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Painted Frame Makeover – Thrifty Style Team

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Painted Frame Makeover – Thrifty Style Team

Welcome to our monthly installment of Thrifty Style Team! This is the place where we get together with our talented and creative blogger friends every month. We each makeover, repurpose or transform something from our homes or thrift stores.  This month we offer a painted frame makeover – Thrifty Style Team. Let’s get started!

Remember way back when – we could safely travel? Hopefully those days will happen for all of us again in the near future. In the meantime, I’ve been reminiscing about wonderful vacations from my past. This brings me to souvenirs. Do you collect souvenirs when you travel? I know some people collect snow globes, art, postcards, maps, currency, ornaments, candy and more. 

It starts with a collection

Personally, I collect miniature art pieces. They are small (usually 2″x3″), take up zero suitcase space and they capture a happy memory. My collections are typically watercolors of the city center, doors or important scenery like the beach.


I decided to go through my photo frame stash to find a good choice to showcase my artwork. Enter the perfect candidate. The problem though, is that it is bright gold and faux green marble. 

My decor tastes are much different than this. I prefer more subdued, plain frames. 

Looking through my paint stash, I decided on Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint in the color Drop Cloth. It’s like the color of putty. I knew it would be perfect for my photo frame makeover.

Go for it!

Using a sponge paint brush, I began painting the frame. I added the paint a bit thick, in the hopes of only needing one coat. It worked like a charm. The paint dried beautifully. 

This beautiful artwork is from a very special family trip to Paris. I bought if from a street vendor for just a couple of Euros. It was my first trip to Europe and we were celebrating Jenn’s college graduation and my wedding anniversary to Honey Bee. The three of us created memories to last a lifetime as we traveled to London and Paris.

What do you collect?

Look at it now!

Pairing the two of these was the perfect marriage. The white frame showcases the gorgeous colors of the watercolor.

Remember – makeovers of any kind need not be difficult. This was a free-to-me project because I already had everything on hand. More than likely you have a photo frame stash in your home too!

Now lets see what our creative friends have made this month!

Redhead Can Decorate – Simple Minty Green Scrunched Tissue Paper Tree
DIY Beautify – Blue and White Decoupage Chargers
2 Bees In A Pod – Painted Frame Makeover
Postcards From The Ridge – Simple Spring Mantel with Milk Glass Vases and Daffodils
The Creek Line House – How to Whitewash a Stone Wall
The How To Home – Easy DIY Paper Bunny Garland
The Tattered Pew – Flea Market Style Spring Centerpiece
Sweet Pea – Easy to make Spring Wreath
What Meegan Makes – Champagne Bucket Spring Floral Arrangement
Cottage At The Crossroads – DIY Bunny Garland
I Should Be Mopping The Floor – DIY Potted Hyacinth Bulbs
Lora B. Create & Ponder – Simple Garden Theme Decor DIY
White Arrows Home – Nautical Candle Holders
Our Crafty Mom – How To Tint Mason Jars With Food Coloring
Chas’ Crazy Creations – How To Stencil On Wood

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  1. Your art looks beautiful in this frame. The light color of the frame really makes the colors of the art pop. I know you will enjoy displaying this for years to come.

  2. What a difference. The watercolors stand out and now you can see all the beautiful details. Thanks for the amazing idea.

  3. What a wonderful way to take an old frame and give it some love to fit into your home again. Thanks for sharing and wonderful hopping with you.

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