Thrifted Barn Wood Picture Frame and Botanical Prints

April 30, 2020

tobacco basket triple frame botanical decor

Welcome to this month's Thrift Store Challenge, where my friends and I challenge each other to transform thrift store finds into something different, better and useful. This month I'm sharing a thrifted, whitewashed barn wood picture frame, along with the free botanical prints I used to create a fabulous farmhouse decor accent. 

Thrift Store Challenge

The Rules:
  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.

empty rustic wooden triple picture frame

I picked up the frame at Goodwill for $3.99, which is more than I usually pay for frames. But I really loved the rustic look of this one. It wasn't until I got it home that I found out it really was made from barn wood by a local wood worker. I knew because he left his business card inside. Score! I just could not imagine why someone would donate it to Goodwill -- I loved it, so I guess it was my lucky day.

back side triple picture wooden frame

Unfortunately, I didn't take a "before" shot of the front of the frame prior to painting it white. Suffice it to say that it looked very dark, just like the back of the frame looks here.

empty rustic wooden triple picture frame
And here she is after dry brushing her with some white chalk paint. Totally transformed in my opinion. While there's always a place for natural barn wood I just wanted to give this frame a little pick-me-up for spring.

allium muscari daffodil hyacinth botanical prints

These four botanical prints were provided by Magnolia Magazine for free last year. I put them aside, knowing I would find a place to use them eventually. Little did I know I'd find a perfect frame.

allium muscari bulbs botanical drawing prints

Allium and muscari, otherwise known as garlic and grape hyacinth. Such beautiful flowers!

allium muscari bulbs botanical drawing prints

Daffodil and hyacinth, two quintessentially spring flowers.

daffodil allium hyacinth bulbs vintage botanical prints

     I picked my faves and inserted them into the frame.


When they fit perfectly I knew it was meant to be.

daffodil bulb botanical print rustic barn wood frame

allium garlic flower bulb spring planting botanical frame

purple grape hyacinth flowers bulbs

spring farmhouse decor botanicals lemons tobacco basket

The frame just happened to fit inside one of my tobacco baskets.

Dollar Tree lemon plates Kirklands hurricane lanterns buffet decor

It was the perfect addition to my spring decor in the dining room.

I swear I love those farmhouse shelves more and more every day. And the added lemons just add color and joy.
vintage chicken feeder plate holder Dollar Tree lemon plates

Lemon plates from Dollar Tree displayed in my vintage chicken feeder. Makes me smile.

porcelain bird crown lemons topiary clay pot

Lemons in the pot are also from Dollar Tree, and the lemon tree topiary was a Wal-Mart steal!

lemon topiary buffalo check print wall art frame porcelain white cow creamer

The buffalo check lemon tree wall art was a Wal-Mart clearance find last year!

porcelain measuring cup boxwood wreath buffalo check wall art lemon topiary

Tobacco baskets, boxwood wreaths, ironstone and buffalo check lemon tree wall art are a more than perfect display of farmhouse decor.

lemon topiary clay pots
Lemon topiaries, or topiaries of any kind for that matter, are extremely expensive these days. I was super happy to find these lemon topiaries for not much more than ten dollars at my local Wal-mart.

Well, that's it for today, friends!

 I hope you enjoyed reading about my  
Thrifted Barn Wood Picture Frame 
and Botanical Prints and that I've inspired you 
in some way.

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Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

What an amazing transformation, Kathleen! You picked the perfect shade of paint to enhance the details of the frame and the prints are the icing on the cake! Simply beautiful!

Chas' Crazy Creations said...

This turned out great, and will be wonderful for spring and summer. Great job, and thanks so much for sharing.

Beverly @Across the Blvd said...

How pretty! I love using thrift store frames for projects, too. The botanical prints look great in these. Love the farmhouse paint job, too.

handmade by amalia said...

So lovely! I love the botanical look.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

This turned out beautifully, was meant to be!

My thrift store addiction said...

I love the look of dry brushing, and the botanicals were a lovely find!

Junkchiccottage said...

This is awesome Kathleen. What a beautiful rustic frame and love the botanicals you put in the frame. Looks great in your vignette too. Happy Week.

Debra@CommonGround said...

How perfect, I just love those botanicals! The whitewash paint transforms that frame!

Dawn said...

This is simply gorgeous! What a great find and you made it way better.
You have a wonderful sense of style!

Kathy said...

Awesome project! So springy looking especially with the "sunshine" of the lemons! I would put the 4th print in the frame to switch out for a slightly different color theme (caz I would forget where I put it!). I hung a new picture and added a bird nest to my tobacco basket "wreathe" today; will wait and see how long it takes the SO to notice!

Rita C at Panoply said...

Those are really nice botanicals, and the frame looks great with them.

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