Thrift store art can be really awesome or really bad or sometimes both.
Recently I found the above unframed canvas of the ocean. I was afraid I had succumbed to the "thrift store effect" where a moderately OK looking item can shine beyond its real attributes simply because it is stationed next to a pile of junk.
When you get the home and see it next to your own stuff, it sometimes looks so bad you wonder what possessed you.
Fortunately, that was not the case with this painting. It came home and fit right in.
Below are some inspiration images for using thrift store art in a modern non-gross way and a few DIYs that incorporate second-hand artwork.
The key seems to be repetition. Even kitchy mountain paintings can look good in groups on a clean white wall.
Here are some DIYs using thrifted art. Below, an Anthropologie-inspired fine art iPad case from Say Yes to Hoboken.
Paint by number pillow from A Beautiful Mess.
And my thrifted art, as seen in my place. I propped it on the floor to hid my ugly electrical cords.
Have you picked up a great piece of thrifted art?