Finds of the Week #45: Potential Paint Projects

To paint or not to paint? That is the question. 🙂

I’ve been pretty lucky with my finds lately, and now that spray painting season is here I have to decide what pieces will get makeovers and which ones will stay as is.

vintage handmade wooden spice cabinet with hardware cloth door inserts

I found this large shelf cabinet at the salvation army for $5. I couldn’t believe the price!

I grabbed it right away. It’s definitely a homemade piece, but whoever made it did a really great job. It’s quite large and heavy… a good solid piece.


vintage handmade wooden spice cabinet with hardware cloth door inserts and peg hangers

Not sure how old it is, but I’m guessing it’s been around for awhile. The heart cutout makes me think it’s probably from the 80s.


vintage handmade wooden spice cabinet with hardware cloth door inserts and hammered hinges

I love the shape of the hammered hinges.

Did you notice the two different kinds of screws? I’ll definitely have to fix that.  I’m a little OCD that way. 🙂


vintage handmade wooden spice cabinet

Do you see a funky face here or is it just me? I’m thinkin’ it’s some Star Wars character maybe.

Anybody know or am I seeing things? lol.


vintage spice cabinet with doors open

I’m really loving the hardware cloth on the doors, but not the orangy wood or the boring wallpaper. I’m not sure if this is painted or stained, but whichever it is it’s got to go.

So for me this piece is a yes for painting, but probably not spray paint because I’ll want to distress it quite a bit. Spray paint is quite hard to sand… even on edges.


vintage metal shower organizer

This shower organizer has a lovely soft silver finish and was just $1.


vintage metal shower organizer

I have a repurpose project in mind for it, but I’m still undecided as to whether or not to paint it. I think I’ll have to dig out the collection that it’s going to display before I decide.


large ornate metal tiered basket stand

I love this tiered stand, and for $3 I think it was a steal.

It could be used in so many ways… to hold fruit, craft paints, yarn balls, flowers… whatever you like really.


large ornate tiered stand with curlicue feet

Check out the sweet little feet. I’m a sucker for curlicues. 🙂

It has a lovely rusty patina, but I think it really needs some spray paint love to bring out its lovely shape.

What colour would you use!

Thanks so much to you for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.

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  1. Great finds, that cabinet will look great painted and distressed. Try krylon’s chalky finish spray paint. Its very easy to distress.


    1. Thanks Tania! I wish I could try that spray paint, but it’s not sold up here anywhere nearby. I’ll be checking for it the next time I’m in a big city that’s for sure. It would make my painting life much easier.

  2. The face is CP30 (I think that’s it)from Star Wars!! I love all your treasures! That tiered stand is adorable. Of course I would paint it aqua 🙂

    1. ha! I thought that face looked familiar. Haven’t seen the movies in a long time. I think the tiered stand would look great painted aqua.

  3. Yeppers! I agree! C3PO!! Imagine someone making that by hand!! Well, by power tools, but still…..I’m impressed. And you will make it lovely again! Wonderful finds, and I’m taken with the tiered stand too. I’m thinking……purple??? Dona

    1. Yes, I can see that face now. Now that’s all I see. lol. Why am I not surprised that you’d paint the stand purple? 🙂

  4. WHAT??? I can’t believe the deals you get girl. I am so excited for you and that shelf….and the tiered stand is perfect. Your shopping skills and luck amaze me all the time.

    1. Thanks Karen! Frankly the deals I get amaze me sometimes too. I do see overpriced stuff all the time, but I’m just too cheap to buy it.

  5. Love the cabinet and I totally agree on it being an 80’s piece. I would paint the cabinet and tiered stand for sure. I have a similar tiered stand and it is painted black (it was painted when I found it) I would probably paint it a different color if it needed painting.

    1. Thanks Sharon! Heart cutouts were a big thing in the 80s that’s for sure. I’m looking forward to it warming up again so I can get out the spray paint for the stand. Spray paint makes painting metal pieces like this a breeze.

    1. Thanks Cecilia! Those hearts were everywhere in the 80s. I remember them well. The tiered stand is even prettier in person. I can’t wait to paint it.

  6. It’s always hard for me to decide too. Hmm, if these were mine, I’d probably leave the 2-tiered stand alone, but paint the other two…can’t go wrong with a fresh coat of white-ish. Thanks for sharing with Talk of the Town.

    1. Thanks Betsy! That’s very true. White paint can make anything beautiful.

  7. All great finds! I am curious about the shower organizer makeover. 🙂 Love the tiered stand…too cute! Have a great rest of the week!

    1. Thanks so much Vicky! We’re back in a cold phase now. Hopefully it warms up soon so I can get some spray painting done.

    1. Thanks Diana! I’m looking forward to getting some serious spray painting done, but it has to warm up again.

  8. Tuula, I have a spice holder very similar to the shelf you found only the bottom is flat. I painted mine with chalk paint. So much better! Yes, yours has a face…C3PO maybe? I want that tiered basket! Oh my gosh! I’ll have to be on the lookout for one. Yours is perfect! I guess the color I’d paint it would depend on where I was going to use it…in my art room, lime green. In my kitchen, white. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them!

    1. Thanks Cecilia! So you were lucky enough not to get the 80s heart cutout. lol. I think I’ll be doing something about that it my makeover. The tiered stand it really sweet and was a great deal. It think it would look great painted any colour.

  9. To bad that in the 80’s they didn’t paint the hearts instead of cutting them out. On Monday I picked up a doll bed, doll high chair and a side table for free. Their yard sale had just ended and they had put it by the street with a big FREE sign. So, of course I grabbed it. The bed and high chair have hearts cut out just like the heart in your cabinet and are definitely homemade. Awesome finds. I can’t wait to see the finished cabinet.

    1. Thanks Mandy! Free is always the best. I remember the heart stencilling too. I’m pretty sure I did some myself. lol.

  10. Super finds! The cabinet has serious potential (and a funky face)!

    1. lol. I agree with you on both counts Debbie.

  11. Tuula, you must not have anyone up in your neck of the woods that thrifts or buys cast-offs! You always have the best finds that I never see in my neck of the woods. My favorite is the wooden piece. I can’t wait to see what you are going to do with it!

    1. Thanks very much Florence! I hope to get that piece painted soon, but it’s a little large so I really want to do it outside. I’m hoping it warms up soon so I can get to it.

  12. That tiered stand is awesome! I also like the cabinet for a fun re-do.

    1. Thanks Kim. I’m looking forward to using that cabinet for one of my collections.