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I was recently invited to join 13 other bloggers for a thrift store swap! This awesome idea was started by Lyn at Mid Michigan Mom and this was actually swap #4.
Here’s how it works:
14 crafty bloggers commit to buying and repurposing 2 thrift store items. For this edition, one item must be a wreath and both items must cost under $10…but there’s a catch…they are not buying for themselves! Each blogger is surprised with what they must repurpose. So what happens when the unknown challenges 14 crafty ladies?
I have to admit I was a little nervous about this idea. I could spend hours at the thrift store and I love transforming items I find, but this was different. I wasn’t the one picking it out!! 🙂
I was thrilled and relieved when I received my package from Tracy at At Home with Sweet T. She sent this corbel and wreath.
I’ll be sharing what I made with the wreath next week, but for now let’s talk about this gorgeous corbel!
I love corbels and I honestly could have painted this thing and placed it on a table and been perfectly happy! However, for the sake of the swap, I decided to put in a little more effort.
I started to imagine it on the wall and decided to use it for hanging a sign in my laundry room.
- Wooden plaque
- Decorative chain
- Screw eye rings
- Vinyl and Cricut (or other cutting machine)- You could also paint the words if you don’t have a Cricut
I found this wooden plaque at the craft store. They have several different shapes and sizes and this one was perfect!
I decided to stain it before painting so that when I distressed it there would be dark underneath to match the corbel.
Then I painted it in Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Everlasting. After some distressing with sand paper, it looked like this:
I painted the corbel the same color.
Here’s where it all comes together!!
I created the words using my Cricut and placed the vinyl on the wooden plaque.
You can get the SVG file as a member of my library.
I also added a chain to the top of the plaque using open eye hooks. I placed one more hook in the corbel to hang the plaque.
Please disregard the fact that the walls are basically the same color as the sign. The laundry room was never painted. Now that I have this cute sign, I think I will have to add “laundry room makeover” to the to-do list! 🙂
I was a little nervous when I agreed to participate in the swap, but now that it’s done, I’m so glad I did! I love my new sign and I think the corbel worked out perfectly for this project! What do you think?
If you like the look but DIY is not your thing, here are some great options for you:
Don’t forget I’ll be sharing my wreath project next week. 🙂
Here are the items I sent to Laci at Sequins in the South.
Keep scrolling and you will find links to the rest of the amazing transformations!
THRIFT STORE SWAP #4 BLOGGERS: