New batch of small frames. 50% OFF sale reminder.

I typically prefer to gather and re-vamp BIG wall size picture frames, but it’s been pretty slim pickin’s on those lately, so I’ve started rummaging through the smaller frames at thrift stores and estate sales of late.

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 Here are some from my most recent batch of made-over frames.

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Just aqua paint and some hand sanding on them all.

P1220052I look for frames with interesting embossed details.

P1220056Sometimes the details are ‘just’ in the corners.

P1220061Other times, the whole frame is detailed.

P1220065Even just repetitive grooves add a lot of interest once painted and distressed.

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I was in a hurry to get this batch done and into my booth, and decided to forego the ‘pictures’ in most of these frames.  It really doesn’t COST much to add some kind of a picture to them, but it is TIME consuming.

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But I still managed to add a ‘little something’ to a few of them!

P1220067Sometimes I do varying shades of aqua / turquoise when I do a batch of frames.  Since each frame was so unique I went with all the same color on all of them this time.

P1220069Really DEEP frames are always a good find too!

P1220333Not so fond of how this one turned out.  Just might have to repaint it white.  We’ll see.

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I think I actually liked it BETTER before I repainted it!  You can’t tell in the picture, but the brown part of the frame has a crackled texture to it; kind of looks like alligator skin.

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An old, newly repainted berry basket stand was ‘called up’ to serve as the display for the gathering of all the smaller frames.  ( a few of them are from a previous batch)

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Layers of frames; a study of contrast.
P1220313This small and sweet vintage metal frame was perfect ‘as found’; I just added a picture.


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This batch of larger ‘wall frames’ had originally all been repainted white and distressed.  Alas, they had been sitting in my booth for TOO long without selling, so I brought them home for another make-over.  A quick dry brush with aqua or turquoise paint and a bit more sanding.  Back in my booth just in time for the HALF PRICE SALE.

P1220346I SO wish I had more wall space available so that I could actually ‘display’ them instead of just plopping them on the floor.  Frames are probably my favorite decorating accessory and they sell so much better when ‘properly displayed’.

P1220343Although there is another dealer who has one of those big ole canvas cargo carts in her booth and she just piles all her frames into it.  I constantly see shoppers curiously rummaging through them, hunting for a treasure to take home.

P1220351REMINDER:  EVERYTHING IN MY BOOTH IS 50% OFF THROUGH LABOR DAY MONDAY.  Sale signs are posted in each booth, (and in all 3 stores!) with varying % off.  Perfect way to spend a rainy Labor Day weekend.

P1220361I’ve got lots of vintage little gold frames too!

Half Price ‘Sign of the Month’ in my etsy shop

il_570xN.647524388_ek3jNew month means a new HALF PRICE SIGN OF THE MONTH in my etsy shop.

Regularly $22.00; now just $11.00 while current inventory lasts.

aed9b6da-3eb8-4176-8372-0e33b6927ab0Want MORE “half price action”?  Here you go!!  During the Stars Antique Malls Sidewalk Sale EVERYTHING in MY BOOTH will be 50% off!  Regular prices will show on the price tags; 50% discount will be given at check out.

P1220392As always, my booth is stocked to overflowing!

P1220399Vintage chenille bedspreads!  The bottom one shown is actually a bundle of TWO matching twin spreads.  Very difficult to find matching spreads.  I’m selling these as a SET only.  Regular price is $89.00 for the two.  $45.00 for the two of them during the sale is a STEAL!

P1220346A fresh batch of aqua and turquoise wall frames.

P1220355And lots of smaller ones (4″x 6″ – 8″ x 10″) with backing and glass.

P1220360All the other booths in Stars will be ‘on sale’ too; at varying sale % depending upon the individual dealers.

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Pretty little frame make-over

P1190770Interesting small wood frame; holds a 5×7 photo.  Actually not too bad, as is; just a little too ‘uniformly’ distressed for my taste.

P1190785I covered the opening with a piece of paper.  Spray painted the whole thing black, then bushed on two coats of aqua paint.

P1190799Instead of sanding to distress this time, and because I wanted to bring out the creases more; I cracked open my beloved Ralph Lauren tobacco stain.

P1190801I ‘scrub’ the stain on to be sure it gets into all the crevasses, then ‘pounce off’ the excess stain with a cloth rag.

P1190800And you know I have to put ‘something pretty’ inside all my frames before I can sell them.  I opted for a replica of a French post card.

P1190861I really do love how it turned out!

Repainted picture frame

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Found this frame at Ross.  Marked way down and I could tell WHY!  Where the black and white paint meet is just SLOPPY.  Nothing a little more paint can’t fix!

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Hard to tell in this picture, but I painted the whole thing aqua and distressed it.

P1180924NOW you can see the color!  I like to add ‘something’ to the frames I sell, even when I am just selling them ‘as a frame’ for the buyer to add their own picture to.   I just added a picture cut from a post card mounted on an old dictionary page; anything ‘cheap and simple’ to fill the void will do really.

P1180926I really like how it turned out; especially with some of the undercoat being white and some black.

P1180927Just another ugly frame given a second chance at life with a little paint and elbow grease!

P1200658Just stocked that frame and lots more in my booth st Stars.

P1200677Some without glass and backings, and some with!

Framed starfish

Will be putting these items in my etsy shop in the next day or so, in the newly added ‘BEACH COTTAGE DECOR’ section.

P1200144Set of two ‘floating’ white fingerling starfish, mounted on 8.5″ x 7″ (outside edge measurement) distressed aqua frames.  $37.95 + shipping.

P1200145These are REAL dried starfish; 7-9″ across.

P1200146Either frame can be hung either horizontally or vertically.

P1200148This second pair of frames is slightly deeper and larger, measuring 9.25″ x 7.25″.

P1200149The deeper aqua frames are distressed.

P1200150This set will also be $37.95 + shipping.

P1200152Single distressed turquoise frame is 7.5″ x 9.5″ and 1.75″ deep.

P1200151This one is $21.95 + shipping.

P1200153Unique 10.5″ round wood distressed aqua frame; $24.95.

P1200156I have three of these 9.5″ x 11.5″ distressed oval white frames with mounted starfish.

P1200155These are individually priced at $27.95 ea + shipping.

NEW! Beach cottage decor ~ in my etsy shop

P1200044Some large and small starfish plaques.

P1190995The large ones are 11″ across; have a sawtooth hanger on the back and are sold individually.

P1190949These smaller ones are 5″ frames; sold in set of three, as shown.

P1190952These small one have a sawtooth hanger for hanging on the wall and a removable wood peg for sitting them on a flat surface.

P1190977And I finally used up the last of my beach glass on these wreaths.

P1190964This one is light green and white.   These wreaths take take several days each to make.  Each tiny piece of glass has to be carefully hand selected to fit together just right, and is then glues in place. Once one layer is full, I have to let the glue dry for 12 hours before building the next layer on top of it.  There are approx 12 layers of glass on each wreath.

P1190968I make my sea glass wreaths on FLAT wreath forms instead of the tubular looking styro wreath forms.  But they are NOT flat once I’ve built up all the layers of glass.   I just think this way they are a bit more ‘organic’ looking.  Although it does take a LOT more glass this way!  The one made using the styrofoam wreath forms just look to ‘perfect’ to me.

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Once I’ve added all the layers of glass, these beach glass wreaths are VERY big and full.  I even partially cover the back with glass so no bare spots will be visible when they are hung.P1190971This one is a brighter green with bits of aqua.

P1190969This is the back.  Not as completely covered as the front, but enough that you don’t see any bare spots on the back when it’s hung on the wall.  (and yes, the ARE very heavy!)

P1190970Looking at the side angel you can see how deep they are, and why that little bit of extra glass on the back is important.

P1190974Darker blues and aquas.

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P1190980All these items are available to purchase in my etsy shop.

Frame projects

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I KNOW!!  Perfect color for me, right?!?!

P1180150But I decided to paint it white and distress it!

P1180148Some of the aqua shows through in the distressed areas.

P1180149I glued the key onto a piece of grey card-stock, then put the glass from the frame behind the key, sandwiching it between the card-stock and backing.  That way it can still be used as a photo frame if someone wants to.

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It has gone to my booth at Stars.

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A couple of 5×7 frames.

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I resisted the urge to ‘add something’ to this little frame, other than a pretty piece of paper.

P1180156White satin spray paint over the originally gold frame, then sanded to distress.  Easy 5 minute project (not counting paint drying time!)

P1180347I painted that other one white as well, distressed it and tied on a big old cast iron skeleton key.

P1180348Great big bow!

P1180349ALL of these frames are in my booth at Stars.

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Just in: Big batch of painted frames in my booth at Stars

Even in my diminished capacity with a bum right foot, I really HAVE to still maintain my booth at Stars.  

I had started painting the big batch of frames I recently procured pre-plantar fasciitis.  Got a few more done in the brief window of when physical therapy lessened the pain and before it made it worse.  Then I suffered through finishing up the last few a little at a time . . . then took a 2 hour nap to recover!

P1130746I really have not been able to work on much other new stuff for my space, or really even go thrifting; so I really needed something NEW in my space.  The frames did the trick.

P1130745Did a little bit of rearranging in my space to make room for all the frames.  Since they usually sell out very quickly, I just propped the majority of them at the very front on my booth.  Easy to flip through and see them all.  Easy to grab for purchasing.

P1130750I  scattered a few of them throughout my booth also.

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I really PREFER to hang them on the wall, but I have so little wall space and they sell so quickly and I only get in to fluff my space once a week  . . . . so ‘propped on the floor’ it is for now!

P1130748I ended up going with black on those two vintage gold frames; the ones I was having trouble deciding what to do with.  The coat of black paint then a good sanding really brought out the details.

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Here’s a better look at them.

P1130749And a few of the smaller white frames prop nicely on the hanging candelabra.

P1130752I also rearranged the back corner of my booth, as shown here.  Putting the Pottery Barn cubby shelf atop a shelf; and the BIG cubby atop an old drawer to raise it up off the floor.  Then filled it all with vintage white dishes.

P1130763This white furniture was in front of the table, where the frames are now stacked.

P1130717And I moved the beach decor stuff to the table at the front. (and added a lot more of it!)

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These two turquoise wood shelves were at the back of the booth before.

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WISHING ALL THE MOM’S OUT THERE A WONDERFUL MOTHER’S DAY TOMORROW!!!

Gold frames???

Personally I am not a fan of gold frames.  But I found these beautifully embossed gold frames at an estate sale and decided to ‘give a shot’ at selling them ‘as found’.

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A matching pair of them even!

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This picture is a bit more ‘true to the color’; and shows how I had them displayed at Stars.  USUALLY frames, ANY frames that I stock, sell super quickly; so I typically don’t ‘display them’.  But these 2 gold ones just sand sat!   Time to re-think my selling strategy!

P1130051I left the 2 black & gold ones ‘as is’ for now.  Will decide whether or not to repaint them depending upon how it goes with these first two that I am painting.  (besides that black velvet stuff soaks up paint like a sponge!)

P1130109And I displayed them better than just piling them in a suitcase!

P1130160This is all I’ve done with them so far; just a quick dry brush paint with white.  I’m unimpressed!

P1130160 P1130158It looks cool up close like this, but at a distance it just looks DINGY.  sigh.

P1130157So what next?!?!?  I could paint them completely white, then  distress; which would be almost the opposite of what I have now.  The raised parts would be the dark/gold areas (IF the gold doesn’t sand off too easily!)  And IF the gold does sand off too easily I can always paint over what I’ve test sanded and then just use an antiquing glaze.  But I just hate covering up such pretty detail!!!

I’m in a real quandary over these frames! Normally I but stuff that is so beat up it doesn’t matter if I mess them up more!!!  That’ll teach me to buy nice things!!!

What do YOU think I should do with them???  Black paint perhaps, then to raised gold parts with show through when I sand???  It’s not really the time of year for black, but I could set them aside til fall I suppose.  OR maybe I should just go with my signature beachy blue?!?!?

Finding FRAMES: feast or famine!

It seems to be feast or famine when it comes to finding frames lately!  Used to be that I found ‘a frame or two’ EVERY time I went thrifting.  Anymore it seems I can go for MONTHS and not find a single frame.  Then when I finally DO find some, it’s a lot of them all at once!!  I buy them all, of course; but then I am so overwhelmed with so many of the same thing that I have a hard time deciding how to re-make or re-use them!

P1120730All of these were from just TWO thrifting trips.

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These are all PART of the next ‘frame feast’ find.

P1120728These from the same day as above.  I had really HOPED to leave that green one ‘as found’, but I did end up painting it.

P1120907Here is one of the smaller ones that I’ve re-painted and distressed.

P1120910I’ve been mostly painting this stash white and ivory; a few turquoise.

Just waiting for ROOM to take them into my booth at Stars.  Usually I just take ALL that I have all at once and just ‘prop them on the floor’.  They always sell so quickly that it’s just not worth my time to ‘work them into a display’.  With it being a 2 hour round trip (and the price of gas these days!) I just can’t afford to make the trip more than once a week.  Sometimes you just ‘gotta do what you gotta do”!

The only way I can make the frames ‘last long enough’ to work into a display is if I price them crazy HIGH!  And I kind of pride myself in having very reasonable prices.  sigh.  Maybe I’ll just work a ‘couple of them’ that I have duplicates of into a display!

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