Up-Cycle A Vintage Letter Holder

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I found this vintage letter holder at Good Will for $2!  I knew I wanted to up-cycle it just in time for Valentine’s Day (and I will be able to use it all year).

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I’ll be using the following materials:

White Lighting Cleaner

Dixie Belle Boss

Manatee Gray

Family Photos

Clear Coat Satin

I started by cleaning the piece with White Lighting Cleaner and then rinse wiping it off with clean water.

After seeing all of the stain come off of this letter holder while cleaning it, I realized I’d have to use Dixie Belle Boss.  Boss is an amazing sealer that stops old stains, odors, etc from bleeding through new paint.  You don’t want to do all that work and then have the old stain leak through.

You can click on the next photo to see a tutorial on how to use Boss.

I painted the whole piece with Dixie Belle Manatee Gray

You can click on the next photo to see a tutorial on how to paint with Dixie Belle Paint

I ordered photo prints of my family to put on the surface of the piece.

I used Dixie Belle Clear Coat Satin to decoupage on the photos.

You can click on the next picture to see a tutorial on how to decoupage with Dixie Belle Clear Coat

You can achieve this by painting on the clear coat onto the letter holder, place the photo on top, and then place another coat of the clear coat on top of the photos to seal them.  Let dry completely.

To watch me complete this Live click on the photo below

Here is the finished piece, and I love how it turned out.  We’ll be using it during Valentine’s Day to put our Valentine cards in and any other love notes we want to write each other up until the day.  It has room for small treats too.

Because I painted it in a neutral tone, I can leave it up all year and the possibilities are endless – put flowers in it for spring and summer, use it for reminders, leaves for the fall, Birthday & Christmas cards, …

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  1. Very clever . thanks for sharing .

  2. Ohh I love this idea, I also have one of those letter holders and had to paint mine too cause it looked so awful! I host a link party every Friday Morning called Sweet Inspiration and would love to have you join us.

    1. Thank you Mary and thank you very much for the invite to your link party. I’ll be sure to stop by

  3. You certainly made that look better. Love the idea. Found you on Blogger’s Pit Stop link Party

    1. Thank you Barrie, and thanks for stopping by.

  4. It turned out great, lovely idea 🙂 Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Blog Hop.

  5. Chas, you are so talented! It turned out great. Thanks for sharing with us at #PartyinYourPJs. Pinned!

  6. wow, I think my parents have very close to this exact thing on the wall when I was growing up – I love the alteration you did! Thanks for sharing with Party in Your PJs!

  7. What an improvement – amazing. I would have just passed something like that by in a charity shop – not any more!

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