The Right Frame of Mind

Yesterday I had a fun-filled day thrifting with my friend Holly and adorable Wren! We went to this HUGE antique mall...it was my first time there so I was a little overwhelmed with all there was to look at! We had to do a second loop through the isles just to make sure we didn't miss anything! I was on a bit of a mission to find a few things I have desired for quite some time now...this includes something pretty made of milk glass and a big ornate frame. Well guess what!?!? I got both!!!

There were sooooo many pretty glass vases and bowls... and believe it or not a plethora of gorgeous blue and gold deviled egg serving plates! It was so hard to choose! But after browsing through all there was to offer I decided on this one for $8....

I can't wait to go back and get a few more pieces! I'm going to need a bookcase to display them on.

The frames were not as plentiful at the antique mall as the milk glass was. There were a few big ornate ones that I liked but one was $89 and the other was $35 and so we held off on those... we did find an empty gold ornate oval frame with the old wire showing through. Then Holly spotted this thick beveled square wooden frame. It was also empty! So there I was with two empty frames and I had NO CLUE what I was going to do with them....all I knew is I liked them a lot! Then Holly who has the best ideas ever suggested I do an 'empty frame' wall going up my staircase! Could this day get any better??? Yes it could! Remember that ornate frame I wanted so badly? Well on a last minute whim (Holly seems to have great luck with these) she said we should swing by one more stop....

This next thrifting stop was also huge but there were lots of people there and it was looking pretty picked through....until....Holly spotted a lovely big ornate frame! Yay and at only $19 that was just the icing on the cake.

Here it is after removing the extremely tacky print it held

I forgot to take before pictures of all three frames but here they are after I painted them...ready to make their debut on the staircase

Here is my new 'empty frame wall'

I love how big these frames are! This wall is the biggest wall in our whole house and they fit perfectly on it!

Nathaniel even mentioned that he likes them!
Thanks for the SWEET idea Holly! I think I went up and down the stairs like 10 times for no reason today...just to admire my frame wall!

16 comments:

Suzy said...

Pretty, I love ornate frames/mirrors.

Amanda Naomi said...

She sure does have great luck with these ornate frames! I've been on the hunt for one similar to your $19 find ever since I saw her frame she put corkboard in for her hallway & have had no such luck so far. Looks beautiful little lady. :) And it's always a plus when the hubby mentions he likes it.

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

Because I'm completely clueless, can you share the paint used on the frames? Did you use a white, latex paint or did you spray paint them? They look beautiful up there!

Lynett said...

Ah! I love those frames!!!! I wish I had an antique mall or something near me! I'm having the hardest time finding some!

Aja said...

Very cute! I'm happy to see I'm not the only one with a wall full of empty frames! :) You can see mine here:
http://strangeandlovelyride.blogspot.com/2009/07/dining-go-go.html

-Aja

Jaime said...

I like those! (And you just know I'd be doing all sorts of spooky things to them for Halloween - yup...I'm obsessed!) I hit the thrift store here on Saturday and walked away with a box of stuff for $20 - including 5 milk glass pieces. I agree - they are so pretty! Great job!!!

14footceilings said...

I'm loving the empty frame wall...

Pretty Little Things for Home & Life said...

Looks great! What antique mall did you guys visit? The one on Gateway?

I am going to try and go this weekend. I always get good stuff there!

The stairwell looks great. We have a window in ours, but the two side walls are crying for something, so I might have to try something similar.

Embellished Bayou said...

I love it, they look stunning in white! Great finds.

Jody said...

I love it, and think its funny that you went up and down the stairs 10 times. I would be doing the same thing too just admiring it.

bagfashionista said...

love it...that's what i'm planning on doing on my own stairwell --- i only have 2 frames right now though...i don't have much luck at thrifting

Holly and Sean said...

I loved them so much before and now seeing them white they are 1000 times more beautiful!!!! That wall seriously looks like something out of a magazine! I will keep my eyes peeled for more to add to your wall (look out! This wall could get crazy)~

Rebecca said...

I'm already wanting to add more frames to this wall and the two walls that are also part of the staircase...Holly I would be soooo grateful! You have the greatest luck at finding treasures!
Jeannine- the paint I used was some left over paint by Behr called Oyster....it really is such a pretty pale grey-white. I sprayed them with a paint sprayer and the paint is latex....no primer or sanding.
Pretty Little Things- yes we went to the one on Gateway! It re-opened apparently...I had never been before. It was FABULOUS! I cannot wait to go back. Its so close to the university Im thinkin I might make a detour on the way home :)

Freckles Chick said...

I'm starting to develop an inferiority complex everytimes I drop by your blog. Such fabulousness. I ADORE the mix of ornate & beveled frames you've got going on, R! It adds such drama and dimension to that wall.

Suzie said...

Gorgeous! Love the milk glass jars on your buffet/chest! So beautiful! And the frames on the wall, I die!

design_aholic said...

Hey Rebecca! Love the blog- in fact, I came across it for a second time when searching for displays exactly like you posted! I linked to your page via a post I just did about this design. THANKS!

http://design-aholic.blogspot.com/2009/11/empty-frame-displays.html

-Amy