This is the first Thrift Store Challenge of the year. I can’t wait to show you what I made. OK, I picked it up from the curb but it still counts. How could I not get it when the head and footboard plus a child’s rocker were there just begging for me to take them home. So I told myself if they are still there after my walk I will get the car for them. They were and how to make a coat rack from a footboard is my project for this challenge hosted by Simply Beautiful By Angela.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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The footboard had a few blemishes so I got out the wood filler and patched them up. Next, I sanded those areas along with the flat areas on the footboard. For the round parts, the footboard was wiped down with deglosser.
I knew I wanted to paint stripes on the footboard. First, mix the paint with Plaster of Paris or Poppie’s Paint Powder to make a chalk-like paint finish. The footboard got 3 coats of cream on the back and front. Sand in between coats for a smooth finish. This is especially important if there are drips. Which no matter how careful I am, I will always find a few.
For the stripes, I used 2-inch painters tape. I started on either side and worked my way towards the middle. When I got to the center I adjusted the tape. Then I gave the stripes 2 coats of the beachy blue paint.
Once the paint dries, sand lightly. And then wax. Use the waxing brush to apply the wax around the spindles and a soft rag for the flat areas. Wipe off and use the buffer brush to remove the wax on the spindles.
Now it is time to pretty it up. I used 3 rustic looking hooks on the bottom. The welcome sign didn’t come with screws so I sprayed white paint on 2 wood screws. To attach go ahead and drill pilot holes and put on the footboard. I didn’t add a hanger because the buyer can decide best based on the type of wall they have.
If I had space for this I would certainly keep it. But I don’t so it is for sale. But I did keep the coat rack I made from a piece of wood. In the meantime check out the projects my friends worked out for the Thrift Store Challenge.
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