Thursday, February 10, 2022

Thrifty Thursday Modern Funky Minimal Centerpiece

Upcycle Thrift Store Finds

Last week I shared some wood finds from the thrift store. This week I focused on finding metal objects (but, I do look at ALL the things at the thrift store). I found a few, some with great patina. Here are a couple of the items that came home with me: two different sized gold panning pans, a heavy metal container with great patina, and a hammered copper candlestick.
Upcycle Metal Thrift Store Items

I decide to upcycle the larger, metal, gold panning pan first. I knew it would make a great candle pan for a modern looking, minimal, boho centerpiece. No goldpan handy? Use a cake pan or a round metal tray for a centerpiece.

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(This post contains affiliate links which means that if you buy something through the link I provide I may receive a small compensation at NO EXTRA cost to you.)The goldpan had some rust on it, which I liked, but I wanted it to be a warmer color so I added Rub-n-Buff. I love this stuff, a little goes a long way, and it doesn't completely cover the finish underneath it like spray paint wood. You can get it in a variety of colors HERE. I applied it with an old, inexpensive paintbrush leftover from my preschool teaching days.
use rub-n-buff
Use small blobs of it and have a rag nearby to rub it in better, if necessary.
warm up metal with rub n buff
To age it a bit more, I dry brush black craft paint on it in just a few spots. Be sure to really dab off most of the paint and dry brush it in a few random spots--not evenly.
Dab and drybrush with black acrylic paint
The first thing I added to the pan to create a funky centerpiece was a piece of driftwood that was in the yard. I was able to stand it up which I liked. This centerpiece does have a low or short profile which makes it look more modern and gives it an organic touch. You can add pinecones, branches, dried flowers, a wood figurine--just something warm and natural.
driftwood in a modern centerpiece
Three pillar candles were added next. I wanted them to be different heights so I set one on an upside down canning ring and one on a small, upside down brass bowl.
How to Make Candles a different height in a centerpiece
If you are going to display the centerpiece on a dining room table be sure to use unscented candles so they won't interfere with yummy food smells.
use unscented candles in a centerpiece
A succulent on the other side of the driftwood was included to incorporate a little green and life. I grabbed some dark colored, smooth rocks from my flowerbeds and placed those around the candles, driftwood, and succulent. The rocks hid the candle "lifts" and add a grounding nature to this funky, boho centerpiece. For a different filler look you could use buttons, marbles, wood beads, moss, wood chips, rock salt.
Modern Minimalist Centerpiece Made from Thrift Store Finds
I used a baby quilt from the thrift store for a table runner. Even though it is rectangular and the table is square, I placed it on an angle,
Modern Minimalist Centerpiece Made from Thrift Store Finds
I am not sure if this is hand-stitched, but it sure looks like it from the back. There is no tag on it and from the looks of it, a lot of work went into it.
Hand stitched quilt
I staged this in our studio air bnb that we will be renting out soon. I say staged because I will most likely be selling the gold panning pan and the quilt in a future sale. But, here is a sneak peek at the studio kitchen. You can read more about it in my Cozy Sunroom and DIY Hanging Light POST HERE.
Studio Air BNB
The studio is being decorated in a National Park theme since we have two of the best in Montana, Glacier and Yellowstone. It is not going to be overly lodgey, but more of a casual, Montana space.

When making centerpieces, use thrift store finds, natural items, candles, paint to fit your decor, plants. PLAY, rearrange, shop your house, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!

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