3 Easy Ideas to Display Beautiful Thrifted Art

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Thrifted art is fun to look for and a beautiful way to decorate your home for the seasons. Check out 3 easy ways to display art in your home!​ Keep reading for more fun ideas to decorate with thrifted finds from the Thrifting with the Gals ladies too!

It’s “Thrifting with the Gals” day and that means I get to share some of my favorite thrifted finds and how I use them in our home!  Make sure to head over to the other blogger’s posts today to see their thrifted treasures and how they are enjoying them around their homes too!  

If you love thrifting, don’t miss our monthly thrifting series that takes place on our blogs!  We have so much fun sharing!

Dabbling & Decorating

White Arrows Home

The Ponds Farmhouse

Vintage Home Designs


Thrifted finds are perfect for seasonal decor!

We are almost out of school for the year.   I have been getting my summer decor out and starting to sprinkle it through our home…just in time for summer break to begin!  Above all, I love trying to create a special look in our home that helps it feel like our own “beach vacation house” for the summer!  

Around here, this tag is popular: #ilivewhereyouvacation.  As a result, we try to have some fun with that and actually enjoy some of the things that the beach-going vacationers come to our area to enjoy!

The only thing I don’t have to add is the sand…we will bring plenty of that in every day, all summer long!


One thing our area also has a lot of are fun thrift stores!  I can go to 10 of them and still not find a thing, but then some days, the treasures can abound.  The thrill is the hunt, right?!

Whenever I go thrifting, I always take a quick look through the art section.  Thrifted art is a perfect way to add some seasonal touches to your home in a budget-friendly way.  For my vintage coastal look, I live in the perfect place to look for coastal art!  My favorites are ocean paintings and sketches.

After a few years of collecting, I’ve found several vintage coastal art pieces at thrift stores, vintage markets, antique malls, and little shops.  Each summer, I love pulling them out and using them in our home.

Here are a few ways I like to use thrifted art in my summer decor:

3 Easy Ideas to Display Beautiful Thrifted Art

1. Use Vintage Art in a Gallery Wall.

You all know how much I love my gallery wall and it is most often the first thing I restyle for seasonal decor.  It seems to set the style and look for the rest of our living spaces.  However, this year, it ended up being the last thing (though I did have a plan in my head for it!)

Whether you have an entire wall of vintage art or just a few pieces, you can combine them to create a gallery wall that makes a statement!  If you don’t have a lot of art in your collection, mix them with old mirrors, thrifted frames, hanging baskets with greenery, vintage signs, and architectural salvage!  It is a lot of fun to curate a collection of items that help tell your decor story!

2. Display Vintage Art on a Shelf.

I don’t have a large collection of vintage coastal art.  As a result, I guess I’ve just never spread it out into different rooms as much.  However,  I’m obsessed with how this old painting that I found at an open-air market gives depth and texture to my dining room apothecary!  It just adds to the overall vintage coastal look that I love.  Thrifted art for the win!

I have another great excuse to keep hunting for more of it, now!  Haha!

Tip: Layer a single piece with plants, ironstone dishes, old bottles, a pretty little vase, or any other collection!  This will add extra character and dimension to your shelf styling.  For more shelf styling tips, visit THIS POST.

3. Lean Thrifted Art Against a Wall.

I told you these would be 3 really easy ways to style a piece of thrifted art!  One of my other favorite ways to use thrifted art is to simply lean it against a wall or object.  

For instance, I love this vintage European postal sorter in our back living room.  We don’t typically actually sit at this spot to work, so it’s a perfectly wonderful place to add some decor touches, even though it’s pretty all on its own.

For summer, I leaned this sweet thrifted art piece from the World’s Longest Yard Sale against the postal cubbies.  It helps break up the white and adds some extra interest to this corner.  You don’t need an entire art collection to create a decor “moment.”

You can also use one favorite piece to set the whole tone for the room.  Other than this piece of art and a couple of shells and sea sponges, there isn’t much in this room that is specifically “vintage coastal”.  However, just those few pieces completely change the look and add the “summer beach house” vibes I was after!

Tip: You can lean a small piece of thrifted art against a collection of larger mirrors or breadboards to give it a more substantial look.  

Have you added art to your thrifting list now?

It is so fun to look for and while I’m particular about my finds, I always enjoy hunting.  Part of what makes it so fun is that there are a lot of easy ways to use thrifted art in your home decor.  Summer decor and easy should just go hand in hand, right?

Next, I hope you’ll hop over and see the fun thrifted finds that the monthly hosts of “Thrifting with the Gals” are sharing today:

The Pond’s Farmhouse

Dabbling and Decorating

White Arrows Home

and also our guest host this month: Michelle from Vintage Home Designs.

Have fun thrifting! What is currently at the top of your thrifting list?  Let me know in the comments!


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