A lot of crafters head to big box stores to find items to create with.  I like to head to Goodwill to find what I need.  Instead of flimsy wood and paper items, I can usually find solid wood, well made products that I can repurpose with just a little paint.  It keeps these things from going to a landfill, and it helps the community!

I do a lot of crafting with repurposed items, and I’ve written several posts, like this one, where I show you how to use glue and spray paint to craft with Goodwill finds.  This time I’m going to keep it simple:  just paint!

My new favorite paint to use is DecoArt’s Chalky Finish Paint.  I love that I don’t have to prime anything.  Just paint it and transform it!  For example, check out this wildly colored rooster I found at Goodwill.

With two coats of paint and a quick wax finish, it looks much more modern.

I updated these old fashioned brass candle holders with chalky finish paint, and they make the perfect accompaniment to my new centerpiece.

Some other items I’ve updated are this old chair that I turned into a stool:

And this faded hobby horse that looks brand new again:

Isn’t it amazing what paint can do?  So next time you’re at Goodwill, don’t pass up a great find because it looks dated.  Paint it and make it new again!

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