*This post may contain affiliate &/or referral links, which means we may receive a commission if you click a link & purchase something. This helps support our site AND keeps it AD-FREE! Check our disclosure policy for more details. We thank you for your support.*

How To Upcycle Thrift Store Art (Pop Art Series)

How To Upcycle Thrift Store Art (Pop Art Series)

Discover how to upcycle thrift store art into a customized piece of artwork on a dime. Find out how we transformed a $0.99 thrifted art canvas.


This is our first installment of our Pop Art Series, where your art does the talking. If you want to create awesome artwork on a dime, grab one of our ideas on how you can upcycle thrift store art. This DIY Pop Art is inexpensive, easy, & doesn’t take a bunch of time. Discover how we transformed a thrifted art canvas for under $8.00.

The customization ideas are endless… you could use an inspirational or motivational quote; an inside joke; favorite song lyrics; favorite movie quote; sequence of events from a favorite day; favorite recipe, etc. The possibilities are literally endless! Art is personal! Your thrift store art makeover should reflect your personal tastes & personality.

upcycle thrift store art


Our inspiration for this thrift store art upcycle, stemmed from Jonathan’s hilarious encounter at the grocery store. You can read all about the hilarious encounter here. We combined Jonathan’s hilarious encounter along with my favorite childhood movie & came up with “The Beauty & The Beefcake”.

When you never want to forget something important…

What better way to prevent us from forgetting about our “couple name,” than to commemorate it on an art canvas? 



That’s where a piece of art that I had purchased about 2 years prior at a thrift store for 99 cents comes into the picture.

the colorful but ugly thrift store painted art canvas


I actually loved it as-is when I purchased it years ago. It was unique, colorful, different, & obviously made with love by Megan. I loved it even more because it was only 99 cents. However, I started to fall out of love with it. If you’ve read some of our other posts, you know that we love to repurpose, upcycle & reuse items.

We came up with the idea of using sticker letters on the canvas & paint over them with craft acrylic paint for our one-of-a-kind DIY Pop Art.

the colorful but ugly thrift store painted art canvas

This old picture takes me back to my “apartment living days.” I laugh because it reminds me how much I hated that cheap apartment-grade carpet! It always had an unpleasant wet dog smell, even though the apartment building had always been pet-free. Anyways, back to the topic….


Plan A didn’t turn out as planned. When we removed the letters (with a spare pair of tweezers) after painting the entire canvas, the paint had unfortunately bled underneath the small stickers & became impossible to read. Sometimes in life, shit stuff doesn’t shake out the way you planned. After dealing with the frustration, I decided to just hand-paint the words that didn’t turn out…

completed thrift store art makeover


Everything, including failure, happens for a reason. Because of our failure, we came up with a better idea. We love Plan B way more than our original Plan A. The comparison of the before & after makes me super happy that I had the idea to upcycle the thrifted artwork by painting over it, instead of tossing it. The best part? The original colorful artwork shows through in the words.


The only thing we had to purchase were the sticker letters, as we had everything else on hand. We upcycled our $0.99 thrift store art for under $8.00. That’s a total win-win.

before and after diy thrift store art makeover

Follow your inspiration & create your own awesome thrift store art makeover. Better yet, if you already have artwork you no longer love, upcycle it! You don’t need a ton of money or a ton of time to create your own masterpiece. What are you waiting for? 

Failure shows you a better path, don’t fear it!

Love, Peace & Happiness,

Hippie & Sparky



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *