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February 13, 2012

DIY: Repurposing Art

Last week, I saw where Karah painted amazing puppy portraits using canvases from Goodwill. It got me to thinking…repurposing art from Goodwill? Yes, please!

I found this canvas at Goodwill for 8 dollars and change, but it was half off. Total score.

But, it looks a little Frasier/90’s to me, so I printed a chevron template online (just googled “chevron template”).

I cute out a few strips, but only ended up using one. Then, I held it up to the art and traced it with a pencil, continuing down the print.

Sophie helped. : )

I painted two strips at a time, because I wanted my chevron to be wider. I started with black.

Then, I added in a pale aqua.

I can see this piece in a collage with other art and photos. Whether you find a few pieces of art at Goodwill, or you have some at home that you are tired of, I think repurposing art is a wonderful idea! Have you tried anything like this?

Enjoying the Good Life,



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  1. Oh, I LOVE it! And, of course, I love your dog. I see that look a lot when I’m working on random projects around here. 🙂

    Thanks so much for the shout out. Glad to see your Goodwill update…I made a different one and posted about it today.

    Have a great week!

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks! And, thanks for the inspiration! Yes, I think she was a lot happier when we were snuggled up, watching “Say Yes to the Dress.” : )

  2. Great idea! That is such a good way to modernize old art.

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks, Kelli!

  3. Love the idea of reusing canvases that aren’t too your taste! I’ve done that before here. Your piece looks terrific! Thanks for sharing.

    • goodwillsc

      Very cool! You did a great job!

  4. How easy! It looks great…

  5. Great repurpose and great job!! Visiting from Sunday’s Best Party! Drop by my blog sometime!

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks, Jan!

  6. Wow, what a transformation and great repurposing. Really great job. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best. How does one follow you!

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks, so much, Cathy! You can follow my site through email (on the side bar) or through your RSS feed (at the top of my page). Thanks!

  7. Looks great! As soon as you labeled it “Frasier” I could see it 🙂

    • goodwillsc

      Haha. It’s so true!

  8. I LOVE chevron!!! I love how you took something from Goodwill and made it look so cute. I’m a huge fan of upcycling and repurposing too 🙂

    Found you on sew much ado!

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks! And, thanks for visiting my blog!

  9. Wow you are very creative!


    • goodwillsc


  10. Ohh, I love that! It’s gorgeous!

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks, Alyson!

  11. Love a good recycle, repurpose, reuse project …especially an easy one! New to your blog and glad I found your creative space on the web and would love for you to join me and share your creativity with my readers and create some new traffic for your blog:


    • goodwillsc

      Thanks for the sweet words!

  12. That looks fabulous! I never would have even thought of buying a painting and painting right over it!! Genius!

  13. I love this idea. Inexpensive art that’s exactly what you want is always so much better than paying a ton of money for “that’ll do.” Which has been my past experience anyway.

    • goodwillsc

      Definitely! That’s what is so great about it! : )

  14. I love this transformation! And I am so into chevron stripes right now! Great job. I hope you will link up with me here:

    • goodwillsc

      I’m a chevron girl, too!

  15. OMG I love this! The chevron looks perfect! So creative….I may have to run to Goodwill and look for a frame now. 🙂

  16. Goodwill is seriously a great place to look because you never know what gem you may come across! This is a fabulous idea to repurpose it! Thanks for sharing:)

  17. That is an awesome redo! I have passed up so many canvas prints because I didn’t like the picture…now I will be on the lookout for one just so I can try this!!!

  18. Hi, I am visiting from The Gunny Sack. I love this project. I love the colors–I love that it reuses something that you didn’t love. I love how simple it is. I am your newest follower.

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks for visiting and for following!

  19. Love this! We just posted our 2nd Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and would love for you to share this!

  20. This looks so fantastic! I really like the color combination…what a difference a little chevron makes! I’d be thrilled if you’d share it here!

  21. Love the art! So cute!

  22. This is a great idea! I would love if you would share it at my blog party this weekend. Hope you can join in!

  23. goodwillsc

    Thank you for all the wonderful comments and for inviting me to join your link parties! You are all so sweet!!

  24. This is so cool!!! And oh my gosh, they have chevron templates online?!? So I won’t have to scream/cry/get super frustrated by trying to make my own with tape or something??? I’m so excited because I’ve been wanting to chevron the inside of a bowl but kept putting it off because I wasn’t excited about trying to figure out the design. Now I know I can tackle this project easily- thanks!!

  25. I love how it turned out! I totally got what you meant by the Frasier comment! Too funny! Thanks for sharing with us!

  26. Oh, so nice! I’ve covered goodwill art, too, but this is so fresh and modern! Will you, pretty please, consider sharing with my readers at ?



  27. Great project, really simple and easy to duplicate! Thanks for linking up at Burlap & Denim.