How many times have you watched a show about flipping flea or thrift store items? I probably watch at least 5 shows a week and read a good 10 blog posts a day dealing with flips. I feel like the love child of MacGyver and Martha Stewart when I transform a thrift store find into something new. If you love a good flip or thrift store makeover, then you’ll love this week on Casa Watkins Living. I’m joining Charlotte of Ciburbanity for her thrift store makeover series, Swap It Like It’s Hot. Every day, bloggers will be sharing how they transformed thrift store items sent to them from another blogger into useable home items.
I participated last year and transformed a whale pencil holder into something super cute (check out that MacGyver masterpiece here). This time around, I received a mystery box from Vin’yet Etc.‘s own Laurie and created a DIY Wood Carving on stand inspired by World Market. Stay tuned until the end to see what I sent to Stephanie at One Mile Home Style. I received a good box of goodies from Laurie and will tackle each independently. First up is this beautiful wood carving jewelery box.
So this box was probably my most difficult project. Not because I couldn’t think of anything to do with it, per se. Rather it was the fact that I loved the carvings and would have used this box as is! I circled around this box like it was some sort of odd alien artifact thinking about what I could possibly make with the beautiful box. After several cups of coffee, and a failed attempt at making it into a lamp…… (wouldn’t that had been AWESOME though! ), I decided to highlight the carvings and make a World Market Inspired carving sculpture. If you’re not familiar with this art pieces, they are gorgeous wood carvings that are handcrafted and at times reclaimed wood. Here is how I made mine!
What You Need
- White paint
- Antique glaze (optional)
- Black chalkboard paint
- Paint brush
- Permanent Adhesive
To accentuate the wood carvings, I decided to dry brush some white milk paint. I figured that the paint would only stick to the carvings and make it look very dimensional. Dry brush painting is super easy. Simply use your dry brush dipped in paint. Dab off a good majority of the paint and then paint your item. You can give character and depth to a piece just by applying this technique. If you use too much paint, just continue to drag the paint throughout your piece. You can also use a paper towel to remove any access. After your piece dries, you have the option of applying an antique glaze. I opted to leave the piece without the antique glaze this time around.
Paint your candle holder with your chalkboard paint and let dry. Assemble your DIY wood carving sculpture using permanent adhesive. You can use E6000 or a faster drying glue like Dap. Show off your new DIY wood carving on stand within a shelf display or on your mantel! Then, and this is really important, take a good 5 steps back and say… ” I so Macgyvered that!” 🙂
As promised, here is a view of the goodies I sent to Stephanie at One Mile Homestyle. Let’s head to her blog together to see what amazing pieces she created with my mystery box! I’m intrigued to see what she Macgyvered from these goodies. Be sure to see more transformed goods all this week. I’ll be updating this post and adding new transformations all week long.