Hello friend, it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday again! If you’re not familiar with this series, once a month 4 of my creative blogging friends and I each transform a free or thrifted item into something way more awesome. You can see all our past T2T projects HERE.
This month I started with these old alphabet blocks from a yard sale (I didn’t count them, but the bag they were in said 70 blocks – $3.00).
Since they had who-knows-what kind of slobber and snot and gunk all over them, I was not planning to give them to Baby E. Nope! I decided to paint them and give them a more grown up style.
How to Paint Upcycled Alphabet Blocks
I took them outside, laid them on cardboard, and sprayed them with Rustoleum spray paint in white satin for a fresh new look. After letting them dry, I flipped them all over and sprayed again to make sure all sides were painted.
Next I painted the letters black. Well, not every letter on every side. I didn’t really need four Xs. 😉 But I made sure I had at least one of every letter, and some letters I have 2 or 3.
The end result? Perfectly imperfect.
I played around with several different messages on my hutch…
I had to include that one, LOL.
Any reason to spread happiness, right?
These upcycled alphabet blocks were an easy DIY project, and I love having them around as a stylish way to display meaningful messages in my home. Do you have any of these old blocks you can transform?
– Jen, Girl in the Garage
But don’t go anywhere yet! It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday, which means there are 4 more projects to see below!
Below are my friends’ project photos before their transformation – click the links underneath to see the Afters.
Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces says
What a great idea! Especially when your block are missing a letter or two. This is so cute, Jen!
This is awesome! I must remember to grab blocks next time I see them!
Thank you Tonya! I have to admit, I love playing around with them. LOL
Doreen @ Altered Artworks says
Visiting from Prodigal Pieces. Your painted letter blocks is a clever idea. You can spell out so many different phrases throughout the year. I’ll be on the lookout for some old blocks now… I love finding trash and turning it into treasures. Hope you’ll visit my blog and see a few of my projects.
I LOVE this idea!!
Jen these are awesome!!! So simple and amazing!
Thanks so much, Susan!
Charlene Hansen says
Love, love love this idea!!!
Aww this turned out really cute! I have some blocks lying around that my daughter doesn’t even play with anymore. Hmm… you’ve got me thinking.
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
What a super cute idea! Love it! 🙂
[email protected] Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says
LOVE this idea, Jen!! Now I wish I would have kept my son’s blocks!!
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Marie, The Interior Frugalista says
Very clever idea, Jenn. Who says adults can’t have fun playing with blocks too! Pinning to share 🙂
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Haha, so true! I had a lot of fun making words and phrases with these blocks! 😉
Michelle - Happy Heart™ says
Stopping in from Sweet Inspirations. Love what you did with these blocks…they look awesome!!!
Thanks so much, Michelle! I’ve had these blocks for a few months, I wish I had thought of painting them sooner!
My sister used the blocks as dresser drawer pulls on her sons dresser when he was younger
That’s such a neat idea! Thanks for sharing!
These would be great to paint for Holiday sets. Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day,etc.
Great idea!! Can be used for hundreds of words and sayings!!
Love your block project! These could be used for so many words and sayings