Monday, 2 July 2012

empty frame love (mini guest room post #2)

Before blogging, I wasn't really aware of the possibilities of empty frames.

More often than not I was looking for pictures and prints to go in the frames I had, rather than thinking of alternative ways to use them.

The most inspirational picture I found is this one from my dear friend Olga's (originally from Houzz ).

I love the frames pushed up against each other. It's so effective, it looks like a single piece of artwork.

I was also inspired by other things being framed, especially plates, and so I came up with this !

The frames were all given to me except the one on the bottom left, which I found for £1. The middle one is really good quality. The top two are pretty good, whereas the bottom frames are really cheap, but I like the different golds and finishes. 

I've had everything else for years. The corbels are from TKMaxx. The little mirror is from Spain and the black scraperboard I did when I was young. You can still see the grid which I drew to help me mark it out.
It was just a test piece - I never scraped a board again.

My grandmother is sitting in the middle of the front row in a photo from her schooldays.

The sauce boat is Spode's Fleur-de-Lys.

The prints are just stuck on canvases which I painted and aged. 

The piece at the top was also from TKMaxx, and I recently gilded it. Sorry, no tutorial, I was impatient. When I first did it, the gold was a bit garish. I painted grey all over it to give it that antique, dusty finish and now I'm pretty pleased with it.

The whole cost of this open framed gallery piece - £2 ! 
Not bad huh !!

I've just finished a pelmet for the window, and I'm currently doing up a chair, so more mini guest room posts to follow.

Linking up with
Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm
Cowgirl Up @ The Farmhouse Porch
Knick of Time Tuesdays @ Knick of Time
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Primp Your Stuff Wednesdays @ {Primp}
All Star Block Party @ Full Circle Creations
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest

Sunday's Best @ My 1929 Charmer
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under The Table and Dreaming


  1. This is so lovely Fiona! After all blogging is just about it... being inspired and create!

  2. I really love this idea too. All looks wonderful!

  3. Lovely, Fiona! You've inspired me. I've never thought of just hanging empty frames, but I love the look of yours. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. You never thought of empty frames and I never thought of putting things in the empty frames besides pictures. Looks good.


  5. Your newly guilded piece looks like a legit antique!

  6. That turned out really well Fiona. Love it - you are so creative girlfriend xxx Nat

  7. Awesome! What a great display... well done.

  8. It all looks good, Fiona, and I especially like the aged canvas prints!

  9. I too, love the frames pushed up against each other! Very pretty.

  10. Congratulations! Just wonderful! You are very creative.
    Thanks for your visit!
    Besos from Argentina, Silvina

  11. Oh I really love the look - what a great job, looking forward to seeing the pelmet & chair. CJ

  12. I love how this turned out. It makes a much more interesting grouping than just photos or paintings. Great job! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  13. Beautiful art with the frames, it turned out very nice, it looks perfect with the other embelishments in the wall.

  14. I LOVE empty frames! Mine are all painted white, and I enjoy the negative space as is, but your display is fascinating with the glints of gold! Vintage elegance!

  15. How pretty! I'm a new follower and would love if you followed back at

  16. I love this... very unique and artsy looking.. Really kewl
    Thanks for linking up to the ALL STARD BLOCK PARTY!!!!


  17. Congratulations! I featured your beautiful side table on my All Star Block Party Features post today.

    Shasta @InTheOldRoad

  18. Ooops! I'm sorry, I typed my comment wrong....I meant to say "empty frame wall". So sorry!

    Shasta @InTheOldRoad

  19. Way cool, so unique looking. Loving all the frames, I have two frames sitting on a dresser right now, and was thinking of using them the same way. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!

  20. How smart the scones look showcased in those beautiful, gold frames! Your 'greyifying' must have been gratifying, knowing how you love distressing; it looks very pretty, as does the entire collection!



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