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Thrift Store Vintage Painting Gallery Wall in the Dining Room

Come see my thrift store paintings that look vintage! They have created a beautiful gallery wall in the dining room.


Such a personal thing.

It ranges from inexpensive prints to extremely expensive art originals.

And let’s be honest. Most of us can’t afford the extremely expensive originals.

I’ve had so many readers ask me questions about where I got all my dining room artwork that I figured it was time to share my little “secret”.

The truth is, that they are all from either a thrift store or a garage sale!

If you are willing to look past the damaged, dated, or dark frames and just focus on the art work you can find some stunning pieces!

The dining room table and the wall with paintings on it behind the table.

The key is hunting down oil paintings that you love and that work with your decor scheme.

These paintings I found over a period of time and a good friend of mine gave me one of them as a birthday gift.

They started out looking like this:

One of the framed oil paintings lying on the floor.

And this…

A second painting on the floor.

And this painting, seen here in a previous post, had a darkish beige colour frame as well…

A mountain painting on the wall in a white frame.

With the original frames in a worn beige colour and a gold border, they definitely had a more old-school feel to them.

Some may love that look, but I really wanted the art inside to feel fresh and “pop” so I decided to give the frames a couple of coats of white paint (I used leftover trim colour from our house which is Cloud White by Benjamin Moore). I cleaned them well first and then used two coats of paint.

What a difference, right?

All the paintings on the wall in white frames in the dining room.

I think that with the white frames the art work really stands out now. I love the way all the colours in the art work so well together.

VA wooden bench with pillows underneath the paintings on the wall.

There is a fern palm plant in the corner of the room.

There are light blue glass vases with sprigs of flowers in them.

The dining room is one of my favourite spots in our home now – between the new DIY farmhouse table, the new DIY drapery panels, and the art work above the pew.

And everything was done on quite a thrifty budget.

I will have to share more details on the space soon – including our farmhouse table hints and tips tutorial!

Did you find a little inspiration? I suggest keeping your eyes peeled at thrift stores, garage sales, and estate sales. You just never know what kind of beautiful art pieces you an find…

This is awesome! Pin it to remember it!

Thrift Store Vintage Painting Gallery Wall

And today I have a few more wall decor ideas to share today – or at least my DIY Challenge cohosts do!

A little more inspiration

This Sunday evening is the Get Your DIY On Challenge Party – the theme is Wall Decor!

5 Fabulous Wall Decor Ideas graphic.

Thrifted Fabric Covered Bulletin Board at Confessions of a Serial DIYer

DIY Weathered Love Signs at Artsy Chicks Rule

Cotton Gin Hanging Pail at The Hankful House

Thrift Store Vintage Painting Gallery Wall at The Happy Housie {you are here!}

Pallet Wood Arrow at House by Hoff

We hope you will join us to share your projects this Sunday evening – 4pm PST (that’s me!) or 7pm EST. 

DIY Challenge Wall Decor graphic.


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  1. Really enjoyed looking at your site….the kitchen remodel was breathtaking…what type of material and style name is your counter tops….really loved so much about your house….

  2. I really love what you’ve done here. It’s so inviting. Can you tell me how much space you have between your table and the pew along the wall?

  3. I love that one with the two floating shelves and the vintage paintings! I have quite a few pieces of art like that and now I am all sorts of inspired to display them

  4. I really need to look for more artwork like this. I have a really hard time appreciating paintings and deciding if they will look good, but maybe it’s just the frames. I will have to look at them differently from now on! Thanks for the tip!

    1. Hi Pamela! The frames really do make such a difference – they can be so deceiving!! Good luck with your search:)

  5. Krista, great paintings collection and the way you dispose them is perfect. The color of the frames light them up! Thanks for sharing
    kisses ML

    1. Thank you Nancy!! I can imagine the aqua and turquoise and greens are right up your alley, too:)

  6. I love how you were able to combine pieces of found art and put them together so beautifully, Krista! This is one of my favorite projects you’ve done! I love the way your dining room is looking too! Gorgeous!!!

    1. Thank you April! I am feeling like my dining room is finally where I want it to be… time to move onto tweaking the living room I guess:) lol. My poor husband…

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