How I thrift on Facebook Market and a Farmhouse makeover using DIY chalk paint

Facebook Marketplace is a necessity for any thrifting enthusiast. I mean, you don't even have to get off your couch to go looking for great finds in your area. This is what I call convenient! I think the best thing about it is that you can negotiate and haggle for lower prices. I have never negotiated or haggled for pricing in a thrift store; I am not that confident in my bargaining skills yet, but it's so easy to do online.

Whenever I check my Facebook, which happens to be more often than I'd like to admit, I always go to Facebook Marketplace and see what furniture and decor items have been posted in my town. If I find something I like, I think about how I can fix up the piece and whether or not I will be able to resell it for a profit. What I look for in furniture is good bones, shapes, and unique detail. Ornate detail and texture give so much character to a piece of furniture, especially when I paint and distress it. Once I find a piece I like, I haggle until we settle on a good price.

I found this solid wood farmhouse and silo wall hanger. I am not sure what else I'd call it because it is so unique. It was selling for $10, but I haggled for $5. I love to know the history of old pieces like this; it makes the pieces even more charming. This particular piece belonged to a lovely lady who had acquired it as a little girl from her aunt in Vermont. She didn't know much else about it, like who made it or what they used it for originally. I was very happy it found a way to me.

As much as I loved the shelf the way it was, I knew I wanted to give it a bit of a makeover.

I had some leftover paint from a dresser I thrifted for Leo's nursery. The shade is an off white color from Walmart's paint collection. I love the look of chalk paint on furniture and decor. I usually make my own chalk paint by mixing 1/3 cup of plaster of Paris, 1/3 cup of cool water, and 1 cup of latex paint. This recipe is one I found on Google a few years back, and I've been pretty happy with the results.

I applied three coats of paint using my Purdy paintbrushes, waiting at least an hour in between coats and letting it dry for 24 hours. When it comes to distressing, I am used to sanding with my orbital sander; however, I just didn't think it gave the antique look that I was going for because the sanding was super even and not how an aged piece would look. I didn't have a sanding cube and I for sure did not want to spend any more money on one, so I decided to distress with my orbital sander discs by hand. I only had 60- and an 80-grit sandpaper discs. Ideally, I would use a finer grit, but I wanted to keep the budget as low as possible. Sanding by hand is so very difficult! I ended up sanding off the skin from my fingers, which stung for a few days afterwards. Next time I will wear gloves.

I gotta say I absolutely loved how the shelf turned out! The white paint with the chippy finish and the wood peeking through is just so visually pleasing. It's just the perfect farmhouse look. I added some fake succulents to decorate with, snapped some pictures, and listed it on Facebook Market for $50. Considering I bought this shelf for $5, I would be happy to get at least a $10 profit.The shelf turned out just how I had envisioned, maybe even better. But more than that, it really gave me so much happiness doing what I get so much enjoyment out of. I think my creative side got a boost, and I was inspired to pick up more projects like this. Stay tuned for more!


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