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!
Ahhh! I'm kind of doily obsessed lately. I LOVE this! So pretty. That doily is very large & lovely! I just pinned this one 🙂
The framed doily is beautiful. The frame is perfect to highlight an important piece. The burlap is perfect with the other decor in the bedroom. I am excited to see the changes you have in mind for the room.
Wow... How creative... That is a beautiful frame and it looks even more lovely by the way you have displayed it...
Love the beautiful display of your MIL's work. She would be proud.
I personally think Rascal is a perfect addition. I am not sure how he would stay up on the wall.
That is one beautiful frame!! I've got frame envy!!! Free is definitely thrifty, isn't it???
Jane, me gusta mucho como se ve el cuadro, además de que el valor sentimental del tapete es para que este en un lugar especial. Saludos
Susan in SC
Oh, I do LOVE this frame and the way you finished it! It is perfect for your bedroom! Rascal is a doll.
It doesn't get better than free. Love the look of the doily and burlap together.
I know how one project can domino into a dozen! This doily looks perfect in the frame. I have some doilies that my grandmother crocheted. I may have to do something like this. Thanks for great inspiration!
Pattie @ On Hollyhock Farm
Awesome! I am a frame junkie! I love old frames. I just hang them without anything in them. Yours is great, I love the embellishments on it. Thanks for sharing.
My brother-in-law goes to that auction every Monday and brings home some of the best things..I love what you have done with the frame. I have tons of scarves and would not have had the talent to put one of them in a frame like that....I like it!
so pretty! I love that wall color...what a lovely room! thanks for sharing!
Vicki at Rusty Rooster Vintage
I can't believe it was free?! I love what you did with it. Looks so pretty!
That is so pretty! I love the white frame with the burlap...they're a great combination. This was the perfect way to display your mother-in-law's beautiful doily.
perfect love the cat in the middle of all of this
Love it! I love anything crocheted! the frame is great!! Love the kitty too, just like mine...sit where ever they darn well please!!! 🙂
Love it! Free frame makes it even better! What an awesome idea!!
Rascal is like my Atticus, always wanting to "help"!
That is beautiful and your cat is too cute!
What a creative way to display your Mom's doily! I love the frame (and that it was free!) and love the contrast of the burlap and the doily. So well done!
Have a Happy Halloween!
The Old Block House Shop
I love this! What a great way to share your special doily.
I like free! And I like that frame and what you did with it! That is a beautiful color in your guestroom too.
That turned out beautiful, and for free even better. Your MIL did a wonderful job of crocheting the doily. That was a great idea on how to display it. I can't wait to see the rest of the room, so far I love it.