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Thrift Store Upcycle French Country Style

Thrift Store Upcycle French Country Style

Today is the day I participate in the Thriftstore Upcycle Challenge with some of my blogger friends, I was on the hunt for things I could put to use in the kitchen when it was all done.  I am renovating my kitchen as part the One Room Challenge (TM) as a guest participant.  We are now in the home stretch and you can check out our progress here!

As for the Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge, it is one of my favorite posts each month.  Amanda from Kolb Corner puts it together every month and I am always happy to be posting alongside a very talented and creative group of bloggers.  Be sure to check out links to all the Thrift Store Upcycle projects at the end of this post.

The Rules for our monthly Thriftstore Upcycle Challenge are:

  • 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.

Since I am leaning towards a farmhouse/cottage feel for out kitchen, I have been gleaning inspiration from Pinterest and french country kitchens have been catching my attention. I love the use of wood and wicker and the overall romantic, rustic look of the french country style.

I found this little wicker box, which looks like a miniature picnic basket.  I just didn’t like the dark brown color.  While I knew I could put it to use in the kitchen, it didn’t fit with my vision. But at just $2 I knew I could make it work.

French Country Thrift Store Upcycle

Using chalk paint and liming wax I gave it a brand new french country cottage look!  

I painted on a light coat of Linen colored Chalky Paint and quickly wiped it off with a barely damp paper towel, working one section at a time.  Leaving behind almost a whitewash of color. 

One Room Challenge French Country Thrift Store Upcycle

After it was completely dry I used my Amy Howard at Home Liming Wax to give it a protective wax finish.  I have used this liming wax for countless projects including this lamp.

One Room Challenge French Country Thrift Store Upcycle

Now it will look perfect in the kitchen, and is a stylish place to store my many linen napkins! 

French Country Thrift Store Upcycle

No more hunting for matching napkins!  It actually holds 3 sets of four easily and I could probably squish in one more set.  

French Country Thrift Store Upcycle

For now I have it sitting on the one tiny piece of countertop that is not cluttered with tools, dishes and cleaning supplies!

Until next time….

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And now for more thrifty goodness!

Meet the Participants

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Kim | Made in a Day   
Dru | Red Cottage Chronicles    Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation    Havalah | Sisters, What 
Chelsea | Making Manzanita    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented
Kim | Farmhouse Made    Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled    Sara | Twelve on Main
Chelc | Inside the Fox Den     Michelle | Our Crafty Mom    Jeannee | Shepherds and Chadonnay
 Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs
Ali | Home Crafts By Ali    Denise | My Thrifty House    Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home
    Jeanie | Create & Babble    Michelle | Michelle James Designs

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Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

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    1. Thanks Victoria! I was always ending up with napkins missing, depending on who put the laundry away, and now I have one specific place to keep them all!

  1. What a great idea! I’ve passed up some older baskets due to their color but this would definitely work. Love that French country look! xo Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home

  2. I couldn’t wait to see what you did with this because I have a similar basket. I love the idea because it helps to organize and whatever you put in the basket is hidden. It looks wonderful.

  3. I have a soft spot in my heart for wicker, it’s hard to pass by without buying. Your transformation looks really nice. I have some linen napkins I would love to keep track of, so I might make one of my own if I can find the right size.

  4. Oooooh, I love this!!! I would love one of these too keep my linens in, it’s perfect! I’ve also never tried liming wax, but I must now!

  5. This is a really smart project — I will totally be stealing your idea 😉 Baskets are my FAVE thing to buy secondhand, and I can never get enough of them.

    1. Thanks so much Susie! Charlie is such a sweetie! He still has his puppy brain and has no idea that he weighs 100 pounds, which can be a challenge since he loves to snuggle!