Colorblocking: Modernize Thrifted Paintings

by | Mar 22, 2024

Colorblocking a thrifted painting can be a creative and fun way to update its look and make it fit better with your personal style or home decor. Grab a painting, paint, paintbrushes, and more all from ReStore and get ready to dive into this fun and simple DIY. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to colorblock a thrifted painting: Colorblock Before

Materials Needed for a Colorblock Painting:

  • Thrifted painting
  • Paint in your chosen colors (acrylic or interior paint will work)
  • Paintbrushes in various sizes
  • Painter’s tape
  • Palette or disposable plate for mixing colors (if using acrylic paint)
  • Palette knife (optional)
  • Drop cloth or newspaper to protect your workspace


Choose Your Colorblock Colors:

Decide on the color scheme you want for your colorblocked painting. Consider the existing colors in the room where you plan to display the painting, and choose complementary or contrasting colors to enhance the overall aesthetic.

Prepare the Painting:

Clean the thrifted painting to remove any dust or dirt. If the surface is glossy or has a protective coating, you may want to lightly sand it to create a better surface for the paint to adhere.

Colorblock DuringTape Off Colorblock Sections:

Use painter’s tape to mark off the sections of the painting that you want to colorblock. You can create straight lines, geometric shapes, or even more organic, abstract patterns. Make sure the tape is securely adhered to the surface to prevent paint bleeding.

Mix Paint Colors:

If you couldn’t find the exact colors you want, mix acrylic paints on your palette to achieve the desired shades. Use a palette knife or a brush for mixing, and keep track of the proportions so you can replicate the colors if needed.

Paint Each Section:

Carefully paint each taped-off section with the chosen colors. Be patient and apply multiple thin coats if necessary, allowing each layer to dry before adding the next. This will help achieve a smooth and even finish.

Remove Painter’s Tape:

Wait until the paint is completely dry before carefully removing the painter’s tape. This step is crucial to ensure clean and sharp lines between the colorblocked sections.

Colorblock AfterTouch-ups:

Inspect the painting for any areas that may need touch-ups or corrections. Use a small brush to fix any imperfections or to refine the edges of the colorblocked sections.

Seal the Painting:

If you want added protection for your colorblocked thrifted painting, consider applying a clear acrylic sealer. This step is optional but can help preserve the paint and finish.

Display Your Artwork:

Once the painting is completely dry and sealed (if applicable), find the perfect spot to display your newly colorblocked creation.

Enjoy the process and have fun transforming your thrifted painting into a unique piece of art that reflects your personal style! Don’t forget to tag ReStore in your new creation on Facebook and Instagram!

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