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DIY: Painted thrift finds

Here’s an easy peasy DIY that adds a bit of funk to a thrift store find. Be warned this project can be very addictive! It’s super cost effective, fun and makes worn items look awesome!


  • wooden bowl
  • sandpaper (optional)
  • olive oil (optional)
  • sponge brush or paint brush
  • craft paint
  • Mod Podge, Varathane or varnish to seal the paint

The wooden bowls I refreshed were a bit damaged so I first sanded them a bit then added oil to the wood. You can use regular olive oil to refinish wood. Since the sanding and oil didn’t cover the damage I then went with painting the outside of the bowl. So glad I did!

For the paint, you can use regular craft paint from either a dollar store or craft store.

You’ll want to paint 2-3 coats allowing paint to dry between coats.

Once the paint is dry then add a couple of coats of Mod Podge or Varathane to seal the paint.

Once the bowls are dry, you’re ready to put them to use!

I used the bowls to store jewelry.

You can try adding a splash of paint to other thrift store finds like these napkin rings…

If you want to get even more funky try this option – painting the ends of wooden utensils. If you try this, use beeswax to seal the paint and not Mod Podge or Varathane.

Hope you enjoy this simple project as much as I did! Each bowl cost approximately $1 with minimal supplies used. And they look fabulous!

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