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Fleur de Lis Wall Art ~ From Thrifted to Fabulous

It’s a new day and time for a new project, right? It is pure delight to get to share with you each time inspiration hits. This particular time,however, was a bit of a struggle to get to the end result, but I’m glad I stuck to it. A few months back I had this haul from the thrift store. Some I kept, some I gave away, and some I redid for my shop, like that footstool seen HERE. Today, I’m keeping my promise to some of you to do something with that Fleur de Lis wall art on the bench there. It only took me 8 months to get to them! haha.

Thrift Store Loot | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Here’s a closer look at that Fleur de Lis wall art. It’s an imported metal set that is bent up a bit and has a few dings here and there, but otherwise fine. I felt just needed cleaning up and a new lease on life.

Set of Metal Fleur de Lis Wall Art from the Thrift Store | prodigalpieces.com

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I was hanging onto these to save as cold weather project and now it the perfect time. First, I kinda liked their dark color, but felt a change would be nice too. My original goal was to use my Patina Paint to create a weathered look to it, but that didn’t go quite as planned. Here’s what happened…the patina paint is awesome. It can take ANYTHING it turn it into an aged-to-perfection piece. You can see it in action in my video below as well as the end result in our DIY Arbor Tutorial.

I started out using the special primer so that my patina wouldn’t eventually eat through my metal. It’s easy to apply and works wonderfully.

Applying Patina Paint Primer by Dixie Belle | prodigalpieces.com

Next, I applied the Iron Paint in two coats and sprayed with my patina spray. It’s at this point I realized I should have used a different metal paint in order for there to be more of a contrast. My vision wasn’t popping like I had hoped. To remedy that I decided to use a soft green “patina-ish” color to top the patina paint.

Painting Scrollwork on Fleur de Lis Wall Art | prodigalpieces.com

This wasn’t looking bad, but I just didn’t get that satisfied feeling that I normally do. It just needed something. I decided to skip my idea for patina and switch to a time-worn effect while still playing with the patina action going on . I added some Crackle Medium to spots I wanted to age, just like I did on my Cedar Chest Makeover (full tutorial how to use it here). Love this stuff!

Applying Crackle to Fleur de Lis Wall Art | prodigalpieces.com

Once the crackle was dry I applied Drop Cloth color paint – see the instant crackle?

Creating Crackle Effect on Fleur de Lis | prodigalpieces.com

Once the first coat was dry, I did another light coat and let cure. The cool thing is the patina was bleeding through the paint as I had hoped. To give it more dimension, I used my Brown Wax to make those painted details I added earlier really pop.

I just love how they came out!

Rustic Chic Fireplace Mantel Display with DIY Fleur de Lis Wall Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

French Farmhouse Style Fleur de Lis Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

They’ve got that little bit of rustic, paired with the timeless Fleur de Lis design that I love. You can see a bit of that aqua color I painted peeking out, a bit of patina action still going on, and an embossed look as all those designs I painted pop out.

Large White FLeur de Lis with Rustic Chic Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Distressed Rustic Chic Fleur de Lis Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Even David can’t take his eye off them. He thinks they’re cool. hahahaha!! This dude is my thrifted bust I only found because my toddler pointed him out and started to giggle. I almost walked right by him. Good score, girl!

Thrifted David Bust on Farmhouse Chic Mantel by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My Fleur de Lis wall art is among other trashure finds, like my candle stick tutorial here and my broken ladder creations here.

French Farmhouse Mantel with Rustic Finds and Fleur de Lis by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I prefer my home to be filled with the things I create rather than coming from a box store. It makes a story that is unique to me and my family and is even a budget savvy way to be. I would do it even if I had ample money to spare. There’s nothing better than making your house your home yourself.

Collected Thrifted Items Make for a Rustic Farmhouse Chic Mantel Display. See more at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

French Fleur de Lis Display on Rustic Farmhouse Mantel by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

While this set of Fleur de Lis wall art looks good on my mantel, I’m parting with it as I have another mantel design in my mind to share with you soon. You can purchase this set along with many other of my creations and finds in my shop. (SOLD)

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My goal is always to inspire you to see past the obvious and grab hold of the potential that is there. Do pin and share to inspire others to give DIY a try even when things don’t go as planned. Trying is key!

Who knew a thrifted set of Fleur de Lis wall art could look so good?! Get all the DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Rustic Farmhouse Wall Art from Flea Market Finds

Who knew such joy can be found in someone else’s junk, right? I mean, I’m all about trashure and potential seen in the left behind. But… I really get excited when I find a piece with potential. (like do a happy dance excited and look around to make sure no one else will take it or steal my idea. hahaha!) I’m a hoot to shop with, in case you didn’t know. Just ask my 6 kids who join me on every adventure. Take a look at this old barn screen because it’s going to be turned into rustic farmhouse wall art. Fun!

Old Barn Screen Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

If I mention to my kids I’m going thrifting or especially to the flea market, I hear a collaborative, Read more

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decor ~ DIY Style

Have you ever been stuck in the position of having guests over for the holidays and you didn’t know they were coming until the last minute? {{raises hand}} Nothing like a quick panic to set you squirming not only to get your home clean, but looking good too. I’m here to help! Grab that dusty old picture sitting in the garage and give it a whole new purpose. This project is all about budget-savvy fun for everyone. Let me show you how to create some last-minute Thanksgiving decor (or any day decor) using this thrifted wall art below.

Thrifted Wall Art Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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This project is super simple and will make a lovely part of your holiday decor. The best part is that it can be used for Read more

Framed Doily Wall Art from Curbside Finds

You are driving along and see a pile of picture frames on the side of the road. Do you drive on? Or, do you like me, hit the brakes and grab them? tsk. You best be hoping out of your car! {{shakes her finger}} We’re talkin’ trashure today, peeps. I spied a stack of frames on the side of the road while it was raining and jumped out to rescue them. Let me show you how I turned them into framed doily wall art.

Curbside Prints Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The reasons I say you should be jumping out is because just look at those ornate frames. That alone is reason enough to take a peek. So many possibilities with these.

Corner of Ornate Picture Frame | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And…the best part…look at what else I scored!! {{gasp!}} Read more

Repurposed Wall Art from 3 Thrifted Frames

It’s always good to start the day off with a trashure makeover, don’t you think? When I say trashure, I mean “a one man’s trash is another one’s treasure” kinda thing. When you have friends that know the way you tick, it’s a great way to be. So, when my friend Mandy asked me if I wanted some large empty frames, you know what I said. Bring it on! Let me show you how I created some repurposed wall art from these 3 big beauties.

Thrifted Frames Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Aren’t they gorgeous?! Solid wood and oh, so much potential. This was one of those projects that I had to set aside until I completed other commitments. In the meantime, my wheels were turning.

The first frame I decided to work with was the lighter oak one. I had no intention of Read more

Wall Art from Thrifted Finds

Making your house your home shouldn’t have to break the bank. I’m all about creating my own space by using thrifted finds transformed into something new. Today, I’m going to show you how I took a couple of different basket frames found at a local thrift store and turned them into custom wall art.

Two Thrifted Basket Wall Hangings | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Would you have considered these two dated frames as having potential? In order to do that, you kinda have to look past the obvious and see something more. That can be hard at times, but seriously, most anything has potential to some degree, right?

The first frame I’ll show you is the oval empty one that is just waiting for a purpose. Since the natural basket color wasn’t quite striking it with me, I decided to Read more

How to Paint on a Window Screen

It’s fun to think outside the box and look at things in a different light, especially when you can find a new use for something considered useless. One of the junk items I tend to collect are old screen from barns, sheds, and the like. Today, I am going to show you how to paint on a window screen and turn it into whimsical decor.

How to Paint on a Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

In my fleatiquing adventures, I often find this style of window screen that once was used in a barn or some other primitive structure.

Reclaimed Barn Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

It can expand to twice its size and is a total blank slate for a new purpose. In the past, I’ve used screens to create wall art for my shop, like this “JOY” sign.

Antique Window Screen Holiday Wall Art | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

When I found the screen for this project at a flea market back in early summer, I snatched it up knowing it had potential. I knew I wanted to create a sign with it and I decided to do it in the likeness of my repurposed Vera Bradley sign paired with an antique rocker.

 Repurposed Vera Bradly Sign & Antique Rocker | Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com

DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Want to give it a try? Just grab any old screen or make a new one to look old, you can even do your house screens and doors. Check out this video on how painted screens are used in daily life…so cool!

Ready? Let’s get started!

First, measure the inside dimensions of your screen from edge to edge. Once you have those parameters, head to my DIY sign tutorial. You are going to create the sign graphic you will be using in Photoshop or Microsoft Word (or whatever program you would normally use to create a graphic). Have fun with it…use it to display your favorite quote, or scenery, an animal, or even in the likeness of an old sign like I am doing. (You could also use a Silhouette to create a stencil and do the same thing – I’ve hear those things rock!)

Once you have your sign graphic created and printed out, place it on the back side of the screen you are going to paint and tape to secure.

Preparing Graphic for Painting on Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Flip your screen over and this is what you will see.

Printed Graphic Layout on Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

You will need two basic acrylic paints: a white and a black, along with an artist’s brush. My favorite brush is a round #5

DecoArt Black & White Acrylic Paint | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

The next step is to paint over the words with the white paint. This part was fun and stress-free because it’s hard to mess up the lettering. Just make sure you are not clogging those screen holes – either blow through the screen if it clogs or use a toothpick to poke the clog clear. Lightly dip your brush in and apply. Less is more in this instance.

Painting on a Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I went over my letters two times with a white and then decided it looked too flat, so I added some shadowing using my black paint once the white is dry.

Adding Shadows to Window Screen Text | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

See how it makes the letters pop out? Fun!

I’m loving the rustic, primitive feel of it, and can’t wait to snatch up more screens while I’m out fleatiquing.

Vintage Sign Painted Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Nothing like adding unique decor to your home…you won’t find this in a department store. woot woot! If you’re not into DIY or just plain love my sign, you can find it available in my shop. (SOLD, but I have others!)

Antiques Bought & Sold Window Screen Sign | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I hope you’ve enjoyed this simple project on how to paint a window screen. I would love it if you would pin and share to inspire others to look at cast-offs in a different light. ♥

How to Paint on a Window Screen | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Next up is Trash to Treasure Tuesday (say that five times fast!) I will be showing you what I make with these…hee hee hee. Head HERE TO SEE.

Broken Antique Rocking Chair Rockers Repurposed | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com
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Until next time!

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