Thrift Store Frame Makoever

Did you know today is National Thrift Store Day, really it is!  In honor of the day, a few of my blog friends and I decided to have a little fun with it. The challenge was to create, repurpose or just get creative with a thrifty find.  When I came across this awesome frame for $5 I knew exactly what to do with it.  The boys bathroom has wainscoting and a beachy feel and this frame was calling for a spot on the wall.

picture frame transformed

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Armoire Transformation

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It has been awhile since I got a paintbrush out and transformed a piece of furniture, I had forgot how painting furniture makes me happy.  I decided to makeover a armoire, it was one of the first pieces of furniture my husband and I bought together 16 years ago. When we moved from our condo to our current home this piece of furniture that once seemed so huge shrunk in size. (Funny how that happens)  It now sits in the kids room housing lots and lots of lego’s!

Armoire transformation using americana decor chalk paint

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Stenciled Wall

Stenciling the wall in that leads up the stairs has made a big impact in our great room, subtle and elegant. The stencil is from Cutting Edge Stencils. I went with the Lilly scroll design since I happen to have this print on my drapes and on the dinning room chairs. 


All of their stencils are made from  sturdy clear plastic material which made it super easy to work with!  You know what I loved most about this stencil, I ROLLED IT ON!! 
So here are some tips I learned along the way.
 Stencil paint will adhere more readily to flat paint versus a semi-gloss paint.
Grant Beige / BM HC-83

I mixed Grant Beige add Valspar’s brushed pearl paint to give it a shimmery affect.  
Tape everything off

Easy way to stencil a wall

Position your stencil using painter’s tape and a level if needed, then lightly mark the edges with a pencil.  Begin stenciling in the least noticeable corner of your room.

Easy way to stencil a wall

OK here is the part where I used my stencil brush and lightly tapped each section and went you have got to be kidding!
If you know me I’m a instant gratification girl, I don’t have the patience for it nor the time.
  I picked up my instructions and read you may roll this on with a foam roller!  Seriously, the good man upstairs was watching me!  I did my happy dance and grabbed a foam roller out of my supplies and went to work.  Note…I don’t know if you can roll it on with all stencils but you sure can with theirs!
 Push down on the area of the stencil being worked on

Easy way to stencil a wall

And roll over the stencil

Easy way to stencil a wall

Yes, your fingers will be full of paint!
The whole process most likely took a little under 3 hours.  Had I used the other method..well, I would say three hours for three days. 

Easy way to stencil a wall

Easy way to stencil a wall


The results are stunning and I just love the design. I really hope you will give this a try.