Framed Vintage Collectibles

Frame Your Vintage Collectibles

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.

Vintage collectibles in the kitchen

Vintage Collectible frame hangs on the large wall in the kitchen over the beverage center and children’s corner.


Framed Vintage Collectibles

Turn of the century collectibles too pretty to be stashed in a drawer or case are displayed on this board in our kitchen. It’s painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Graphite.

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.

Chalk paint antique frame

The imperfections of this worn frame are part of the story and authenticate its history. I love the beaded details of the outside border.


Antique frame painted with ASCP Graphite

Mitered corners on this side of the frame are well done.


Use vintage rug pattern to back framed display.

Antique lace collars are temporarily removed to expose the floral hooked rug pattern.


Antique Buckles and Victorian Ornament

Closeup of antique shoe buckles from an estate sale, and a piece of Victorian ornament that husband found in our front yard with his metal detector (painted with wax metallic finish, Rub n Buff)!


Linens, lace and antique postcards

Antique postcards, antique hardware, and antique linens/lace are among favorite finds.


Queen Anne Victorian House Ornament

This 3 dimensional Queen Anne style ornament from Silver Dollar City reminds me of our home. Love the 2nd story porch and extra gables!


Vintage Shears and Sewing Notions

Victorian shears from an estate sale, antique sewing notions from a quilt show fundraiser (marked down to .50 ea.), and a favorite thimble (gift from Mother).


Vintage Valentine and embellished paper dolls

Paper Dolls made with printables embellished with jewels (from one of my classes) and vintage valentine are among collectibles in antique frame.

This board gets changed periodically to reflect different seasons.

Christmas Vintage Collectible Frame

Antique frame embellished with Christmas ephemera, ornaments and seasonal flowers.

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.

Choosing the background fabric for framed collection.

After selecting a frame large enough to hold the accessories, I looked through my box of linens to see if I had something for the backing. I decided the white was too bright, and not quite big enough, so chose another fabric.


bulletin board backing for framed collection

I traced the frame outline on an old bulletin board and cut the pattern out for my new backing.


Vintage Clothing Wall Arrangement

Arranging the collection on the floor allows for easy rearranging to get everything in the right spot. I had planned to hang the turn of the century blouses on the wall to the right of the photo. However, the space was too small when I decided to add hats and other items to the display.

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.

Victorian Front Parlor

Ephemera and vintage clothing add color, texture and design to the front parlor. The oval frame is reminiscent of a looking-glass.

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.

Framed Jewelry and Accessory Collection

Vintage jewelry and accessories framed for display

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!

Vintage Hardware in Shadow Box

Vintage hardware and oak appliqué collage


Vintage Hardware in Frame

Close up of vintage hardware- Can anyone tell me what the lovely piece on the bottom right is for? I would love to use it for it’s intended purpose if I have an application for it. Would it be a small drawer pull?

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.

Sweet vintage image illustrating the potential we have for an encouraging word and a listening ear. Friendship is a gift to be cherished!

What are your favorite ways to enjoy your collections? Do you have them on display or safely stashed  away in a case or drawer? Please share your ideas! Linking with Amaze me Mondays, and The Scoop.

Have a beautiful day!


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8 Responses to Frame Your Vintage Collectibles

  1. Janet Bamesberger February 4, 2017 at 9:38 am #

    I love the gift you have been given to appreciate and display your cherished keepsakes! I so love looking at them!

    • withendlessgrace February 7, 2017 at 6:51 am #

      Mother, thank you for favoring me with your sweet words. I’m blessed to be a receiver and finder of cherished keepsakes. I treasure the many lovelies and gifts you have passed to me.
      Love you!

  2. Sue whitman February 4, 2017 at 7:13 pm #

    You have a wonderful eye for putting these together loved the blog hope your friend is in a better place or coming out of the darkness though your guidance have a blessed day

    • withendlessgrace February 7, 2017 at 6:29 am #

      Thank you, Sue for taking the time to stop by and for your encouraging words. My friend is doing better. Prayers make a difference!
      Blessings to you!

  3. Johanna Ellen February 6, 2017 at 7:27 pm #

    I LOVE this idea! Those are so pretty! I have so much old lace, and bits, and parts like this. I should totally frame them!

    • withendlessgrace February 7, 2017 at 6:21 am #

      Thank you Johanna for your sweet comments. I hopped over to your blog and see your creative gifts at work! Your bits and pieces of lace would make a beautiful frame. I’ll follow along to see if you post your creation.

      Thanks for stopping by. Please come again!

      • Johanna Ellen February 7, 2017 at 9:36 am #

        I will certainly be back again 🙂

        Thanks for returning the visit!

  4. Cynthia February 10, 2017 at 11:45 am #

    This is just beautiful! I found an old frame not long ago and did something similar with some fragile jewelry inherited from my great-grand and grandmothers. Your ideas are quite an inspiration. What a lovely home you have here, I am going to be a follower, now!

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