35 Times That Artists Upgraded Thrift Store Paintings With Their Paintbrushes And Shared It In The ‘Repaintings’ Online Community

We know how much you love art, illustrations, and paintings, dear Pandas, so we’ve got a treat in store for you today. Say hello to the ‘Repaintings’ subreddit where people from all over the internet share their imaginative creations.

The community isn’t dedicated to just any old paintings, however. No, sirree! The nearly 123k-member-strong online group is meant for repainted secondhand art. People grab a painting from their local thrift shop, garage sale, secondhand store, or even trash bin, bring it home, and add in some awesome new additions with a paintbrush. The results are genuinely cool and we couldn’t wait to share them with you. Remember to upvote the pics that you enjoyed the most.

If you’re anything like me and you’re just itching to give repainting a try, be sure to let us know how that went. And don’t forget to follow r/Repaintings if you love their stuff as much we do.#1 

Painting-Bomb!

Painting-Bomb!

rrrrreeeeeddddd Report118pointsPOST

Zophra17 hours ago

Improvement… no wait… Immooooooovment.28ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#2 

Repainted-Thrift-Store-Paintings

Repainted-Thrift-Store-Paintings

gcaseyjik Report111pointsPOST

Jihana16 hours ago

I love that one!17ReplyView more comments#3 

I Added Googly Eyes To This Thrift Store Nature Photography. It’s Hanging In My Dining Room

I Added Googly Eyes To This Thrift Store Nature Photography. It's Hanging In My Dining Room

eyebrowshampoo Report100pointsPOST

DancingPig15 hours ago

“I’m watching you…”4ReplyView more comments

Plenty of these repaintings feature characters and icons from pop culture, beloved TV shows and movies, as well as some well-known brands. Others, however, are completely original additions that formed in the artists’ minds.

Founded back in 2014, the r/Repaintings subreddit celebrated its 7th birthday in mid-February. Over the years, they’ve amassed a huge collection of upgraded secondhand paintings that any modern museum would be proud to feature.#4 

Could You Please Say “Hi” To Peany? 

Could You Please Say "Hi" To Peany?

lupiloopdiloop Report94pointsPOST

Rachel Cowley16 hours ago

Hi penny! You are so beautiful!12ReplyView more comments#5 

Nautical Nonsense – Acrylic Paint On A Thrifted Art Print

Nautical Nonsense - Acrylic Paint On A Thrifted Art Print

OldUglyArtHoarder Report90pointsPOST

Zophra17 hours ago

Looks like the add-in could be the original.5ReplyView more comments#6 

Unsolved Mystery…

Unsolved Mystery...

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Zophra17 hours ago

I would buy this. Pretty and funny at the same time…15ReplyView more comments

“Find a painting at a garage sale, thrift store, or in the trash and repaint it. Add some monsters! Add a UFO! Some lasers? Don’t mind if I do! Post the results. Before and After pics appreciated,” the subreddit moderators invite redditors and random tourists from all corners of the internet to get their hands dirty with paint and let their creativity loose.

However much technology might change, there’s still something about analog tech that just can’t be beaten. I’m all for digital art, but traditional techniques hold a special place in my heart (just like physical books). So you can imagine how happy I was to read that the ‘Repaintings’ group only allows for “traditionally repainted works with real physical paint.” Sorry, digital art, this time, you won’t be in the spotlight, no matter how much we love you.#7 

All Work And No Play – I Had A Lot Of Fun Painting This One!

All Work And No Play - I Had A Lot Of Fun Painting This One!

davepollotart Report80pointsPOST

Hermione16 hours ago

Huge improvement. Heeeeeere’s Johnny…7ReplyView more comments#8 

For A Year Now I’m Giving New Life To 2nd Hand Wall Plates And Transforming Them In To Very Ugly Plates And This Beauty Is One Of Them

For A Year Now I'm Giving New Life To 2nd Hand Wall Plates And Transforming Them In To Very Ugly Plates And This Beauty Is One Of Them

milczak Report78pointsPOST

River Webb16 hours ago

and then you realise the food you’re eating off this plate was spiked with arsenic…16ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#9 

I Did My First Repainting Recently!

I Did My First Repainting Recently!

i-am-mothman Report78pointsPOST

glowworm210 hours ago

Aw! I love it!5ReplyView more comments

Finding a secondhand painting to repaint might be harder than you think during the Covid-19 pandemic. Previously, Bored Panda learned all about the massive changes to how thrift stores function during the endless worldwide lockdowns. With worries of a third coronavirus wave mixed in with loosening regulations here and there, the rules are constantly changing.#10 

Thrift And Drift

Thrift And Drift

davepollotart Report73pointsPOST

DancingPig15 hours ago

Go Luigi!6ReplyView more comments#11 

“Whom Will Thou Call?” Acrylic On Old Art Print. She Used To Be Holding A Guitar And I Swapped It Out

“Whom Will Thou Call?” Acrylic On Old Art Print. She Used To Be Holding A Guitar And I Swapped It Out

OldUglyArtHoarder Report72pointsPOST

River Webb16 hours ago

“whom will though call? ghosteth busters!”17ReplyView more comments#12 

I Had Planned On Adding Buzz Lightyear But Was Persuaded To Add Alice Instead. I Think She Was The Right Choice

I Had Planned On Adding Buzz Lightyear But Was Persuaded To Add Alice Instead. I Think She Was The Right Choice

OldUglyArtHoarder Report70pointsPOST

Jihana16 hours ago

oh those flower-faces are creepy14ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

In an interview with the Weird Secondhand Finds That Just Need To Be Shared Facebook group team, Bored Panda earlier learned that plenty of thrift stores have moved to online ordering while the pandemic continues to rage on.

“Some even have curbside pickup, so we recommend checking with your favorite stores to see if they’ve done this,” one of the Weird Secondhand Finds team members gave some advice to those of us who have an urge to go secondhand shopping.#13 

Stumbled Upon This Work Of Art

Stumbled Upon This Work Of Art

skhaleesi Report69pointsPOST

M O’Connell13 hours ago

Yep.8ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

A Repaint I Finished A Few Days Ago – I Auctioned It To Raise Money For The Hunger Project…

A Repaint I Finished A Few Days Ago - I Auctioned It To Raise Money For The Hunger Project...

davepollotart Report65pointsPOST

Zophra17 hours ago

Very “a-peeling” artwork here.17ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

Found A Cool Print At Thrift…thought It Could Use Some Krakens!

Found A Cool Print At Thrift...thought It Could Use Some Krakens!

Animal_Pharmacy Report64pointsPOST

Susan Green10 hours ago

Such an improvement!3ReplyView more comments

What’s more, you can use social media to keep track of your favorite local shops: from what’s new in stock to ordering what you want in advance so you don’t physically have to go to the shop. All you need to do is find what you like online, order it, and then either pick it up yourself or wait for a delivery to your home. That’s certainly one way to get access to thrift store paintings while staying safe.#16 

“Prepare For Trouble.” I Always Knew I Wanted To Add A Hot Air Balloon But Originally I Planned To Add Rocky And Bullwinkle. I Think The Meowth Balloon Was A Better Idea

“Prepare For Trouble.” I Always Knew I Wanted To Add A Hot Air Balloon But Originally I Planned To Add Rocky And Bullwinkle. I Think The Meowth Balloon Was A Better Idea

OldUglyArtHoarder Report63pointsPOST

Callie Dryer17 hours ago

Team Rocket strikes again9ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#17 

I Bought A Print From A Thrift Store And Felt Like It Needed A Cat!

I Bought A Print From A Thrift Store And Felt Like It Needed A Cat!

Technicallynotrobots Report62pointsPOST

DancingPig15 hours ago

You always need cats11ReplyView more comments#18 

Been Wondering What To Paint Over This Old Thrift Store Art For Some Time. Thanks Bernie! 

Been Wondering What To Paint Over This Old Thrift Store Art For Some Time. Thanks Bernie!

MTGKozan Report59pointsPOST

Julia Atkinson12 hours ago

There is no artwork that can’t be improved by the addition of Bernie and his giant mittens10ReplyView more comments

“Following your favorite shops Facebook pages is also recommended so you can stay up to date on what they’re doing as well as get quicker notice when they have sales, new items listed, etc. That way you can safely thrift from the comfort of your own home while still supporting your local shops.”#19 

I Thought This Scene Looked Like A Place Darth Vader Would Go To Bask In His Loneliness

I Thought This Scene Looked Like A Place Darth Vader Would Go To Bask In His Loneliness

Ubadishnard Report58pointsPOST

Anna Linkowska11 hours ago

No he wouldnt – too much sand14ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#20 

“The Lover, The Dreamer, And Me” Repainted A Couple Years Ago

“The Lover, The Dreamer, And Me” Repainted A Couple Years Ago

OldUglyArtHoarder Report55pointsPOST

Birgit M16 hours ago

I really love this!14ReplyView more comments#21 

Repainting Or Original?

Repainting Or Original?

orqa Report55pointsPOST

varwenea16 hours ago

That’s rather excellent brush strokes and kept to period vibe.13ReplyView more comments

Along with a rise in digital secondhand shopping, more and more stores are taking up safety precautions like the mandatory wearing of masks, limiting the number of customers, providing disinfectant for your hands, enforcing social distancing, erecting plexiglass protectors at counters, etc. This way, those stores that are open are able to reduce the risk of infection for staff and customers alike.#22 

Monster Flowers

Monster Flowers

schnauby30 Report54pointsPOST

the child16 hours ago

these are hilarious5ReplyView more comments#23 

Jake The Dog

Jake The Dog

ramshackleray Report53pointsPOST

Kapoentje15 hours ago

I like this one, Jake is cool.9ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#24 

My Glow In The Dark Repainting From A While Ago

My Glow In The Dark Repainting From A While Ago

keuerle Report53pointsPOST

River Webb16 hours ago

when aliens need their dairy products too11ReplyView more comments#25 

“Suddenly”.. ( “The Scream” Repainting ), Me, Oil, 2021

"Suddenly".. ( "The Scream" Repainting ), Me, Oil, 2021

myriyevskyy Report52pointsPOST

Kapoentje15 hours ago

And all these years everyone wondering what he was so upset about… now we know.12ReplyView more comments#26 

“Great Harvest Of The Single Slice” – David Irvine March 2020

"Great Harvest Of The Single Slice" - David Irvine March 2020

TheGnarledBranch Report49pointsPOST

Zophra17 hours ago

Pizza- improves anything.7ReplyView more comments#27 

Here Is My First Attempt At Doing A Repainting, I Couldn’t Be Happier With How It Turned Out! 

Here Is My First Attempt At Doing A Repainting, I Couldn’t Be Happier With How It Turned Out!

OhoBenderez Report47pointsPOST

the child16 hours ago

yaaaaassssssssss the incredibles6ReplyView more comments#28 

This Belongs Here

This Belongs Here

MajorBlink Report45pointsPOST

Birgit M16 hours ago

Brilliant!6ReplyView more comments#29 

𝐃𝐫𝐚𝐰 𝟒

𝐃𝐫𝐚𝐰 𝟒

DPJ333 Report45pointsPOST

Callie Dryer17 hours ago

(sigh) where’s a reverse card when you need one7ReplyView more comments#30 

First Painting Of This Year

First Painting Of This Year

schnauby30 Report43pointsPOST

DancingPig15 hours ago

I love this one2ReplyView more comments#31 

We Can’t Stop Here, This Is Rabbit Country

We Can't Stop Here, This Is Rabbit Country

Slogfarts Report43pointsPOST

M O’Connell13 hours ago

I don’t know about the disguise, but the signature is awesome.4ReplyView more comments#32 

Sky Waffles

Sky Waffles

Vartoons Report39pointsPOST

River Webb16 hours ago

“its raining waffles , from out of the sky, waffles no need to ask why, just open your mouth and close your eyes, its raining waffles7ReplyView more comments#33 

Added The Beast To This Already Creepy Painting

Added The Beast To This Already Creepy Painting

schnauby30 Report38pointsPOST

Kapoentje15 hours ago

I love this one, very cool. Would definitely hang this in my house.7ReplyView more comments#34 

Mine Isn’t As Cool As Some Of These Others, I Just Taped Off A Piece My Husband Brought Home From His Office When They Remodeled. It Gets A Lot Of Compliments Though

Mine Isn’t As Cool As Some Of These Others, I Just Taped Off A Piece My Husband Brought Home From His Office When They Remodeled. It Gets A Lot Of Compliments Though

Sabrinacolada Report35pointsPOST

PandaPanda7 hours ago

Oh that’s kinda cool.1ReplyView more comments#35 

My Childhood Heroes Meet Again In The Black Forest

My Childhood Heroes Meet Again In The Black Forest

stfnbn Report35pointsPOST

Kapoentje15 hours ago

Nice, I like it.5ReplyView more comments

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Jonas is a Bored Panda writer who previously worked as a world news journalist elsewhere. After getting his bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester, he returned home and graduated from Vilnius University with a master’s degree in Comparative Politics. Jonas enjoys writing articles ranging from serious topics like politics and social issues to more lighthearted things like art, pop culture, and nature. In his spare time, Jonas writes books and short stories and likes to draw lighthearted illustrations. A huge fan of literature, films, philosophy, and tabletop games, he also has a special place in his heart for anything related to fantasy or science fiction. Read more »

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