Learn how to transform your thrift store finds with this Thrift Store Upcycle decor idea. This is perfect for those who are decorating on a budget.
Thrift stores are a treasure trove for those of us who like to decorate on a budget! Not only will you find pieces that you can use as-is, but there are usually a few things that you can do a little thrift store upcycle project with! Today, let me show you how I took an outdated birdhouse decor piece and transformed it to fit my glam farmhouse style. Let’s start with the products I used for the transformation.
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The products I used for my thrift store upcycle project include:
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- Thrift Store Decor – I used an outdated birdhouse for this tutorial.
- White Lighting from Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Painter’s Tape
- Chocolate Brown by Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Crackle from Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Drop Cloth by Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Chip Brushes by Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Spray Bottle
Home Decor Upcycle Tutorial
- First, I cleaned the entire piece with White Lightening. This is an important step because your paint won’t stick if it’s dirty.
- Then, I taped off the parts that I did not want to get paint on and also removed the decorative metal pieces that were on the front of the piece.
- Next, I used the Chocolate Brown to paint the entire piece. Let dry.
- Once that is dry, I added a thick coat of the Crackle. Let dry – NOTE: This thick coat of crackle will take a while to dry.
- Finally, I used the color Drop Cloth and painted over the areas that had been painted with the Chocolate Brown using a cross hatch pattern. Be sure to avoid going over your piece too many times with this final color. You’ll also want to work swiftly. This will ensure that you get a nice crackle effect on your piece.
The birdhouse I used for this project was around $8, but had a tag showing that it was originally priced at $39.99 – that’s a great savings!! All it needed was some paint to make it match my decor style. The best part is that you can use this same painting technique on lots of outdated decor finds like lamps, picture frames, storage pieces, etc. Just get creative and experiment a bit with what you find!
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