I’m so excited to be participating in the 2nd Annual Thrift Benefit for Sheltered Animals! Thrift Benefit is a DIY blogger event to bring awareness to thrift shops that sponsor animal rescues and the rescues that care for the animals that share our journey.
This cause is very dear to my heart and I was thrilled to be able to be involved in the benefit this year. As many of you know, last year we lost our fur baby who was a shelter animal that we were lucky to have in our family for almost 15 years. He was my heart, and I miss him dearly. So in his honor, I jumped at the chance this year to help a local shelter in our area in support of their great cause!!
To top it off, October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month. You can visit www.aspca.org/adopt to find a shelter in your area!
If you follow me on Instagram, you know I shopped at Pawsibilities Thrift Shop in Fort Mill, SC. It’s a thrift shop ran by the Humane Society of York County, and 100% of the shop proceeds go to help care for rescued pets. For more information, you can visit their website or click here to see their recent informational flyer.
I found so many great things on my shopping trip, and I immediately saw a vignette coming together. I picked up a rooster and chicken figurine set, a lace tablecloth, a needlepoint piece, and a basket. The baskets were buy one get one free, so I did pick up two baskets. For this project, I only used one of them.
Here’s a before picture of the rooster and chicken. I loved them, and for $4.50 for the set, I really loved them. However, being a Clemson fan, they screamed a little Gamecock to me. I had to do something about that. 🙂
So, I pulled out some paint samples that I had randomly picked up at Lowe’s a few months back. I always check the “oops” and clearance for neutral colored paints that I may need for projects. This grey color (the color on the right) that I used was only $1.25 on the “oops” table!
First, I painted a coat of the grey paint onto both figurines and then to give them more of an antique look I added a thin wash of Minwax Wood Finish in 233 English Chestnut.
For the basket, here’s a before picture. I actually did the same paint treatment on the basket, but when I was putting on the grey color, I watered it down a little. After painting the basket, I added a few silk hydrangeas. Wait until you see the after on these… love them!
The needlepoint that I picked up was a little more of a challenge.
When I was in the store, I first saw it in my mind’s eye as a pillow, but I knew that was going to be a lot of work. Then, hubby says “why not just frame it?” Yes! Thanks! I’m a lucky girl … shopping with me and offering suggestions. 🙂
I looked for a frame at the thrift store, but they didn’t have anything in the size I needed. So, I picked up a 16″ x 16″ frame at Hobby Lobby. Come to find out when I got it home, it wasn’t square. It was meant to go into a diamond shaped frame which I don’t think they’ve actually made in the last twenty years. So, I had to put my thinking cap on, because the piece wasn’t quite fitting into it. That’s when I remembered I have a huge stash of mat board from my design school days underneath the guest bed. So, I just cut a mat 1 1/2″ wide to cover the gap. Hoorah! I’m not 100% sold on the color of the mat, but it’s working for me as of now.
After giving the lace tablecloth a good wash, the vignette was ready to be put together.
Here’s a close up on the paint treatment on the figurines. I’m really pleased with how it turned out!
Below you’ll find more amazing projects done by the other bloggers participating in the thrift benefit! Enjoy!