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Wooden California Clock | Thrift Store Makeover

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Friends it’s time for our monthly Thrift Store Decor.  This month I found a fun one, actually Mr. DS spotted this one.  We all know states are HOT right now.  I haven’t jumped on that bandwagon but when we found this California wooden clock it was just begging for a makeover.  I think the California shape was cut out by some awesome parent, probably for some 4th grade history project.  I gave it a little love and came up with this.

Beachy Driftwood California Sign updated

I kind of gave it a beachy, driftwood, California vibe.

Here’s the before in all it’s glory.  What a labor of love to cut California out!  I pulled off the label stickers, gave it a good cleaning and a light sanding before starting the makeover.

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California Wooden Thrift Store Sign before makeover

I used Rust-oleum’s Weathered Gray Stain – which I LOVE!  I used a sock and just rubbed on a little, let it sit a couple minutes and wiped off the excess.  I have been a paint-loving girl for years now, but lately stain has been my thing!

California State Wooden Sign Updated with Stain and Paint

Then I dry brushed some white acrylic paint on top – adding white details to the cracks and edges.  I’m always just in awe of how a little paint can totally change the feel of a room or a project.

Driftwood California Sign added to Gallery Wall

I put it up on gallery wall for the moment, but I think it’s going to find a home in my office soon.

Beachy State Sign a wooden thrift store California sign updated

I’m loving my California makeover!

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  1. Maryann, what a unique and creative piece! Your California clock could very well become a family heirloom along the lines of a traditional cuckoo clock!

  2. These are just perfect items for home decoration. I always loved your ideas and tips for home decor. The is looking awesome. I’ll definitely try to make these items.

  3. Maryann

    isn’t it so fun to do a quick makeover that looks great? It’s a win/win for sure. Great job on your thrift store california clock! (ps I wouldn’t want to CUT that out)


  4. I snatch up anything with California on it, you know being that original Valley Girl that I am. I pass on anything my original Valley Girl body has to fit into however!

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