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Trash to Treasure with DecoArt Suede™

By: Meghan Quinones
April 13, 2020

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One of my favorite pastimes is roaming around the thrift store. You just never know what kind of treasures you’re going to find. One of my favorite items to look for is wooden home décor pieces. Since wood is easy to transform with a little bit of paint, I always find myself looking for the most interesting pieces to upcycle.  

The last time I was on the hunt for a piece to transform, I found this awesome wooden container with openings on the top.  I’m not really sure what it was in its past life (maybe a desk organizer?), but I was excited to get my hands on it and transform it. I thought since it had openings on top, I could use it as a faux flower/succulent holder. 

I was very excited to transform my dark wood piece and its many imperfections from being used/loved by its prior owner into my own piece of fresh, modern décor. The new DecoArt Suede was the perfect paint to help me make my vision a reality. Since there is no prep work with Suede, I was able to start my project immediately! The lightly-textured acrylic provides subtle dimension to any project, which I love.

Check out the video below to see my Thrift Store Upcycle with DecoArt Suede!


Items needed:
DecoArt Suede™ in Khaki
Flat paintbrush
Damp cloth
Paper or mat to protect your surface
Item to upcycle


Step 1: Shake your DecoArt Suede™ paint well to make sure it’s mixed.

Step 2: Use a damp or wet cloth to wipe down your wood piece to remove any dust and debris and let it dry.

Step 3: Dip your paintbrush into the Suede™ and use a cross-hatching technique to apply the paint. This will give it the most “suede-like” finish.  For the cross-hatching technique, move your paintbrush back and forth creating the letter “X”. You’ll use this technique all over your wood surface.

Step 4: Continue painting your wood object until it’s covered in DecoArt Suede™. Then, let it dry completely.

Step 5:  Once it’s completely dry, add a second coat if desired using the crossing hatching technique again.

Step 6: You can add an additional coat of Suede if you feel like you need more coverage, or if you’d like a heavier textured look on your wood piece. Continue adding coats until you have reached the desired amount of texture.

DecoArt Suede™ can transform any item and give it a distinguished look. My faux flower holder looks like a piece of décor you would get from Pottery Barn but mine was created for just a few dollars instead of a heavy price tag. I can’t wait to find more wooden treasures so I can do another upcycle with DecoArt Suede™.

See more projects using Suede™ here. 

Be sure to visit Happiness is creating  for more projects and to learn more about Meghan Quinones.

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