Our entire Master Bedroom was inspired by an old chippy door panel that I found at Piccadilly Prairie in Minneapolis. It barely fit in my suitcase and I was terrified that all of its chippy goodness would flake away in transit, but the Vintage Gods must have been smiling down upon me, as it survived just perfectly.
The creams, blues, greens, and mahogany of the panel consumed me and my shopping prowess. So I started buying furniture to match (but not matchy-match). Enter my fabulous dresser from Restoration 41.
Restoration 41’s Melissa Crook then went on to transform my great grandfather’s dresser to coordinate with the original dresser that I purchased from her.
See where I am going with this? It all ties back to the panel- and voilà! A bedroom set was born.
All the while, I had been positively jonesing to do something with an old window frame. They’re everywhere nowadays, aren’t they?
I ended up finding the perfect frame at a favorite antique mall in Charlotte, NC- The Sleepy Poet Antique Mall. It was lightweight (i.e., easy to hang) and had flecks of my color scheme. I wanted to frame some old family doilies from my grandmother but wasn’t sure how to go about doing so. The window frame, afterall, was empty- no glass. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
I studied the frame and wondered if it had been from a screened in porch, being so lightweight and thin. And that’s when it hit me- SCREEN! I could attach inexpensive fiberglass screen to the frame and treat it like the backdrop for cross-stitch. Then I could pin the doilies to the screen where I wanted them, stitching them on with plain old thread.
Spray-painting the window screen gave it a tad more color (find the color I used here), and I simply staple-gunned that sucker to the back of the frame, pulling it taut as I went.
I pinned on each doily (with a little overlap) and just swooned. Yes…I swooned.
I stitched the doilies to the screen on the backside (which is a hot mess, but I trust ya’ll not to judge) and removed the safety pins as I finished.
I just love how it turned out- and it’s really become the centerpiece of our bedroom.
I’m very proud that it is by far my most popular pin on Pinterest. What do you think? And what kinds of bits would you attach to a similar piece? I think the possibilities are endless and can’t wait to hear your ideas.