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Up-Cycle A Vintage Letter Holder

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).

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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