DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Three

It's day three already of 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips!

Today's post is actually something I have done before but it's so much fun to do that I just couldn't help making another one!

This one is actually for Bertha (my vintage motorhome) but I didn't visit her this weekend so haven't hung it up in her just yet.

DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Three

DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Three
If you go to many thrift stores than you probably know that there are ALWAYS lots of amateur paintings in the picture aisle and usually quite a few outdoor scenes like this one.

On their own, they might not be something that you would consider hanging in your home (unless you find the rare really good one) but with a few words added to them, they become something really fun!

DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Three
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Supplies Needed to Make Your Own

  • Thrift Shop Painting
  • Transfer Paper
  • Embossing Stylus (optional, you can use a pen or pencil too)
  • Craft Paint in the color of your choice
  • Printed Quote or Saying
  • Paint Brush

Here is my painting before. This one isn't too bad, someone actually did a pretty nice job but it's still not something I would hang in my home as-is.

DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Three

Print out your quote or words of your choice and lay a piece of transfer paper (chalky side down) between the painting and your printed quote. The colored transfer paper is handy to have because sometimes a color works better than black or white depending on the colors in your painting.

DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Three

Use the stylus (or pen or pencil) to trace over the words onto the canvas.

DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Three

Then just fill in the letters with paint in the color of your choice.

DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Three

You can add fun things like arrows too!


DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Three

Since I am going to hang this in Bertha I decided not to add a frame. I wanted it to remain light and rustic looking. I chose to use just one piece of wood trim.

DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Three

I cut it to size and then painted it black, then off-white and distressed it with sandpaper. I added it to the top of my painting.

DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Three

DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Three

DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Three

I think this will be the perfect accent for Bertha, I can't wait to hang it! 😀

DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Three

Here is a sneak peek at tomorrow's project!


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DIY Upcycled Thrift Store Painting - 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day Three