Trash to Treasure: DIY Wall Art

Don’t you just love a good trash to treasure project? There is something so satisfying about taking something dated and unwanted and making it beautiful again. I’m sure there is a profound life lesson in there somewhere! But for now, on with our project.

Trash to treasure wall art

Repurposed DIY Wall Art

I had picked up these frames for fifty cents apiece at a church rummage sale. They sat in my garage for several weeks and I almost sent them out with the donation box. The golden oak finish just wasn’t going to work for me and probably not going to be a hot item at the thrift store either!

Vintage Prints

Also in the works was a little printable project that I had in mind. I created these pretty, vintage botanical frame for my kitchen. My friend Holly and I are going through a green obsession lately. We texted each other swatches for three days Who does that? I love that about her.

On a side note, if you’re looking for a home decor obsessed friend, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll talk paint colors, fabric swatches, tile, and furniture makeovers for endless hours with you! I’m pretty sure you’ve figured that out by now though.

Trash to treasure wall art

Anyway, long story short, I decided to paint these frames a dark charcoal, chalk style paint. I used Kilz chalk style paint that I had picked up at Walmart. If you want to make your own chalk style paint, this is a great recipe. 

I added those DIY pretty prints, and a jute hangar at the top. A coat of wax finished them off nicely.

DIY wall art

I have a flea market booth that these will be for sale at. I also picked up some frames from Hobby Lobby when they were half off, for my house.

DIY wall art

DIY wall art

But now, I’m not sure which ones I like better. Black with green is an all time favorite for me. Especially with fall coming up. Of course the white frames will always work in my cottage.

You’ll have to let me know which frames you like the most. Comment below!


Upcycling, repurposing, or trash to treasure. Whatever you name it, it’s a budget friendly way to add original art and furniture to your spaces. Items that were headed for the trash get new life as a beautiful and useful part of your home. It’s a great way to stretch a dollar and express your creativity. It’s no wonder that it’s so popular!

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