A long time ago I bought a round wooden plaque from a vendor where I had the booth. I knew I could do something with it. Fast forward to my recent thrift shopping trip Sue and I went on. There was a traditional bullseye plinth block. Ok, I had to look that up. It was from our favorite salvage store. Anyway, this is what I did to create an architectural piece.
This is the project I decided on for this month’s Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. The Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge is a monthly get together of bloggers. Basically, it is anything we buy from a thrift store, yard sale or even find on the curb. There is no budget, just imagination to make it look pretty. Last month I updated a wooden planter.
- 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 plinth was rough in some spots. I couldn’t tell if this is because it was handmade or damaged when it was removed. It got a light sanding but I didn’t want to sand away the character. Lightly sand the plaque. Once again I wanted the piece to retain its character. I added a sawtooth hanger to the back.
I figured out the approximate center of the plaque. The next thing to do is to determine where the plinth will go. Mark it. Then what I did was brush wood glue when the plinth goes. And set it in place.
When it came time to paint it I decided to use Americana Décor Chalky finish paint. The base coat is in a cream color called Whisper. After the first coat of paint was dry I rubbed Vaseline in areas so the next coat of paint would resist.
And the second coat of paint is the white paint called Everlasting. It is a lovely shade of white. Because you know there are many shades of white.
Sanding by hand and with the palm sander lifted the white to allow the cream to show through. The piece got waxed with a clear. Then I used the dark wax to highlight the imperfections.
What I did to create an architectural piece has inspired me to try to work on some other pieces to make. I am not sure when it will be or what but to me that is half the fun. What do you think? Will you be giving it a try?
Be sure to check out the other Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge goodies my friends created. It is sure to be a treat.
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Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!