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Upcycled Thrift Store Napkin Holder

I found this cute wooden heart-shaped napkin holder at my local thrift store last week. A dated wooden piece like this is usually finished in dark stained pine with no sealer. I should have brushed on a coat of Zinsser primer but I didn’t.

I decided to use Rustoleum Chalk Paint in linen white and thankfully one good coat was enough to cover it completely.

Next I decided to use my Cricut to cut out a design in permanent glossy red vinyl for each side.  Both of the files are from  Makers Gonna Learn  and if you haven’t heard of them, I strongly advise you go check out their website and YouTube Videos. I’ve learned so much from this group of wonderful people. I just recently took out a membership and this is my first project using their files (LOVE THEM).


I put a whole side of hearts on this side….

and the word love in a heart on the other side.

I really like it.  I can’t decide if I am going to distress it or not.  Right now it stays as is.

Upcycled thrift store finds are easy and one of my favorite kind of projects to do.

Thrift store napkin holder – upcycled – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

What types of things do you like to upcycle? Which side do you like best?

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  1. How good is that and a professional finish. Anyone would be pleased to have it grace their table. Well done. Have a super Valentines week.

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