I have shared my excitement about our local Salvation Army before and this tutorial will be no exception! Every Monday their entire store is 50% off and anything that has a price tag dated older than 14 days is 75% off! Take those discounts off an already low price and you have yourself a great deal! Does your local Salvation Army have the same deals?
Case in point, these beautiful wood bowls and tray. For the entire set I only paid $3! Perfect thing for a thrifty craft! For my kitchen, I am trying to collect more natural elements to add to my lacking décor. Natural woods and earthy colors make a kitchen feel so fresh and welcoming. (In my nonprofessional opinion)
This project didn’t turn out exactly how I imagined it but I am still pretty happy with the look I ended up with. The general idea is there. What I wasn’t planning on is how much the paint bled under the tape. The wood was pretty dry and obviously hadn’t been taken care of very well and I am feeling like that might have been the reason for the messy paint. But it’s all good, I have accepted the destiny of these wood pieces.
So next time you are out thrifting, look for some wood serving pieces and set yourself up for some one of kind thrifty chic pieces! Look how easy this project it!
First thing you want to do when you have thrifted anything is to get it as sanitary as possible. (You have no idea where that piece has been or what it has been serving) Since these are wood you don’t ever want to submerge in water. The next best thing to do is get a damp rag with a little amount of dish soap and lightly rub down the piece. Then rinse the rag with just warm water and rub down the piece again. Let them air dry completely before painting.
You are now ready to set up your design. I tried looking for some fun shaped stickers to use as my design but ended up empty handed. Another idea you might want to try out is cutting a fun design on your Cricut on some vinyl and paint over that to create a design. I resorted to some blue painters tape I had in my closet.
The plain tape can actually become creative depending how you connect the pieces. For one bowl I went with a simple diagonal stripe. The tray, just three simple horizontal stripes. It’s the second bowl where I used a little creative brainpower.
The vertical stripe is what I chose but instead of using the straight edge of the tape, I cut small pieces using decorative scrapbook scissors.
Place all your tape and get painting!
Take the tape off carefully when the paint is still wet. That will prevent the paint from peeling up. I really wanted to have more wood showing then paint. So the more tape you use the more wood is going to show.
In the end I do love the way they turned out! The bleeding paint gives it an almost Native American print.
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