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Friday, October 7, 2011

I've Been Framed!

As in picture framed!
Lately I've been having so much fun creating picture frame collections for my Etsy shop.  I think Pottery Barn must have started the trend (don't they seem to start them all?) of hanging empty picture frames on the wall, or propping them upon a shelf or mantle. At any rate, I love the look, and thought I would show you some of my recent creations.
 To me, half the fun of putting these collections together is the thrill of the hunt!  Yes!  I am sure you all know that feeling!  I've been searching high and low for unique frames to transform with paint and a little tlc.  While they may not start out looking so great, I think with some paint and distressing, they are all happy with their new look!  This set currently resides in my Etsy shop, if you care to take a peek!

The two above frames are some of my favorites!  Both are vintage, and ooozing in shabby goodness!  One is made of a very heavy resin, the other is wood and gesso.  Love!
 I also like combing other accents with my frame collections, such as this neat vintage key plaque in the photo below, and the vintage candle sconce in the first photo.
 The next photos (below) show a collection that I put together as a custom order for the sweetest woman!  She is going to be turning them into chalkboards, to hang in her soon to be born baby boy's nursery!  She was so much fun to work with, and I am thrilled to know that my frames will play a part in her baby's room!  It's so rewarding to get to know some of my Etsy customers a bit when I work on custom orders, or hear that they are going to use one of my creations at their wedding or for their babies!!
 I love how while all of the frames are different,  they have been united with my favorite paint color.  You guessed it!  Heirloom White!  A bit of distressing gives them even more character and adds to that "aged over time look".
 Some are vintage, some are newer.  I really love this little frame on the right (above).  Isn't it gorgeous?
 The other day I went out hunting for more frames to transform, and lucked out and found a bunch!  Now I'm in the process of working a little magic on them before I put them in my shop!
I'm super excited, as hubby's nephew and his wife flew in today from California to visit us for the weekend!  They are in route right now, so I won't be on here much this weekend.  Hope you all have a great one!!
I'm linking up with Debra over at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday.  Be sure to check it out for tons of great ideas!


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Have fun this weekend..I just love having company!

The frames look great...and after my last project you never know about me and a can of spray paint now!

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

What a gorgeous set Donna! You've got such great luck at finding fab frames. I mentioned you in a post this week, since I got the idea to use Heirloom White paint from you!
Have a great time with your family this weekend,

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You find THE BEST frames. They look great in Heirloom White!!!

Christine said...

You really have a knack for finding the best goodies! They look wonderful...

bahar006 said...

These frames are great, especially the frame with the key. Thanks for this pretty photos:)

Myric said...

chalkboard on that decorative frame? Im so going to do it! Thanks for sharing it

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Donna,
They look fabulous. I love how you have combined so many shapes and sizes. Frames are always very popular in my booth too.


NanaDiana said...

Hope you don't frame your guests or cover them with gusso-or worse...glitterfy them. I must say your frames are VERY cute though! Looks like Heirloom white to me! xo Diana

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness Donna! Your frames looks AWESOME! You really have an eye for grouping them together for just the right effect.
Have a great weekend with your family!

Sharon, aka Bootersmom03 said...

Love what you've done with the frames! I'm your newest follower visiting from Common Ground!

Musings from Kim K. said...

I love all the textures and sizes. Wonderful grouping, Donna.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

These are lovely, Donna! How fun to have them used in a baby's room!

Myric said...

mmm. pesto I bet its delicious.

About the wall art. I am looking for a printing shop that can print it on canvas and I might try to learn how to put it on stretch bars myself.

Cindy Adkins said...

WOW, these are gorgeous, Donna!!! Oooh-la-la! They are fabulous!!


john said...

what a lovely collection...painting them gives them a little something special..hope you have had a great weekend with your family.
Gail x

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Those frames are great! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am your newest follower. Love your blog:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

BECKY said...

You amaze me with what you do with spray paint, Donna! Love them all!!

Hope your weekend was fun! And that you have a great week!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

These are all so pretty. I love the look as well. I have been looking for some to hang in the guest room I keep putting them in the closet when I find some. Now I have forgotten what I have!

Tete said...

I getting some paint and I am going to start spraying everything...if it doesn't move.

Myric said...

Thanks Donna! happy to know you like the :)