Ready to freshen up your table for Spring and Summer? Look no further than this quick farmhouse upcycle.
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Ever since my sweet husband finished our amazing, and massive, farmhouse table, the question has been, how to decorate it for every day use. After some back and forth, I settled on using three large hurricane vases and I change out their contents with the season. I love paring rustic elements with more dainty or elegant ones and this 3 piece vase set fit the bill perfectly. The fact that I originally picked them up at a garage sale was another bonus. I tracked them down to Amazon and found that they originally retailed for $23.99. After using them for several seasons now, I have to say, I’d be willing to pay their full price, I love them so much!
Unique Farmhouse Decor on a Budget
Last summer I was drawn to these little birdies at Dollar General (and their $1.50 price tag). I loved the shape of them and thought they would be perfect in my hurricane vases on top of some spanish moss.
What I never fell in love with, however, was their coloring. I tried to mitigate it by pairing them with two like colored chalk eggs from the Dollar Tree, but they still didn’t seem quite right. Probably, because I don’t have any lavender or baby blue anywhere else. What I do have is lots of neutrals.
Suddenly, and FINALLY, it dawned on me that with a quick coat of paint, I could have their cute shape and keep my neutral palette too.
I don’t know why I didn’t think of painting them sooner, but I’m so glad I did it now. It’s truly amazing how a few coats of white paint can be such a game changer!
This is honestly the easiest DIY ever! I used acrylic soft white paint and a foam brush. You could easily use matte white spray paint or spray chalk paint, but I didn’t feel like setting up a drop cloth on a windy day, so I opted for the foam brush. It took me two coats of paint to cover them. I even added some extra work to myself by putting a base coat of black under the two coats of white. I wasn’t sure if I would want to distress them at all and I didn’t want see the blue or purple reappear if I did.
Y’all, I didn’t even set aside designated time for this. Minutes after I decided to paint them I was trooping off to the craft closet to gather paint and a brush. I literally put the first coat of paint on minutes before my family all sat down for dinner and then another before I took the girls up stairs for bath time! Once I decided they needed to be painted I wanted to waste no time in getting it done….
What a difference!!
Shop the Look
The best part is that you could do this with ANY little tchotchke. One you already own, find at the dollar store, goodwill, or garage sale. The possibilities are endless! Imagine a little village of tiny christmas houses all painted matte white set atop scattered seeded eucalyptus branches on your mantle at Christmas. Or a bunch of plastic or ceramic pumpkins all painted dark grays, navy blues, light sages, and ivory in a sweet wooden bowl in your entryway in the fall. I think I’m in love! I plan to try both of these ideas out ASAP and I can’t even wait to see how they come together.
I know y’all are a crafty bunch, so I’m so excited to hear what trinkets you’ve painted. Please share them below so I can brag on you too!