From Thrift Store to Valentine’s Decor

A couple weeks ago I found this great thrift store right here in town. I don’t know how I hadn’t heard of it before. I found it after a Google search for thrift stores in the area. I wasn’t expecting much, but boy was I wrong. I couldn’t believe how much junk I found! It is run by the Humane Society, so the sixteen dollars and fifty cents I spent went to a good cause! 
So this is what I got. 2 amber wine goblets (50c each!), antique door handles (that were still in the package), a decanter (because I collect them), white curtain rod holders (which I panted black and used for my hanging buckets), a complete chess/Backgammon set (most of it still in original packaging) and two framed (ugly) pictures. All for $16.50. And yes, it’s probably just junk, but junk can be turned into marvelous things!
So I bought this lovely cherub picture with a gold frame because I liked the size of it. It was tall with a thin frame and I thought it would look nice (minus the picture and blue matting, of course) on my new shelves hubby put above my buffet (tutorial to come soon). 
When I removed the insides, I was surprised to find a perfect ivory matte hiding under the hideous blue one. SCORE! I found this nickel spray paint in a satin finish by Krylon. 

I sprayed two light coats on the frame and was in love with the color!
While the spray paint was drying I printed this Valentine’s subway art from While He Was Napping. It was fine just black and white, but I wanted to jazz it up just a bit so I used regular old Crayola markers to add a touch of color.

I traced around the outside and inside of the two largest words on the page. 
Then I cropped the paper with just a small 1/2 inch boarder around the words and mounted it on a piece of scrapbook paper which I bought in a pack at Target’s Dollar Spot. 

Remember that ivory matte I found underneath the ugliness? Worked perfectly in my new frame!!
It’s hard to see in the photo, but the word love is outlined in  bright-light pink.
And for less than $5, it’s a nice start to my Valentine’s shelf!

“LOVE” it!

13 thoughts on “From Thrift Store to Valentine’s Decor”

  1. Great idea! I love making stuff from thrift store find, but my Goodwill would have charged a fortune for treasures like yours.

  2. thank you again for another brilliant idea 🙂 There's an SPCA thrift store on my side of town, so I'll be seeing what they've got 😉
    Thank you again!

  3. Yes, that store is amazing. I have not been there but they have a page on Etsy that I keep checking. Never bought anything though… I am waiting for a nice antique jewelry 🙂

  4. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog! I love this V-day decor. Please come join my party on now!

  5. Nice score! Cute frame for Valentine's.
    Dropping by from Met Monday. I hope you'll come see DD2's dining room redo.


  6. I love that you helped the Humane Society and found such great items at such reasonable prices! The way you refreshed and repurposed the frame is impressive. Nicely done!


  7. This is adorable! I love the whole shelf! I'm a sucker for Krylon Nickel too… =] I love what you did with the subway art (ps, thanks for the link back).

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