Framing your collections can be a creative way to enjoy them. When I find a turn of the century frame for a great price, I usually snatch it up! Occasionally, I know exactly what it will be used for. Most often, I have no idea. The treasures wait in gathering places until inspiration hits. I’ll share several collages inspired by a desire to use beautiful frames and bring collections out of drawers or storage boxes. The first example I’ll share is especially well-loved. It hangs in our kitchen where it can be enjoyed everyday.
This $8 frame was loved at first sight. I adore the detailed carvings, chunky borders, and distressed condition. It waited several months to find purpose in our home.
Occasionally I will peruse a large box of linens stored in my closet. During one such visit, several lace pieces spoke to me to be displayed. The vintage frame was perfect to encase these linens. After painting the frame with chalk paint, the next step was to select fabric to cover the cork board backing from a repurposed bulletin board. I recalled several vintage rug patterns picked up from an estate auction while looking through my stash of natural fibers. One of the burlap designs was the perfect size. The lovely floral pattern looked pretty standing alone in the frame. After a brief moment of stardom, the vintage bouquet pattern became covered with collectibles retrieved from drawers to compliment the lace antiquities.
This board gets changed periodically to reflect different seasons.
This oval frame was purposed for a collage at the top of our stairs. However, after being inspired to hang vintage garments in the front parlor (our family room), it was chosen to frame accessories.
Husband really scored when he found this amazing oak wardrobe in the newspaper ads. A lady who needed some dental work done decided to sell this piece. Her father acquired it from a storage unit renter from England who let the contents go for $50. She talked her dad out of the beauty, but never lived in a spot with ceilings over 8 feet tall so she could mount the crown on top. The lovely wardrobe went together like a puzzle. It was the inspiration piece that inspired us to remodel this room. Garments such as the 1800’s blouses would have hung in wardrobes such as this. Drawers could have held the jewelry, gloves, lace collars or ephemera. We use it as our office center and to store photographs and books.
The garments and accessories are not from the same period, but they make an interesting display and pick up colors in the room. The background fabric is too pink, but will suffice ’til I get inspired to change it.
This collage was inspired when I found a linen lined shadow box half price at Hobby Lobby. The antique hardware pieces gifted from a thoughtful friend had been tucked away in a plastic bag sitting in a drawer. I’m so happy to be able to enjoy them now as framed art and appreciate the intricate designs!
In the midst of working on this post, I found that one of my friends and confidants is walking through a challenging time. This vintage graphic and a sweet poem about the Lord giving us more grace is shared by Abby on her blog post here. It reminds me how precious the bond of friendship is, where our source of strength is when we don’t feel joy, and the amazing opportunity we have to encourage and pray for one another. Please keep my friend’s unspoken request in your prayers.
Have a beautiful day!