butterflies

I found this butterfly print at Goodwill. My son begged me not to get it. He thought it was so ugly. "Just wait" I told him. "I'm going to fix it up."

I paid $4.99 for it, which actually seemed a little high given the damage. I thought that the matte was water damaged. But when I brought it home and took it apart it turns out it was wax on the matte. How did that happen?! I scraped the wax off with my fingernail.

I spray painted the matte white and the frame black and rubbed a little brown craft paint on the frame too.

Here's a close up of the frame.

She looks soooo much better now. The black frame brings out the black on the butterflies and the white matte allows the colors of the butterflies to pop. The only bad thing is I accidentally broke the glass and it's an unusual size so now I have to get a new piece of glass cut for it.

50 comments:

  1. Your butterfly picture is wonderful! What a great piece to have on display.

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  2. I think it turned out beautifully! I'm sure he likes it now!

    Manuela

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  3. You mean your child doesn't trust your crafty visions??? I love it.
    I bet he does too now. And then again, maybe not...he's a kid!!
    My kids used to think everything I did was bad! Now, they want me to do things for them.

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  4. Well done! Good find!
    Hugs, Lisa

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  5. Great makeover. The print is really nice and you made it better.
    Donna

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  6. I love your butterfly picture! You did a wonderful job of fixing it up! What a great lesson for your son, too!...Debbie

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  7. You did good and this looks great!
    blessings,
    d

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  8. Lisa, I like, no love the picture and frame. I too have accidently broken the glass when I tried to do something similar, made me sad. Love your blog too, think I'll become a follower. Marla

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  9. I think the black paint did the trick. Well worth the $4.99.

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  10. That looks Great! The butterflies really pop now.

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  11. What a transformation! When I first looked at the "after" I thought it was a totally different print! You sure had a good idea painting that frame black, but I would never have thought you could paint a mat! Thanks for the inspiration!

    ~ Pam

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  12. You did a great job with this. You could probably sell it for quite a profit now.

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  13. Black framing completely changed the look of that print. It really made the color in the butterflies pop.

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  14. I love butterflies! I am thinking of doing my bathroom in them. Thanks for the visit!

    Leslie

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  15. Men--no vision :) You did a great job. I bet that would be very expensive in a store or catalog. Even with replacing the glass, you still got a deal! Good job!

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  16. So gorgeous! I would have passed it by considering the stain. Good for you for giving it a chance, and boy did it pay off!

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  17. I love it! I'm a big fan of butterflys and I have an Anne Geddes butterfly print in my bathroom. Please stop by and check out my contribution to Rhoda's party today. It has butterflies.

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  18. I wouldn't be surprised if your son turns into someone who sees the possibility of how things can be turned into something beautiful.

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  19. The butterfly picture is so pretty. Your little makeover made it sooo much better than it was.

    Nice Job!

    Sherrie

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  20. What a great find! You did a really good job!!

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  21. That's beautiful! I spray painted matts, too, and it works great. Linda

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  22. What a great butterfly piece.
    I hope you will come by for a visit.
    Cheri
    Its So Very Cheri

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  23. Your picture turned out beautifully. Amazing what a little paint will do isn't it? Happy MM
    hugs ~lynne~

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  24. Now, this I just love. You really do have a good eye for the what can be.

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  25. Looks great...love the changes you made and it looks beautiful where it's displayed! :-)

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  26. The butterfly print turned out great! The black frame really pops against the white. I like how you have it displayed, too.

    Jane

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  27. Wow - what a difference that looks so stylish :)

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  28. I love your butterflies..love the way you displayed it, too.

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  29. Hi Lisa, your butterfly makeover is just perfect. An updated version of an old favorite. Who doesn't love butterflies???

    Hugs...Jeanne

    PS Sorry about the glass. In every sunshine day sometimes a drop of rain will fall. sigh.

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  30. Hey girlie...great job! I bet the picture was laid out in a garage or somewhere hot with a candle sitting on it, so the matt got soaked with the melted candle. I love the print and I would not worry to put the glass back in. It looks so terrific right there with all your treasures around it.

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  31. She looks great, and I love the idea of painting the mat -- never would have thought of that, but I'm stealing that idea for sure!
    Cass

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  32. You did a lovely job updating and refreshing the mat and frame!

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  33. What a great job transforming that thrifty find. The white mat and black frame really make the picture pop!

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  34. I really like this transformation...I never thought about painting the mat! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  35. LOVE it! So pretty and whimsy!

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  36. Very nice, Lisa! I was considering spray painting some mats and was concerned to do so. Thanks for leading the way. :)
    Thanks for sharing!
    Living it up at Lakewood,
    Cindy

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  37. What a transformation! I would love this in my house!

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  38. I love it! I also have a son who dislikes all the "old" stuff I bring home ;)
    Thanks for joining!

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  39. Looks great! I've been wondering whether mats can be spray painted--good to know that it works!

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  40. OOO something like this would look good above the couch that I have on my Ideas Needed Decorators Challenge!

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  41. You knew a great deal when you saw it! I always think to paint frames, but I never thought to spruce up the mat. Thanks :).

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  42. That is gorgeous! I would have grabbed it at that price, too. Love that it was an easy fix.

    Thanks for joining me today and make sure you entered the giveaway for the Purdy paintbrush!

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  43. Wow, your butterfly print transformation is beautiful...you did a great job!

    I would never have thought to paint the matte. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  44. I love butterflies and that picture is so cute. Wish I would have found it. Love the black frame, I painted some frames black that I got at Goodwill not long ago make a big differece.

    Ally

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  45. Love this. I always find frames, but with ugly prints. This one is gorgeous. Lucky you!

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  46. I really like your redo!
    In fact, I used it as inspiration while thrifting today - thanks!

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  47. That is GORGEOUS! Great colors! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday this week, my friend!
    Leigh, Tales from Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  48. What a great job! The white matte made a big difference.

    I enjoyed visiting and am now a follower.

    Laura

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