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It’s been a LONG time sine I’ve made a trip to Goodwill (maybe 5 months or so)… but I have a secret stash of hidden treasures in a bucket in my garage. And when I say secret, I mean secret! lol. A year ago I was going almost every weekend, and would pick up an item or two each time ( I just had to have it for a dollar)! My husband would always ask, “more junk?” He hates (okay maybe not hates… he secretly loves all the projects I work on) all the clutter my projects create in the garage, and has secretly thrown out a few things. Umm hello!? I was going to use that one day… image

For example… I bought this mirror over a year ago from a Goodwill in Mesa. I had it outside to spray paint, but never got around to it. That night a storm rolled in and we heard a big crash in the middle of the night. I was kind of disappointed the mirror broke, but I was already thinking about what else I could put in the frame. So the next afternoon I went out to pick up the mess and it was already cleaned up (my husband is good like that). I called him and asked him where the frame was and he told me he threw it out since it broke. YOU did what! I was totally annoyed a little bugged and confused. Why would he would throw out a perfectly good frame? My husband is so sweet, so it is hard to stay mad at him very long.  So I forgot about the frame.

Fast forward one year later and one of my friends found the SAME exact mirror at goodwill. I ran over there, picked it up and it now sits happily in my living room. :) The end.


Okay back to the REAL post… sorry I get distracted easy.


So I found this piece awhile back for $1 on 50%  off Saturday. I had NO idea what it was going to be used for, but I loved the detail on the frame and knew it would look amazing painted.


Well with a few coats of white spray paint it looked a MILLION times better. After the paint dried I traced the paper in the diamond and mod podged that on.

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Then I distressed the edges a little bit and added a silk flower to the center.

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And this my friends is now the base of my picture wall. I know this is a horrible picture taken at night, but I just had to give you one more little peak. I know I’m horrible… but I promise to post it by the weekend. I’m picking up the prints at Costco TODAY! :)

So next time your browsing through Good Will… look for texture, not color! Things can ALWAYS be painted!


**UPDATE! To see more from the living room makeover go here.

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. This ~n~ That posted on March 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm (#

    I liked this I did my own lil version im just starting to craft your instructions are so easy to follow I have before n after pics :)

  2. Lindsay posted on April 23, 2011 at 9:34 pm (#

    Awesome blog you have! Yes the Goodwill can be extremely addicting! I was going almost daily for a few weeks!!!! Craziness.

    I did a similar project on my blog with a bunch of old frames..a little spray paint can make a world of difference! Off to read more of your posts :)

    De;lighted Momma

  3. Sonnet Gal posted on April 25, 2011 at 3:54 am (#

    You are amazing! I see an ugly gold framed picture but you see potential. How do you do it?! Congrats for being featured on Todays Creative Blog….although I have already been following your blog for several months!! : )

  4. Emily posted on July 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm (#

    I’m obsessed with re-doing picture frames! This turned out so great. I’m going to have to stop by Goodwill tonight :] Thanks for sharing!

  5. Meranda H posted on October 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm (#

    I’m feeling motivated to do something with my stash of “Secret” potential projects now ;) I have quite a few gold frames that need a touch of spray paint.