- 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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My friend, Sue hits the thrift stores at least once a week and picks up items she thinks I will like. Last fall she found these eggs. It took me a minute but I decided they would look good in a Saltwash paint technique. Not too long ago, I was browsing around one of my favorite thrift stores and found this basket. I was ready to work on my project for the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. So let me show you how to update thrift store eggs with texture.
My vision of the eggs was to brighten them up in pastel colors with the texture that the Saltwash gives a piece.
For the first color, I used lavender. I mixed up 2.5 scoops of Saltwash to 4 oz. of paint. And slapped it on. After it dried, I used the white I had left over from painting the wicker furniture. I poured a little bit of the watered down white in a container. Then I stirred the lavender paint and took the paint stirrer and stirred it in the white. Paint it over the egg and let it dry. It gives the white a hint of color. For some of the other colors I added a little bit more paint. Just eyeball it until you get the shade you like.
Now to make it easier on yourself put the egg in a small plastic container like what is used for cat food. The eggs were rolling all over until I thought of it. It makes painting so much easier.
I used the Mouse sander to knock down the Saltwash, which gives the egg the texture. Be careful not to sand hard because you will sand the texture off. I did in a couple of spots so I painted over it with the white. Be sure to wear a mask when sanding and waxing the eggs because the dust will be flying all over.
To finish off the eggs, give them a coat of clear wax. You can even skip that step as I don’t think it made much difference.
For the rest of the eggs I mixed up 1.25 scoops of Saltwash to 2 oz. of paint in pink, light blue, light yellow, light green and light orange. Once again for the final coat of paint I used the watered down white mixed with the corresponding color.
Spray paint the basket white for a fresh new look and add the Easter grass. Arrange the eggs in the basket. This is how to update thrift store eggs with texture. I love how it looks, do you? By the way, if you like the bunny, the instructions to make your own are here.
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