The other morning, I was at home watching HGTV and this show Flea Market Flip was on. I am sure some of you have heard of it. It’s the show where teams get $500 bucks to go to a flea market and pick out the items they will flip. Well, I had never seen this show before, which is weird because I watch HGTV all the time. Any who, I can say that I am definitely addicted to this show now. It is right up my alley. I decided after watching this show that I had to do a Flea Market/Thrift haul. I went out and I got a TON of great items!

When I was at the thrift shop, I came across some old sundae dishes. They were in great condition and I figured I could use them for something, so I snagged them.

When I got home, I went to my workshop and began to design. I decided that I was going to make a multi functional decoration. My thoughts when creating this was that this could used as either a flowers or candle holder. Check it out!

Materials Needed:
  • Sundae Dish
  • Scrap Piece of wood (Rectangular Shape)
  • Spray Paint (I used the color Aqua)
  • Chalk Paint (White)
  • Interior Stain (Dark Walnut)
  • Picture Hanging Wire (10 lbs strength)
  • (4) small screws
  • Small foam sponge brush
  • Small paint brush
  • Rope or Burlap
  • 400 grit sandpaper
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Hot Glue
  • Old Rag
  • Something to put down when spray painting (I used old wrapping paper)


  1. Clean the sundae dish with a cleaner.
  2. Dry.
  3. Outside, or in a well ventilated area, put down some plastic, cardboard or wrapping paper (I used this) and place the sundae dish on top.
  4. Shake up your spray paint and spray down your sundae dish.  Keep layering the paint until you get the color you want. 

  5. Let this sit and dry fully.
  6. Next, I take the piece of scrap wood and sand it down until it is bare and smooth.  I used a 220 to remove some paint and stain that was on it.
  7. Wipe clean with a tack cloth.
  8. Next, paint the scrap wood with white chalk paint. 
  9. Let it dry fully.
  10. Once the chalk paint has dried, take a piece of 400 grit sandpaper and sand down the edges and various spots of the wood.  What you are trying to do is slightly distress the wood.
  11. When you have distressed the wood to your liking, wipe it down with a tack cloth.
  12. Take the interior stain, and with a foam sponge brush, go over the white chalk paint.  
  13. Once you have gone over the chalk paint, take you rag and wipe down the  stain until you have achieved an almost tan color.  Then let it dry.
  14. Take your 400 grit sandpaper and distress the board again until it is to your liking.
  15. This next part is optional, but you can take your white chalk paint and add some more white  if you would like.  Basically go in until you reach the balance of color and distressing you want.
  16. When both the wood and sundae dish are dry take them and do a rough placement of the sundae dish on the wood.  Once you figure out where you are going to want to place the sundae dish, drill 2 holes about a 1/2 inch apart behind where the sundae dish will sit.  These holes are where the wire will be threaded through.
  17. Next, wrap the picture hanger wire around the  sundae dish, thread the wire through the holes in the wood and tie the wire off in the back.
  18. Take rope, ribbon, burlap (Can be whatever you want) and hot glue over the wire so that the wire is concealed.
  19. Take your two remaining screws and screw them into the back of the wood at the top. Spread them evenly apart.
  20. Take some more of your picture hanger wire and attach an end to each screw.  This creates a hood for you to hang your wall decor.
  21. Hang your decoration and either place in a candle or fresh flowers or simple enjoy it as it is.



  • If you are using chalk paint you don’t necessarily have to prep the wood.  Chalk paint you supposedly do no need to prep. I however always prep because I DESPISE having to do a project over because the paint chips or peels. It’s your choice, but if you are like me, I would recommend prepping.
  • When using chalk paint, I hate using the wax because of how long it takes to fully cure.  So, for many of my projects, I will quickly spray a coat of clear finish over the dry chalk paint.  I typically do this on an item that will experience higher traffic.  In the case of this project, I did not because it’s meant to be distressed and worn looking. So, if it gets a little banged up it doesn’t matter.




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