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.
But I came home and hung them up next to this macramé wall hanging I made, and they just didn’t do it for me. It kind of 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!
Materials needed for your thrift store makeover wall decor:
- a picture frame that needs updating
- Antique White Spray Paint
- Dremel Multi-Max Tool – with sanding attachment
- (2) 6 inch Boxwood Wreaths
- White Organza Sheer Ribbon
- Staple Gun
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s super fast and took me probably less than 5 minutes per frame to complete.
I do recommend doing the sanding outside or in a well ventilated area since paint dust will be flying!
After the frame was painted and distressed, I hung this 6″ Boxwood wreath on the frame using sheer organza white ribbon.
To hold the ribbon, I used my staple gun and stapled the ribbon to the top of the frame.
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.
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 didn’t make a blog post on how to make it (I watched a YouTube Video) but you can find one similar to it over here!
I like the dark brown frames so much better with a lighter color. I love the farmhouse feel to it with the distressed wood and pop of green color from the boxwood wreaths.
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 Michael’s with a coupon! I know that if I were to buy something similar to this at Joann Fabrics or Michael’s, 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!
Looking for more DIY home decor ideas? Check these out:
- Shabby Chic Display Shelf Makeover
- How To Make Mason Jar Wall Sconces
- DIY Drift Wood Mirrors
- Mason Jar Vase With Puffy Paint Flourishes
- How to Re-Decorate a Room on a Budget
- DIY Wood Tray Made From an Old Photo Frame
Laura B. says
Love this idea! You can actually find wired boxwood pieces at the $1 store during the holidays. I always buy several!!
Love that Laura – could make some really great and cheap gifts that way!
Maxine Waller says
How did you make the wall hanging? I love it!
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,
Maxine and Linda – yes I did make the macrame wall hanging – but didn’t make a blog post about it. I just found a video on YouTube that showed me how to make it. I sort of followed the pattern here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whhoNFpfjLo
Teralyn C says
The fun thing about macrame is that once you learn the knots it’s easy to get creative with it. I learned it in the 70s from my high school art teacher and I’m so happy it’s popular again.
I agree Teralyn – so happy its popular again!