Friday, July 23, 2010

Finished For Friday: Repurposed Wall Art - Cheap!

I am linking in with Lit and Laundry for a Finished for Friday post. I actually have a small project I completed this week and thought I'd link in today and show what I have been up to.

This past week, I decided to pop into our local Goodwill to see what they might have. I was actually looking for a bar stool, but instead of finding that, I found a little package of two prints from Ikea and they cost me .65 cents. They were new, never opened. I found them on the Ikea website for $4.00 for the set, of course when I went back to link them to this post, I could not find them.

Now, I needed frames. At a different Goodwill, I found two children prints and they were very similar to this one, and they were perfectly square frames....just what I needed. That day, it was half price day at Goodwill, so I paid $2.55 for BOTH of the framed prints. Ikea had the perfect frames for this project, but the price was over my budget. Click Here to see what I was wanting in a frame for these prints.

These are my finished for Friday prints. And may I add, a very thrifty project at that. The prints had white mattes originally. I took left over flat black spray paint from another project and painted the mattes black. Once re-framed, no one would ever know they were once another color.

Prints: .65 cents - brand new
Frames: $2.55 - for both frames
Black spray paint: free

Total for 2 framed prints measuring 26 X 26 : $3.21

The greatest money saving tip when you are looking to update or change a look inside your home is look at other peoples cast-offs, and see if you can figure out a way to re-purpose them into something to fits your needs. All it takes is a little creativity and a little time and you can make something fantastic for very little money. I love how these turned out and I know they will look wonderful in my daughters apartment. Have a great weekend.....and don't be afraid to step into your local Goodwill or thrift store....I swear, there are treasures there waiting to be discovered.


  1. Those prints are so cute! You did a great job on the frames. This reminds me how my mom wouldn't go to the thrift store with me because she is such a snob. Finally, I dragged her to one and within minutes she was buying a framed print of some pretty peonies. Imagine that.

  2. I SWEAR by Goodwill!
    hardly EVER shop retail at all!
    (well for undergarments yes..)
    but 90% of my clothes are from GW on 50% off day..
    shoes too!
    Hubs loves his ties and shirts..
    but for decorative items, linens,photo albums . frames and even furniture..
    I love the bargains to be had plus you are doing something wonderful for the are helping provide much needed employment for disabled folks!
    happy shopping!
    warm sandy hugs..

  3. You did great!! I like the prints a lot. Can't beat they know...?


  4. these are wonderful Suzanne.....I love anything black and white and these really pop...good for you!

  5. You did a great job transforming the wall art! Love the black and white.
    I couldn't agree with you more about shopping at thrifts. A little creativity and time and you can get a great look for very little money.
    Have a great weekend.

  6. These look really great! I'd love to have you link up to my link party today if you would like!

  7. Excellent find. I love re-purposing things like the little settee my husband I made for our little granddaughter out of an old flower pot holder. (see my post from this past Tuesday for a photo of it.)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. For expert advice on Goodwill or thrift store shopping, this lady is a pro. She knows where to look and what to look far. Now where she is putting it all is beyond me.

  9. I do that. And I frame beautiful scrapbook paper too. :-)

  10. BTW they look great!

  11. These are sooo cute! Can't wait till tomorrow -- a friend and I are going treasure hunting. (aka thrifting!)

  12. Great job on those frames and prints. Love the look!! GW is all right by me!!

  13. I swear by Goodwill. So many treasures. You did a beautiful job pulling these together! Thanks for linking up to Finished for Friday! Have a great weekend.

  14. So cute! And what an awesome way to re-purpose. :-) Lucky daughter!

  15. Suzanne, they are terrific. I can barely shop retail now that I thrift all the time. Whatever I need eventually turns up. We got four new barstools for the price of one at a second hand store in a tiny town near us. Why he did that I was afraid to ask. Have a blessed weekend...olive♥

  16. Those turned out so cute! I love the fact that they were inexpensive to make. You are so resourceful and creative!

  17. very cute! I need to go shopping/thrifting now!

  18. Suzanne you are my kinda gal! I love re purposing frames and prints I find at the thrift stores. I had a picture of a blue heron a famous local artist from Canada took. It was at the Salvation Army for 75 cents. I bought a frame for $2 because the picture had a mat already. It looks lovely. I need to post pics soon. Thanks for sharing. I want to shop with you! My sis is a pro shopper. She gets the greatest stuff for pennies. Hugs Anne

  19. Very cute finished project. Your daughter is very lucky.
    The only thing I have against GW is that there is such a difference between the stores - prices, cleanliness, knowledge of employees...wait, maybe that is also a plus.


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