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How to Decorate Vintage Style with a Sugar Mold and Grain Sack Stripes

Have you ever found yourself 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 went 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. You know me, I love to repurpose and up cycle, so here we go with a new project; Decorating vintage style with a sugar mold and grain sack stripes.

decorating with a sugar mold

I love a good antique market, but I tend to get a little overwhelmed at all the stuff.

There is so much “junk,” literally junk, that I find myself stressing out until I find something of value.

I kept coming back to this vintage sugar mold.

They had TONS of sugar molds for sale, but I just couldn’t decided if I really needed it. It was covered in dirt, and dinged up, so I couldn’t decided if it was really “table” worthy.

Since it was decently priced, I decided to buy this SUGAR MOLD and add a few grain sack stripes to give it a vintage vibe.

At first glance, all vintage 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 create a table worthy sugar mold, but I couldn’t figure out how to turn this vintage piece into a show stopper centerpiece.

My new Vintage Sugar Mold

So let’s start at the beginning. Here she is, in all her raw glory:

vintage sugar mold
vintage sugar mold

This was still a great vintage piece but not ready for a table centerpiece, yet.

I still felt like it needed something to dress it up.

Since I’ve been eyeing grain sacks lately, I figured why not paint some GRAIN SACK STRIPES?

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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 on the internet.

Materials for decorating the new sugar mold:

  • sugar mold
  • paint pen
  • hot glue gun
  • greenery of your choice
  • greenery styrofoam (or pom poms, lol)
  • painters tape

Painting grain sack stripes on the sugar mold

I figured the best way to make a stripe on the wood would be with painters tape and a paint pen.

painting grain sack stripes on sugar mold

After gathering some inspiration from a photo, I decided what type of grain sack stripe I would make.

painting grain sack stripes on sugar mold

After the first stripe was painted, 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 painting the grain sack stripes on the sugar mold and told myself it would look good.

painting grain sack stripes
vintage sugar mold with grain sack stripes

And it was!

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 it is after I sanded it lightly.

Vintage sugar mold with grain sack stripes

My next step was to decorate! I figured I could decorate with some existing greenery I already had around the house.

decorating the sugar mold with greenery

I hot glued the greenery inside the pom poms instead of using styrofoam (I didn’t have any).

My decorated sugar mold with grain sack stripes

You see my bakery sign? You can see more pictures and a post about the DIY vintage Bakery Sign here.

The great thing about using sugar molds as a centerpiece is that you can change up the greenery depending on the season.

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 it turned out OK. Sometimes the ugliest ducks turn out to be beautiful swans!


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  1. Maria says:

    Super pretty, love the vintage vibe.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Very nice. I have this, but instead of painting a stripe. I use a ribbon so Imcan change it out for the seasons and holidays.

  5. Lindsey,
    Such a cute idea! I love repurposed items like this. Great idea!!!

    Happily pinned,
    Barb πŸ™‚

  6. Thank you so much Carol!!!

  7. Carol says:

    I am not sure I would have known this was a sugar mold but I know I would have picked it up. I absolutely love the striping you added. Featuring when my party opens up tonight. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Oh thank you Kathryn! This makes my day.

  9. This is so pretty! Thanks for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s shindig. Hope you have a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  11. Thank you so much Stephanie! This really makes my day.

  12. Stephanie says:

    Loving this sugar mold! Pinning, sharing on FB, and featuring this week at the To Grandmas House We Go Link Party. Have a great week.

  13. A wonderful decor twist on this rugged vintage piece, love it for a staging prop, now I just have to go find one for myself! Thanks for sharing it at #fridaysfurniturefix Lindsey!

  14. Wow what a creative way to repurpose your stuff, thanks for sharing at the pit Stop. πŸ™‚
    Pit Stop Crew

  15. most of the sugar molds you see today are replicas, but the old ones were exactly what you would think; a mold that you pour cane sugar in to make sugar with! Hope this answers your question. Have a great day.

  16. This is a great transformation ! It looks gorgeous on your table! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Inspiration Link Party !

  17. This is lovely! I’ve not seen a sugar mold before and it’s such a beautiful piece. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Funtastic Friday!

  18. acraftymix says:

    That looks so cute. I’ve never heard of a sugar mold before. What do they get used for Lindsey?

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  20. Selena says:

    What a beautiful idea for planting a home garden

  21. playdatesparties says:

    What a transformation! I’ve never seen a sugar mold before…now I want to go hunting for one! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  22. This makes a really attractive centerpiece! I’ve never seen sugar molds before. What a great find. I think the stripes added just the right touch to dress up the piece.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

  23. Stefanie S says:

    Stopping by from Tuesday Talk! XOXO I had something like this pinned on my home decor board, and I think you just inspired me to follow through! I love it!

  24. You’re welcome and good luck!

  25. Rebecca says:

    I love how this turned out! I have been trying to find a way to use this type of stripe in a DIY project. Thank you for the inspiration!

  26. Gentle Joy Photography says:

    Your project turned out great! Nice addition to the table. πŸ™‚

  27. So cute!@ Love the character the stripes make.

  28. This is perfect. Looks great. Thanks for sharing with us πŸ™‚

    Khadija @

  29. JESS44903 says:

    This is so pretty!! πŸ™‚

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  30. What a refreshing makeover! Love that you gave it new life, but kept the rustic feel of it. β™‘

  31. meximoments says:

    This looks such a fun project! I love the step by step instructions! Thanks for sharing! #HomeMattersParty

  32. Thank you! So excited to be cohosting with you ladies too!

  33. Thank you Michelle! So glad to be joining all you ladies.

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  35. Sahana says:

    Wow, Love the result. I really like the simple stripes, it definitely makes the old, new again. Great to be co-hosting with you. #HomeMattersParty

  36. Michelle James says:

    What a great find! Love the update! Welcome to #HomeMattersParty

  37. annacrrll says:

    I love how your sugar mold came out! I am like you in that I always second guess myself halfway through a project but lot of time end up being pleased with the end result.

  38. Sabrina says:

    I love what you did to the sugar mold. It looks so pretty!!

  39. Thank you so much! Your kind words mean a lot!

  40. srfrank08 says:

    I love this tutorial! It looks so beautiful. Great mix of old and new, and it looks amazing as a centerpiece on your table. πŸ™‚