Tacky Thrift Store Art FTW!

80s Thrift Store Art
80s Thrift Store Art and Baskets

A few months back (in this post) I mentioned being in the middle of attempting to revamp some thrift store art. I really wasn't sure if it would turn out because so often "in theory" is much better than actual execution. 

The culprits were two coordinating and highly questionable scenic 1980s landscapes, found buried in a flea market's forsaken bin of frames. But something about those dusty mauves and the tacky tranquility tugged at all my weird 80s-loving sensibilities. 

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The current wooden beveled frame and chocolate & vanilla double mat situation wasn't doing them any favors, but I wondered if removed from their bygone trimming maybe they could be modernized. My plan was simply to reframe and mat them. Yes, they're super 80s, so I thought a thin brass frame and white mat would be just the way to update in-keeping with their era. Unfortunately, because they weren't a traditional size I couldn't find something readymade, and the cost of custom framing was out of the question. Even sourcing through Framebridge would've been $79 a pop, totally acceptable for a masterpiece, just not my iffy thrift store art.   

So naturally, I decided to paint it to look like a mat!

At this point I realized, hmmm, this might be a mistake. But the reality is they'd been sitting around my house for over a year so at least something was going to get done – either they'd be amazing or end up in the trash like so many other failed experiments.

It took a couple coats, and when I peeled the tape away I was pleased!

I ordered some thin brass poster frames from Amazon and BOOM! I could finally put this project to bed.

Literally. 

I hung them on this strip of wall in our bedroom right across from our bed and I love the sweet little view I get to wake up to every morning. 

80s Thrift Store Art and Baskets
80s Thrift Store Art
80s Thrift Store Art