There is always one thing to look for at the thrift store. In my case, it is down the small wooden items aisle. You know the one with the wooden salad bowls, little shelves with the hearts from the 80’s and sometimes an absolute treasure. And I have found my share of them.
Welcome to another month of the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. A group of bloggers recreates or updates something from the thrift store, garage sale or even the curb. No rules, just creativity. Thank you, Angela, Simply Beautiful by Angela for continuing this wonderful blog hop.
- 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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This particular shopping trip was a gold mine. I got a wooden candle holder to go with the other two I painted for a farmhouse look. And there was also the cutting board I used with the serving spoon to make a candleholder. I am not sure what this fish was for. I do know it was used to put on a hot stove just like the cutting board. It had the same burn marks on it. The fish got sanded and sanded but there are still traces of the burn mark. Just a little bit of its history.
When I saw it I knew it had to be a sign with “Gone Fishing” lettered on it. I printed the saying out in a font that looks like it is a fishing pole with a fish.
Instead of painting the fish I decided to use the whitewash stain. Both sides got stained. But not before I tried staining it with my rust stain concoction. It didn’t look right.
Now, this is where I got in trouble. But it turned out it the end. After the stain was dry I used the Saral paper to trace the words on the board. Some of the graphite rubbed onto the fish.
My thought was no big deal I can erase it off. Nope, it didn’t work. I even went so far as to wash it with Dawn. So I decided unless I wanted to start all over I would work with it. The effect is more like a weathered piece of wood. Actually, I decided I liked the look better than if it was nice and clean looking.
I used craft paint to fill in the letters. The color is a nice beachy looking green. To protect the saying and the fish, it got some wax. The wax smoothed out the graphite.
Now the next question I had was how would this be hung? By a thin chain and hooks or maybe rope? And then as it happens so many times when we craft there was the aha moment. As I got out the vacuum from the closet I found a hook from a wooden hanger that had just broken. The perfect way to hang it. Now I wished I had thought of this before lettering it because I would have drilled the hole for the hanger in the fish’s mouth. Oh well, next time because I traced the shape on a piece of foam board to try to duplicate it.
To put the hook in the fish, drill a small hole. I filled it with E6000 glue and stuck the hanger top in the hole. Let it dry. It wriggles and I hope it doesn’t come apart. So that is why I say one thing to look for at the thrift store for me is wooden items. What is your favorite aisle at the thrift store? Make sure you check out all of my talented Thrift Store Decor Upcycle friends creations. You will be so inspired.
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