Wall Art from Thrifted Finds

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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 use one of my favorite stains, Espresso by Minwax, that I also used on this vanity.

Espresso Stain by Minwax | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Just wipe on with a heavily loaded brush, let soak for about five minutes, and wipe off excess. You can even do this to those natural colored baskets you can find at thrift stores and stain them to match your decor.

Stained Basket Frame | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Now what to do about that empty center…hmmm… I debated on using all sorts of mediums, but in the end I wanted to create a faux chalkboard sign. In order to do that, I traced my basket frame interior onto a piece of chipboard and added a ¼” allowance, then I cut out a matching piece.

Tracing Thrifted Basket Frame | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

To make the chalkboard, I painted two coats with my Deco Art Chalky Finish in Carbon, letting dry thoroughly between coats.

Faux Chalkboard with DecoArt Chalky Finish Carbon | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

While I could have left the oval insert as a chalkboard that could be erased using this paint, I wanted to make a permanent phrase on it instead. For that, I chose to use the phrase, “It is well with my soul”, that I designed and printed out. To make it look nice, I then transferred using my DIY transfer method.

It is Well with My Soul Chalk Art by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

One evening my husband went snow tubing with the the oldest kids, and I painted this while hanging out while my youngest slept. Yes, it’s that easy. Once painted, I hot-glued the board into place and it’s ready to go. I’ll show you the “after” in a second.

Now for that PINK mirror. bluck. I tore off the lace and flowers, but then had the old hot glue to deal with.

Thrifted Pink Mirror Before | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

No problem. If you ever want to remove hot glue from something, just grab your hairdryer and it will re-melt the glue so you can pull it off. I have snatched countless perfectly good grapevine wreaths, etc. from curbside and used them again by removing the ugly that existed.

Use Hairdryer to Remove Hot Glue | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Once those flowers were off, I used a Rust-Oleum Flat White spray paint to give it a new look.

Rustoleum Flat White Spray Paint | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

It seemed sort of boring just a plain white, so I used my DecoArt Chalky Finish in Relic to add an accent to the inner ring.

DecoArt Relic Chalky Finish Paint for Mirror | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Put it all together and…voila!

Gallery Wall of Thrited Wall Art Made Over by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

It took only a few basic materials and time to make them new. Crazy what a little DIY effort can do, isn’t it? I like that no one has these in their home – they’re unique and have that handmade touch you can’t buy in a box store.

Vignette of Thrifted Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Which is your favorite? I like them both for different reasons. If you would like to have them as your own, you can find them in my shop.

"It is Well with My Soul" Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Thrifted Mirror Becomes Wall Art by | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I hope this encourages you to not only try you hand at thrifting, but to also see potential in cast-offs.  It can be an adventure in every aspect, and even more fun when you take someone with you! My gang of 6 loves to join me on my adventures. Who do you love to go treasure hunting with?

Eclectic Thrifted Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Pin and share to inspire others to try to create their own wall art too! ♥

Create Your Own Wall Art with Thrifted Finds by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Coming up next week is our Trash to Treasure Transformations and I will be sharing a new project with you. Stay tuned!

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More of my thrifted projects for you:

Tired Bentwood Rocker Becomes Black Beauty by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comA $3 Thrifted Side of a Vanity Becomes a Shabby Chic Piece with The Graphics Fairy by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com


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8 Comments

  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    Love what you did with them Larissa and especially how you incorporated them into a fabulous vignette.

    February 19, 2016 at 1:44 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It’s like being a kid playing dress-up. I have fun! Thank you, Marie.

      February 23, 2016 at 10:18 am Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    This is an excellent idea! I really like how you blackboard painted the back of the wreath. Thanks for the inspiration!

    February 20, 2016 at 6:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You bet, Mary! I know you can rock the repurpose. 😉

      February 23, 2016 at 10:18 am Reply
  • Wendi @ H2OBungalow

    Love this upcycle! Thanks for the tip on removing hot glue too! I would have never though oftrying a blowdryer! Smart! By the way, you build the cutest vignettes!

    February 20, 2016 at 7:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I use my hair dryer for all sorts of things, including getting warm on an Ohio morning! 😉 Thanks, girl.

      February 23, 2016 at 10:14 am Reply
  • Barbara Pratt

    Love what you do with your trash and treasures.

    March 12, 2016 at 4:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much!

      March 14, 2016 at 5:28 am Reply

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