Vintage Firewood Holder Flip – Thrift Store Brass to Class

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Before you pass up an awesome brass thrift store find, find out how you can give those ugly yellow outdated pieces a facelift with the just the right color spray paint!

Thrift Store brass makeover

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Before I dive into this ridiculously easy tutorial I wanted to let you know that this post is part of one of my Thrifty Thursday Series. I’ve teamed up with some lovely blogging ladies to bring you a little dose of DIY inspiration.

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I have a special place in my heart for brass thrift store finds. They’re so ugly and dated with their bright yellow sheen, but they were once the “it” pieces of home decor.

Why not show them a little love with a simple spray paint makeover right? I was pretty confident I could turn this 80’s vintage firewood holder into something more modern, so for $5 it went home with me.

vintage firewood holder

I know what you’re probably thinking. It’s hideous right? But I did a little googling and found out these vintage pieces were going for over $100 on etsy and ebay!

Like what?!

I’m not sure who would want this thing in it’s original form, but I figured I scored myself quite the deal. And I was determined to turn it into something like this.

I loved these modern brass firewood holders from Crate and Barrel and Williams Sonoma, but not for the price tag.

So off I went to find the perfect brass spray paint to try my best to recreate the look.

vintage firewood holder makeover supplies

vintage firewood holder

I really wanted to try this color that Lauren from Blesser House tested out, but couldn’t seem to find it anywhere in stock. So I decided to test out the two gold spray paints I picked up to see which one would give me the best modern brass look.

vintage firewood holder
vintage firewood holder

I took a poll on Instagram to find out what other people thought of these two golds. Decisions are so hard right?!

vintage firewood holder

In the end, I went with the Gilded Brass color on the right. It had more of a muted and toned down satin gold color. I figured the one on the left would be way too loud for my style.

how to makeover a vintage firewood holder

step 1 – clean it up

vintage firewood holder

I had to give this guy a thorough bath in the kitchen sink. It was covered in dust and cobwebs. But other than that, it was in pretty decent shape. No scratches or knicks to buff out, but if you needed to you can always use a little sandpaper to even out the metal surface.

step 2 – prime your surface

I used zinsser spray primer for this project because it claims to stick to all surface types.

vintage firewood holder

Use short bursts to cover the entire metal surface with primer. This will ensure that you don’t up with a lot of sag and paint drips.

vintage firewood holder

I was pretty happy with how quickly this primer dried. It was also really smooth to the touch on the bottom of my log holder. But the top was another story. I’m not sure if it was user error or if the can was just getting low. But the second side of my piece was gritty and rough.

vintage firewood holder

In hindsight, I probably should have gone over this with a fine sandpaper to smooth out some of the grit, but well, laziness.

step 3 – paint your surface

vintage firewood holder
vintage firewood holder

Can I just say how much I loved this can of Rustoleum Gilded Brass Spray Paint?!

vintage firewood holder

The spray nozzle was so easy to use and there was no need to do careful short bursts when applying the paint. It sprayed on in the most fine mist so I just went carefully from side to side to get an even coverage.

vintage firewood holder

It took the entire can to cover my vintage firewood holder so I got super lucky that I only really needed one coat for the application.

vintage firewood holder

It was dry to the tough after about an hour so I got to work styling it with these super inexpensive birch logs I found at Crate and Barrel.

vintage firewood holder
vintage firewood holder
vintage firewood holder
vintage firewood holder

And if you’re curious about the marble fireplace you can find all the details on the makeover here.

vintage firewood holder
vintage firewood holder

I have all the heart eyes for this little thrift store makeover! What do you think? Does it stand up to the high end look a likes? Drop me a comment below!

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8 Comments

  1. It looks gorgeous, Martina! I love the soft and muted gold! We have a black vintave firewood holder… I wonder what my husband would say if he came home to a brass or gold one one day….

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