I am very excited to share my Thrift Store Makeover with you this month. It is perhaps one of my favorite!
This coastal needlework caught my eye last summer at Goodwill for only $5.50! I snatched it right up. Not only does it have vintage flair, but I knew it would be perfect in our family beach cottage. I finally drug it out of my stash. I'd been holding out not exactly sure what I wanted to do with it. I thought of making a pillow with it, using it on an ottoman, or adding it to a large embroidery hoop. Ultimately, I decided to use it as is, but the frame wasn't working for me.
It kind of made me sad to see this at the thrift store. Someone obviously put a lot of time and love into this. Well someone's cast-off has become my treasure!
I painted the frame with a very multi-layered look of dry brushing technique. Dry brushing is when you barely dip the brush in the paint then wipe it off on a paper towel. Then you paint your piece. It leaves you with a very weathered look of various paint colors peeking through.
Here is the process with the following Americana Decor paint products: (not a sponsored post)
- I taped off the needlework.
- Paint 1 base coat in Vintage (that's the bluish-green color)
- Dry brush Timeless (the caramel color)
- Sparingly dry brush Relic (dark grey)
- Dry brush Everlasting (white)
- With a paper towel, apply a coat of Minwax Weathered Oak stain. Then go over with a clean towel to remove excess.
- Let that completely dry
- Thin some Everlasting in water. It will be very thin. Carefully brush it on the frame in sections. I did one side at a time. Then go over it with a paper towel to remove the excess.
- Seal with American Decor Soft-Touch Varnish (I love this stuff!)
You can find my Monogrammed Shell Art HERE.
It really has a multi-layered weathered look to it now.
I can't get over the detail in the needlework. I am smitten!
Next time you are in the thrift store, take a double-take. I'm sure glad I didn't pass up this treasure!
Looking for more thrift store inspiration? Visit my thrift store hunting blogging pals!
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