A Little Bit Country Picture Frames Makeover

What do you do when you find something you love that isn’t your style?

Vintage wooden picture frames makeover

There’s something about it that grabs you… maybe its the colours, the shape, or you can envision what it wants to be. Whatever the reason, it has captured your heart.

If you find a treasure that you truly love, don’t let the fact that it’s not your style get in the way.

Instead, find a way to make it your style.

Like these 4 wooden wall plaques that I shared in this Finds post a while back.


blue and white plaques with wooden picture frames makeover

When I found them I fell in love with the blue and white scenes, but the brown wooden frames just weren’t doing it for me.

There was just a little bit too much dated country going on here.

But for $2, I bought them anyway… trusting that I could figure out a way to make them more me.


Quick and Easy Picture Frames Makeover

painting wooden picture frames makeover

I gave the frames a light sanding, and then a quick coat of white acrylic paint with an artist size brush.


painting wooden picture frames makeover

This gave me a nice light base to work with.

I liked the look better already, but still a little too country for me.

This classic rock girl knew just what was missing.


wooden picture frames makeover with permanent red marker

John found me this pack of 12 permanent markers at the dollar store for $4, and I very simply colored over the white paint with the red marker.

These markers will be used in a few more kitchen projects.


blue and white plaques with wooden picture frames makeover

Here’s the before again when they were all brown and dated looking.


wooden picture frames makeover with permanent red marker

And here’s the fun and funky after.


wooden picture frames makeover with permanent red marker

The scenes are still a little bit country…


wooden picture frames makeover with permanent red marker

but the frames are definitely a lotta rock n roll. πŸ™‚

This picture frames makeover was so quick and easy, and now they’re really rockin’ this narrow wall in my aqua and red kitchen.

In a perfect world they’d be a little bigger, but this is my world and almost perfect is good enough for me.

Thrifters can’t be choosers. lol.

It’s all about making what you find work, rather than waiting for what you may never find.

So the next time you see a treasure for a great deal at a thrift store, don’t pass it by because it doesn’t go with your decor.

If you love it you can make it go. πŸ™‚


Don’t forget to pin it!

Vintage wooden picture frames makeover

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



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  1. You are a girl after my own heart! I have been known to repaint the backgrounds of thrift store pictures as well as the frames! Permanent markers work well on just about anything, up to and including, shoes and handbags!!:)

    1. Thanks Jessie! I couldn’t agree more. Permanent markers are such an easy way to add colour fast. I’m trying to think now if I have some shoes I could colour. That sounds like fun!

  2. What a neat idea! As far as them not being quite as big as you might have liked, perhaps a set of four empty frames, matching or not, to put these pictures in would increase the size and visual impact for you. I’m a huge fan of vintage or antique empty frames so of course that’s where my mind headed. πŸ™‚
    Love the new blog look!

    1. Thanks Debbie! The frame within a frame is a great idea. I did that with the mirror over my bedroom dresser because it just wasn’t big enough on its own. My problem is that I’m a symmetrical balance-loving kinda girl and all the frames would have to be the same size. That’s just the way my brain works. Maybe I’ll find them some day. πŸ™‚

  3. You are just rockin’ the red and aqua! You are a girl with a purpose and you are getting it done! Those cute pictures go perfectly right where you have them.

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! When I started I had no idea how many projects my kitchen makeover would include, and I still have two of the biggest ones to post. I feel like the it just keeps going and going and going. lol.

    1. Thanks very much! They brighten up a kinda awkward space with some fun.

  4. Just perfect!!! What more can I say? Dona

    1. Thanks so much Dona! It’s so nice to do an easier makeover once in a while.

  5. Absolutely good advice! Finding it may never happen. Buy it when you see it. Who knew…red magic marker??

    1. Thanks Florence! I know right? So easy and fun. πŸ™‚

  6. Hey Tuula, those turned out great, they look SO cute on that little snippet of wall! :o)


    1. Thanks Tania! It’s an odd little wall but it’s very prominent. I really needed something there.

  7. Hi Tuula! Ingenious and perfect as usual. May I place an order for a a big slice of your energy topped with a scoop of your creativity? Thanks ?

    1. Thanks so much Granny! πŸ™‚

  8. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    Perfect setting for the pretty picture frames. Awesome idea painting them frames.
    One thing about it, being you painted the wood frames red you could also mod podge your own pictures on if you ever decide to do so, but the pictures on there now fit perfect in with rest of your kitchen dΓ©cor.

    1. Thanks Colleen! Decoupage is one of my favourite things to do. I do love the pictures the way they are for now, but you never know what the future holds.

  9. I liked them when you painted them white but I have to say they look great painted red and they’re perfect for your new kitchen. Amazing transformation with just a little paint and marker!

    1. Thanks very much Judy! I’m loving the red so much better than the brown wood. The white would have looked fine if they weren’t going to hang on a white wall.

  10. Love how you made the wall art work for you, Tuula πŸ™‚ They look perfect on that narrow wall. Thanks for linking up the project with us at Vintage Charm —

    1. Thanks so much Diana! That’s the first time I’ve done a project with markers. It was so easy and fun.