How to Update a Damaged Wooden Bowl

       Before this update this wooden bowl had 
seen better days. I love wooden bowls but sometimes when you find them they are damaged and worn. 

How to Update an Old Wooden Bowl

Originally, it was not pretty! 

This antique bowl had stains, paint on it, chips, and a big crack. 

How to Update an Old Antique Wooden Bowl

At one time it was a beautiful bread bowl but as time went on it was ready to be donated.

I don't feel badly about "fixing up" antiques because usually I rescue them and find a way to give them new life for years to come. 

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I had nothing to lose trying to give this bowl an update. 

I began by sanding the bowl to get out as many stains as possible. 

Next I stained it with a stain that contained polyurethane.

Here it is after 2 coats of stain.

I made sure to leave brush strokes in the stain so cracks and imperfections would look right at home. 

How to Stencil an Old Antique Wooden Bowl

When the stain was dry I tried out the new Chalk Couture transfers I purchased recently. 

How to Silk Screen Stencil an Old Antique Wooden Bowl

I just bought a Chalk Couture transfer with a big wreath design.

I'm still thinking about where to use it, but it came with several little branches around the wreath that you could use separately. 

How to Silk Screen an Old Antique Wooden Bowl

It's easy to use these transfers which are very much like silk screening. 

They sell similar stencils at Michaels

How to Upcycle an Old Antique Wooden Bowl

The black paint is actually a chalk paste so once the design was finished it will need to be sealed so it becomes permanent. 

How to Upcycle an Old Wooden Bowl

The design went on quickly and perfect the first time. 

How to Upcycle an Antique Wooden Bowl

I sprayed the bowl with a matte spray sealer when I was finished. 

This was a quick project that let me try my new Chalk Couture designs and saved this antique bowl from the thrift store. 

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .