A thrift store upcycle is one of the best ways I know to give someone’s cast-offs a new chance. With a little TLC, it can look fabulous again!
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Somewhere, at some time, someone got tired of their faded paddle cutting board and it ended up at my most frequented thrift store stops.
As often happens, I didn’t know what I’d do with it right away but decided it had enough potential to come home with me.
Then it sat in a cabinet for months – which is something else that often happens when I visit a thrift store.
That’s just the truth!
But this week, I decided it was time to bring it out and give it an honorable job again.
Other than a few knife marks, it wasn’t in very bad shape. A good sanding was all it needed and I planned to follow with a dark stain.
By the way, if you have opportunity to use an electric sander – do it.
It makes quick work of sanding flat pieces. The only parts I manually sanded were the edges.
Change of Plans
That stain plan went right out the window after I dusted the last bit of dust off the surface –
Taking that dull layer off revealed a gorgeous, vibrant grain with so much more personality than it had before.
There was no covering that up.
First, I gave it a good cleaning with denatured alcohol, using gloves to prevent any oils from staining the surface before sealing.
I decided to give it a polycrylic finish and used Minwax’s fast-drying spray.
After three coats it had a gorgeous shiny sheen and only needed a simple accent to become a pretty decor piece.
So I decided to add a simple vinyl monogram matching that dark streak in the board. (Click here to see the Maker in action.)
Finally, I added a length of dark brown leather cord and done!
And, yes, this one is just for looks – no chopped carrots for this board.
Thrift Store Upcycle – From Trash to Treasure
There’s something about taking someone’s “trash” and giving it a little attention to become beautiful again that’s totally satisfying.
And when you can do it for pennies on the dollar – it’s an even sweeter deal!