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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Friday, November 1, 2013

More Transformations

Bonjour Mes Amis!
Hope you have all had a great week.  I can hardly believe that it's November already, and the holidays will be among us soon!
Today I wanted to share with you a few more of my drab to fab transformations!
I just adore toile, and still have a few pieces of  beautiful blue and creamy white toile barkcloth that I bought several years ago, while on vacation in Hawaii, of all places!
I sure wish that I could find more material just like this, I don't think I've ever seen it in barkcloth here before.
Anyway, I will give you a glimpse of the after, before showing you the before of this first project!

Ok, are you ready to see what these frames looked like when I first spotted them?
They are on the far left in the photo below.  They were part of my thrifting haul when we were on vacation last month in the Upper Peninsula.
I was immediately drawn to these round wooden vintage frames, but knew that they could be so much prettier than their current state!
So, after removing their still life prints (which were on heavy cardboard), I hand painted the frames a soft creamy white.
A bit of distressing around the edges gave them time worn appeal.
I then covered the back sides of the prints (I didn't want the prints to show thru my fabric) with the toile, using spray adhesive.
The frames have pretty little metal hooks at the top for hanging.  So much better now that they are transformed, don't you think?  

Here is one last makeover, these pretty and ornate little vintage metal frames.  You can see their "before" shot as well in the photo above.
They were made in Italy, and just begging to be painted creamy, dreamy white!  They have the prettiest prints in, of pastoral scenes.  The nice thing is that the prints can be easily removed so the frames can be used for photos or other artwork.
I have already sold them in my Etsy shop, but the framed toile are listed if you care to take a peek!
Have a great and creative weekend!


Tete said...

Pretty. Have you looked on ebay for the fabric? You know, they have almost everything on there. Love the new look.
Love Katie's halloween photo! She's just too cute for words!
Have a great weekend.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Great frames - you found a great deal. I love the toile pictures. That is my favorite fabric and I have a lot of it in my home.
Have a great weekend.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a great idea to frame that fabric! Love the white frames!

Musings from Kim K. said...

That is fantastic fabric. Gorgeous transformations once again. Happy November.

Joyce Mayer said...

Bee-u-tee-ful, Miss Donna.

Prudence ♥

Where's "The Bug"?

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Just love toile!

Debbie said...

The fabric IS beautiful! I would hate to part with it. The metal frames are my favorites. They are so intricate in their design. No wonder they sold right away!!
You have an eye for pretties.

Renee said...

Very pretty! I love to transform frames…the more ornate, the better!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love both of them, I pick up the oval metal ones anytime I can. I have never seen bark cloth in toile either..Don't you just hate using up the good stuff!!!


Celestina Marie said...

Donna I just love these and especially the toile in blue.
Oval frames and circles have always been a favorite of mine.
The details on the frames just seem to pop once they are painted.
Love everything you do.

Have a great evening.