You are My Sunshine

Summer is almost here, and I’m all over it!  During one of my biweekly occasional trips to the thrift store (‘the GW’) I came across these beautiful ornate wooden plates.  

There were about 10 of them stacked up nicely, neat, and clean.  What would I do with them?  Yet, how could I possibly pass them  up?  I couldn’t.  But I only took 6 out of principle.  Sometimes I don’t understand my own logic.  

Anyway, check out the pretty detail on these babies!  They’re solid wood!  Oh, I forgot the best part… 99 cents a piece!  


I thought I’d paint two of them yellow and hang them up in the staircase amongst the sea of my kid’s pictures.  And what better message to write on them than ‘you are my sunshine’, cause they are!

I took them outside and got to painting with the spray can:

First a coat of white primer.

Then a light coat of the yellow spray paint.

Went over it again lightly with the white primer, just in the middle. Then with vinyl letters I spelled out the words ‘you are my’ on one plate, and ‘sunshine’ on the other.

For the second plate I used larger letters (4″) for the ‘Sun’ half of the word, and the usual 2″ letters for the ‘shine’ half.  

Adding one more coat of yellow over the whole thing.

After all was dry I carefully peeled the letters off:

Then just took a sanding block to it and distressed it all up cause I fancy the ‘beat up’ look!

I love the way these turned out! Makes me smile every time I pass them…

…on the floor as they wait patiently for me to put them up..(hey– I’m a busy girl!).  

I can’t wait to show you what they look like up on the wall nestled in between my cutie-pie kid’s pix :)  Come back next week to see the completed gallery wall!

Love, Barbara


I’m flooded with ideas on what to do with the remaining 4, but can’t decide!  Do you have any suggestions??

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Barbara is a lover of all things creative, simple, and budget friendly. Chase the Star began in 2012 as a creative outlet and to chronicle her DIY and crafty adventures. She is a working mom and wife residing in sunny Southern California.

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  1. These came out beautiful. I’m sure they will look better on the wall instead of the floor though. hehe.

    • Becca, I was waiting for someone to call me out on that! I am planning on putting them up tonight…or tomorrow! haha! Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by!

  2. These are amazing! That is my favorite song!!! Megan

  3. Love these! What a fabulous thrift store find. Can’t wait to see what you do with the rest!!

  4. What a great thrifting find and an even better transformation! I love the colour and the distressing. Can’t wait to see what you do with the rest :)

  5. What a great find! I love what you did with them! I would love for you to link them up at our party.


  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!! Yellow is such an awesome color :)

    I constantly find myself in the same situation…”ooh they have 10 but I only need 1″. It is sooooo hard to pass up. You are good for ONLY getting 6. I would have gotten the 6, I would have probably went back the next day and got the other 4! :)

    • Jamie, I’m seriously regretting not getting all 10, although I still have 4 that I don’t know what to do with! But still it’d be better to have them all here and not at the thrift store (if someone else hasn’t snatched them up!) Ack! Thanks for the comment and have a great day!

  7. These are adorable! What a neat find! Very creative use too! I love the bright yellow!

  8. Hi Barbara, I am a new reader, creating over at These turned out beautiful. Can’t wait to check out what else you are working on!

  9. I LOVE how these turned out friend!!!! :) so so so summer-y I think I would like a set of these in my new house!!! Ohhh I might have to go and find some of these at a thrift store too!!!!
    ps thanks for linking up!!!

  10. Wow! Those turned out so awesome! What a great idea! Pinning! :)

  11. They look truly amazing!!! I love dollar store transformations!

  12. Oh my goodness, I LOVE these little plates! The yellow is just so happy! Great job!

  13. I am stopping in from Richella’s party. Your plates are fantastic. What a transformation. That is my favorite song to sing to my grandchildren so it has extra special significance for me. Fun project and quite a deal. I never seem to find anything worthwhile at GW. I think I need to go more often:-)

  14. Great idea! I have a large wooden plate in my garage waiting for this!! Tomorrow it happens ;) *ps I couldn’t have resisted all 10 plates*

  15. Barbara…thank you for linking up to furniture friday.
    We will forgive you this time because these plates are soooo cute. You are one lucky girl to score these. Hopefully we will see you again next week.

  16. I was not at all surprised when I clicked over from Imparting Grace and found that this post was from you! :) I adore them! Bright, bright yellow is perfect for summer!

  17. What did you use for the letters, just paper? Or were they vinyl? I have a piece I’d like a similar look for, just trying to decide how to approach it. :)

    Thanks for dropping by Happy Hour Projects, following you!


  18. Beeeeauuuutiful!


  20. So cute! Love them =)

  21. Those are great. I love that song it is so encouraging, my mom sang it to me as a little girl and I love sharing it with my kids. Thanks for coming and sharing this with us at The Sunday Round Up.

  22. These are precious! Love the yellow! What a terrific find and transformation! Featuring you tonight on our FB page!! ;)

  23. What a great find and I love what you did to them. The yellow is perfect!
    Thanks for sharing at our Sunday Round Up! Can’t wait to see what you have for us next weekend. Have a GREAT week!

  24. These are adorable! I love the color! Found you through The Grant Life and I am a new follower. I would love for you to stop by and share this at my party??

  25. These are SO CUTE!!! I love that song so I’m obsessed with these! Pinning them for later.. I need to find wooden plates!! :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  26. Your wooden plates look so sunny! :) Perfect application for this sentiment!


  27. These are so bright and sunny! I love them! Thank you for sharing at Fabulous Friday. I’m featuring you!

  28. Hay. I’m featuring this today @
    Come see and grab a button.

  29. Cute! I would love for you to link up at our Friday Block Party at Curb Alert! The link is open all weekend :)
    Thanks, Tami

  30. $0.99?? NO WAY!!! LOVE IT!!! I just ADORE yellow!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!
    I’m looking forward to seeing what you link up this evening!

  31. These came out great! Thank you so much for entering in the Craftastic Competition. Good luck!

  32. Gah, your projects are always so great! I’m loving every one of them you entered at the Craftastic Competition!! I’ve been looking for a new art idea for my dining room, and I think I might have to give this technique a try. Thanks for sharing!!


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