Simple Framed Art Makeover

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Today, you’ll learn how to complete a simple framed art makeover. You will be amazed at how some paint, glue, and embellishments can totally transform a thrift store find!

While thrifting, I make sure I don’t miss looking at the frames and framed art section. I search for anything that’s unusual or the frame size looks interesting.

The framed art I chose to take a $2.00 chance on appears to be maybe from the 90’s. Wasn’t that when mauve was popular?

SIMPLE FRAMED ART MAKEOVER

completed simple framed art makeover project - now a welcome sign

I initially thought I’d paint the individual tiny flowers and greenery on the frame for a springy, colorful look when I purchased the frame a while ago. When I found my frame in my thrift store stash, I thought better of my time!

I totally changed my direction and chose to get closer towards a farmhouse look, hence, the barn red, denim blue, burlap and galvanized embellishment.

framed art before the simple makeover

This month, I’m joining a group of designers who take something old or unused and ‘do it over’ into something new. There are 11 more makeovers and upcycles for you to see at the end of my post. Click the links. Don’t miss out!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • thrifted framed art
  • ‘Welcome’ ~ Dollar Tree
  • craft paint
    • Folk Art – Cardinal Red #2900CA
    • denim blue
  • scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • foam paint brush
  • artist paint brush
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors or Fiskar trimmer
  • glue gun or E-6000 glue
  • twine

supplies needed for the simple framed art makeover

HOW TO UPDATE OLD FRAMED ART

DISMANTLE AND PREP FRAME

Take the framed art apart. The cardboard type backing on my frame had to be torn completely off and was going to be unusable. I’ll show you my replacement solution later.

Clean the frame. My frame is some kind of molded plastic, so all I had to do was wash it with warm water and soap.

If your frame is not wood, you will need to sand the smooth areas to roughen it up so the paint will take grip.

old framed art taken apart for the makeover

PAINT THE FRAME

I used red Folk Art multi-surface paint which is thicker than regular craft paint. This kind of paint gives better coverage.

Paint the back and sides first using the foam brush. I used 2 coats on the back and 4 light coats on the sides. Let dry between coats.

I painted 4 coats on the front. For a textured design, such as mine, you’ll dab the foam brush up and down into the design and then smooth the top. Let dry between coats.

PAINT THE PICTURE MAT

The art was attached to the mat, so I painted it also. I painted the mat portion with 3 coats of the denim color using a foam brush. Let dry between coats.

painted frame and mat step for the simple framed art makeover project

PREP AND ATTACH THE EMBELLISHMENTS

My scrapbook paper feels a little thicker than the brown Kraft paper. Measure the inset of the picture mat and cut the paper to fit.

Apply Mod Podge on the picture portion and place the scrapbook paper down, press and smooth.

Use a glue gun to attach the galvanized ‘Welcome’ sign.

mod podge step for the simple framed art makeover

CUT FRAME BACKING AND ATTACH

Since I was unable to use the original backing, I used a Dollar Tree sign for the frame backing and my hubby cut it to my measurements. See photo below.

You will need to sand the edges to smooth, and then paint the edges to match the frame.

Insert your new art into the frame.

Use a glue gun and/or E-6000 glue to attach the backing to your frame. I used both types of glue and stacked heavy books on top. E-6000 glue takes longer to dry.

board cut apart to make the frame backing

ATTACH HANGER TO FRAMED ART

Cut twine to your desired length and use hot glue to attach. I ended up using some red twisted twine instead of the regular twine which I included in the supply list picture. I purchased it during an after Christmas sale.

Yay, all done! Tell me what you think about my simple framed art makeover in the comment section below.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE MY OTHER THRIFT STORE MAKEOVERS:

thrift store mirror makeover with "make today amazing" quote painted
pinterest graphic for memo board thrift store upcycle

graphic saying pin for later
pinterest graphic for how to upcycle old frame art

CLICK THE LINKS BELOW TO SEE MORE MAKEOVERS AND UPCYCLES

graphic for do it over designers group

The Apple Street Cottage ~ Ribbon Holder

Purple Hues & Me ~ Jute Vase with Flair Top

Exquisitely Unremarkable ~ Rice Paper Decoupage

Unique Creations by Anita ~ Restoration of Captain’s Chair

Pandora’s Box ~ Don’t Throw Away Old Ties

Birdz of a Feather ~ DIY China Cabinet Makeover

My Hubbard Home ~ Upcycle a Thrift Store Tea Kettle into a Flower Pot

Little Vintage Cottage ~ Boho Wall Hanging Basket Arrangement

Modern on Monticello ~ DIY Mid-Century Modern Inspired Side Table

Sum of Their Stories ~ Spaghetti Jar to Garden Lantern Upcycle

Tea and Forget Me Nots ~ How to Repurpose a CD Rack

Southern Sunflowers ~ Simple Framed Art Makeover

Sharing my framed art makeover at these fabulous blogs!

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26 thoughts on “Simple Framed Art Makeover”

  1. Cute makeover, Allyson! I just picked up a frame with the same shape. It’s on my ‘To-Do’ list!

  2. Allyson, your frame turned out adorable. Love that you added a rope hanger. I didn’t know about the Folk Art paint and that it provided better coverage. Thank you for that tip. I will remember it!
    Rachelle

  3. Thank you, Marie! Red is my favorite, too. I probably have too much of it in my home decor, but I can’t help myself ~ lol.

  4. Thanks, Patti! I can’t resist checking out the framing section in thrift stores. Keep your eye out for your next treasure!

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