Inexpensive Wall Décor in the Dining Room

Hey there beautiful friends! I hope those in the U.S. enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday. Did anyone go crazy on Black Friday? The only store I ventured out to was Michaels to buy some new garland for the railings on my porch, but that was it! I did order a trampoline online at Toys R Us and a rug for my dining room though to take advantage of the sales.

Today I am sharing how I was able to use these beautiful frames I found at the thrift store to create artwork for our dining room walls:

I loved these frames immediately when I saw them, and figured they would at the very least, make great chalkboards for my booth. They were $8 a piece, but I knew I would make that back.

When I was searching for something to hang on the walls in our dining room, I spied this set of floral prints at HomeGoods:

They are just canvas wrapped around simple wood frames. I loved them, but they weren’t exactly what I wanted for the walls in there, so I stuck them in the corner.

I really wanted to be able to incorporate some of these gold mirrors and frames I had been stashing:

But no matter how I laid them out, they just weren’t working out. Then I spied those pretty gold frames…they were just the right size…if only the artwork in them wasn’t so ugly.

Then I had an aha moment! What if I put those prints I found at HomeGoods in the pretty gold frames??

Crossing my fingers they were going to be fabulous, I started removing the staples that were holding the canvas to the wood frames:

No going back now…then I got all super professional and duct taped the heck out of them around the glass from the original pictures:

Then I just stuck them back in the frames, and voila! Perfect art pieces for our new dining room!

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I do believe they turned out kinda fabulous. Don’t they look like pretty paintings?

You can see I added a few smaller gold pieces from my thrifty gold stash…

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I’ll just give you peeks of this room for now since I have yet to paint the remaining five chairs to my dining set.

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This set of three gold pictures is one of my favorite thrift store finds ever:

I'll just give you peeks of this room for now since I have yet to paint the remaining five chairs to my dining set.

I shared them in our Make it New Facebook Group (click HERE to join.) a couple of weeks ago, and at the time thought I had paid $3 a piece for them, but when I pulled them out again, I actually only paid $1.98 each for them! They appeared at first glance to be French prints, but on further inspection, they are actually hand painted on large white tiles.

Look at those amazing tiny details!

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I really did not want to paint these frames since I love the look of them, so I knew I wanted to stay with the gold hues for this wall so I could keep them as is.

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I really love the details on these pretty gold frames as well…

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And you may be wondering if there was a seam that showed on the canvas from where it was stapled around the original wood frame…I was concerned about that as well, but you can really only see it if you are looking at it from this angle:

See it along the top of the print? So I didn’t even worry about it!

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Now just to find a few more hours in the day to get those dining chairs painted! I’d love to get them done so I can decorate this room for Christmas.

The prints from HomeGoods were $24.99 for the set, so these pieces of “art” cost me around $20 each. If you’ve got some pretty frames but are tired of looking at what is in them, this is a great way to get some new art without spending a ton of money! I’ve seen art sold like this in several places, so it should be easy to find something you like.

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Here is another budget-friendly thrifted frame idea you might like:

See what I swapped this old artwork out for HERE!

I’ll be back on Thursday with my Furniture Fixer Upper friends sharing what I did with these Habitat Restore tables:

See ya then!

UPDATE: See how these beauties turned out HERE now! 🙂




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  1. Christina in FL says

    Christy, this is a brilliant idea! Wonderful way to combine the pretty prints and fabulous frames.:)

  2. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. The frames and prints look so good. Now when did you find time to take all the Halloween decorations down? You are a busy lady. Anxious to see your Christmas decorations.

    • I did Janice, thank you! I am so pleased that these prints worked out so well in those pretty frames. As for Halloween…would you believe I took down every single thing the very next day? Ha ha yep! XOXO

  3. You never cease to amaze me!! It is lovely what you have done with the prints, and those gold frames are to die for!! Bet if I go to Home Goods I could never find those prints. They would be lovely in our dining room. I can’t wait to see the whole room.

    • Aww thank you, Vivian! HomeGoods had a few different ones to choose from at my location, so maybe you will get lucky! XOXO

  4. Kim Bontrager says

    I always look forward to seeing your creative repurposing!! You never disappoint me!

  5. The pictures are perfect for your dining room! There are usually lots of nice frames at the charity shops. Love your “professional duct tape”. My husband was a construction worker and he says you can fix just about anything with duct tape.

  6. Norma Rolader says

    Absolutely amazing

  7. These are absolutely fabulous! Your diy and transformations are my absolute favorite to watch unfold and I’m always excited to see (when that e-mail comes in) what your creativity has brought forth 🙂 Keep up the amazing!

  8. That’s just brilliant! Love them and all the gold frames. Those painted tiles are so awesome too. Can’t wait to come see it all! Maybe I’ll wait till it’s all decorated for the holidays! 😉 xoxo

    • Thanks, girlie! I am so happy I was able to use those frames in my room! My house is mostly decorated… I paused the decorations to finish painting my dining room chairs today though. Let’s make a plan for next week! 🙂 XOXO

  9. Linda Petersen says

    You’re a genius!???? They look so pretty. I’m seeing gold frames in a new light! Thanks Christy❤!
    XO, Linda

    • Thank you, Linda! I have just had this thing for gold lately ha ha… I’m not sure if it will spill over into the rest of the house, but I’m glad I could use it in this room for now! XOXO

  10. Marcie Lovett says

    Well done, Christy! Much brighter than the iris prints. Nope, didn’t even think about the fold marks on the canvas. Only noticed it once you pointed it out. As for the tragic framed picture at the bottom of the post, I would have kept walking. That was another beautiful transformation.

    • Thank you, Marcie! I’m so happy this little project worked out, and now that I actually have an office, I wish I would have kept that bulletin board! Oh well… Oh and I noticed when I was viewing some comments from my last post, I spelled your name wrong in the response. I’m so sorry about that. I was answering comments from my phone and that darn spellcheck gets me every time! XOXO

  11. Robyn Wright says

    AGH! I wish I had thought of that when I had the perfect artwork for my bathroom but the canvas frame was too thick. I ended up returning it. I might have to go see if it’s still there. Thank you for the idea and they are truly gorgeous!

  12. I just love how it turned out so pretty. Keep up your good work.

  13. Debbie in TX says

    I give a standing ovation for this wonderful idea! Such a cool way to transform those canvases. Now I am eyeing the ones at my house to see if they could use an upgrade. I LOVE that you shared your “super professional” way of putting them together!! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Aww thank you, Debbie! I am so pleased that this project worked out so well! And yes…duct tape is a must have for any DIYer’s tool box ha ha! XOXO

  14. Hi Christy-
    I love how this project turned out. I have done the same thing for years and am always happy with the results. Mix and match is the way to go!

  15. Oh wow, this is so clever and gorgeous! I loved the super professional part! haha 😀 I’m learning to see the details in things that you see, thank you 🙂 Ooh i like the fur table runner too! $1.98 for hand painted tiles wowee, what a deal. Everything is looking so elegant 🙂

    • Thank you, Carrie! Gotta love duct tape…so many uses lol! The fur runner was a HomeGoods find…I bought it for Christmas, but I think it might stay out all winter! Working on the chairs today! XOXO

  16. Christy, those are just beautiful! I love the frames and I love the canvas artwork. Good choice!