thrift find makeovers.

Whenever I’m out thrifting I’m always on the lookout for simple wood items that I can give new life to with paint.

I’ll readily admit that none of these are spectacular finds, certainly nothing to write home about.  But all three were fun makeovers.

Let’s start with the basic cutting board.  After sanding it down and cleaning it with a grease cutting cleaner, I painted it with Dixie Belle’s Sawmill Gravy, and then added some grain sack style stripes using their French Linen.  Once dry, I sanded to distress and then added the farm animal transfer from Dixie Belle’s On the Farm transfer set.

The “Precious Stone Farm” wording is from with prima’s Everyday Farmhouse transfer set.

I just love how it turned out, so cute.  It’s no longer food safe, but would make great decor.

Next up is the rooster shaped cutting board.  Once again, I prepped as usual and then painted it with two coats of the Sawmill Gravy.  Then I pulled out some scraps from the I.O.D. Floral Anthology transfer and pieced them in around the edges of the rooster.

Finally, I added some wording from their Label Ephemera transfer and now he’s a funky french floral rooster.  Again, no longer food safe, but perfect for decorating the kitchen counter top.

By the way, I top-coated both of these pieces with clear wax.

Last up is … well … I really don’t know what to call this thing.  I’m thinking it was originally a napkin, or paper guest towel holder, maybe?  Do you have any idea what this might have been used for?

Well, regardless, I painted it in Sawmill Gravy and then I decided to do a little experimenting with stamping once again.  Take note that I did not use any kind of sealer over the paint before stamping, and this is a chalk style paint.

The last time I tried stamping on paint I wasn’t terribly happy with the results.  But a couple of my readers gave me some tips including Teri B. who specifically recommended VersaFine Clair ink for stamping over paint.

So I went out and purchased some from my local craft store (I can’t remember, it was either Hobby Lobby or Michaels).

First up, I have to say that no matter how good the ink, nothing can help if you’re a clumsy stamper … which apparently I am.  On my first go around, after applying the stamp semi-perfectly, I then dropped it right back down on my surface.  Ugh.  So I wiped it back as much as I could, re-painted with the Sawmill Gravy and then gave it another go.

The 2nd time around I ended up not liking the stamp I chose (and by the way, all of these stamps are from the I.O.D. Crockery set), so once again I wiped it off using a damp cloth.

At that point it occurred to me that I rather liked the washed out look I achieved when wiping off the ink right away so I took a quick photo to share with you.  At some point I may want to use this technique on another project.  But for this piece I once again painted back over it with the Sawmill Gravy.

I will say that this is one of the benefits of stamping over paint, you can re-do it multiple times at no extra cost.

The third time is sort of the charm with this one.

I say ‘sort of’ for a few reasons.  I didn’t apply even pressure to the stamp, and I also managed to smear the ink just a little bit by accidentally brushing over it with my hand.

But those are pretty fine details, and unless you are an uber-perfectionist (which may, or may not, apply to me) this is good enough.  And really, if you’re an uber-perfectionist, stamping probably just isn’t for you.

I also achieved decent results with the stamp at the bottom too.

Teri was definitely right, the VersaFine Clair ink is the way to go if you’re stamping over chalk paint.

After 24 hours, the ink appeared to be dry enough to add a top coat over it without fear of smearing, but I chose to hold off on adding a coat of clear wax.

Why?  Well, I may keep this piece to corral some flashcards and maybe a pair of readers or two and I’m not sure I love this look.  I may decide to give it an entirely different look next, so I’m holding off on waxing in case I decide to paint over it one more time.

After working on all three of these thrift find makeovers, I have to say that I still think transfers deliver a lot more punch than stamps.  But of course, you can only use a transfer one time, while stamps can be used over and over.  So tell me, what do you think?  Do you prefer transfers or stamps?  Leave a comment and let me know.

20 thoughts on “thrift find makeovers.

  1. I liked all 3 versions of your stamping, each had a unique rustic flavour. I guess it depends on your taste. Thanks for the tip about the ink brand.


      1. Love the rooster one especially! Great use of pattern and color. Sure wouldn’t have thought you could make anything out of it at all just looking at it in the store. Great makeover!


  2. I have a hard time stamping and I love transfers but there are some stamps I would love to try. What is the difference with this ink pad than the iod ink?


    1. Honestly, I’m not sure of the technical difference between these two brands of ink. And I have not experimented any further with using the I.O.D. ink over unsealed chalk paint (I did not get great results using it over the Dixie Belle Silk paint, which has a built in top coat). I have been told that it does work well that way, but I’ll have to do further experimenting with that.


  3. I loved all of your projects today, but I think my favorite is the rooster cutting board. I so appreciate all the inspiration and talents you share! I’m also a gardener and enjoy your garden posts too! Have a Good Day 🌞


  4. Cute re-dos Miss Quandie…….and I have to say that stamping has been a complete fail for me, no matter what I’m stemping on. Or maybe I should say a complete disappointment! They never look as good as I hope they will!


    1. I have to admit I’m struggling to like them on projects other than paper or fabric myself as well. I’m not entirely giving up on them just yet, but we’ll see.


  5. I love these! I currently have a chicken cutting board in my booth…fingers crossed it hasn’t sold yet because I would love to Quandify it.

    Transfers are my go to decorative detail for furniture projects. I only use the stamps for fabric, paper and crockery-I use what else? the crockery stamp from IOD. Stamping on crockery is a pain though because of the slick surface so I have only used chalk paint to stamp. I am going to try the Versa Fine Clair next time I have some crocks.


    1. To be honest, I have yet to see a stamped crock that I thought was up to snuff. I think it’s really difficult to get a crisp result with a stamp on a curved surface. And just to be clear, I liked this ink over chalk paint, do you paint the crocks first? Or are you stamping over a glazed surface? In which case I don’t know how this ink will work for that. You’ll have to give it a go and report back to us!


  6. I always blown away by your makeovers. I’m surprised to hear that you and others don’t always find stamping that easy. I thought I was alone in the wilderness on that one. I prefer transfers, but love the idea of stamps. Just haven’t mastered them yet, for sure.


    1. You are totally not alone. In a perfect world I.O.D. would make a transfer version of their Crockery stamps and I wouldn’t have to mess with this stamping thing anymore!


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