Look What I Found At The Thrift Store, A Jack O Lantern! Can you believe it? I certainly didn’t have Jack O Lantern’s on my shopping list but how could I resist, right? It is perfect for the monthly Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge. Just in case you are new here it is a monthly challenge where we upcycle a thrift store treasure, a garage sale find or even something picked from the trash. We don’t have a budget just our imagination.
- 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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Now this Jack O Lantern is made from wood and is open at the top and the bottom. I really don’t know what it was for, but it doesn’t matter because I decided the thrift store candle holder in my stash would be perfect for the bottom.
As I normally do I cleaned both pieces. I couldn’t wait to get started. I had just gotten some Old Fashioned Milk paint in the lovely color, Pumpkin along with Driftwood. You can see another project I did with the combo here.
I started by painting the pumpkin in the Pumpkin color but decided to tone it down a bit. The second color used is the Driftwood, it tones down the orange although it is not a bright orange, to begin with. The final color is the Pumpkin. Totally appropriate. I painted it and let it dry.
Time to protect it with Hemp Oil and glue it together. This is where I ran into trouble or let’s call it my Duh moment. The candle holder is not wood. I’m not sure why it didn’t occur to me that the paint would chip off. After all, that is the beauty of milk paint. And it doesn’t bother me on the pumpkin but you saw the before picture of the candle holder. No, it wasn’t going to make it.
So I quickly added Extra Bond to the little bit of paint I still had and just painted and blended. And held my breath it would work. And it did. Instead of using the Hemp Oil on the candle holder I used a spray protective top coat. Whew! That was a close one!
And that is the story of the Jack O Lantern I found at the thrift store. I added a fake candle and it is just perfect, don’t you agree? If you think the other pumpkins are cute then check here for how to make them.
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