Easy Up-cycled Wall Art Trio

Do you have any out-of-date decor? Easily transform that old artwork into some new! Check out the cute DIY framed art I made for my patio! Yes, even outdoor spaces need decorating too!
Easily transform old artwork into something new! Check out this super cute DIY artwork from LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #art #decor

Okay, let’s take a survey! How many of you have a designated place in your house for unused decor? You know, off-season wreaths, candles and vases you aren’t using, holiday decor… where do you keep it all? I have a tiny hall closet upstairs that I store all that stuff in, and quite frankly, it’s a little full. Okay, A LOT full. I have so many pieces that are either Goodwill finds or hand-me-downs that just don’t match my decor but have tons of makeover potential! The problem is, I rarely find time to dig through my piles of treasure and make these pieces pretty again. So I have one very small, very full closet. Please tell me I’m not the only one! Or at least nod your head and make me feel better!

In an effort to a) save some money and b) clean out my closet, I found these gems while looking for wall art to add to my patio makeover. Did you see my new patio?? I’m in love!! The breezeway is mostly windows, but I have one small vertical wall space that I thought this little art trio would fit perfectly in. These little frames are cute on their own, but just my style anymore. So I started brainstorming ways to give them a fresh update!
Easily transform old artwork into something new! Check out this super cute DIY artwork from LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #art #decor

Here’s what I came up with:
I wanted to change the design inside the frames, but I also wanted to be able to change it seasonally if the need arises. So instead of just painting over the design, I decided to cover it in fabric. I didn’t want a bold, patterned fabric that would grab your eye, I just wanted something that would fill the space and flow nicely with the decor. I have a bunch of muslin cloth left over from other projects, so I cut squares of it just large enough to wrap around the frame’s insert. I did iron the fabric, but muslin is just a beast to get totally smooth, so I left it as is. It will just add some texture, right? : )

Easily transform old artwork into something new! Check out this super cute DIY artwork from LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #art #decor
Now onto the fun part! I sat and stared at the fabric squares for quite awhile before inspiration came to me. After digging through some of my paint supplies, I came up with the idea to stamp little patterns onto the fabric with paint. My original thought was polka dots, but I thought that still might be too bold for what I wanted, so I settled on circles instead! And what could I use to get perfect little circles? STRAWS! I snagged two plastic straws in different sizes from my kiddo’s collection (you don’t think he’ll miss them, do you?) and picked out my paint colors. I went with  metallic silver, flat white, and ivory pearl craft paint. I started with one color and randomly stamped the paint onto the fabric.

Easily transform old artwork into something new! Check out this super cute DIY artwork from LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #art #decor

Then I repeated the process with the other two colors until my fabric was full of cute little circles. Don’t worry about filling the entire square, just enough to cover what will show in the frame.

Easily transform old artwork into something new! Check out this super cute DIY artwork from LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #art #decor

The previous artwork was printed on the frame’s backing, so I painted over the old art with a little bit of white spray paint so it wouldn’t show through the fabric. Once that was dry, I laid the backing onto the center of the wrong side of my fabric.

Easily transform old artwork into something new! Check out this super cute DIY artwork from LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #art #decor

Then I wrapped the edges of the fabric behind the backing and secured them with a little bit of hot glue. Since the frame didn’t have a separate backing, the hot glue will hold the fabric in place but can still be easily removed if I feel like switching out the fabric. Which knowing me will likely happen at some point!

Easily transform old artwork into something new! Check out this super cute DIY artwork from LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #art #decor
Then I placed my new artwork back in the frame and hung it up in my breezeway!

Easily transform old artwork into something new! Check out this super cute DIY artwork from LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #art #decor
It fits perfectly on this little wall and makes the space feel like another room of my house! Adding things like artwork, lighting, rugs, and decor help outdoor spaces feel cozy and inviting. 

Easily transform old artwork into something new! Check out this super cute DIY artwork from LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #art #decor
I love how the ivory color of the frames slightly contrasts against the white siding and warms the space up a bit. You notice the art, but it doesn’t steal the show. It lets those gorgeous blue pillows I made be the star!

Easily transform old artwork into something new! Check out this super cute DIY artwork from LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #art #decor

Easily transform old artwork into something new! Check out this super cute DIY artwork from LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #art #decor

Easily transform old artwork into something new! Check out this super cute DIY artwork from LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #art #decor
The silver and pearl paint gives off a little bit of shimmer in the sunlight that is just gorgeous! And I can’t get enough of those cute little circles! 

Easily transform old artwork into something new! Check out this super cute DIY artwork from LoveGrowsWild.com #diy #art #decor


Let’s recap:
I cleaned something out of my overflowing closet.
I added some super cute DIY artwork to my breezeway.
It cost me NOTHING to make!

Yep, I’d say this was a total win! Don’t you?
Be on the lookout for more decor makeovers from my junk treasure closet coming soon!
What treasures do you have waiting for a makeover?

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Comments

  1. Those are darling. :)

  2. They are so pretty! Great job.

  3. Lovely!

  4. I agree; total win!

  5. These are really great! I never decorate outside, and I totally should. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I love how easy and adorable these are! Go you for upcycling what you already had! I really should clean out my closets too!!!

  7. Excellent idea, this really caught my eye….I wanted to invite you to share this at my linky party going on now. Hope to see you there…

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  8. Wow! A whole new look with only a few supplies. Great idea!

  9. You are so smart! Annnnd these turned out adorable. Love your patio! :)

  10. They look absolutely lovely Liz! What a fantastic idea!

  11. Terrific and clever up-cycle project!! The gang over at My Personal Accent, would like to invite you to link-up this post at our new Blog Strut Peacock Style Link Party. Share as many of your creative ideas, recipes, and any other family friendly content as you like. We will be pinning every submission we receive. If you have a giveaway or contest you’d like to promote, feel free to post it on our giveaway page. Come on over and show us what you’ve got! http://www.mypersonalaccent.com/the-blog-strut-peacock-style-6/

  12. Looks great. Very simple, clean and modern. Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/08/fridays-five-features-no-4.html

  13. What a cute simple art project; love how it turned out Liz!

  14. That is so pretty! Looks very elegant!

  15. So pretty, Liz! Love that the print is on fabric.

  16. Great idea! This is a really great idea for an outdoor space and I love that it cost you nothing!

  17. Great idea! I love this idea for an outdoor space and especially love that it cost you nothing!

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