Thrift Store Village Art Makeover

It’s a New Year and a new Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge! We took a few months off for the holidays, but we are back to show you more upcycled thrift ideas! This time we have joined forces with even more bloggers and have tons of thrifty upcycle ideas to get those wheels spinning. It is always so much fun to peruse the local thrift stores for unique items that call to you. You never know what kind of treasures you’ll come across. 

Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge

The Rules:

  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There’s no monthly theme.
  • There’s no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

Amanda | The Kolb Corner    Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles    Kim | Made in a Day
Dru | Polka Dot Poplars    Erlene | My Pinterventures    Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek    Pili | Sweet Things
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications    Ann | Duct Tape and Denim    Debra | Shoppe No. 5    Marie | DIY Adulation
Chelsea | The Johnsons Plus Dog    Jes | My DIY Envy    Lindsay | Crazy Organized
Molly | Just a Little Creativity    Ashley | 3 Little Greenwoods    Kimm | Reinvented    Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Ali | Home Crafts by Ali    Sue | A Purdy Little House   Sara | Twelve on Main
Claire | Pillar Box Blue     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den    Kim | Farmhouse Made       Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled
Sherry | Savvy Apron    Jennifer and Vicki | 2 Bees in a Pod    Lora | Craftivity Designs    Megan | C’mon Get Crafty
Denise | My Thrifty House    Toni | Small Home Soul    Deborah | Salvage Sister and Mister

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

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The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

Materials

  • Thrift Store Village Art (or you could cut one out of wood)
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Sponge Brush
  • Gold Leaf Foiling Kit
  • 2 Small Paintbrushes (1/2 inch)

 

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

Step 1

Cover your village art with a coat of white acrylic paint using your sponge brush.

Step 2

Allow your paint to dry.

 

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

Step 3

Put on a second coat of white paint and allow it to dry.

Step 4 (Optional)

Depending on the condition of your thrift store village art, you may want to add a third coat as I did. Mine was still quite vibrant so it needed this extra coat.

Tip:

  • You want to still be able to see a faint outline of the details through the paint.

 

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

Step 5

Trace the faint outlines of doors and windows with your foiling adhesive and one of your small paintbrushes. Feel free to take some creative liberty during this step.

Step 6

Allow the adhesive to dry until tacky and then cover with your foil sheets.

Step 7

Gently press down on the sheets to better secure to the adhesive.

 

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

Step 8

Next, slowly and carefully brush off the excess foiling with your dry paintbrush.

 

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

Step 9

Lastly, cover your foiled areas with the sealant from your foiling kit.

 

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

Step 10

Allow the sealant to dry completely and then display as desired.

 

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.

I am absolutely in love with how this thrift store village art makeover turned out! It’s bright, shiny, and abstract which make it beautiful. I had all of the materials on hand already except the village art which only cost $2! You simply can’t find artwork this gorgeous for that kind of price. After you make this DIY project be sure to check out the ideas from my amazing creative friends below!

The best part of finding that awesome item is the creativity it sparks within you. Instead of seeing what the item is, you see what it can become. That is exactly what happened when I saw this village wall hanging. The traditional paint design didn’t suit my style but I love the clean lines and knew I could turn it into a unique, modern design for my home. This thrift store village art makeover delivers just that: a modern glam piece of artwork that I love.


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
  • I love a good thrift store find makeover and your village art looks wonderful! What a great way to give a new look to the old village. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. I’ll be featuring this at today’s party. Hope to see you there!

    • Thank you so much for featuring my project! It was a lot of fun to make!

  • Crystal

    This is so original!!! I love that this is a new, different than I’ve seen before- thrift store make over. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog linky party, be sure to visit again 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Crystal! I will definitely visit again 🙂

  • Megan Chamberlin

    I have been wanting to play around with foiling, but really wasn’t sure what to do. Now I’m inspired!

    • It is so much easier than it seems. I was hesitant to try it for a long time but now I love it!

  • misstoni.65

    That’s awesome! I’m sure I would have passed that up and not thought about painting it and turning it into something so lovely. Love it!!

    • Thank you! You should have seen the look my mom gave it when I through it in the cart. Lol. I love how it turned out though. 🙂

  • Very cute idea!! I love the look of gold leaf, but have yet to DIY with it.

    • It is sooo easy to do. Especially if you get one of those small kits. A little goes a long way, too, which is awesome.

  • Colleen Pausley

    Hi Marie! Very creative! I see things similar to that from time to time and have never thought to paint one. I have always wanted to try gold leaf and this is great inspiration!

    • Thank you! Hopefully next time you see one you’ll be inspired to get one to makeover! 🙂

  • Whoa. I never would have thought about gold leafing those little houses. I’ve seen them often at the thrift store. Next time I’m picking them up!

    Thanks so much for the DIY inspiration!

    {BIG hugs}
    ~ Ashley

    • Yay! I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

  • Debra Pashkowsky

    What a great transformation. I love your vision in updating this.

    • Thank you so much!

  • I see those all the time. Sometimes a whole set. Thanks for the inspiration and you know I love gold leaf! Very cool project.
    Kim

  • Polka Dot Poplars

    What a fun idea and what a difference a little paint makes.

    • Right? Paint is one of the best updating tools!

  • That’s a creative makeover for the village. I don’t think I would have thought to create an abstract modern art – nice!

  • MICHELLE JAMES

    This is adorable!! I love the gold foil!

    • Thank you, Michelle!!

  • Okay, that’s brilliant!!!

  • Claire Armstrong

    Love the gold foil effect on the white.

    • Thanks! Me too! I’m so pleased with how it turned out.

  • What a unique spin on something I would have definitely overlooked! I like the way the finished product turned out too!! Great job!

    • Thanks, Amanda! Thanks for putting this together every month! I love seeing all of the creative designs people come up with!