Tuesday, May 12, 2015

DIY // A Little White Paint Goes A Long Way // Upcycling Wooden Items

Every time I go to a thrift store, I find a handful of items that just need a tweak.

You know, the dress that needs hemmed, the lampshade that needs recovered, the jewelry that needs repaired.... and a lot of it... . gets forgotten (at least for a little while). It gets tucked in a drawer, or stuck in a box. But other times I end up with quirky little wooden, plastic, or metal items that can be easily painted, and therefore given new life.

One of my favorite projects so far has been this wooden owl. Before... it looked very dated. I nearly passed it by upon first glance. But with a little wash, and a few coats of white paint. It is so much more modern looking.


Wooden Object to Paint
Washcloth with water and a tiny bit of mild detergent
Acrylic Craft Paint, Acrylic Painter's Paint, or Latex Wall Paint
A Paint Brush
A Drop Cloth or Paper to cover your surface

1) Gently wash your object with your washcloth. Don't use too much soap. Make sure to get the washcloth in between in any grooves or crevasses where dust or dirt might be hiding! Let air dry.

2) Place a drop cloth or newspaper on your work surface to catch drips. Get out your object, and begin painting a thin layer over entire surface. If it is easier to place your object on one side, paint the layer on just that side, then alternate sides as you add layers of paint (make sure they are dry before you add another layer!).

3) Continue painting on thin layers, letting dry in between coats, until the object is covered. You might like a faint, white washed look on your object or a completely solid painted look.

4) Let dry completely and admire.

What do you think?

What are some of your favorite DIYs for the home?

Would you like to see more DIYs in this space?

Thank you for reading!




  1. That looks fabulous! Definitely do more DIY's. Painting is an amazingly simple thing that people don't realize can save them a lot of money on modern-looking furniture and home decor. Even sanding and refinishing things isn't that big of a deal, but it makes all the difference.

  2. I have such a hard time imagining how things could look after a few tweaks >.< Love this, looks awesome!

    Pink Wings

  3. Wow, that looks great! I love it!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  4. I love how this turned out, it's so cute! I struggle with decorating, and I think upcycling some thrift store finds is exactly what I need to do to spruce things up around here!

  5. Ahh this is reminding me that I've got a couple of these kinds of projects-to-be stashed away myself. It's amazing what a lick of paint can do! Sometimes the hardest part is starting haha.

  6. This came out really cool! I love a good DIY project! :)


  7. So true! Thanks Kira, I will have to post more in the future, usually I do a DIY and then realize I should be photographing it about half way through or after it's all done. Oh well! XO -Alexandra

  8. Thanks Gina. I try to give items the benefit of the doubt. It can be very hard to imagine sometimes though! XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  9. Thanks Melanie. It was a fun find, and a quick project. XO

  10. Thanks Shea! I'm not a huge decorator... mostly because renting prevents me from wanting to try very hard... :) hhaha I've heard the thrift stores on the edge of Leawood are fabulous... XO

  11. Yes, starting and/or deciding where to start! XO

  12. I love what you've done to the owl! He look gorgeous and so much fresher with a coat of white paint. I have to stop myself from buying things in charity shops that need work doing to them because I never get around to it! xx


  13. Thank you Jess! It was such an easy but effective project. It's so easy to find little treasures that need work... actually doing the work... can be a bit more challenging.. hehe XO -Alexandra


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