Thrift Store Upcycle

Hello friends today I’m sharing a thrift store upcycle. I found this piece thrifting for $35.  As a result of elbow grease, wood filler and paint this thrift store upcycle is a beauty.

To begin with, this piece needs lots repairs in this case, we knew it would be worth it in the end.   We saw the beauty behind all the grossness. 


By the way, a glimpse of the bottom, I know it’s a mess but we see potential.

I will be using the top part to finish off the dining room project I spoke about last time. 

As a result of the thrift store owner mentioning the piece was found in a shed, a lot of disinfecting took place before work began.

Beginning the Transformation of this Piece

First, my husband cut the portion that is a small mantle off.  He’s the power tools person, not me.  I  don’t want to learn to work with them and I’m okay with that.


Once removed the piece was sanded to remove chipped pieces of paint. 

Next, I  added wood putty,  in spots to fill in holes and broken spots and let this dry for 24 hours.


Wood Filler was Added Next to the Thrift Store Upcycle

As you can see, this piece was pretty dirty and needed love.  As I mentioned, sanitizing took place.


By the way, you will notice a lot of wood putty was used .


Next, I took it outside and sanded well and wiped it down with tacky cloth. 


This piece has details that I love and is one of the reasons we brought it home.


I painted two coats of ASCP in Old White and then used clear wax. 


Below are close-ups of the detail.



Finished Thrift Store Upcycle

I kept décor simple adding a pitcher filled with cherry blossoms and one of my crowns.



Below a terrarium sits with tea cups from my grandmother and rosebuds for spring.  Also dried hydrangea and work well with a few pieces of silver plate.  Adding a crown nearby adds whimsy.




A bust placed on a small Florentine tray also adds a touch of French.  Next,  dried Chamomile here keeps the look simple.   The bust was also found while thrifting and it is plaster ware.   After some checking, I think it may be from the 50’s or 60’s.  


The bottom half of this piece still needs love and we need dryer and warmer temperatures for completion,  Stay tuned.

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

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