I have a confession, I think I am possibly cheating on this month’s thrift store upcycle challenge by updating a thrift store painting.
It’s not a complete upcycle in the sense that it turns a painting into a shelf or something, but it does take something anyone can find and updates it – turns something ho hum into usable.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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Alright, let me share what I did……
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- Thrift Store Painting
- White Pencil
- Good Eraser
- Chalk Marker
- White Paint- for the frame (I often get paint samples at the hardware store)
- Paint Rag
- Find, or draw out, a sample of the writing you want to use. Even though the pencil is erasable (on the paintings I have done) it is still a good idea to think about layout and size before you start drawing it out. I used items like a pen cap to judge how tall I might want the letters. (Although I am not a perfectionist so I didn’t spend a ton of time on this.)
- The letters were lightly drawn, on the canvas, with a white pencil. Anything that needed to be changed was lightly erased with a high quality eraser.
- Once the saying was done, it was gone over with a chalk marker.
- Finally, the frame was given a little rub down with a little white paint and a slightly wet paint rag.
This is really an incredibly easy project that gives new use to a dated painting. Here is another one I did in the past……
And now for more thrifty goodness!
Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!
UPDATING A THRIFT STORE PAITNING