I’ve got a quick thrifty makeover to share with you guys today.
I picked up this item at the thrift store over a year ago. I’m guessing it was meant to hang on the wall next to the phone (remember when phones were hung on the wall?) with a pad of paper for taking messages (remember writing messages down on paper?).
Sometimes I like to pick out stuff that is hideously ugly just to see if I can re-purpose it, and this one is an excellent candidate.
Especially when you notice that the sheep are textured.
I know that back in 1983 or so someone hand-painted those sheep and absolutely loved them, so my apologies to the 80’s crafter who made this.
First things first, I had to sand down those textured sheep.
That was pretty simple.
Next I just added a couple of coats of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Farmhouse White. I sanded to distress and got a nice little bit of chipping. Then I gave it a quick coat of Salad Bowl Finish (a.k.a. MMS 100% beeswax). Then I embellished with a couple of rub-ons.
Rub-on’s can be tricky with milk paint. The plastic sheet that the rub-on’s come on is just slightly tacky on the back and sometimes that will be enough to pull off some milk paint. So if you are going to use a rub-on over milk paint, be sure that you have removed all chipping paint first. You can see below where the top half of the “8” came off with a chip of paint. In this case I think it just blends with the overall chippy-ness, but I have had rub-on’s take off an entire section of paint and leave nothing of the rub-on behind, which doesn’t look so good.
Also, rub-on’s can dry out and no longer work. If you ever decide to pick up some to try, be sure to store them in their plastic sleeves so they don’t dry out. The rub-on’s I used for this project all came from Hobby Lobby. The “Cherish each Moment” is from the scrapbook sticker aisle and the numbers are from the Tim Holtz section (which for some strange reason is tucked way in the back of my store away from the scrapbook supplies so you may have to hunt around for them).
So, I’ve turned an outdated useless item into a unique photo holder.
Unless you still have a wall mounted phone and like to write down messages, in which case you can still use it for that purpose too.