Thursday, June 28, 2018

Restyle a Thrift Store Wooden Bowl

It's that time again - The Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge on the fourth Thursday of the month, where a group of creative bloggers come together to share their lovely transformations of a thrift store item. Who doesn't love thrift store upcycle projects - whether it's actually creating one or admiring how an item from a thrift store was transformed!

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The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.
Be sure to visit all of my co-hosts listed below to see what they transformed!

I found a wooden bowl at Goodwill for $2.25, just perfect to re-style into the look of an artisan inspired hand painted pedestal piece!  Here's how I re-styled the wooden bowl:

  • Unfinished wood circle shape
  • Unfinished wood pedestal stand
  • Dap RapidFuse Multi Purpose Adhesive 
  • FolkArt HomeDecor Cottage White Chalk Paint
  • Flower design (laser printed)
  • Small detail scissors/paint brushes
  • Mod Podge
  • Varnish Sealer

Begin by wiping down the wooden bowl with a soap and water dampen cloth to remove any dirt and grim and let dry. You really don't need to sand the finish since I'm covering it with chalk paint.

For the pedestal, I first glued on a wooden circular shape base and then .  .  .

the pedestal stand to the bottom of the bowl using RapidFuse Multi Purpose glue and let dry for about a half an hour. 

Next, painted the entire pedestal bowl in a soft white chalk paint.

I love the look of hand painted motifs on bowls and trays so I found this free to download flower design online that appeared to be hand painted.  While the painted pedestal bowl was drying, I re-sized the image into several different sizes - and printed them out using a laser printer. *Can't use a jet ink printer for this - the color will bleed!

After cutting the flowers out, I positioned them on the dry pedestal bowl starting at the base. Then, I painted Mod Podge on the flowers to make them pliable and easily movable, placing them in position and smoothing out any wrinkles  .  .  .

while brushing on more Mod Podge - and adding flowers up and over the edge into the center bowl. Repeating the process of adding decoupage glue, smoothing out and letting it dry!

Once dry, applied additional coats of Mod Podge to the flowers and then let dry completely.

And finally, applied a varnish to seal it all!  

What a wonderful way to re-style a thrift store wooden bowl! 

 It's definitely a winner!

      Have fun in transforming your thrift store finds to fit your style and taste!

Meet the Co-Hosts

Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela  Jennifer | Cookies Coffee and Crafts  
Gail | Purple Hues and Me   Yami | The Latina Next Door  
Amanda | Domestically Creative    Ann | Duct Tape And Denim    
   Debra | Shoppe No. 5 
 Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled   Shirley | Intelligent Domestications 
 Chelc | Inside the Fox Den   Habiba | Craftify My Love

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


  1. Beautiful! I love the purple flowers! What a great way to reuse the bowl.

  2. On first glance I thought, that you've Hand painted those Darling flowers. AFter reading your instructions I know you didn't and that gives me the believe that I can create a wonderful thing like that, too. Because no way could I recreate those wonderful purple flowers. Thank you for sharing your creative DIY.

  3. Gail this is so pretty!! I had no idea those flowers were decopauged on, they look like you painted them! Love this idea of adding a pedestal to a thrifted bowl, now you have a beautiful piece to decorate with.

  4. What a pretty project! Like the other commenters above, I thought you had painted the flowers when I first saw the first picture (which I'm sure you could, you are so talented). Hey, I was looking at the site "Diply" yesterday and I saw they had featured you in a DIY roundup. They had your decopauged woven cute.

  5. Gail, I love this wooden bowl project that you done! How pretty! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  6. Un bonito y fantastico trabajo, realizado, como siempre, con gran maestría
    Besos amiga

  7. This is really cute Gail!! I am definitely going to try this!!

  8. Gail, this turned out so beautifully! Those purple flowers are amazing and so easy to add!

  9. I really love how you recreated this thrift store bowl. It is gorgeous.

  10. Now I'm sad that I only have an inkjet printer. But I bet I can find some great paper napkins that would give me a similar result. Great project; great tutorial. P.S.: Purple is my favorite, too!

  11. Totally impressive Gail. You have really transformed this bowl. It looks beautiful. You should have been on that new craft show with all of your talents.

  12. I love the upcycle. The flowers look like they were hand painted. Love your creativity. Thanks for the inspiration, and sharing on Sunday's Best.

  13. So lovely Gail, it looks like a work of art

  14. Oh I love this, Gail, so pretty! The flowers look handpainted :) Pinned

  15. How did I miss this post? Your transformation is incredibly clever! I love the finished project! Well done! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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