Master Bedroom Evolution and Doily Display

Master Bedroom Evolution and Doily Display

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.

Shabby chic chippy paint door panel from Piccadilly Prairie by Sadie Seasongoods /

It all began with this…

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.

Restored antique dresser from Restoration 41

Restored antique 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.

Someone got their hair did! #makeover

Someone got their hair did! #makeover

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 window 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.

Chippy salvaged window frame and vintage doilies for display by Sadie Seasongoods /

Forming the idea…

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.

Chippy salvaged window frame and vintage doilies for display by Sadie Seasongoods /

Staple guns: scary but useful!

I pinned on each doily (with a little overlap) and just swooned. Yes…I swooned.

Display vintage doilies in a salvaged antique window frame by Sadie Seasongoods /

Hello, gorgeous…

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.

Chippy salvaged window frame and vintage doilies for display by Sadie Seasongoods /

NOT my good side!

I just love how it turned out- and it’s really become the centerpiece of our bedroom.

Displaying vintage antique crochet doilies in a salvaged window frame by Sadie Seasongoods /


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.

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  1. What a great idea! I have a few doilies made by loved ones who have passed and this would be a beautiful way to honor their work and their memory. So glad I found you at the Creativity Unleashed Party!

    • says:

      Thank you, Marie! YES, that’s exactly how I felt- I wanted a pretty, cottage-y, way to display these doilies. Finding the perfect window frame was key for me- but a large picture frame would work just as well. You just need enough surface area on the back of the frame to staple-gun the screen to it. Happy crafting to you!!

  2. Just beautiful! I love your brilliant idea and the frame is perfect!
    Have a wonderful day and week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  3. It turned out just beautiful and I love the colors.

  4. Marty B says:

    Love this! I have lots of doilies made by my great aunt and this is an awesome display idea! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  5. What a gorgeous, individual piece!

  6. Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for linking up with Sunday Features this week!

  7. I absolutely love the idea of using porch screen for the backing of the doilies. I’ve got some vintage frames that migth need this treatment too.

  8. It’s a beautiful piece you have created. I believe the doily on the left is a bobbin lace doily – very intricate handwork. They will be cherished for many more years.

  9. What a great idea! You’ve made such a beautiful piece, and since it carries family memories, it makes it even more beautiful.

  10. Oh my goodness, I just love this! I have handmade doilies that my great grandmother made and have been looking for a way to display them. This sounds like something that even I can do!

  11. Ah, you must be one talented lady with a special eye for design, because this is gorgeous! I don’t use doilys in my house, but have a whole heap of special ones that belonged to relatives. This would be the perfect way to use and display them. Thank you! Bookmarking this 🙂 and sharing Pinterest and FB!

  12. This is so stinkin gorgeous! I love everything about it! great job coming up with the screen idea! Love it!

  13. What a clever idea! I love the light and airy look of the doilies. Thank for the inspiration and for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  14. So, so pretty! Thanks for sharing linking up at the Vintage Inspiration Party!

  15. I can see why you swooned; it’s so pretty! What a brilliant idea. Love, love, love it. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in next week’s issue.

  16. Oh, that looks so beautiful! I have a bunch of old windows and even a couple of old screens, I may have to try doilies to dress them up =)


  17. So pretty and a lovely way to show off those gorgeous doilies. And never apologise for the back of your work – no one has any business looking there anyway!

  18. I love this! It would be a great way to preserve and display family made doilies. Thanks for sharing!

  19. This is so lovely! Thank you for your wonderful ideas (:

    Visiting from / referred by Too Much Time

  20. Love your window idea. I love to use windows in my house and this would be a great idea.

  21. Absolutely LOVE this idea!! I have some old windows and could totally make this happen. Pinned!

  22. That is nothing but GORGEOUS. WOW! Thanks for joining us at the #HomeMattersParty! We hope to see you again next week 🙂

  23. My eyes popped when I saw this! I have an exact window frame, with glass, plus two others I wasn’t sure what to do with. I also have a huge assortment of vintage doilies so I just have to get to work. I just love the colors of you room. I am so taken with aqua lately!

  24. Not only do I love that doily creation, but that chest of drawers is gorgeous!! I’m featuring your project in the “What’s YOUR Prodigal Piece?” link party tonight! :o)

    • says:

      Thank you, Larissa!!! I just love your link party- definitely one of my faves. We are kindred spirits indeed. 🙂

  25. I love the old frame, the colors, the dressers, and most of all the sentimentality of being able to use your grandmother’s doilies. This is an awesome project in every way. Thank you so much for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

  26. Love this!

    found this on Treasure Box Tuesday

  27. Thanks for joining us at Project Inspire{d}!
    I’m excited to be featuring your Great Idea this week at our weekend wrap up. Please be sure to grab a button or link back!
    I can’t wait to see what you bring to next week’s party! 🙂

  28. I love the blue knobs on the dresser!

  29. I Love your idea so much better than what I did!!! I attached my doilies with fishing line and stapled to the back of the window frame. I have my old windows leaning in my windows of my sewing room. I am going to have my husband go to the hardware and get me some screen and use your much better. Should I use light weight screen?

    • says:

      I used the most inexpensive screen Lowe’s had simply because I didn’t see the need for anything stronger- so I’d say light weight is the way to go! Spray painting the screen (if you choose to do that) is easy- I attached it a clippy hanger, held the hanger with a gloved hand and spray painted it with the other. No mess! Then I hung the screen on my shower rod to dry.

  30. Luanne Bergenb says:

    I absolutely love the doiley frame !!!!

  31. My husband’s mother passed away a few years ago and I have her doilies in a box that she had made thankyou for this, I know how to use some of them now

  32. sofia silvas says:

    Love Love LOVE it!!!! Simply Cannot wait to try!!! Thnx for sheribg!

  33. I love this! Do you have anymore ideas on how to use or “repurpose” old doilies. Would you be willing to be work with me on a blog post on our store’s blog? Message me if you might be interested!

  34. Mindy Griffin says:

    I love the doily display. I have a few from each grandmother and will definitely put this beautiful idea to use. They’ve just been stuck in drawers for years. Thank you for sharing!

  35. Antique embroidered handkerchiefs would be a good idea

  36. I love your idea and plan to replicate it in my daughter’s room with her great-grandmother’s doilies from a trip to India in the early 1900s! Never was sure about how to display those before. What color did you spray paint your background screen to make it so pretty?

  37. I just about fell out of the bed after seeing this. Not to toot my own horn, but I thought I was an extremely creative human, until I saw this post. This is absolutely GORGEOUS! Quite brilliant as well. Very smart! What spray paint did you use? Color and brand, because it is perfect and I would end up unhappy if it weren’t that color. I’m going to hade to steal this, but I will defintitely give proper credit to the lady who made the original when MY felriends swoon over my doilie display! Thank you so much. I could look at that picture all day, and I love how you concocted your entire bedroom theme from the cool chippy door panel. I am subscribing to your posts because of this. Thank you Ms. Sadie!

    • says:

      Thank you so much, Lisa- hard to believe, but that’s the very first project I ever did for my blog several years ago! It still hangs in our master bedroom to this day- I hope you’ll check out some of my most recent projects, too. 🙂 Here’s an affiliate link for the paint!: . Thank you again- I’m so glad you love it!

  38. pamela y creadick says:

    Oh so happy I found your site!!! Just went through my vintage doilies linens and I have a ton. I found an vintage quilters frame today and now I know what to do with both. Window screen idea and barely sew perfect! Thanks!

    • says:

      Thanks, Pamela!!! That was the project that launched a hundred others. 🙂 I’m so glad you found me and I hope you’ll look around a little bit!

  39. Your projects are so clever! I have a bunch of snowflakes that my grandma crocheted that would make for very unique winter decor. (And it’s kinda nice thinking about winter in this current mugginess)

    • says:

      You sing the song of my people! I am definitely looking forward to October already!!

  40. I love this! I have stitched dollies to felt and then stretched them onto a embroidery frame. This will be my next project! Thank you!

  41. Susan Walla says:

    What did you use for the backing or is that teal color the screen spray painted? I was thinking about using a piece of poster board to hide the stitching on the back.

    • says:

      Susan, please read through the blog post- all of your questions are answered in it! Happy crafting.

  42. What a clever idea – love it!

  43. Holy Cow Sarah, was starting to think would never get to end, happy for you to get so many comments. Another wonderful project for me to do which can afford. If I can’t find an old window will use a window frame, why not? This project is before the aqua frame project you did with embroidery scene I believe. Love both so much am itching to get started. Might have to send hubs to Ace Hardware to get some screening for the base on both projects. Luckily our Ace Hardware is about 5 miles away, so not too far to go.
    These are projects I can do and have materials on hand mostly. Makes me so glad I kept collecting all those doilies for so many years, still buy one now and then. Used to buy more when we lived in KY, what a supply always there.
    I think with this project and two others from you will keep me busy for little while, will be checking with you when they’re done and prettying up our home and outside..

  44. Kathy A. says:

    I loved this idea and the winter snowflakes, too. I would advise against using poster board as a background as the color may run if it gets wet/damp. I have some maroon wallpaper with a tiny print that would be gorgeous. Hmm! Which frame and which doilies do I want to donate to the cause? I love the idea of a distressed gold embossed frame for a dressier look.

  45. Jeanne Dugan says:

    How can I subscribe to your blog?? I can’t find any way to do it. Love your stuff!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Jeanne, I tried to do it for you but it says that you opted out of WordPress subscriptions. Do you have a different email address I could try?

      • jeanne Dugan says:

        No, I don’t… Ha–I don’t even know what word press subscriptions is…I guess Ill try to figure it out.

  46. beautiful! do you have other ideas for using vintage doilies? also, loved the quilt window too….need some ideas for that too, like you, I have a couple old family vintage quilts, tatered beyond repair…dont know what to do with them but cant keep them packed away…..thanks!

  47. This is a brilliant idea!!! TFS.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you, Dolores! That was my very first project, actually, and the launch of my blog. 🙂 So it holds a VERY special place in my heart.

  48. This is the piece that drew me to your website, I LOVE it!!! I have a similar small frame that I was “fixin’ to do” like yours but I haven’t gotten a ’round-tuit. Yours is so special. Thank you for sharing!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Aww, thank you so much, Frani! It’ll always be extra special for me, since it launched my blog and subsequent new full-time job. <3


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