Have you ever found yourself looking and looking for the perfect “piece” to fit a certain area in your home with no luck? This is how my search for a table centerpiece has gone until I landed on a great find at an antique market called “Vintage Market Days.” To my surprise, it wasn’t a shiny, silver or gold antique, but an old and dirty piece of wood called a SUGAR MOLD.
I love a good antique market, but I tend to get a little overwhelmed. There is so much “junk,” literally junk, that I find myself stressing out to sift through and find something of value. As I was pacing the isles, I kept coming back to this sugar mold. They had TONS of these for sale, but I just couldn’t decided if I really needed it. It was covered in dirt, and dinged up a little, so I couldn’t decided if it was really “table” worthy. Since it was decently priced, I decided to cave and buy the VINTAGE SUGAR MOLD.
At first glance, all sugar molds look dingy and dirty. Well, let me backtrack. Yes, all vintage items are a little banged up and show some age, but all the sugar molds I’ve ever seen always look pretty rough. I didn’t know if I could “decorate” it enough to want to display it as a beautiful centerpiece. I knew I needed to figure out something to “spruce thing thing up.”
So lets start at the beginning. Here she is, in all her raw glory:
Still a great vintage piece, but I still felt like it needed something to dress it up. Since I’ve been eyeing and swooning over grain sacks lately, I figured why not paint some GRAIN SACK STRIPES? Honestly, eeeerrrrbody is into a grain sack stripe these days, or so it seems! I can’t go wrong with painting a few of these right?
One thing to note; I got my SUGAR MOLD at a vintage market, but you can find them pretty easily on the internet. Here is a link to a 6 hole SUGAR MOLD similar to mine that I feel is decently priced:
I figured the best way to make a stripe on the wood would be with painters tape and a paint pen. So after gathering some inspiration from a photo, I decided what type of grain sack stripe I would make.
After the first stripe was painted, honestly, I was a little worried. It just didn’t look right. I was so afraid I had messed up my new vintage piece.
I kept going with the side stripes on the sugar mold and told myself it would look good.
And it was! I think she looks pretty good! After I painted the stripes, I lightly sanded the SUGAR MOLD. I sanded it so the new striped wouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb. The mold was obviously a little old, and the stripes were bright and new. Here she is after I sanded her lightly.
My next step was to decorate! I figured I could decorate with some existing greenery I already had around the house.
I used 2 large pom poms and hot glued the greenery inside instead of the greenery styrofoam (I didn’t have any and I’m cheap).
To recap; here is a short list of the materials:
1) sugar mold
2) paint pen
3) hot glue gun
4) greenery of your choice
5) greenery styrofoam (or pom poms, lol)
A few final pictures in a gallery:
The great thing about these sugar molds as centerpieces is that you can change up the greenery depending on the season. As you can see I’ve placed two pumpkins in two of the holes for Halloween!
I hope this has given you a few ideas of how to DECORATE VINTAGE STYLE WITH A SUGAR MOLD. Even though I worried this piece wouldn’t be “table” worthy, I think she turned out OK. Sometimes the ugliest ducks turn out to be beautiful swans!
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