Plaque
A bit of glue easily patched up the broken tile pieces.
A coat of gray blue chalk paint camouflaged the teacup stamps.
Since there were only two tiles I thought using them for a house number sign would be perfect.
I used a pencil rub to transfer the numbers, then went over them with a sharpie marker.
Black paint filled in the lines.
A bit of constructive adhesive holds the tiles on a piece of woods and it’s ready to hang! I’ll keep this on the wall in my office.
I do have plans for the the two salad bowls. After a bit of tweaking they will be going back to college with my daughter in August. Details to come in a later post.
This challenge was a lot of fun to participate in and see how creative I could be with random items.
So, how do you think I did? Don’t forget to check out the before and afters of the other challengers!