I do love thrift stores. My two boys … not always, at least not for any moderate length of time, but I do love to find items to re-do/upcycle/repurpose. Every time I go shopping at Mama’s Happy (an awesome vintage/upcycle shop here in the Twin Cities), I ask the ladies where they find all their stuff, and guess what I always hear… yep, thrift stores (and estate and garage sales). I leave feeling motivated, ready to hit up the local Goodwill and a couple other thrift stores, to search online for estate sales nearby, and to actively make it to some garage sales. And then … yep, it’s next month already and I’m back in Mama’s Happy, or reading other blogs who have created some upcycled/repurposed awesomeness, and still haven’t actually stepped foot in a thrift store. Shoot! Were does the time go?!?
This month, I actually made it into Goodwill and actually came away with something! Hooray…a project! A small project, but at least it’s something! Here’s what I found:
Can’t beat the price, either!
I wasn’t all together sure what my plan was for this frame. I knew it probably involved painting the frame, maybe some fancy paper and mod podge or pretty fabric to cover the canvas, and something interesting as the focal point. During a nap time this past week, I really got to thinking (and digging through my supply closet). What could the focal point be??? Since this was destined for Owen’s room, I started thinking about what he likes. Basically, he loves the typical boy stuff; motorcycles, trains, boats, and helicopters (and the movie The Lorax…obsessed, actually). Hmmm. I saw this cute framed picture of an old bicycle (black and white outline) matted on vintage looking paper in an old, painted, rustic looking frame somewhere in the recent past. He would love that…but I didn’t have quite the right image (or scrapbook paper) on hand. On to pondering some more…
Then I spotted this guy in the closet:
and remembered something I had pinned once upon a time of framed half animals:
I still have a thing for fake taxidermy (I’m partial to the kind that look extremely fake). Check this guy out, and this site (White Faux Taxidermy) if you’re into fake heads, too (love all the crazy color options):
Okay, so my plan is taking shape:
- Paint the frame
- Pick out some paper in a modern pattern and mod podge to canvas for a background
- Cut giraffe in half (sorry, buddy)
- Spray paint his head
- Glue giraffe head onto mod podged canvas
- Place entire (now very 3d picture) back in frame, and….
Here’s some of those play-by-play steps in the form of pictures:
One more time:
A finished project. That is cause for celebration!
Want to see more thrifting? Check out all the projects over at Just a Girl and her Blog: