Thrift store finds! We all love a good SCORE, and today I want to share my personal story of this hen and rooster set that will make you reconsider these rare finds. Every kitchen had chickens back in the day! Well, I thought they did. Not so stylish in today’s farmhouse, but I have a quick fix for that, and it’s budget-friendly. “cluck it,” let’s paint them.
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Transform Thrift Store Chickens Into Farmhouse Decor – Before
A few weeks back, I rummaged around our local thrift store when I spotted some familiar objects. Could it be? It was my hen and rooster set that my Grandma gave me back when I was a child. Not the ones in the thrift store, but I have the same set at home. Now, it was up to me to find them in an ocean of boxes that were packed away full of timeless memories. I just can’t let go of such things. Thank goodness I found them!
- glass or ceramic decor (thrift store find)
- warm soapy water
- paper towels
- spray paint
- drop cloth (or scrap piece of plywood)
You can also use chalk mineral paint to ceramic or glassware without any primer as a side note. It sticks very well. Butter Cream is a comparable color to the spray paint I used for this project.
Background story… My Grandma asked me one day (when I was staying with her for the summer) if there was anything in her home that I wanted. That was before she asked me to take all of her whatnots down from the shelves and wash them. Ugh! During this process, I fell in love with this pair and told her I wanted these someday. Quickly she pulled out a permanent marker (we call it a sharpie nowadays) and told me to write my name on the back of them. It’s a family joke now that if you come to my house with a sharpie, you can claim anything if you write your name on it with a sharpie. Ha! I love the idea, personally.
Paint Changes Everything On Thrift Store Finds
I started this makeover by cleaning the hen and rooster set with warm soapy water. This helps remove any dirt or oil build-up over time, and there has certainly has been some time on these pieces. Rinse with clear water and dry well with paper towels. Easy peasy!
I chose an ivory satin finish spray paint that worked well with my existing farmhouse decor colors. I’m a neutral lover!
How To Spray Paint Ceramic Thrift Store Finds
Why is spray painting so difficult? Am I right??? I paint furniture all day long with a paintbrush with no drips and can’t manage to spray paint anything without runs. Guess what I learned? Slow down! I tend to be in a rush on most given days… rushing from one project to the next. It’s the way my creative brain works, and I’m guessing yours too.
When spray painting anything, less is more. Always paint with multiple light coats with dry time between each coat. Always check the label for dry times. Painting at room temperature is best. I like to spray paint outdoors when I can (ventilation) and then bring my projects back inside to dry. This will result in a silky smooth finish… no runs! Hold the can 6- 8 inches from your object and use a sweeping motion. Never allow the spray flow to stop during this process. Back and forth in super light coats. You may have to repeat these steps 4-5 times before you get the full coverage you’re seeking. This project took less than 1 hour to complete.
Take your time, and you won’t get the runs. 😂 Notice there is minimal overspray on the board. Multiple light coats are the right way to spray paint thrift store finds. Don’t forget to use a drop cloth or keep a small piece of plywood just for spraying smalls.
Farmhouse Fabulous in under 1 hour!
For some of my readers, this post may be controversial. I hear every day that I should not paint some things, especially priceless sentimental items. Well, since my Grandmother taught me how to paint, I’m pretty sure she’s smiling down from heaven knowing that I’m upcycling and cherishing these little beauties. Nothing has changed, only the color.
What do you think? I’d love to hear from you and get your feedback on this makeover. Feel free to comments and leave me feedback below. Not only does it make my day better (yes, it does!) it also lets me know that I’m not the only one painting thrift store finds. I do read them all! I’m inspired by my readers and get inspiration from your two cents.
Until the next project… xo, Do