Thrift Store Makeover:  DIY Wall Decor

Thrift Store Makeover: DIY Wall Decor

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I recently completed a new DIY wall decor project that turned out to be a thrift store makeover.  I found these nice solid wood frames with these plastic leaves in the center at a thrift store for just 25 cents each!  I actually liked them the way they were when I first saw them.

Thrift Store Makeover: DIY Wall Decor

But I came home and hung them up next to this macrame wall hanging I made, and they just didn’t do it for me.  It kinda screamed the 90’s to me after awhile and I decided they needed to be brighter with a pop of color.  One of them also had a small crack in the glass in the corner.  So check out the full tutorial below and see how I made completed this thrift store makeover into new DIY wall art!

Thrift Store Makeover: DIY Wall Decor

Materials needed for your thrift store makeover wall decor:

 

Thrift Store Makeover: DIY Wall Decor

First I took out the glass and peeled off the plastic leaves.  Then I spray painted the frames in an antique white spray paint.

When spray painting, its always a good idea to spray 2 or 3 thin coats vs. one thick coat.  A thick coat of spray paint always drips and won’t come out evenly.

Now because I knew I was going to do the distressed look on these frames, I knew they didn’t have to be painted perfectly even, which meant I quickly sprayed on two coats instead of meticulously spraying on three, very even coats.

Thrift Store Makeover: DIY Wall Decor

My favorite way to get the distressed look on anything wood is to use a Dremel Multi-Max tool with the sanding attachment.  I used this when I updated a bunch of furniture in my guest room.

Thrift Store Makeover: DIY Wall Decor

After I let my spray paint dry for a few hours (ideally overnight), then I turned on the Dremel and let it do a very quick sanding job on the edges where I wanted distress marks to show through.

Thrift Store Makeover: DIY Wall Decor

It’s super fast and took me probably less than 5 minutes per frame to complete.

Thrift Store Makeover: DIY Wall Decor

I do recommend doing the sanding outside or in a well ventilated area since paint dust will be flying!

Thrift Store Makeover: DIY Wall Decor

After the frame was painted and distressed, I hung this 6″ Boxwood wreath on the frame using sheer organza white ribbon.

Thrift Store Makeover: DIY Wall Decor

To hold the ribbon, I used my staple gun and stapled the ribbon to the top of the frame.

Thrift Store Makeover: DIY Wall Decor

After the ribbon was stapled in place, I also glued down the boxwood wreath to the back of the frame using a generous amount of hot glue.  Otherwise the wreath would have not sat flat against the back of the frame if I let it hang with just the ribbon.

Thrift Store Makeover: DIY Wall Decor

I also tied a bow with the same sheer white ribbon and hot glued that to the top of the wreath, onto the hanging ribbon wrapped around the wreath.

I hung it back up next to the macrame wall hanging and loved how they turned out!   I like these so much better with a lighter frame.  I love the farmhouse feel to it with the distressed wood and pop of green color from the boxwood wreaths.

Thrift Store Makeover: DIY Wall Decor

This was a very cheap project for me to make.  The frames were 25 cents each.  I already had the spray paint and ribbon on hand, so I only had to pay for the boxwood wreaths which were $13 each on Amazon.  I bet you could find something even cheaper at Michaels with a coupon!  I know that if I were to buy something similar to this at Joann Fabrics or Michaels, I’d pay $20-$30 easily!  Not only is this a cheaper way to decorate by completing a thrift store makeover, its also a lot of fun creating DIY wall art that I know I made myself!

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Thrift Store Makeover: DIY Wall Decor

5 Responses to Thrift Store Makeover: DIY Wall Decor

  1. Love this idea! You can actually find wired boxwood pieces at the $1 store during the holidays. I always buy several!!

  2. Oh my goodness! You made my wall hanging with your talent and cording, just imagine that. Could not find it as a project but maybe I missed it. Could you direct us to the pattern we need to create the macrame wall hanging pretty please? I could kick my a#s for lending out my macrame books to someone who was notorious for not returning…

    My first time seeing your talent and a happy follower I shall be,

    regards,
    Lindy

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