So it is that time of month again where I have the pleasure of joining with a group of very talented Bloggers for Project Challenge.
This months challenge is near and dear to my heart.
We were to make over an item from the thrift store that cost $5.00 or less.
There isn't much that I like to do more than turn trash into treasure!
So I was very excited to take this one on!
I already had this wooden cow I found at the thrift store for only $3.00.
She was cute, but very country looking and a little dated, so I decided I would given her more
of a French Country look.
First I gave her several coats of black acrylic paint.
Even though I did not use chalkboard paint I've found you usually can still use chalk on items that have been painted with black acrylic.
I tried drawing some butcher cuts on my cow with chalk and I had planned to paint over the chalk lines when I was finished, but I wasn't liking how it looked so I decided to go in a different direction.
I sanded off some of the black paint so it didn't have such a matte look.
I think this gives this piece the look of more texture and interest.
I then used a French Market stencil that I got from Etsy several years ago.
The stencil didn't fit perfectly, but I like the way it turned out.
I finished off the cow with some furniture wax and then buffed the piece so it is nice and smooth and easy to keep clean.
I set up a vignette in my kitchen with some breadboards, a French style pot, a new candle and a cute dish towel with black stripes to tie in with my black cow.