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Bringing Damaged Art Back to New / 7th House on the Left

I’ve been a fan of Rodney White prints (particularly this one) for what seems like forever. His work is so fun and being a fan of the modern/rustic vibe an having a special place in our hearts for all things vintage, it’s our cup of tea.

Rodney White / 7th House on the Left

Last week, I was shopping with a friend at Garden Ridge when down in the corner of the sea of gobs and gobs of wall art, there she was…

Bringing Damaged Art Back to New / 7th House on the Left

I noticed some damage here and there, which is why it was marked as 50% off, bringing the price down to $40. Ordinarily, I would pass it by and think “Aww, man. I wish it wasn’t damaged”. But for some reason, that day I was feeling a bit ambitious and was pretty confident I could fix the damage. So, I snatched it up and brought it home.

Bringing Damaged Art Back to New / 7th House on the Left

Large 36″x36″ Rodney White art for $40? Yes, please. Now, time to tackle the damage…

Bringing Damaged Art Back to New / 7th House on the Left

You can’t really see it from a distance, but there are some pretty bad small tears and places where the art started lifting from the wooden frame. It was also pretty dirty from being stacked up in a warehouse-like store for who knows how long.

Sprucing up Damaged Clearance Art / 7th House on the Left

To spruce it up and bring it back to new, started by cleaning it up with a soft cloth a a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol. Then I grabbed some red and green close-matching craft paints, matte Mod Podge and a some Q-Tips. The edges were easily fixed with a bit of Mod Podge. I ended up using my finger instead of a brush to get it in the creases evenly. I applied little dabs of paint here and there with a Q-tip them rubbed it in with my finger so it wouldn’t look too shiny or new. After about 15 minutes of doctoring it up, it was just like new again.

How to Repair Damaged Clearance Art / 7th House on the Left

We hung the art in the laundry room over the green dresser (which we use for tool storage, extra light bulbs, batteries and all that jazz).

Key Tray & Dog Treat Container / 7th House on the Left

Since this is our “hub” for going in and out everyday, I wanted to keep the top of the dresser relatively empty to have room for stuff like mail that needs to go out, things that need to be returned, etc. So, all we have on the dresser is a small key tray, a faux Ikea plant (the best kind because I can’t kill it) and we moved the white ceramic bee container from the foyer to here – and yes, it is now holding dog treats for Bentley. He always gets his way.

How to Repair Damaged Clearance Art / 7th House on the Left

I guess it was a good thing I was feeling extra confident that day in the store because you really can’t see the places where I repaired the artwork unless you look reeeeeeealllly hard. It’s nice to have a piece of Rodney White in the house, plus the $40 price tag isn’t too shabby.

Pictures of Rodney White prints found here.

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    May 15, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Love that! We had the same piece of art in our rental and it made its way into our wedding photos which I was very excited about. We picked ours up at World Market during one of their art sales but not for as good of a deal!

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    Ash @ HumberHome Project
    May 15, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    What a great find!
    I love Garden Ridge – especially when they have things marked down! πŸ™‚
    I’ve never taken the time to look through their wall art, it’s so overwhelming, but I might have to hunt through it all next time I go!

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    Stacey @ Likes to Smile
    May 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    That looks so gorgeous!!! You can’t tell at all that you fixed it up!! And it looks like it was meant to hang over that dresser.

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    May 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I am also a huge fan of Rodney White! This looks fabulous and you would never even know it was damaged! Great find!!

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    Mandy DeTurk
    May 16, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I love those prints, looks great!

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    Mia M
    May 17, 2013 at 3:08 am

    The picture looks fabulous! And the dresser goes so well with it. You’ve got the modern/rustic thing goin’ on girl! I haven’t been to Garden Ridge in years. Guess I need to put it on my list of things to do.

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    Michelle O
    May 17, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Looks great. Love it with the green dresser!

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    May 17, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I love it, and I love the saying, oh my it’s so lovely. Hahah, can I say love one more time? Pretty please? L O V E! I also really like it with the green table. Which I want for my own home, I’m been looking for something similar with no luck. I’m going to be nosy and ask what you keep in that (Coach?) small purse.

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      May 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Haha, thanks! It’s Tory Burch and oh so handy. I keep all of my cards, a tiny thing of lip gloss and a pony tail holder. The necessities, haha. It’s with me at all times.

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    RENA L.
    May 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    ok…i love this! wow. love.

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    June 5, 2013 at 7:02 am

    What a great find and at such a great price – I’m jealous! You’ve done a brilliant job with it, you can’t notice it had some work done AT ALL. Another great post =)

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