Thursday, June 27, 2019

Upcycle Pan with Decoupage Napkins

Hello and welcome to our Thrift Store Challenge for the month of June!  Here, a group of creative bloggers come together on the fourth Thursday of each month 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! 

This month was tough! I went to several thrift stores looking for something small to re-make. I had almost given up when I spotted a griddle pan.  I remembered seeing a few fry pans transformed into wall clocks on Pinterest but really didn't want to tackle that. Since I had a lot of decorative napkins, I took the easy way out and decided to paint and decoupage the pan instead. Here's how!

Materials used:
  • Griddle pan
  • De-greaser/alcohol
  • Paint+Primer spray paint
  • Decorative napkins
  • Paint brush/water
  • Mod podge
  • Sandpaper
  • Polyurethane protective varnish sealer
Begin by cleaning pan with a de-greaser or wipe down with alcohol after cleaning with dish detergent and water.
Next, spray on a paint+primer paint that will adhere to metal and plastics, on both front and back and let each side dry.
After drying, lay out napkin on top of pan for design placement and .  .  .
cut out the basic design pattern you want.
Next, take a wet paint brush and outline the area to be used.
Gently remove the wet areas with fingers for an uneven edge which will lay and blend in better than a straight edge.
Then, separate the printed paper layer from the plain layers by dipping finger in glue, tapping together with napkin in-between fingers at corner edge. 
Next, the printed napkin needs to be glued down in small sections since it is thin, delicate and easily tears when wet with mod podge. To do this, position the printed portion of napkin on pan and lift up an end side to lightly apply mod podge over a small area of the pan.
Carefully, replace napkin on glue and lightly pat the napkin down smoothing out as you pat.
Continue applying mod podge in small sections and smoothing napkin out until entire napkin is applied. Tear out and glue-on additional napkin pieces to add to the design until satisfied with look.  Also, be sure to decoupage the handle for a unique design.  
Then, hang up pan to dry. Once dry, remove excess napkin using sandpaper on the edges. Apply a top layer of mod podge over the napkin once it's completely dry. And finally, seal with a protective varnish spray. 
What a lovely decorative upcycle wall accessory for the kitchen!

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And now for more thrifty goodness!

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.
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Angela | Simply Beautiful By Angela - Angie | Grandma Creates 
Meredith Southbound Blog - Amanda | Domestically Creative  
 Michelle | Michelle James Designs - Marie DIY Adulation 
Pili My Sweet Things - Gail | Purple Hues and Me  
DeniseMy Thrifty House - Emy | Semigloss Design  
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom - Lynne | My Family Thyme 
Chas Chas' Crazy Creations - Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home 
Carmen | Living Letter Home
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  1. That turned out so nice! What a delicate transition it must be applying the thin layer of napkin. You did a wonderful job!

  2. Thanks Liz! I found out the hard way. I tried putting mod podge all over the pan first and laid the napkin on top but as soon as I tried smoothing it out, it wrinkled and tore. I quickly washed it off and started over with a new napkin, section by section.

  3. This is such a fun idea, I love how this turned out!

  4. I can't even believe this is an old pan. It looks amazing!

  5. What a transformation! Love it! And decoupaging napkins is my favorite way to make things pretty. <3

  6. How fun is that! It is so fun to give old things new life and have them fit into our homes so wonderfully. Great job!

  7. Really pretty!! I'm a thrift store junkie, and will now have something else to add to the list, LOL!! Just got a couple of folding tables I am repurposing now.

  8. Oh my gosh this is a FANTASTIC idea! It turned out so well!

  9. This is such a smart idea! I never would have thought to turn an old pan into such a gorgeous piece of decor. It's perfect for the kitchen!

  10. So pretty and it looks vintage after the makeover! It turned out perfect

  11. Thanks for a great idea and tutorial for mod podging napkins. I always get it wrong and end up with torn bits and pieces. Love how your upcycled pan turned out Gail. It's a gorgeous idea to add a fun decor element to a kitchen

  12. Oh my gosh Gail, I just got rid of some old rusty pans weeks ago. Keeping this in mind for the future ones.

  13. What a gorgeous piece of artwork! Such a fun idea to decoupage on a pan - I honestly never would have thought to do this - very creative! I have chosen this as one of my features at this week's Snickerdoodle Create Bake Make Party, which goes live Saturday at 5pm EST.


  14. such a crafty idea to upcycle a pan! I have to apply this idea to other things I want to throw out. Thanks for sharing with us at #OMHGWW

  15. Who knew a frying pan could look so beautiful! I love the pretty French napkin you used to decoupage and such a great idea for repurposing an old pan. Thanks for sharing it with us at the Talk Of The Town party. Pinned 😊

  16. What a great idea, this is so cute!


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