5 Ways to Update Thrift Store Art

Nothing adds character to a space like art. But if you're on a tight budget, your options might be a little limited. You could make like a college student and thumbtack a poster of The Starry Night to your wall — or you could make like a savvy DIYer and take some blah thrift store art to the next level. 

  1. It was this intriguing painting by Oliver Jeffers that first got me thinking about the possibilities presented by all the unloved canvases at the thrift store. Oliver took this canvas and dipped it, frame and all, in enamel, creating something different entirely.  

  2. This song lyric wall art used to be a pretty run-of-the-mill landscape painting. The transformation is super easy — find the DIY on A Beautiful Mess

  3. Ashley Ann has instructions for turning a thrift-store painting into a cheeky paint-by-numbers piece. 

  4. Are you tired of chalkboard paint? I'm not, and I love the idea of turning a vintage painting into a chalkboard by blacking out some of the elements with chalkboard paint. You can create your own, or snap up this one from Etsy shop The Mosaic Butterfly for $38.50. 

  5. If you're a little more artistic, you can try adding monsters to thrift store paintings. Artist Chris McMahon has created quite a few of these. Guaranteed to give boring landscape paintings a certain je ne sais quoi. 

(Images: 1. Oliver Jeffers, via The Great Discontent, 2. A Beautiful Mess, 3. Ashley Ann/Under the Sycamore, 4. The Mosaic Butterfly, 5. Chris McMahon via Twisted Sifter and Apartment Therapy)

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