A Fun Thrift Store Find and a Simple Transformation...

Recently, I had a fun thrift store find... a charming needlepoint cottage sampler! 
So cute...


The frame was very plain, not-so-nice wood...


I am a blogger for DecoArt and recently was provided with some of their Americana Acrylic Paints to do some projects!  I chose some pretty colors for spring...love all the blues and greens...


The color I chose is Blue Mist...


you can see the pretty depth of color...


I did a couple of simple coats of paint on the frame, and lightly distressed it to let a little of the wood come through.  The paint is very easy to use, and cleans up easily, too...


I love the punch of color, and think it adds to the cottage look of the piece.  I hung it above a clock my oldest son made many years ago in a shop class...and added a couple of friendly little dogs...



I've been working on a few other quick transformation projects with my paints and will be sharing them with you soon!

{I received product from DecoArt...all projects and opinions are my own...}

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Until next time...

26 comments

  1. Linda,
    What a great transformation. I love the color your chose and how much it makes this needlepoint look so pretty. Love this.
    Kris

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  2. That looks so much better painted that soft color, Linda. It looks GREAT- xo Diana

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  3. Linda,
    Such a pretty makeover...love that color!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  4. Such a quick and lovely way to make the frame look worn with age yet fresh.
    Joy

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  5. So adorable!! If you ever want to sell your cute little cottage let me know. I love collecting cottage needlework of any kind. Mimi

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  6. A great choice of color. Very pretty. Love the cross stitch too.

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  7. So pretty Linda - I love the gentleness of that colour.

    Such a true sentiment .... I had a day out with my best friend yesterday and would be in total agreement :)

    Karen x

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  8. A lot of work went into this piece and the frame looks 100 percent nicer blue!
    I love the needlepoint cottages!

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  9. The color sets up the needlepoint nicely. Love the Boston terrir, too! :)

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  10. Transformed in blue and the message is very sweet.

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  11. The frame looks so lovely painted that pretty blue, and shows off the sweet cross stitch picture much better! Love the little dogs too!
    Helen xxx

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  12. Very pretty, Linda! The blue you used certainly adds to the needlepoint piece and makes it look fresher, too.

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  13. I'M NEW TO YOUR BLOG AS OF TODAY. I LOVE THE PICTURE AND YES THE COLOR ADDS CLASS TO THE PIECE.I LOVE IT HANGING OVER THE CLOCK. I ALSO LOVE YOUR DOGS.I HAVE 4 LITTLE DOGSLIKE YOURS THAT ARE SO VERY OLD SITTING ON ONE OF MY TABLES. ONE IS FROM A NEIGHBORS' HOME OF SOME 77 YEARS AGO. I USED TO GO TO HER HOUSE AS A CHILD AND SHE HAD A COLLECTION OF DOGS. SHE USED TO LET ME STAND AND LOOK THEM OVER EVERYTIME I WOULD VISIT HER. SHE HAD NO KIDS AND ALWAYS LOVE IT WHEN I WOULD KNOCK ON HER DOOR AND ASK HER IF I COULD COME IN TO PLAY. SHE WAS LIKE A 2ND MOM.SHE NEVER TURNED ME AWAY.MEMORIES..THAT PICTURE OF YOURS HAS MEMORIES TOO, I BET.THANKS FOR LETTING ME ENTER YOUR WORLD IF ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES. GRANNY[FLORIDA]

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  14. Oh my gosh Linda....what a fabulous find! The pretty blue painted frame is just the perfect finishing touch! I use their paints a lot, and love them!
    XO Kris

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  15. Oh that blue really enhances the sweet little needle point!

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  16. It looks great and the dogs really set it off! Now if I could just make my 80's needlepoint projects looks so good (there's only so much you can do with geese).

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  17. Linda, Your frame is so much sweeter in that color. That saying is one I love. My daughter and I have a house cutout with that saying on it ..we think of each other when we look at it. Blessings to you for a great weekend, xoxo,Susie

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  18. What a beautiful color, Linda! It really is perfect for the frame and needlework piece. I'll have to see if I have that color in my stash!!

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  19. It's perfect, I love that color. Needle points take so long to make and I always feel guilty when I pick them up for a couple dollars!

    Carol

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  20. yes I agree with everyone else the color was a good choice
    and I wish we could see the blog if she has one of OLDLADYWITHFLARE LOL

    Hi Sophie & Bailey

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  21. It is always so surprising how just painting can transform a piece to boring/dull into a showpiece. I love the color you chose. It looks so sweet above the clock your son made. Hugs! Dianne

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  22. The color you chose for the frame is so pretty and I love the little sampler.

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  23. amazing how that wonderful blue really brought that precious cottage sampler to life! love it!

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  24. Thanks so much for sharing at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday!
    -Revi

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