A great way to refresh your decor is to change up your wall art. I love hitting the art aisle whenever I stop into my local Ottawa Salvation Army thrift store. It’s a thrifty way to change your decor seasonally, introduce new colour schemes or change the mood in your space.
I love the bright, bold colours in this canvas. By simply adding acessories in yellows, oranges or the Pantone’s colour of the year Living Coral, you can seamlessly incorporate this art into your space. Click here to watch my CTV segment to learn tips on getting some of this year colour trends in your space.
One of the many reasons I love thrifting is the thrill of finding unique pieces. These pair of stunning one-of-a-kind Mexican art is definitely one of them. The elaborate detail and the cheerful colours will brighten any space.
Using black and white art is also a great way to add a little drama to your space and gives more options when introducing accent colours. This piece of would be perfect with accents of Millennial Pink!
An easy tip to follow when you are thrifting for art for your home is to look for pieces that you love. By introducing art that you love in your space it will give you an easy jumping off point to refresh your space. Click here to watch our CTV and Daytime Ottawa segment with tips on how you can easily refresh your space. Happy thrifting!
I found this hidden gem at the new Bells Corner Salvation Army thrift store in Ottawa. I love the stature of the ornate frame! This gorgeous wool retro needle point design, is a throwback to colour by number art. Both are amazing on their own, but the styles do not work well together.
I decided to transform the frame for a project I was working on and create a chalkboard menu for Strawberry Blonde Bakery. Check out my steps to creating your own thrifted chalkboard.
The first step was to carefully remove the needlepoint design; I will use it for another project.
I started by cleaning the frame with Fusion TSP. Once dry, I lightly scuffed up the frame with 220 sandpaper to give it some tooth and then wiped it off with a damp lint free cloth. By taking this important step, I have a clean surface to start with and will not run into problems with my paint adhering. Click here to watch a video on how to prep.
Fusion Vintage Metallic paint was the perfect choice to refresh the frame and give it more of an elegant, classic feel. By using a rounded Staalmeester brush, I was able to get a beautiful smooth coverage in 2 coats of paint. Click here to learn more about Fusion Mineral Paint.
After waiting 4 hours for the paint to completely dry, I used Fusion black wax to highlight all of the gorgeous detail on the frame. I used a wax brush to get into all of the details, wiping back and pushing the wax to add some depth. Once I applied it where I wanted, it was done!
I hit my local hardware store for a piece of hardboard and cut it to size. I used 2 coats of chalkboard paint, one painted horizontally and the other vertically and waited an hour between each coat.
Once dry, I "seasoned" the chalkboard by rubbing a piece of chalk all over the chalkboard. That’s it! Now it’s ready to head over to Strawberry Blonde Bakery new location, adding a gorgeous vintage vibe to their space. Looking to learn more on how to get great finds when thrifting? Click here for more tips! Click here to see our lastest course and workshop schedule.