In the last couple of years we’ve moved around quite a bit. We know what it’s like to have to sell all your furniture and start from scratch. As a result we’ve learned a few things. The number one thing we’ve learned is never pay full price! The second is buy used, whenever possible. Our local thrift stores have become my go-to places for furniture, accessories and more, but sometimes they don’t always have exactly what I’m looking for or they might need some TLC. For example, I love random landscape art but small real paintings are hard to find and can be expensive. So, I decided to make my own! Well, kinda. I took this landscape print and turned it into a faux painting!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Any print. You can use one that you already have at home. I didn’t have one, so, I headed to my local Goodwill where I found this one. It kinda has a solitary vibe to it. I like it!
- Matte Modge Podge. Matte works best for this kind of texture but if you like the glossy finish you can add a thin coat at the end.
- A brush and Q-tip. Use these to add and define texture.
- Use the Modge Podge to add “brush strokes” that would appear on a real painting.
- Add heavier layers to the areas where paint would be thicker.
- Let it sit and dry. After it dries, if you still need more layers, repeat the first 2 steps. I strongly recommend repeating this process a few times and not being afraid of going thicker with the layers. Once it dries, the layers look thinner.
I had a lot of fun doing this technique for my first time. There are things to improve on (for next time), but it was worth it. This simple faux painting DIY gave this piece the added character it needed. We’ve always wanted to live a more meaningful and rich life by keeping things in our home simple. Thrifting was the perfect way to furnish our 380 sq ft tiny home on a budget while being environmentally responsible. Thrift stores don’t always have exactly what you want but you can always repurpose a thrift store find and turn it into something uniquely yours. That’s what I love about thrift store shopping – the thrill of the search for just the right piece for you! Happy Thrifting!