Dollar Tree Art That Doesn’t Look Like Dollar Tree Art

I’m not trying to slam Dollar Tree.  At all.  It is just that you wouldn’t expect to find quality art in a dollar store, but that is exactly what I did today.  I looked through boxes and boxes of mixed art and found some pretty great pieces.  Check ’em out:

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Not bad, right?  The frames, however, are a bit wimpy.  I grabbed these three… cost me 3 whole dollars.

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I’ll admit that I have bins full of frames, plaques, cut lumber.  Most of the frames are yard sale or thrift store finds.  Cheap. Once I got home it didn’t take me long to figure out a plan and less than an hour later (I had to wait for the black spray paint to dry), I had 3 new pieces of art:

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OK, the pic doesn’t do this piece justice, it looks pretty flat and boring.  Have you ever tried to take a picture of a picture?  Trust me, it’s like taking a pic of a mirror.  In real life, it is actually really cute… and not flat looking.   My 14 year old loves it.

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Yeah, again, flat.  Trust me on this one.  The background is way more textured looking than this, but you get the idea.  I really love it!

These first two pieces took less than 5 minutes total.  For two pieces of art.   The Dollar Tree frames easily peel off (careful with the glass) and I just removed the posters and threw them in frames.

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Obviously this piece is a bit different.  Again, less than 5 minutes working time.  First I spray-painted the wood black, then once it dried, I hot glued the framed art onto the plaque.  Done.  Easy-peasy, puddin’ and pie!

So, which one is your favorite?

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What are you waiting for?  Hop on over to Dollar Tree and see if you can find some art for your home!

 

Chalk Paint Turns Dollar Tree Cheap-O to Chippy Chic

In our little town in Northern CA, Dollar Tree is the most “happening” store around.  Don’t feel too sorry for me,  I can be in Target, Lowes or Michaels or pretty much anything else, in less than 15 minutes.  It’s all good.  Regularly, though, I find myself perusing our local Dollar Tree.   Have you ever noticed that they seem to carry a lot of ceramic figurines?  Lots.  Figurines rarely excite me, but I did find these a while back:

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Aren’t you just digging the look?  Yeah, me neither!  At the time I had been researching chalk paint and wanted to try to see if it really does stick to everything.  Guess what?  It does!  I purposely didn’t sand or scuff up the super shiny finish and the paint still adhered perfectly.  My chalk paint recipe was pretty basic:

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I know that you all know how to paint, so I won’t bore you with all of the details, but I will note that instead of using brush strokes I just pounced the brush up and down. I did a couple of heavy coats.  I wanted this pair to look like painted iron that had chipped a bit. Once the paint was dry, I gently sanded them.  Just a buff with a little wax (to be honest, I just used regular Minwax) and these little birdies were done.

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Yep, you can see a touch of the original colors peeking through if you squint really hard, but I kind of like that.

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Not bad for a couple of bucks and about 10 minutes of my time, don’t you think?  Hmmm, maybe it’s time to hit up the ceramic figurine section at Goodwill.