Leo and I go to the So-Lina Auction each Monday. It's the most unusual auction I've ever seen because people put the items they are selling on the ground and the auctioneer rides a golf cart up and down the rows of goods. When something is sold, it's the buyer's responsibility to take it away immediately. Sometimes people leave unwanted items behind, and scavengers like myself have been known to pick up some of those things.
Well, last Monday I was just walking along when I saw a white oval frame on the ground. So I asked a nearby fellow if it was sold, and he said that the person who bought his things didn't want it. He said if I wanted it to take it. That means, folks, that it was FREE!
The frame is creamy white with some nice details on it. It already has a distressed finish.
So I was wondering what I could do with this frame when I pulled out some burlap that I had left over from another project. I loved the combination of the creamy white with the burlap.
I pulled out this doily that my sweet mother-in-law had given me before she passed. She crocheted this herself. I had wanted to display the doilies that she had given me in some way, and I thought this was perfect.
Rascal just took a seat and watched.
And then it hit me that I should put this in the guest bedroom because the walls are painted a coffee color. It had been in the back of my mind that I would like to paint a few pieces of furniture in the guest bedroom. So the pieces that I'm going to paint will be this creamy white color, and the whole room is going to get a neutral look. And it was all because of my free frame.
So yesterday I picked up a piece of foam board from Hobby Lobby, and today I cut it in the oval shape to fit inside my frame.
I used a box cutter to cut the foam board.
And I stapled the piece of burlap to the foam board.
Then I put some Gorilla Glue along the ledge to secure the foam board.
I used some heavy cookbooks to hold it in place while the glue dried. The last step was to attach the doily to the burlap, and I used some super glue to do that.
And here it is on the wall in the guest bedroom! The vanity I placed it over is a little too white for my taste. It's one of the first things that I'm going to paint and antique.
My mother-in-law's doily looks beautiful against the burlap. I love the contrasting textures.
The frame and the burlap look fabulous against the paint color on the wall. The name of the paint is actually Coffee by Valspar. (I do love my coffee!)
Isn't it funny how a free frame inspired me to redecorate the guest bedroom? I'll show you the rest of the room as it is now on another day. But I have BIG plans for this room!