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Thrift Store Decor: Painted And Distressed CookBook Organizer

Hey Guys! It’s Thrift Store Decor Day and I have an easy spray paint project. It’s a spray painted and distressed cookbook organizer….or holder.

Spray Painted CookBook Organizer Thrift Store Decorating

The metal container I found at Goodwill had some pretty details that distressed rather nicely. The first cookbook you see is our family cookbook. More on that later.

thrift store metal container to paint

This is how the oval metal container looked when I got it. As you can see it was $1.99. Not too bad. The area with the raised design was a bit sad looking.

Rustoleum Spray Paint Project from the Thrift Store

First thing it needed was a good coat of spray paint. I used my favorite Rustoleum Satin Heirloom White (find on Amazon here). It is the perfect off-white color. Spray painting the container took no more than 2 minutes.

distress spray paint with flexible sandpaper by hand

I distressed that lovely raised grape vine design using 3M 220 grit flexible sandpaper. I love this stuff. All that paint on my hands is not spray paint. The JTS and I have been painting our bedroom and the white paint on my hands is the trim paint.

I’ll be sure and share the room makeover later. For now we are just painting but I my plan is for new (old but new to me) furniture and also completely new decor.

The new decor will have to wait until things get back to normal. I can’t pick out curtains and bedding online. I need to see them in person and touch them. You can’t tell anything about texture and quality by looking at a picture on the computer.

how to distress white paint

How about those distressed details? It took less time to distress the container than it did to spray paint it.

Spray Painted and Distressed CookBook Organizer Thrift Store Decorating

The title of the Owen family cookbook “Well, My Goodness…..” is in honor of my great grandmother. She always greeted everyone that came to her door with those words and with a hug. That’s a photo of my great grandparents on the cookbook cover.

The cookbook planners and recipe gatherers were my Mom, my Dad’s sister, and several of Dad’s cousins. Along with the recipes there are stories about my great grandparents as told by some of the grandchildren. The publishing company did a great job with the book.

My cousins and I along with extended members of the family are in the process of getting recipes together for the second Owen family cookbook. I’ll let you know how it goes. You can find my Dad’s favorite Banana Cake Recipe from the first cookbook here.

Thrift Store Decor Painted And Distressed Wine Bucket

The pretty grape vine design makes me think of wine and champagne. This bottle of champagne was a gift from a neighbor and it’s been in the cabinet for a while. It’s getting pretty aged by now. Anyway, the pretty container would make a great ice bucket for your favorite bubbly….maybe for date night.

I have a short video that shows how easy it is to distress paint...

How To Distress Paint

Thrift store decor 5 minute DIY

That’s it for me. What would you put in this painted and distressed thrift store goody? Leave a note if you have time and head out on the Thrift Store Tour. There are only 5 of of this month.

All the thrift stores are closed so that kind of affects our monthly tour. I just happen to have a big stash of thrift store goodies in the workshop and so do some of the other girls. Just click the text links below the “before makeover” photo collage….

thrift store decor tour April 2020

Thrift Store Decor Bird Nest DIY from House Of Hawthornes

Herb Saver from a Decanter Tantalus from Sadie Seasongoods

Floor Lamp Solar Light  from My Repurposed Life

Painted Stripe Basket Makeover from Our Southern Home

You guys stay safe. Thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Enjoyed your project and cookbook story. I am no longer ashamed of my horrible craft supply stash although I have not made much of a dent in it–yet! Using 2 napkins to decoupage Easter eggs doesn’t improve the appearance of stuff around here! Been crafting for my church’s Christmas bazaar and stuff to sell. Stay safe and healthy!

  2. Hallelujah for thrift store hoarding! I swear, this quarantine is the best thing that has happened to my garage in years. 😉 We love the same kind of sand paper- it is seriously the best!! And your cookbook organizer turned out super cute. You’re right about those embossed details- they were custom made for distressing.

  3. Ohhh yeah! I have TONS of thrift store items in my stash, just waiting their turn! lol

    Cool story about the cookbook, that’s awesome.

    I love how the distressing “makes” this project come to life.


  4. Thank you Colleen! When the family cookbook was first printed about 20 years ago we just ordered copies for the family members. Maybe for the next one we will take preorders if anyone besides family is interested. Will keep you posted.

  5. I like your metal container. Makes for a great ice bucket. You could also use it to hold a couple of potted plants or make a floral arrangement in it that can be changed out from holiday to holiday, put in some favorite potted her plants, put in guest bathroom; and roll up a couple of towels for them to use, set canning jars inside and use as flower vase. Christmas; fill with scented pine cones, ornaments, etc.
    Now, where can I get one of your family cookbooks?
    Have an enjoyable day.