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
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.
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!
- 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
- scissors or Fiskar trimmer
- glue gun or E-6000 glue
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
CLICK THE LINKS BELOW TO SEE MORE MAKEOVERS AND UPCYCLES
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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!