Extreme Makeover: Oil Painting Edition

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Several years ago, Alberto’s family gave us two oil paintings for our new home.  It was a very nice gesture, but they weren’t really our style.  They were in very chunky and ornate gold frames.  One of them was of a street scene, and we eventually found a home for it in one of our spare bedrooms.  But the other one was of a still life of a vase with flowers (possibly daisies or poppies?).  I’m not a big fan of still life to begin with, but this just reminded me of someone’s grandmother’s house. 

We never really found a place for it, so we stored it.  Recently, Alberto had a thought about how to incorporate it into the house.  He wanted to redo it and create a new piece of art out of the old.  So, Alberto decided that we’d paint it all one neutral color and allow the texture to speak for itself.  (Yes, we made sure that we didn’t have a Rembrandt!)  We ended up with a really “hot” painting for our dining room that we really enjoy!

Here’s what we used to remake art:


We love the quality of Sherwin-Williams paints!

This is what we used to put it together:

  • Wire cutters
  • Paint sprayer
  • Hot glue gun
  • Nail gun (You can use just a hammer and nails, but if you’ve got it, use it!)

Art Reimagined!


  • Take the painting off the wall, and turn it upside down.

  • Using the wire cutters, cut the nails holding the painting to the frame.
  • Remove the painting from the frame.

  • Starting with the frame, spray paint the frame with the glossy red paint.  (Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area.  We could only get our color in an exterior paint which has more fumes, so ventilation is key.)
  • Let it dry for about an hour, and reapply a second coat.

On to the piece of art!

  • Using the glue gun, outline the pot with a line of glue.  The pot didn’t really stand out, so we wanted to help it along.
  • Once the glue dries, spray paint the painting with the tan paint.
  • Wait about an hour, and paint a second coat.

Cocktail Break!


This project is very simple, and we spent most of it waiting for paint to dry.  So what’s left to do but think about the cocktail.  Since we were painting the frame red (for Rojas), Alberto wanted something red and spicy.  We love Big Tom‘s Bloody Mary mix, and this seems like the best time to bring it out.  Thanks Big Tom!

Putting It Together (much more apropriate for this post)!


  • Put the painting back in the frame.
  • Using the nail gun, tack the painting to the frame to hold it.

Now we have a great and unique piece for our dining room that we really love.  And speaking of love, it’s back to Big Tom!

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