Let me show you the amazing before and after of my thrift store pedestal bowl makeover so you can get inspiration to paint your own!
It’s amazing how you can transform an unwanted thrift store find and end up with a totally different look. I actually painted my pedestal bowl two years ago and I’m just now getting it posted to share!
I spot mid-century wooden bowls quite often at thrift stores like I used for this DIY project. Right now, I have more bowls in different styles waiting for me to makeover that are stashed on my thrifting shelves.
THRIFT STORE PEDESTAL BOWL MAKEOVER
I wanted the wooden pedestal bowl to have a bold and whimsical look that I could use year round as a candy dish.
For Easter, you can see from my main photo that I made a bed of Easter grass to “nest” my mints.
For other holidays like Valentine’s Day I use red chocolate Kisses and St. Patrick’s Day I use gold Rolos. During Christmas, I filled my wood bowl with miniature red ornaments with some pine greenery.
I think another bold color, like pink, would also look good with my design and paint colors.
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- wooden thrift store pedestal bowl
- palm sander and/or sandpaper
- white spray paint
- white craft paint
- green, black, and metallic craft paint
- foam paint brush
- variety of artist brush sizes
- new pencil for dotting
STEPS FOR THE WOODEN BOWL MAKEOVER
STEP 1: CLEAN AND SAND THE PEDESTAL BOWL
Your thrift store bowl will likely need to be cleaned. I typically just use a disinfecting cleaner like Pine Sol, but you may need a heavier duty product such as Krud Kutter.
I used both sandpaper and an orbital sander to prepare the surface for painting. My current sander isn’t the best for small projects, so I’m thinking I need to get this multi-purpose sander which is good for detail work.
STEP 2: PAINT A BASE COAT ON THE BOWL
After sanding, I used white spray paint I had on hand to begin base coating. Two coats were needed. For future wood projects, this spray white primer might be a better option.
I erred on the side of caution, since dark wood can bleed through white paint, and also painted two coats of white craft paint using a foam paint brush.
STEP 3: PLAN YOUR DESIGN AND PAINT COLORS
I did a paper sketch first to figure out what design would look best and also colored the design. Unfortunately, I threw it away before taking a photo to show you as an example. I would advise not skipping this step.
STEP 4: SKETCH THE HARLEQUIN DESIGN WITH A PENCIL
STEP 5: BEGIN PAINTING THE PEDESTAL BOWL
I used a variety of artist paint brushes that had different size brush heads.
Paint your main colors of green and black.
Use a gold metallic paint for all the accent areas.
Make all the dots using the end of a pencil eraser.
You’re ready to head to the thrift stores and search for a pedestal bowl and then have fun and get creative!
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