Thrift Store Art Turned Masterpiece


Welcome back to our “Thrift Store Decor Challenge” for September 2015.

I hope this doesn’t spook you away.

I was just minding my own business strolling through our local Goodwill and I came across this unusual colorful painting for $2.99.

Then I read the bottom of it…look closely on the bottom left.

Thrift Store Art

You should see the word “Spirits”.

How ironic that I happen to come across this beautiful form of expression at such a low time.  You see…I’ve lost several friends and family members during the past 6 months.   My family and I have mourned quite a bit lately and I have been in touch with my spiritual side more than usual.

The colors, the energy, the depth of this painting seem very fitting at this time.  When I look at this artwork I see colorful spirits alive with life…not death.

I actually spotted one of the “spirits” sticking their tongue out at me, but I found it to be funny, not scary.  Maybe you can spot it.  I’ve also spotted flowers, lightening, words, and faces.

This painting makes me feel alive.  I hope it does you, too.  I bet the artist would flip if they saw their masterpiece now.

Thrift Store Art Turned Masterpiece

This is how we made it into our “Thrift Store Art Turned Masterpiece”:

First,I glued it with wood glue to a piece of particle board.  I made sure to leave an edge all the way around to give me enough room to place a frame.

The frame consists of 1×5 inch pine boards.  My husband cut the boards at a 45 degree angle.

We finished it off by gluing the frame around the painting and then touching up the spaces with sand-able wood putty.  We had to let it dry and sand it a couple times before we painted it white.

The rustic black spray painted L shaped brackets were screwed in for a more industrial look, and to give it some charm.

Thrift Store Art Makeover

Here’s the SPOOKY part:  While waiting for the paint to dry, I noticed the painting had mysteriously moved about 3 inches almost off the table I had it on.  I asked my family if they had moved it, but they didn’t.

Thrift Store Art Make-over

We decided it must have been the cat, or the dog.  Wait…we don’t have a dog, and Sylvia doesn’t go out in the garage.

Thrift Store Picture

I’ll let you know if it moves again!

Thrift Store Art Turned Masterpiece

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10 Responses

  1. Bliss says:

    Same as you, many loses recently. I like to think they all went to some place colorful.

  2. Spooky story! That is an interesting painting. I’m sorry you’ve lost so many loved ones lately. I’ll be praying.

  3. Heather says:

    gorgeous makeover- love the bracket accents!

  4. LilySmith says:

    You’ve really created a masterpiece! I love it!

  5. This is a fabulous idea!!! You took it from boring to fabulous! Looks like it could be from a gallery!

  6. Carolina says:

    I really do like this piece even in it’s original state. Your framing is icing on the cake. I truly enjoy your posts.

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