Trash to Treasure - Upcycled Thrift Shop Paintings

Today I have a fun thrift shop flip project to share!

How to upcycled a thrift store painting

Remember this upcycled painting I showed you awhile back here: Trash to Treasure - Thrift Shop Flips?

Here is the before and after, side-by-side comparison.

Well I've been working on a couple more!

I actually think they look kind of cool grouped together! I could see them on a gallery wall!

Do you remember the before of this one?

It is painted on a board, not a canvas so the first thing I did after I removed the frame was SAND THE HELL OUT OF IT! Yes! I sanded it! I figured I wouldn't be out too much if I ruined it so I went to town and I think it really softened it up!

This is the most recent one. Here is a before shot of the painting.

I found a quote that I thought went well with the picture...

Then I had to add some flowers! Here are my flower parts.

I embroidered some flower stems right on the canvas!

Then I used my tweezers to hold on to these teeny-tiny "flowers" while I dipped them in glue.

And I added them to the stems on the canvas.

I found a frame that fit it and gave it a coat of "Lagoon" spray paint.

What do you think? It's fun giving these old paintings a new life!

I have some more thrift store paintings I'll be working on soon!


Donna Wilkes said...

You are so clever and creative. I am looking through my frame stash to see if I saved any of the cardboard prints!

The Vintage Dresser said...

I love them! The button flowers are so cute. It's amazing what a few words and tweaks do to bring those faded, out of date prints to life! Great job!

Naomi @ Plaster & Disaster said...

What a fun idea! Love that it brings discarded paintings back to life. Nice job!

Cathy Carroll said...

I love this idea of making these old paintings into updated quotes. And adding the flower buttons was such a creative touch. Thank you for sharing with Share It One More Time. Cathy

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Thank you Cathy! I always have fun at the Share It One More Time party!


Little Vintage Cottage said...

Thank you Naomi!


Debra Hubbs said...

What a great idea to give old paintings new life!

Tania said...

Thanks Debra! It makes you look at old, unwanted art in a whole new way!


Kathy A said...

I love your upcycled pictures; they definitely should be a gallery wall. As a long-time klutz, I have found it easier,neater, and faster to put a dot of glue where I want the button. Then I drop the button in place or use Mother's spit on my finger to hold the button. When dropped in the glue which is stronger, it stays in the glue. When gluing paper flower blossoms onto dollhouse plants, a piece of spaghetti with MS helps glue on your flowers much faster!

Tania said...

Thank you Kathy! Those are really great tips too!


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This is such a fun idea, Tania!