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Tuesday, October 27, 2009


I love using frames when decorating, but I feel like my love of the diversity of empty frames is going un-noticed. I recently did the display above at my Antique Booth, to try and show how empty wooden frames can be used in your home decor.
They are plentiful, usually cheap (if found at garage sales) and beautiful.

Here are some other ways I've used empty frames in my home.

Above is a frame collage I made by hanging old frames from a quilt rack from rope.
I used the round grates to add geometrical interest.

Below, I have a grouping of frames with various found objects inside them. This display is above the couch in our family room.

Also in the family room, some unusual shaped frames hold a large 1/2 cut spindle

This frame is part of a bigger display. It looks as if the old ceiling tin pieces are trying to escape the "box".

How about framing a collection, to give it unity

In my guest room, I framed an old spring set from a chair to make a display board, and on the right, I layered 2 frames and hung an open book inside.

Below, I framed some old lace, and use this to store and display my earrings

The mantle below is decorated with various old frames

What do I look for in a frame? First it must be wood. Then I look at shape and condition. I like unusual shapes, and carved details. Lastly is price, I'm cheap and I like my junk to be cheap too. Remember, if the color is off, a little paint will take care of that. If some of the jesso is chipped, all-the-better.
Signs of age add character

For more ideas,
I have a whole page of frame ideas on my web site here.


texasdaisey said...

Very cool ideas.

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

I like the shoe forms in the frame the very best. A whole lot. Bookoos. That's my fav! ~Mindy

The Green Pea said...

I am a new follower, so happy I found your blog. It is wonderful. sandi

Six in One Hand said...

I thought I was the only one in love with empty frames.
I just love the aesthetic they give.

Awesome inspiration!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Hey Margo, the store is in Hico Tx and you can click on the link in the post. I didn't look at the price of the burlap sacks, they would have been out of my range I'm sure.

A Little Of This And That said...

Great ideas.

Cheryl said...

what great, creative ideas!! I have bazillions of frames, I love to stack them one inside the other until I find a use for them :-)

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