DIY Simple Thrift Store Art Update | Inspire My Creativity

Happy Wednesday! Today, I am so excited to be teaming up with 12 amazing bloggers in the brand new “Inspire My Creativity” link party. (A big thank you to Shani at Sunshine & Munchkins for organizing this link up and encouraging us all to get creative!) The theme for this month is THRIFT STORE MAKEOVER! I’m going to be showing you my super simple thrift store art update.. the best part? Each one cost only $2.99!

Since Sean and I moved in together, I’ve been trying to cut back on some thrift store shopping because I already have so much stuff that I bought with an idea to transform it into, and have never got around to doing it. Each time I go to Value Village or Bibles for Missions, I end up with way more stuff than I could ever need, so for this month I decided to shop what I already had on hand from a past trip. A little while ago at Value Village, I came across four beautiful paintings, for only $2.99 each!

DIY Simple Thrift Store Art Update

DIY Simple Thrift Store Art Update

DIY Simple Thrift Store Art Update

Actually, two of them were marked for $2.99 and two of them were marked for $9.99. I was going to buy them anyways because I fell in love instantly, but the cashier took a look at the tags and all 4 were labelled the same day and were identical, so she gave me the $2.99 price for each of them!! Score.

The frames were a big part of what made me fall in love with these paintings. I LOVE the shape, and they were a nice shade of gold. There was a bit of staining on them and some funky colours showing, so I gave them all a quick coat of gold spray paint to spruce them up a bit. It was a small change, but you can really notice the difference when side by side! It’s not necessary at all, depending on the state of your frame, but I think it added a nice touch to my simple thrift store art update 🙂

DIY Simple Thrift Store Art Update

I wanted to add something to these frames to ‘spice’ them up since I loved the artwork, but I didn’t want to completely cover it up- enter my Shilhouette Cutting machine (one of my FAVOURITE crafting tools, though I don’t use it nearly enough!) I thought about trying a reverse stencil (painting over vinyl letters and then removing them so the text would show the print, and the rest would be white) but when I applied the vinyl I LOVED the result of white letters on the painting.

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I used the font ‘Bebas’ and chose lyrics from one of my favourite Tim McGraw songs, Humble and Kind. I layed out the text in Silhouette Design Studio based on the size of my prints (approx. 8×10) and fit it onto two of the prints.

DIY Simple Thrift Store Art Update

I transferred the vinyl onto my transfer paper (my least favourite part of vinyl crafting) and then onto the print and I immediately fell in LOVE with the outcome!

DIY Simple Thrift Store Art Update

I thought about adding some text to the waterscapes as well, but decided it would be better to leave them as-is for a little bit of balance. Here are the prints up on my gallery wall:

DIY Simple Thrift Store Art Update

Clearly, I still have some work to do on the gallery wall 😉 The yellow frame on the top right will be replaced by a white one (when I find my last match from the set), the frames will be filled with more photos, and I have another DIY frame idea for the top right corner where you see some empty space. And don’t worry – the frames on the top ARE lined up, I just had to adjust the wire after hanging. An update photo will come once the wall is complete 🙂

Now for the fun part!

nspire my Creativity Link Party

You can check out what the rest of the team created with their thrift store finds using the links below:

Shani at Sunshine & Munchkins
Anna at Practical and Pretty
Ali at Home Crafts by Ali
Meredith at The Designer DIY (You are here)
Cathy at A Boy and His Mom
Emy at Semigloss Design
Missy at Gypsy Magpie
Christine at Swordfights & Starry Nights
Meg at The Kusi Life
Kim at Creigh~ations
Sarah at Making Joy and Pretty Things
Candice at She’s Crafty


Today is just the beginning.. join us on the second Wednesday of every month for more creative inspiration! Next month is going to be just as much fun as the theme is chalk paint! I can’t wait to get started on my project for that this week.

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Have you ever made over something you bought at a thrift store? I’d love to see it!

9 Comment

  1. Love it! Turned out darling! I have this odd obsession with collecting old landscapes from yard sales and the thrift store, so this is totally up my alley! I love that you kept the seascape clean too. Good choice. Anyway, love the project!

  2. Ahh I LOVE this idea! I need to get a silhouette!

  3. Such a creative idea. I would have never thought of the overlay quote. They look amazing.

  4. I love how it turned out! What a great idea for adding quotes to the prints you found!

  5. I love paint by numbers! Your gallery wall is so fun! Love it!

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  7. Love your gallery wall, and the frames turned out awesome!

  8. This looks so great! I agree with you on the lettering on top of the pictures. It adds just a little something that completes it. Your gallery wall is looking great too! Can’t wait to see it completed. 🙂

  9. Looks great. I love the different colour combination. I could be used anywhere.

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