Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge: Upcycled Art

Hey friends!  I am thrilled to be participating today and every month going forward with some amazing bloggers in the Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge.  You guys know that thrift store upcycles are my jam, and this is the best. jam. session. ever.  Scroll down to learn more about the party, check out my upcycled art, and then browse all of the lucious links!

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Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation
Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy      Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Ali | Home Crafts by Ali    Sue | A Purdy Little House   Sara | Twelve on Main
Claire | Pillar Box Blue     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Kim | Farmhouse Made       Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled
Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs    Megan | C’mon Get Crafty
Denise | My Thrifty House    Toni | Small Home Soul    Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister

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Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge:  Upcycled Art

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I bought this beach inspired canvas painting at our local thrift a couple of years ago, painted the ugly brown frame white, and hung it in our master bathroom.  As our tastes have slowly changed, I’ve embraced a more neutral palate, and had stashed this piece in the basement.


Join the thrift store decor upcycle challenge with this easy upcycled art project! This easy DIY has endless possibilites to fit any decor style and can be completed in about an hour.


During my annual January purge, I found this beauty and decided to create an upcycled art piece using our Focus Word for 2017:  BUILD.   We still had a blank space on our bathroom wall, and I thought that a reminder of our focus word would be ideal for that spot.

I bought some vinyl letters  and stuck them on the art.  Quick Tip:  Buy vinyl letters that are meant for mailboxes, they are much cheaper than scrapbook stickers!


Join the thrift store decor upcycle challenge with this easy upcycled art project! This easy DIY has endless possibilites to fit any decor style and can be completed in about an hour.


I chose a gray shade of chalky finish paint that we’ve used on a couple of other pieces in our bedroom, and painted two coats over the letters.


Join the thrift store decor upcycle challenge with this easy upcycled art project! This easy DIY has endless possibilites to fit any decor style and can be completed in about an hour.


The texture of the painting will show through, and at first I found that unnerving, but I ultimately decided that it added some rustic charm.  ;)

After the paint is dry, use the edge of a sharp knife to gently loosen a corner of each letter and peel them off.



Tada!  I am quite the sucker for typography art, and am loving this twist.  What do you think?

If you’d like to try this upcycled art idea, you’ll need these supplies:

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38 thoughts on “Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge: Upcycled Art

    1. Thank you so much Amanda, and thanks for having me in the challenge! Thrift store decor upcycles are my “jam”, so I am thrilled to be a part of this group! Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks Maureen! I am so glad I decided to check the hardware section for letters, they were 1/3rd the price! Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you so much Lora! I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to keep our word on our minds this year, hopefully this will work! ;)

  1. I really like how it looks with the original painting showing through the letters. I would have never thought to do it that way! I’d love if you share it on our link up party so others can be inspired too.
    Enjoy the weekend!
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  2. Hi Kimm! I love this idea and that chunkie frame! I think I’ll try to do something like this for my daughter’s room with DREAM! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Kimm, that is so adorable!! I am going to have to keep an eye out for a painting like this to give it a try! I love how the original painting peeks through the letters, it’s great!

  4. Hi Kim. This is a wonderful idea I had never heard of the focus word idea before this year.

    I do a fair amount of DIY wall art with my silhouette, but had never considered letting an oil painting show through the letters like this. Congratulations on recycling something old and discarded into something so meaningful.

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