Upcycled Goodwill Art to French Cafe Signs


Old Goodwill art is transformed into chic French patisserie and cafe signs. girlinthegarage.net

Hi there, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and a lovely Easter Sunday!  I spent most of the weekend making memories with our boys and hanging out with family.  This project was mostly finished so I just had to make a few final touches and then photograph it for you.  🙂

I bought these prints at Goodwill awhile ago – I loved the frames but really didn’t care for the art itself.  “Secret Jungle Garden” should be the name of the set.

Old Goodwill art is transformed into chic French patisserie and cafe signs. girlinthegarage.net

I said goodbye to the jungle and painted over it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White.  Then I slid junk mail under the inside of the frame and painted the rest in French Linen Chalk Paint.  It worked perfectly to keep the gray off of the white, and I didn’t have to worry about painter’s tape pulling up any of the white paint.

Old Goodwill art is transformed into chic French patisserie and cafe signs. girlinthegarage.net

I added a couple of Deco Art stencils that I bought on Amazon (affiliate link) for a patisserie and French cafe.  Then I lightly sanded the text to distress it just a little.  Finally I applied clear wax over it all for protection.

Old Goodwill art is transformed into chic French patisserie and cafe signs. girlinthegarage.net

They’re on my mantel for now, until I figure out what else I want to put up there!

Old Goodwill art is transformed into chic French patisserie and cafe signs. girlinthegarage.net

They’ll probably be going to my booth in a couple weeks and hopefully someone will buy them who loves French decor as much as I do.

Old Goodwill art is transformed into chic French patisserie and cafe signs. girlinthegarage.net Old Goodwill art is transformed into chic French patisserie and cafe signs. girlinthegarage.net

Here’s the Pinterest-worthy before and after comparison:

Old Goodwill art is transformed into chic French patisserie and cafe signs. girlinthegarage.net

Do you have any old art to upcycle – or have I inspired you to make a trip to Goodwill?  😉

Jen


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12 Comments on Upcycled Goodwill Art to French Cafe Signs

    • Jen
      April 9, 2015 at 12:03 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Paula! These will be going to my booth in a few weeks. 🙂

      Reply
  1. Carol Paulus-Kalis
    April 6, 2015 at 2:21 pm (2 years ago)

    What a nice makeover. I am positive someone will snatch these French café signs up, pronto! They are fabulous.
    Carol P-K

    Reply
    • Jen
      April 9, 2015 at 12:04 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Carol! I hope so. 😉

      Reply
  2. Diva Kreszl
    April 6, 2015 at 2:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Brilliant!!!

    Reply
  3. DEBRA AUBIN
    April 6, 2015 at 3:01 pm (2 years ago)

    VERY SMART

    Reply
  4. Denise Potter
    April 6, 2015 at 3:42 pm (2 years ago)

    I have thought of having a booth for my art, furniture etc . And I have done some comparison shopping, I don’t think I do enough to keep a booth going tho- I am located in northern IN- where are you located? Any tips or concerns for those thinking about it?

    Reply
  5. sharon
    April 6, 2015 at 3:45 pm (2 years ago)

    Love your work….I want a wall clock for my office and don’t want to spend a fortune on it. I’ve thought about making one with components from the local craft shop. This idea would be perfect. Thanks so much. Would love to see what you would come up with for a wall clock.

    Reply
    • Jen
      April 9, 2015 at 11:59 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Sharon! I have thought about doing a large clock.. I just haven’t found the right pieces yet. 🙂

      Reply
  6. Kim
    April 6, 2015 at 4:25 pm (2 years ago)

    These are fabulous. I have used Goodwill paintings for other projects and this just adds to my list of “To try”!

    Reply
  7. Heather J
    April 9, 2015 at 3:39 pm (2 years ago)

    These are so cute! I always am inspired for a trip to Goodwill, just ask my husband;) But I love these. They look so much better!

    Reply

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