Saturday, August 22, 2015

Repurposing Old Art

Most of you know that we're working (slowly) on getting the house ready to put on the market. We were hoping for this summer, but it now looks like it's not going to be until next Spring. 

One of the rooms I've been working on (slowly) is the guest room. It's the first bedroom you see when you go upstairs and I wanted it to look good. The colors were dated and since we needed to make room for a special treasure from my mother in law's estate, the dark furniture had to go, especially because we were lightening things up.
What does all that have to do with the above photo???

Well, whenever you update a room, artwork that was trendy way back when, doesn't look so good with the new decor.

I was just going to put it out with the garage sale last Spring, but I'm sure I would have only gotten $5 for it and new artwork would cost about $75+ and forever for me to find. The artwork is the perfect size and shape for the space between the windows, so... 

I decided to paint over it and create something new. 

I painted the front with latex semi-gloss paint, left the black part and painted the edge gold to go with some other accents in the new decor. 

Then I started painting....

Hmmm, not loving it...

I just kept painting and mixing up different colors....Still not loving it.

Here's the final product. It didn't cost me anything, so I won't feel bad if I don't have a place for it in the new house...that is, if we ever move!

Here's what our guest room with the old artwork looked like before... You'll have to come back next week to see how it looks now. 

PS...This reno didn't cost me anything....I actually had a net gain...
Hope you'll stop by next week to find out how. 


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  1. What a great idea! I actually really liked the piece in all of the stages...any of them would have worked for me. Can't wait to see the room.

  2. Love it are so very creative and talented!


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