If you love thrift store shopping you have probably seen about a kazillion old oil paintings lining the shelves in every thrift store you go to. Or at least a few paintings in each. Why not find one you love and freshen it up to add to your decor? You might be really surprised with the results!
Right now our Living Room is undergoing some major changes. It was all feeling a little too strong and heavy for me with the onset of spring… so the first step involved bringing up a white microfiber couch that we had in our basement family room. The dark leather went downstairs and, ahhhhh, the room already felt so much lighter.
The old gallery was was feeling like it needed some freshening up as well. I had an amazing thrift shopping day with some of my crafty girlfriends recently and made some fabulous finds. These vintage (read: old) oil paintings caught my eye at a couple of different stores and I loved the prints inside of them. Perfect for the evolution of our gallery wall!
The important thing about using old oil paintings is to 1) make sure you like the print, and 2) make sure you like the shape of the frame. Check on both for these two babies.
The first print is an ocean scene and it of reminded me of our previous home near the open Pacific Ocean. I love being taken back to that sound of waves crashing against the shore.
The other one was a bright beautiful peaceful scene of a river… fresh and cheerful. Perfect.
The frames have an attractive chunky profile but were slightly damaged and very dirty. The first step was to give the frames (and the art) a thorough cleaning with a damp cloth.
Next, I got out my paintbrush and some of our latex trim paint (BM Cloud White) and went to town painting the ugly outta these puppies. Each frame got about three coats of white. You might want to prime first but I was far too lazy (and impatient) for such a step.
Much better, don’t you think? Since our gallery wall is undergoing major reconstructive surgery right now I had the perfect spot to place them. Here is how the gallery wall is starting to look:
What treasures have you found recently while thrifting or garage saleing? Any tips on what else I should be keeping my eyes peeled for??
Thanks for reading. And remember, my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey!
I may link this up at some of my favourite Housie Parties