Recently, I have made quite a few thrift store walk throughs, without finding much of anything to stimulate my creativity. My pockets are lighter, and even the amount of freebie finds have dwindled. Sure, my attic is filled with items all screaming “Repurpose me, me, meee!”, but our attic is a bit of an organizational nightmare I can’t seem to wake up from, not to mention it is unheated and freezing cold up there! When I go up there, I have to bundle up like I am going for a mile walk across the tundra! I also feel the secret is out now and when I pull up to the Goodwill store, I am lucky if I can find a parking space!
Despite this, I always take a look for those unique items you can only find in a second-hand store and yard sales. Part of the fun is the thrill of the hunt, and coming up empty-handed is a part of it. I am always interested in quirky little items even if I am not sure what its original use was. My husband and the toddler apprentice were out with me one Saturday, and we couldn’t find much, but did spot this unique wooden wall hanging with a bit of storage. It definitely screamed late 70’s early 80’s to me, and I thought it would look cute in our kitchen.
I wanted to re-style it to be more vibrant and colorful. I thoroughly cleaned the piece with a damp cloth. I had some leftover red spray paint from a previous project and decided to use it to brighten up the piece. I took it outside and sprayed it red.
This particular spray paint required about 9-24 hours to completely dry. Once it was dry enough for me to pick up, I brought it inside to my craft room and allowed it to dry in front of the fan. Later in the evening the piece seemed dry enough, so I placed the front of the piece down upon the back of the fabric to trace it with a fine tipped black marker. Probably better if I had traced the object on to the fabric before it was painted, but I was lucky and none of the marker made its way on the painted area. I then applied Mod Podge with a foam craft brush on the front.
I then applied the cut fabric and smoothed it carefully out with my hands. I picked a fun Mod fabric with a lot of bright colors.
I applied Mod Podge over the fabric and allowed it to dry overnight. The next morning it was ready to hang. I love the bright colors which go along perfectly in our yellow kitchen. Now, I just have to decide what I will use it for. I am leaning toward a salt and pepper holder.
Before and After: