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Thrift Store Frames Upcycled into Farmhouse Decor

Definitely one of the most exciting part of my work is “The Hunt”. Ya know, the search for the misfit item or dated decor that just needs some love and rethinking. It keeps my noggin’ from getting moldy (I’m sure you all can relate) and can lead to oodles of DIY fun. As you well know, thrift store frames are donated by the plenty. Some are filled with art, others are left empty, but either way, they are potential, right?

Thrift Store Frames Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Question is…what to do with them? Well, over the years I’ve shared several projects featuring thrifted frames like this tacky mirror turned French decor and this art I found curbside. Plus, see more projects below. If you look at these country gems above, they’re a pair of moose that after several times of seeing them in the thrift store they kept asking me…”what are those supposed to be?” haha. Moose. Not only do you know I can’t resist that kind of a challenge, but it’s also fun! mwahahaha.

At the same time, I also pick up these two pieces of art that have similar size frames.

Dark Thrift Store Frames Before | prodigalpieces.com

DIY TIME

First thing I do is take apart the frames. Some have staples holding the art in, but others have this nicer paper backing. I simple run a scissor around the edge and take off the paper.

Removing Paper Backing from Thrift Store Frames | prodigalpieces.com

Then, I pop out the art and glass and set aside. I don’t toss the art, but recycling it into greeting cards, etc., and the glass can be used for creating art as well as seen is this post and video below.

DIY Upcycled Picture Frame Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, I decide to paint the frames in the same milk paint called Parchment that I just used on my drop-leaf table makeover.

Thrift Store Frames with Milk Paint | prodigalpieces.com

After two coats and letting cure after each coat I have some fun with design. For one set of frames I use different art I collect into a digital collage using my friend Karen’s blog The Graphics Fairy. However, for the other set I use these dictionary pages to create a different sort of collage. To start, the pages are the background. Last, I dig into my stash of vintage decoupage art and find this beauty.

Vintage Decoupage Art for Thrift Store Frames | prodigalpieces.com

I simply cut out the flowers and layer them. In addition, to add interest, I glue on small bits of cardboard to make it have a 2-D effect.

Creating Layered Flowers for Thrift Store Frames Art | prodigalpieces.com

INSPIRING DIY

Finally, after my creative stent, my thrift store frames look nothing like they did before. eep! First, take a peek at the moose art gone French.

DIY French Butterfly Art from Thrift Store Frames by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #art #upcycled #french

Pink Butterfly Art Created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #french #butterfly #art

Side View of French Art Pink Butterfly by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #art #upcycled

Can you see how the butterfly rests just above the art? It adds dimension like it’s floating over the paper. Also, here’s the other one…

French Chic Purple Butterfly Art from Thrift Store FRames by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #butterfly

Side View DIY Purple Butterfly Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #french #butterfly #diy

DIY French Butterfly Art from Thrift Store Frames by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #butterfly #diy #homedecor

AND THEN

Next, let’s look at those two random prints that I decided to make into a “matched” pair. Aren’t they fun?

Cottage Farmhouse Style Mantel with DIY Fleur Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #flowers

Floret French Paper Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #flower

Side View of Floret French Art from Thrift Store Frames by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #french #diy #upcycled

One has “floret” while the other has “fleur”. Both suiting the end result, me thinks, and ready for a new home. Additionally, if you look close, I use a bit of brown and clear waxes to add depth and dimension.

French Fleur Art with DIY Thrift Store Frames by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #french #diy #home

Farmhouse Style Fleur Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #french #diy #art

Now…do tell…which set if your favorite? If you’d like to own either (or both!) they are available in my online shop along with many other furniture and goodies.

  • Vintage Farmhouse Drop-Leaf Dining Table available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shopping #furniture #farmhouse
    Farmhouse Drop-Leaf Dining Table ~ $250

Likewise, as always I am all about encouraging and inspiring you to give DIY a try. Grab your own thrift store frames, and also pin and share to inspire too.

Grab those thrift store frames and upcycle them into art to make your own home story. Tutorial at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #thrifted #diy #art #farmhouse

In addition, up next is Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time. be sure to sign up for my newsletter to see what I come up with for this damaged chenille bedspread – HEAD HERE. PLUS, you will get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop. Until next time!
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Damaged Chenelle Bedspread Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION series hosted by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Come learn to create for you and your home | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Also, more DIY fun using thrift store frames:

Grab those thrifted store cast-offs and create some repurposed picture frame shelves for your home decor. DIY tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #diy #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #craftsHow to Create a Faux Aged Mirror from Thrifted Art and Paint by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Comments

  1. Lori says

    As always,great job! I love the flower set.

    • Larissa says

      They were fun to do and took me into my crafty side. Yay! Thank you, Lori.

  2. Niki says

    What a quaint little collage Larissa. I’m not one for this type of thing because I’m pretty minimalist. However for the right person I’m sure these cute prints with flutter-by’s will fill some space quit nicely! Very Shabby chic/French country!!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Niki. I’m the same and why it’s fun for me to do then offer in my shop. 😉

    • Larissa says

      Thank you so much, Michele. I felt like these frames, much like a butterfly, underwent a metamorphosis of sorts.

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