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I am a sucker for thrift store finds. Someone else’s trash is totally my treasure! I love to go hunting for lil’ treasures that I know will clean up easily and can be given a new life without breaking the wallet. This DIY Galvanized Farmhouse Centerpiece is my new thrifted find.
Of course, any good find always comes with what I like to call “Junk Character,” which means grunge, gook, possibly a weird smell, and that annoying little price tag sticker that doesn’t want to come off.
Since Spring is right around the corner, I got the itch to to give my dinner table an updated centerpiece. My house has a farmhouse vibe, so anything rustic, distressed and galvanized is a favorite. I recently scored a shiny, silver Lazy Susan that I knew would fit perfectly on my farmhouse table sans the shiny metal part.
Here’s a before picture of some of my recent thrifts. As you can see they are totally chocked full of grime, dust and those annoying price tag stickers.
After any good pick, I always clean my treasures up with various cleaning solutions. I use Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes on almost everything basically to wipe away someone else’s years of germs. Yuck! Pine-Sol® and Formula® 409 work well to remove grease, grime and adhesives that have built up. If I thrift linens or fabrics, I like to wash them with all® Laundry Detergent and of course, Sparkle® Paper Towels are a must have for all of it.
My thrifted crock was just plain dirty. A quick wipe down with a few Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes and it looks brand new!
I also used Formula® 409 and Sparkle® Paper Towels to remove that annoying price tag adhesive. Sometimes though, I like to leave the price tag on, in view so my husband will see it’s a thrifted item and not a NEW item from my favorite retailer. Ha!
Formula® 409 Multi Surface is great to clean metal items with too. This silver Lazy Susan cleaned up so it now totally sparkles like a mirror. Unfortunately, it’s just too shiny for my farmhouse style.
No worries, it’s really easy to give shiny metal a galvanized faux finish with paint. To turn my shiny Lazy Susan in to a DIY Galvanized Farmhouse Centerpiece, I mixed grey, white and metallic paint together on a plate then used a sponge dauber to lightly dab the mixed paints in a circular motion over the metal.
Don’t worry, you can’t do this wrong. Just keep dabbing, blending the colors slightly until you are happy with the over all look. To give a more realistic look, dab some of the areas with more white and gray to create a distressed look.
After your paint is dry, spray over the finish using a spray paint clear coat or Mod Podge to keep the paint from chipping.
Look how great my DIY Galvanized Farmhouse Centerpiece turned out! My thrifted items cost less than $6 and has given my dinner table a fresh farmhouse look for Spring.
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