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Recycling Wall Art: How to Update Your Space without spending a lot of money!

Have you ever loved the shape of a piece of home decor but it no longer fit your color palette? You can paint it.....just as I've done this small piece TWICE already! In this blog, I'll show you how to recycle wall art for a fresh, completely new look.

Recycled Roses are Red Wall Art by Traceys Fancy

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Before (and the Before that...)

The original piece was a gold gilded mirror from Hobby Lobby.

gold gilded mirror before wall art creation

I hand painted it to use as a sign in my local boutique booth because it was the perfect size and style for a very small space.

boutique wall art by Traceys Fancy

I closed my booth a few months ago and brought this little sign home.

I loved the shape and I felt certain I would find a new use for it.

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Recycled Wall Art - Red Rose

Time for a new look. It is the perfect size to compliment a small end table that I'm redesigning. So let's get started!

Stippling a Base Coat

I began by simply stippling a single red coat of Honky Tonk Red over the previously painted words.

I then used a small craft brush to apply a border of black paint (Caviar) around the edge where the red met the gold frame.

Recycled Wall Art by Traceys Fancy painted black border

Light Blending of Black on Red

While this black paint was still wet I used my French Tip brush to stipple the black and ever so lightly bring it into the red area.

I continued to do this in sections, using my craft brushes to add a bit more black and a bit more red....then stippling them together with the French Tip brush.

The colors red and black are very contrasting and are not the easiest colors to blend. However I love the dramatic vibe they offer stippling is a great way to get that smoky blend!

Recycled Wall Art by Traceys Fancy before design transfer

Applying CLEAR Design Transfers

Once completely dry, I chose a few clear transfers from the Roses are Red transfer design.

Roses are Red Design Transfer

I LOVE the giant red roses that this transfer offers and I will be using them on the end table that I mentioned. I wanted to bring the florals into this recycled wall I chose the long stemmed roses as they were the perfect shape to be displayed here.

Roses are Red design transfer on Recycled Wall Art by Traceys Fancy

I also LOVE the fact that these roses are clear and will take on the color of whatever you are painting! They are so easy to work with....simply peel away from the plastic backing, lay in place, and rub to release! Once rubbed on really well I sealed with a single coat of Top Coat in Flat.

I used two of the three long stemmed roses and I LOVE how they give a shadowed soft red vibe against the deep red/black background!

Recycled Roses are Red Wall Art by Traceys Fancy

I can see this piece being used in a bathroom or dressing room.....and for some reason I feel it could even pass for Halloween decor! LOL!

Recycled Roses are Red Wall Art by Traceys Fancy

For now....I'm preparing to use it as a prop to stage with the crazy cool side table!

So you'll be seeing it very soon in another blog!

The Finished Look: Recycled Wall Art

Remember.....if you love the shape of something...don't toss it! I have no doubt you'll be able to use it again very soon with just a little paint and vision!

Recycled Roses are Red Wall Art by Traceys Fancy

This project was fast and easy...taking less than 45 minutes to complete with the help of a heat gun to speed the drying process!

That's the kind of project I like!!!


More Inspiration: Painted Mirrors

Oh.....and yes! You can paint mirrors! I've listed a couple of mirror painting projects for you to visit below!

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