Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Duck Pulling Cart Waterslide Update

Hello and welcome to our Thrift Store Challenge for the month of March!  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!


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 - Gail | Purple Hues and Me 

Marci | Stone Cottage Adventures - Dru | Polka Dot Poplars - 

 Beverly | Across the Blvd - 

Melynda | Scratch Made Food! & DIY Homemade Household

Our Thrift Store Upcycle group of bloggers is always looking to expand -- and we need your help! Why not consider joining in our thrift store upcycle challenge on the last Thursday of each month? Make some friends while having fun and share your love of DIY with the world. It’s a win-win! Sound like something you’d be interested in? Just leave a comment at the end of this post with your contact info and a link to your blog. Someone will get back to you right away. We can’t wait to meet you!

How many times have you come across an item at the thrift store you know was probably hand painted - and not a very good paint job, at that! Just take a look at this sweet piece I found at the Goodwill for ninety-nine cents. A duck pulling a cart!


Looks like something I might have done with my unsteady hands. I could never paint a straight line or stay within the lines. In fact, I don't like painting at all! Lol! Anyway, I could not resist picking this up at the time - although I've had it for a number of years. Now, with everything that's going on, it's perfect for a spruce up - just in time for Easter! 

The first thing I did after cleaning and washing the dirt and grime off was to sponge on two coats of white chalk paint, letting it dry between coats! The interior was already a nice neutral color that was in good shape so I didn't touch that.


In case you've never heard of waterslide decals, it's an easy way to transfer images and text using a special paper that you place in water and then slide the image onto almost any type of smooth surface.   And the waterslide decal paper comes in clear or white backgrounds and is available to use in inkjet or laserjet printers, too! 

I wanted to put a few flowers around the cart so I found a free image online that I printed out on the glossy side of the waterslide decal paper. Then, I used a clear top to outline the image to cut out.
Once the decal was cut out, placed the decal in a bowl of warm water for about 30 seconds.  
Then dampen the area where the decal is going and take the decal out of the water and place face-up on the spot, sliding the backing out and smoothing the decal out with additional water on fingers.

Let the decal dry naturally for 3-4 hours.
Just perfect to hold Easter treats!

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

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