One of the absolute best feelings in life is scoring something for free or cheap. It’s nice knowing you don’t have to spend money you don’t have and/or want to spend! For this reason, I was super excited when my mom told me she saved all the old artwork from my nursery. This upcycling project was a great opportunity to get a little creative and turn trash (sorry Mom, but it was pretty far gone) into treasure.
When I first saw the pictures, they were a little dingy. The mats had yellowed and the frames were definitely old fashioned 80’s wood. I could have just spent the money to buy new frames and mats, but instead, I decided to go the frugal and green route of upcycling.
For the very large grand total of $2.14 I wound up with 3 awesome, framed pieces of nursery art. Even if your mom isn’t as sentimental as mine, you can still find cheap dated artwork at any thrift store. I routinely see framed pictures of this size for about $3/piece. Which would bring your grand total to $11.14 f or all three. Still a great deal!
- light blue acrylic paint (97¢ + tax)
- white acrylic paint (97¢ + tax)
- small paint brush (that I already had)
- paper of any kind
- paper towels
If possible, I began by taking the the picture out of the frame, so I could avoid getting paint on the actual artwork.
This picture was so solidly attached to the frame that it was easier to just cover the artwork with paper to avoid any drips. I made sure to slide the paper underneath the frame to ensure that even the edges would remain paint free.
Next, I painted the frames light blue. I was going for a rustic look, so I applied a light layer and then wiped off any excess using the paper towels.
After painting the frames, the mats seemed even dingier, so they really needed some attention too. I decided to keep it simple and I painted all the mats white. One frame even had a fabric inlay, which I painted white too.
I was really thrilled with the finished product and the artwork looks amazing in my son’s room! The project is really customizable. You can paint your frames any color you want to match your theme. What have you upcycled lately?