Pure Whimsy- Cottage Style Spring Décor

Pure Whimsy- Cottage Style Spring Décor

I have to be honest with you- I’ve been feeling a little uninspired lately. It happens sometimes- I get into a DIY funk…my creativity fizzles out…and I feel a little lost. Invariably, I head into my garage or Craft Room to do some tidying up and rearranging when this happens. Why? Because I usually unearth something long forgotten and it’s the shot in the arm that I need to get back in the proverbial (crafting) saddle!

And the piece that jumpstarted my art this time around? A rusty, crusty screened panel- it’s not all that big and it’s older than all get out. I’ve even had it since before I started my blog! But I decided that it was long overdue for a project…and here we are. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Antique screened window or door panel to be repurposed into fun, Spring decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s do something frivolous and pretty with this!

Now…as much as I love a little rust and crust, this guy was a little overwhelming. The screen on the back was old and, well, menacing- because it grabbed, snagged, and sliced anything that came near it! So, I decided to give the whole thing a makeover…without really changing its appearance. Kind of like very natural cosmetics.

Replacing screen in antique vintage screened window panel by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Downright dangerous screening!

The malevolent screen had to go! So, with tools in hand, I carefully removed it and the crumbling staples that held it in place. The wire brush came in handy for really scrubbing the back of the frame, which cleaned it up nicely.

Replacing screen in antique vintage screened window panel by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A more benign working surface now…

Now to freshen up the front- I had virtually the same color craft paint leftover from this project! So, I dry brushed some on the frame just to brighten and liven it up.

Painting a salvaged antique window screen for DIY Spring decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Like blending in a well-matched foundation…

We already had some inexpensive window screen on hand. I cut out a rectangle just smaller than the frame and spray painted the screen white. A cheap clip hanger works perfectly for spray painting screen! Then, I just attached the screen to the back of the frame!

Replacing screen in antique vintage screened window panel by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

No mean, scratchy edges on this screen!

So, now it’s fresh and clean and ready for next steps- but you might be wondering just what my plan is. Well…basically…I’m marrying two of my favorite projects: My Doily Display…and my Doily Table Runner! Springtime makes me think of cottage style décor, so that’s what I decided to create.

From my collection of small and tiny doilies (this is my fave Etsy shop for purchasing them!), I selected a few and placed them on the screen in a layout that I found pleasing.

Creating cottage style Spring decor with a vintage window screen and small crocheted doilies by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I like where this is going!

Then, I dyed them in various Springtime shades of pink, yellow, and aqua (which are all very cottage style colors, as well). After I had ironed them flat, I pinned them on the screen in the original layout and got ready to stitch them in place with coordinating thread.

Creating cottage style Spring decor with a vintage window screen and small crocheted doilies by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

How pretty!

For a bit more whimsy, I grabbed some sage green embroidery floss to add some vines and leaves between my doily “flowers”.

Creating cottage style Spring decor with a vintage window screen and small crocheted doilies by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Finishing touches with some embroidery…

Final result? A pretty floral panel that is perfect for Spring, and has that sweet essence of vintage cottage style that I just love.

DIY Cottage Style Spring Decor with repurposed vintage screened window frame, crocheted doilies, and embroidery by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Pure whimsy- I love it!

It just makes me smile! And it reminds me that I should tidy up my garage (and get inspired) more often.

DIY Cottage Style Spring Decor with repurposed vintage screened window frame, crocheted doilies, and embroidery by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Sometimes, I need to craft just for fun.

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. This is why I follow your blog. You took something so random and made it so interesting and pretty. Such creativity. Thanks!

  2. Perfect! I have an old ugly screen that I have wanted to lighten up for awhile. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  3. Kimberley A Mason says:

    Loved this, its very cute. Also inspired me to get my crafting organized as well I need inspiration. Checked out the Etsy Shop too, WOW tons of fun stuff. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea.

  4. Girl, even in your so called dry spells you come up with the best ideas – love this!

  5. chris tucker says:

    wee doggies woman, i adore this so much i wanted to hug my pc xx

  6. Thanks for the tutorial! I have a black frame and screen that I want to stitch with a tree of life pattern. What would be a good weather proof ‘thread’ to use?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Mary! Unfortunately, I don’t know- I’ve never needed an outdoor or all-weather thread…hmmm…I’m sure that there are synthetics out there that are colorfast.

  7. What a cute idea! I never would have thought of something like that. Now I need to find an old screen!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      You can fake it with a distressed picture frame and new screen! Shhh, don’t tell anyone… 😉

  8. LOVE this project! So pretty and perfect for spring.

  9. That is so pretty. Thanks for the instructions.
    Marilyn

  10. We’d love to have you share with us at #CCBG http://tryit-likeit.com/link-party-it

  11. So cute! Love it!

  12. Ernestine Quinn says:

    Love love love love love!!!!!!!

  13. Very pretty piece of artwork. I like how you showed step-by-step the process and how you put together the old frame, doilies, and new embroidery to create the piece. So creative!

  14. I’m truly shaking my head slowly from side to side, in the best way, just smilin’. SO. BEAUTIFUL. That is all.

  15. This is so pretty and yes very spring like.

  16. That is very cute and creative! Sure looks like Spring!

  17. Am so doggoned glad I clicked on your post in link party. This is such a great and lovely project. Will be out scrounging in my frame box tomorrow and seeing if we have some screening to be used for it. Also digging in my doily collection.
    My decorating is quite cottagey, suits our little singe wide mfg. home well. Good thing it’s not bigger, already have too much stuff stuck out in shed and other places.
    Love this incredible Springy project, gets my creative juices flowing which have needed for while. Am working on coming out of grief over losing our 22 yr.old grandson and after having shoulder replacement surgery/physical therapy, been long enuf, now it’s time to get with it, miss making things to refresh our little house. Have been inspired by you several times before, have gotten me going again with your wonderful projects..
    Love that what your projects are, are doable and affordable and so inspiring.
    Hope you and yours are having wonderful Spring weekend

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you so, so much- I always love your comments. They just make my heart swell with happy. 🙂

      • Well, have frame ready to paint, bugging hubs to get screening out, only thing left to do is clear a path to my doily box. that’s hardest part, lol. Can hardly wait to get started.
        been working on figuring out what I want for new art, like to change out in Spring/Summer especially. Usually make my own from printables so generously shared by bloggers and Graphics Fairy. Go thru lots of ink but enjoy making own rather than buying. Paying for ink cartridges is my one luxury.
        When people share their homes I like to see what art they have and how they display, then make what appeals to me. Have lots of thrift store frames plus frames we make with lathing strips and few other ideas. To me that’s half the fun and challenge.
        When our daughter comes over she walks around looking for new art have made.
        Have wonderful week

  18. What a beautiful project! Love it. Pinning.

  19. I absolutely love this – and the way you displayed it!! Had to pin! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party! (Checked out a few ads while I was here too!)

  20. Love it, so cute and perfect for spring! Visiting from Inspiration Monday party.

  21. acraftymix says:

    Oh I’m so glad you’re out of your crafty downer Sarah. We can’t have that at all, where would we find our inspiration 😉 Your doiley work of art is beautiful and super creative. Love it!!

  22. Just charming. The way you created the vine sets it off nicely. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Beautiful vignette – wish I had an old screen! Doily art is one my favorite crafts.

  24. This is darling Sarah! I love how you painted the doilies to add some spring color! 🙂 Have a great rest of your week!

  25. What a lovely marriage! You’e given me ideas…

  26. It makes me smile too. It also reminds me that I should go through my stashes and see what treasures I’ve been overlooking. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

  27. Adorable project. Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  28. WOw, what a transformation, it’s so pretty!

  29. I love everything about this project! I love doilies, but want to use them in fresh, new ways and sewing them to a screen is definitely that! I’ve got a few crusty, old little screens hanging around too and replacing the scary screen is a great idea. Kudos! Love your style!

  30. Visiting from A Wonderful Thought party-I love how your spring decor frame turned out, the colors are perfect using the Rit Dye. Adding the leaves and vine with embroidery was genius!!! I would love to have your drop by and share on one or both of my weekly Linkup parties if you can make your way over. Pinned and Tweeted -:)
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂
    Hugs
    Karren 🙂

  31. Ya gotta love “Pure Whimsey” . . .

  32. I just love this project! You are so creative! I always purchase doileys when I am visiting antique shops and I can’t wait to go through my stash to begin assembling choices for this project. Thanks for sharing.

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