Shabby Chic Wall Art with French Graphic

Well…let’s just say part of this thrift store find got my heart pumping while others…not so much. Can you see why? You know I love me a fun makeover challenge and I couldn’t pass this one up. Since leopard print and lions aren’t my thang, I’m going to show you how I create shabby chic wall art from this mirror.

Thrifted Mirror Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

If you can get your eyeballs to look past that awful print on the mirror, you’ll cast your eyes on that gorgeous frame. {{commence swooning}} Never-mind the lion. tsk.

Ornate Frame on Ugly Art | prodigalpieces.com

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That is a resin frame made in the good ol’ U.S. of A. and totally is begging for a new look. I’ve created a video tutorial for you below. Oh and nevermind that I refer to the lion as a tiger and a leopard…whatever.

BRING ON THE PAINT

First order of business is to prep this frame. After a good cleaning, I break out my flat gray primer that I’ve used in these past posts. Why there is no regular dark gray flat spray paint is beyond me. They need to make one! Just sayin’…

Priming Ornate Frame with Dark Flat Gray Spray Paint | prodigalpieces.com

I use two coats letting cure in between. Then, I use my favorite Round Brush to add another layer of a pretty aqua color (you know I love my blues).

Painting Ornate Frame Easily with Round Zibra Brush available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, for the last layer I use this DecoArt Paint called Vintage (as seen in these posts) for a dry brush layer using my Stubby Brush. The video shows this best.

Dry Brushing Ornate Frame with DecoArt Vintage and Zibra Stubby Brush | available at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

WHILE WE WAIT

During the cure times, it’s the perfect opportunity to work on other parts of your project. It will save time, keep you organized, and be fun at the same. time. For my shabby chic wall art project, I decided to add even more plastic to the game. Yup. I normally abhor plastic, but since the frame is already resin, I thought…why not?

You see, I recently installed this faux wood blind in my family room remodel BTW…we’re almost done!! See the beginning HERE. We took a break for the summer to tackle more pertinent outdoor stuff.

Farmhouse Style Faux Wood Blind with Weathered Look by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Most folks have to shorten their blinds to fit and typically toss out the extra slats. However, I am not normal. ahem. We already knew that, right? I saw no need to chuck the extras, but rather saw them as potential art. They are faux wood and would be perfect for the interior of my frame and my end vision.

Cutting Faux Wood Blinds Slat to Create Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I cut them to length with my tin snips and then glued the strips onto the backing with my hot glue gun and glue sticks. In case you’re wondering…I DIDN’T throw out the mirror. Actually, I donated it to my friend, Mandy’s, ministry. It was promptly claimed by a lady who fell in love with it and wouldn’t let it out of her sight. I knew there would be somebody who it was meant for!

ONE MORE STEP

For added time-worn effect, I whitewashed the slats and then wet distressed. As soon as that cured, I used this beautiful transfer with French text and, of course, roses. If you haven’t used these transfers before, I gotta tell you I’m smitten with the ease of them. You can see how I’ve used them OVER HERE.

French Fleur Prima Design Transfer as used by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I do, however, prefer to make my own and not be a cookie-cutter creator. You can see how to make your own in this past tutorial. Since the transfer I am using is too big for my project, I cut it up for my own layout. It comes with a burnishing tool and you just rub it on. (see video for example)

Burnishing Prima Design French Fleur Transfer by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once I’m done it’s time to assemble and give it a little more time-worn distressing.

Distressing Shabby Chic Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

OOH, LA, LA

Here she is! Yes, “she” because the lady with the lion…ya know.

DIY Shabby Chic Wall Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces using Prima re-Design Transfer on Thrifted Mirror | Video tutorial at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #shabbychic #homedecor #art

Aqua Blue Shabby Chic Wall Art Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces with video tutorial at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #shabbychic #home #homedecor

I’m delighted with the outcome. Especially because I hung onto those slats that work perfectly. woot!

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French Flower Graphic Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #french #shabbychic #farmhouse #home #homedecor

French Farmhouse Shabby Chic Wall Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces with video tutorial | Head to prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #french #farmhouse #shabbychic #cottage #home #homedecor

If you’d like to make this art your own, you can find it available in my shop along with other antique, vintage, and handmade goods. I gotta tell ya, I’m really loving this one.

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French Flower Shabby Chic Wall Art with Prima re-Design as used by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #art #shabbychic #french #homedecor

Do pin and share my upcycled shabby chic wall art. I’m sure there are others who may come across a tiger lady mirror too! haha.

A misfit mirror has a gorgeous frame which makes it a perfect candidate for a shabby chic wall art makeover. Come see the video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces for some DIY fun. | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #shabbychic #home #homedecor #diy #crafts #video

Up next, I’ll be sharing what I do with this little bread box. (I’m excited!) Come see my latest creation HERE.

Thrifted Bread Box Before Upcycle by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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16 Comments

  • Marie

    Very pretty, Larissa! Love that you saved and repurposed your blind slats. Pinned 🙂

    August 1, 2019 at 9:16 am Reply
    • Megan

      I loved the gray too!! But I bet I would like the blue just as well “in real life” as we say lol Love that you used those blinds!! Such a cool idea. I had no idea people removed them. I guess I just wad mine up at the end lol I have alot to learn. 🤪 😂Thanks so much, Larissa. Beautiful as always!!

      August 1, 2019 at 10:02 am Reply
      • Larissa

        I debated, but really wanted all those details to pop. Blinds can be so boogery…haha. Thanks for the love, Megan.

        August 1, 2019 at 3:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! I was so stoked to find a use for them…and have the blind! 😀 Neighbors…

      August 1, 2019 at 3:19 pm Reply
  • Tracey

    Wow! This is so pretty!!! Love it Larissa!!! xo

    August 1, 2019 at 1:38 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for stopping by and showing me some love, Tracey. I had fun!

      August 1, 2019 at 3:20 pm Reply
  • Kristina Austin

    This is so incredibly beautiful! I really love all of it, every step! I have found some great frames before but never one so large and beautiful! I actually am going to hope that it doesn’t sell too quickly so that maybe I can save up a bit to purchase it for my home!

    August 1, 2019 at 8:27 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun for me to hear, Kristina. Thank you! It sounds like you definitely are a kindred spirit. 😉

      August 1, 2019 at 9:36 pm Reply
      • Barbara Fisher

        Girl you do some cute things and I love seeing them all. Keep up the good work

        August 1, 2019 at 9:47 pm Reply
        • Larissa

          Thank you for the encouragement, Barbara. 😉

          August 2, 2019 at 4:57 am Reply
  • Floranet

    Brilliant Concept!! Keep up the Good Work!!

    August 2, 2019 at 1:13 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for saying so. I have fun! 😀

      August 2, 2019 at 4:57 am Reply
  • Krystal

    That turned out so great. You are the ultimate recycler!

    August 2, 2019 at 7:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun for me to hear. Thank you!

      August 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm Reply
  • Becky

    What a gorgeous frame! You took that poor thing from phenomenally UGLY, to beautiful! I love that blue!

    August 2, 2019 at 8:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      haha…love that term. 😀 Thank you for the giggle, Becky! 😀

      August 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm Reply

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