Thursday, January 23, 2020

Upcycle Whimsical Painted Urn

It's time for The Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge on the fourth Thursday of the month! Our first for the new year, 2020! Here, 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! 

 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.
Meet the Hosts:
Angela | Simply Beautiful By Angela - Pili | My Sweet Things  
Beverly | Across the Blvd - Gail | Purple Hues and Me 
Chas | Chas' Crazy Creations - Michelle | Our Craft Mom  
Meredith | Thriftwood Home - Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home 

It's always fun shopping at Thrift stores! Sometimes you discover awesome pieces and sometimes you don't! I think it just depends on the day! I found a winner when I came upon this beauty a few months ago!  It was only $3.99! What a bargain!
The urn had lots of blemishes and imperfections and it didn't do much good using sandpaper on it since it was concrete. But it was a solid piece! I wanted to paint the urn in a whimsical design using a bit of purple - and not do the usual aged look finish. So I started out using a white chalk paint to cover all of it - inside and out!
Next, I added purple using metallic acrylics to some of the raised designs around the bottom. At that point things were not looking so good.  It still looked plain and when I attempted to add stripes to the upper portion using masking tape, the tape took off some of the chalk paint, so I nixed doing that. 

Then I thought how polka dots would be easy to add and help give the urn a striking design.  So I dipped the end of a wooden dowel into the metallic paint and carefully pressed it onto the urn surface for what I think is a lovely effect. 
After the dots were completely dry, I applied a couple of coats of gloss varnish to seal and give the finish a shiny look!
What a fun way to update a thrift store urn!

And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!


  1. Cute as can be. Love the polka dots. How about painting like Mackenzie Child’s

  2. Thanks Linda! I know! Deep down I think that's what inspired me! Mackenzie Childs has some lovely whimsical pieces!

  3. Beautiful colors and great upcycle. Pinned and thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Thanks for the sweet comments and for pinning!

  5. What a fun decor piece with the purple dots. Great tip to use the end of the dowel to make the dots.

  6. I, too, see MacKenzie Childs' style in this one! Great vision and outcome:) xo Kathleen

  7. Gail,
    Love what you did with the urn!! So pretty!! It looks like we have the same ball of greenery..Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  8. I love this Makeover! It's giving me MacKenzie Childs vibes! Pretty! Pinning!

  9. Great thrift store transformation ~ I love polka dots ~ Pinned! I'm visiting from Creative K Kids. If you haven't done your pinning yet, I'm #24 & 25. Have a great weekend!

  10. Your urn looks pretty now, Gail. I love polka dots too


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