Create a Coastal Farmhouse Vignette using thrift store finds. If you love the look of coastal farmhouse décor, but don’t love the prices you see for it in home décor stores, go thrifting and find items that just need simple makeovers.
Paint the items to match your style and you’ll have the look you love for less!
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Thrift stores are perfect for finding inexpensive items that you can refresh, upcycle, or recycle into lovely pieces for your home.
Thrift Store Finds Coastal Farmhouse Makeover
This plain brown wood bowl doesn’t look like much, but I love that the shape mimics an old dough bowl.
A brass pedestal candle holder can be repainted to go well with lots of different styles. I forgot to snap a picture of it before taking it apart. It was easy to simply unscrew the three pieces. Having it in parts makes painting it easier.
Finally, the third piece for my vignette is a gold bud vase. I wasn’t sure if the design on it could be covered easily, but using a blended paint technique did the trick.
I began by giving each of the pieces a couple of coats of gray chalk paint to act as a primer. You could also spray paint each piece instead of using a brush for this first step.
After the base coat was dry, I added a white coat of chalk paint, immediately followed by light brown chalk paint. Using a lint free cloth, I wiped away the excess. Next, I added a layer of white chalk paint, again wiping away the excess and blending one layer into the other for a weathered look.
Once it’s dry, I added brown wax, working in small spaces brushing it on and then wiping it off. I wanted the bowl to have streaks of different colors for a coastal weathered look. I alternated white paint and brown wax until I was happy with how it looked.
I love how the bowl turned out. It’s perfect for holding vase filler balls and to use as the centerpiece for a coastal farmhouse vignette.
The weathered look lines worked great on this piece. Of the three pieces, this one turned out best. It’s much easier to get this look when the base is wood instead of metal.
I followed roughly the same blended paint technique for the bud vase. It took several tries before I could create a similar look that the bowl has.
The final step for the vase was to add streaks of brown wax going vertically in random spots on the vase. The lamb’s ear adds a little pop of color that I wanted for the vignette.
The pedestal candle holder was the most difficult of the three pieces to work with. It was hard to get the weathered look I wanted on this piece. But after several different coats of white, gray, and brown paint, combined with some dark wax, it was looking pretty good.
I’m using an LED candle on this because I don’t like to use flamed candles on pieces that I’ve painted for safety reasons.
Together, these three thrift store find pieces combine to give me the look I was hoping for. I would try to find a wooden candle holder if I used this method of painting again.
For about six dollars for the items, plus paint I had on hand, this is definitely a budget friendly project that will go with both coastal and farmhouse décor.
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Supply List for Coastal Farmhouse Vignette
- Decorative Wood Bowl
- Pedestal Candle Holder
- Bud Vase
- Assorted, white, gray, brown, beige paint
- Dark Wax
- Paint Sponges
- Lint Free Cloths
Don’t overlook those inexpensive thrift store items. Re-imagine what they could look like with a simple paint makeover.
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