March 25th, 2014

How to Transform Garage Sale Finds into Treasures

After the long and harsh winter we’ve been having, I can’t wait for spring—I even started my spring cleaning early this year. I came across a couple of garage sale finds I had sitting around, and decided that I simply couldn’t part with them. I instantly felt I had to take them out of storage, dust them off, and make them part of my new spring decor.

When I found these beautiful vintage frames and the finial in upstate New York last year I knew I had scored big time, but I wasn’t sure how or where I was going to use them. It wasn’t until I saw them again that I decided to create a fun wall vignette for my bedroom with a little paint and some imagination.

Project preparation

When repurposing garage sale finds, I always feel it’s important to keep some of their unique characteristics in place to show their age and beauty. That’s why I decided to only paint part of the frames and finial to create a color-blocking effect—leaving the other half exposed. Before choosing which half to paint, I placed the frames in a grid pattern to help me visualize the composition.

Color blocking

I felt a soft color palette would work best to create a nice contrast with the original finish of the frames. Using the grey tones from one of the pieces as inspiration, I chose Glidden paint’s Swan White, Pebble Grey, and Granite Grey to create a color story and unify them. (By the way, Glidden paint Testers are the perfect size for small DIY projects like this one.)

Frames in room

As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. With just a few strokes of color, you can create something fun and unique to add a touch of fabulosity to your decor. Happy painting.


I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Categories: Color, Inspiration