How to transform thrift store frames into beautiful vintage art.

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You guys know how much I love a good thrift store find, I love hunting for treasures and then using them to create a home that feels cozy and collected. Today I’m going to show you how I transform one of my favorite thrift store finds, FRAMES! There are always so many good unique frame options at thrift stores and the best part is, they are a steal! It’s so easy to completely transform a thrift store frame, and today, I’m going to show you how I turn a dated frame into a vintage brass beauty. It’s so easy!

My goal is always to make having a beautiful space or a curated wardrobe feel accessible and to empower you to create a life you love. One of the easiest ways to bring life and warmth into a space is with vintage art. And for this reason, this week I launched a brand new line of vintage art prints in my shop, So Provincial. The goal was to make these beautiful vintage art pieces affordable and accessible for everyone! All our digital prints are $5.99 and you can have them printed yourself, or (if that feels intimidating) We also offer an option where we print and ship the art right to you. You can see the whole line here! We have two deals to celebrate our launch. Get 25% off when you buy 3 digital art prints (no code needed) or get 15% off printed artwork with the code: printed15.

Now I’m going to show you how to easily transform a thrift store frame, so you can start transforming your spaces!

You will need: a thrift store frame (good bones is a must, look past the bad art in it), black spray paint (I like Rustoleum matte black paint and primer), Rub’n’Buff (European gold is my favorite color), and an old makeup brush.

First, you’re going to want to start by removing the goofy art (seriously, it’s always so bad!), the back and glass of the frame.

Now spray paint the frame black, one coat should do the trick. I know it seems crazy, but the black paint creates the foundation for all the beautiful patina look, and it is the key. Stay with on this!

Now you are going to take the Rub’n’buff and makeup brush and using circular motions, buff on the gold color. You don’t need a lot and you want to work in small areas, and keep applying until you get the look you want.

Now you replace that terrible art from earlier with a lovely vintage print, might I suggest finding one here? ;-) I like to completely remove the glass so there’s no reflection on the art. My secret is to glue the art to the old art piece so it’s nice and flat, and stays put.

And voila! Beautiful vintage art for your home for a steal!

Now hang and enjoy!

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