Picture Frame Makeover (and some fun news!!)

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This dated picture frame makeover is the perfect example of SIMPLE and BUDGET FRIENDLY thrift store decor! See what it can be, not what it is.

Picture Frame Makeover From Old Thrift Store Print (OBX Print Sign) SO SIMPLE!! artsychicksrule.com #thriftstoremakeovers #oldframeideas #obxsign

What a great way to create beautiful (and inexpensive, even better!) decor for your home.
Go pick up those old picture frame prints and hit them with some spray paint, add a new picture/print and voila!
Easy and budget-friendly artwork/wall decor.

Picture Frame Makeover From Old Thrift Store Print (OBX Print Sign) SO SIMPLE!! artsychicksrule.com #thriftstoremakeovers #oldframeideas #obxsign

Do you see what I decided to put in my picture frame makeover??

An Outer Banks themed print.

No surprise there, huh? I’ve done several Outer Banks projects here on the blog.
Here are a few:

I’ve even posted travel posts about the Outer Banks.

And if you do a simple search of the “outer banks” many posts will come up because I’ve mentioned it so much. ;)

That’s because I grew up going there as a teenager (it’s about an hour and 45 minutes south of me) and continued to into my adulthood.
And because of that, it’s always felt sort of like a second home to me.

And if you follow me over on Instagram, you might have seen my story last weekend announcing that it is now officially the place of our second home!

Yes, we did it! Finally.

We closed this past Friday and stayed through the weekend in our new little place. What an amazing experience.
We are still pinching ourselves and can’t believe we finally did it.

And of course, we have lots planned for our little beach getaway but you’ll have to wait a bit to hear all about it. I know, that’s not nice, is it?? haha
I will be updating and sharing much more, photos, plans, etc., in an upcoming post so stay tuned for that.
I’m going to take you all along on all the DIY’s and makeovers. It will be fun to work in a new space.

In unrelated news, I am also going to be doing a fun GIVEAWAY next week so stay tuned for that too. It’s been a while since I’ve done one and well, I just couldn’t wait to tell you, don’t want anyone to miss out on it!

Alright, let’s get on with this picture frame makeover I’m sharing today.

Picture Frame Makeover From Old Thrift Store Print (OBX Print Sign) SO SIMPLE!! artsychicksrule.com #thriftstoremakeovers #oldframeideas #obxsign

Here is how started out looking.

Picture Frame Makeover From Old Thrift Store Print (OBX Print Sign) SO SIMPLE!! artsychicksrule.com #thriftstoremakeovers #oldframeideas #obxsign

Pretty!
Actually, I had this same artist’s print in our foyer for a few years. Two prints actually.
They are now another Outer Banks project I forgot to link above.
You can see them here >>>  DIY Coastal Beach Prints

But they were originally very similar to this print above.

That is not my style any longer, however. And I’m guessing it’s not for whoever took this to the thrift store.
Good for me though! I picked this up for a couple of dollars and now have a pretty, new piece of decor for our little beach getaway.

I started by taking it part.
First I scored the paper so I could pull the cardboard back off.

Picture Frame Makeover From Old Thrift Store Print (OBX Print Sign) SO SIMPLE!! artsychicksrule.com #thriftstoremakeovers #oldframeideas #obxsign

I popped out the hanging piece also because I was planning to turn this one sideways.

Then I used my plyers to remove all the staples.

Picture Frame Makeover From Old Thrift Store Print (OBX Print Sign) SO SIMPLE!! artsychicksrule.com #thriftstoremakeovers #oldframeideas #obxsign

I then removed that tape there and took the old floral print off the mat.

Picture Frame Makeover From Old Thrift Store Print (OBX Print Sign) SO SIMPLE!! artsychicksrule.com #thriftstoremakeovers #oldframeideas #obxsign

And now I painted it all with white spray paint. Flat finish for the mat and satin finish for the frame.

That is IT. So simple.

Then I found this super cute and colorful print on Etsy. (I want our new beach place to be colorful coastal…we’ll see how that works out! ;) )

Picture Frame Makeover From Old Thrift Store Print (OBX Print Sign) SO SIMPLE!! artsychicksrule.com #thriftstoremakeovers #oldframeideas #obxsign

You can find it here >>> Outer Banks Print (hand painted originally)
Lots of neat signs over there.

I taped it to the back of the mat, put the cardboard back and secured it and done!

Picture Frame Makeover From Old Thrift Store Print (OBX Print Sign) SO SIMPLE!! artsychicksrule.com #thriftstoremakeovers #oldframeideas #obxsign

I used the glass on this one since it was nice and clear and not colored like the one in this pretty picture frame makeover I did a few weeks ago.

I just love how it turned out.
So colorful and happy next to the bright white.

Picture Frame Makeover From Old Thrift Store Print (OBX Print Sign) SO SIMPLE!! artsychicksrule.com #thriftstoremakeovers #oldframeideas #obxsign

It’s amazing what simple white paint can do.
It changes the look of this picture frame completely.

Picture Frame Makeover From Old Thrift Store Print (OBX Print Sign) SO SIMPLE!! artsychicksrule.com #thriftstoremakeovers #oldframeideas #obxsign

But that print steals the show on this one.

Picture Frame Makeover From Old Thrift Store Print (OBX Print Sign) SO SIMPLE!! artsychicksrule.com #thriftstoremakeovers #oldframeideas #obxsign

You know you can find old picture frames like this at the thrift store all day long, right??

Go get ya some!
Make something pretty for your home, stand back and admire your “hard” work. ha!
Well, stand back and enjoy your simple but gorgeous makeover that didn’t break the bank.

PIN it to save it!

Picture Frame Makeover From Old Thrift Store Print (OBX Print Sign) SO SIMPLE!! artsychicksrule.com #thriftstoremakeovers #oldframeideas #obxsign

Keep an eye out this weekend over on my Instagram stories! You never know what you might see. ;)

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

xoxo

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25 Comments

  1. Wonderful makeover Nancy! Love the way the white paint really makes the print shine!
    Congratulations on your beach house. So much fun to be had there. :) I look forward to hearing more.

    1. Thank you, Christina! White paint works wonders!! And thank you, we are so excited and can’t wait to make it “ours”! :) xoxo

  2. Such exciting news! I know you’ll have fun making it over to be yours! Can’t wait to see all the projects!

  3. I noticed the beautiful grey color wall behind the picture frame makeover.
    What color is it? Any undertones I should be aware of?
    Looking to repaint the house!

    1. Hi Miriam, that is actually more of a blue color. Bluish, grayish with a slight greenish hue. It looks different in different lighting. It looks mostly bluish gray in my house. It’s called Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. Here is a blog post I devoted to this color (with examples, etc). It’s such a great color!! xoxo

  4. Love this project, esp. since we are such OBX fans. Going in a couple of weeks. It takes us about 11 hours but worth it. Found info in your attachments for a place or 2 we have not been. Thanks for info and suggestions. Enjoy your new “home”!

    1. Oh yay!!! That’s great, I hope you have a wonderful time! Yes, so worth it. And I’m so glad those other posts were helpful to you!! I hope you enjoy trying them out! Now that we own a place down there, we are going to be diving even deeper into all the places and things to see and do in the area. We always end up going to old favorites because we are just “visiting” and don’t want to miss them. But now we’ll be able to venture out more. I’ll have to share a new post once we do! :) xoxo

  5. Hi Nancy, well first Congratulations on closing on your new beach house! That is great and I will enjoy seeing all about it and your updates, how exciting for you and your family. Your new piece of art will look great in your new home too.

  6. Amazing what a little paint can do!

    Congrats on the new beach house. So excited to see what projects you have planned for it.

    1. Yes, isn’t it??! Thank you, Kimberly! I have so many swirling around in my head. Now to get them done! ;) xo

  7. I’m excited to see what you will work on at your new beach cottage! Congratulations! I know you will enjoy going there. XOXO

  8. Well, I almost ‘missed’ the news of your new beach get-away home! Congrats, Nancy! So happy for you! Can’t wait to see all the fun stuff you will be doing there! (So many bloggers making big changes in their lives recently!)

  9. As a lifelong resident of NC, I can honestly say, “there’s nowhere finer than to be in Carolina!!” Although I live in central NC, I’ve spent a lot of time on our coast…and my sister moved to Kill Devil Hills about 15 years ago, and has NEVER regretted it!
    Enjoy your new OBX getaway!!

    1. Yes, so true! My mom grew up on a farm inland North Carolina so I spent my childhood going all the time, especially on Sundays for the big family dinners. (there were 14 of them so lots of cousins to play with! ;) ) And my husband and I just got back from the mountains of NC this past weekend. He went to school there and we went to the Homecoming game and hung out with all of his fraternity brothers (and wives). Fun and so beautiful! Thank you, we love the OBX, I’m not surprised she never regretted it too! :) xoxo

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