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April 30, 2012

Paint Card Art

If you can’t find a picture frame at Goodwill, then you might be looking in the wrong section because they have SO many. I don’t know if I’ve ever been to a Goodwill that didn’t have frames. Sometimes they are perfect just like they are, sometimes you have to paint them–regardless, they are generally less expensive than buying one at a department store. Also, do people still use the term “department store”?

This frame has a mat, but I didn’t have it in for this “before” picture. You’ll see it later.

Let’s back up in time, just a little. My husband and I were browsing through Pottery Barn (A great place to kick back and take a break from shopping. Also, a great place to get lost in the magic of peaceful decor.). They were giving away these paint decks with their “suggested colors” and right when I saw it, I knew what I would do.

I pulled the paint cards off of the deck and arranged them on a piece of printer paper until I liked the way they were lined up. Then, I taped them down. Printer paper and scotch tape. This is a fancy shmancy project, my friends.

Then, I just popped it in the frame and taped it to the back of the mat–because I hate when my pictures slide around!


I seriously like the way this turned out. As in, it’s one of my favorite projects, yet. And, besides the frame, the art was free. That’s the best kind of art, for sure.

Enjoying the Good Life,



  1. Love it!! I have some paint cards at come I need to do this with. Can’t wait!


  2. Awesome idea! I would have never thought of doing this myself.

  3. Great upcycle! I always look at the frames at Goodwill but they are always priced too high compared to the same frame new. I love paint chip projects and will always check them out at link parties.

    I have shared a few and would love for you to have a look if you get your hands on some more free samples and need a little inspiration!

  4. Pottery Barn is always spot on with their colors – way to make it work!!!

  5. Great post. I am visiting you via the party at Somewhat Simple. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

  6. GREAT idea!!!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! 🙂

  7. Great idea. It looks good.

  8. What a great idea. I always love to find easy, cheap art for my home.

  9. Saw this on Young House Love a while back and attempted it….it did NOT look as good as yours (or theirs). Maybe I’ll try again!

    • goodwillsc

      Thanks! If you try it, I’d love to see a picture!

  10. Wonderful idea!

  11. What a great picture and free, perfect! Thanks for sharing this little goodie with us this week! Have a great day!

    Take care,