Saturday

DIYP-Fabric Frame

I love home decor.


I love garage sales.

Put them together?  Yeah, my idea of a good day.  Know what I mean?

Some of my favorite things came from garage sales.  Scratch that.

Make that most of my favorite things.

My fireplace and mantle are the focal point in my living room.  I needed something dramatic to make a statement above the mantel.  There's even a little spotlight flood lamp there.  It's begging for something grand to be on display.

And I found it.  At a garage sale.

It was broken.  And perfect.

I stumbled upon this giant wooden frame.  The owners explained it had a mirror in it at one time and it came with their dresser.  The mirror was broken and they were selling it.

It spoke to me.  That and the price.  $20!

I drug the heavy piece home and convinced my hubby I had great plans for that piece.  He didn't say a word.  Smart guy.

At a craft store later, it occurred to me that it would look stunning with a tapestry instead of a mirror.

I dug thru the discount bin and found a large scrap of expensive tapestry. I paid around $8 (a steal for the high-end fabric).



And the rest was entirely too easy.  I just used my handy-dandy staple gun and left about a 1/2 border.  I pulled it tight.



My hubby added the wire hanger and that was it!  

So, the next time you're driving past a garage sale and an old frame or broken mirror catches your attention.  Go back.

Because it might just become your favorite thing!


33 comments:

Mom to 5...Daughter of the King said...

It is just fabulous!!

Carey said...

Now THAT is a great idea! I haven't had time to go garage sale-ing this year (and was out of town for the 80 house one that is amazing, and where I met one of my best friends), and that makes me sad! Not like I need more stuff in my house...but still! :-)

Mandy said...

That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing. It looks great.

Karen said...

Cool idea!

onemoreequalsfour said...

Wow! It looks great!

The Girl Next Door said...

AWESOME! I would never in a million, billion years 1)thought of that 2)been able to pull it off even if I had thought of it. Do you hire out??!! I have lots of "needs something theres" in my house...

Lisa J said...

That is really cool. I love that frame. You are very talented and make it look so simple. Some people have "the gift" and that is you. But your garage sale idea and your posting from yesterday go hand in hand. Something that appears to not have any use, not wanted, when touched by the right friend can shine into something beautiful again. That's YOU. You make things/people shine. You are such a blessing.

Dawn said...

Very nice. Have you thought about what you could now hang on the fabric?

His Girl said...

brilliant!

It occurs to me that I miss out on a buncha stuff cause I don't take the time to look at the possibilities. Thanks for the encouragement to open my eyes.

Tara said...

It is gorgeous!

I wrote a post about yard sales today, too. :)

Valarie said...

Wow I was wondering about this until I saw the picture. I looks awesome! You are to good. :o)

World's Greatest Mommy said...

This is perfect! That frame is seriously gorgeous, and the fabric in it looks fantastic. What I love is how easy the project was.

Thanks again!

The four little penguins say: said...

That's something my DH would do.
It looks great, BTW!

Kirstin said...

That's a great tip. I need to hit garage sales more. I just never seem to do it. Though I always have my own.

KD-Pie said...

Beautiful! I need to have a garage sale!

Becoming Me said...

Wow. You have talent!

Lisa said...

That is fantastic!! I love it. Now I'm thinking I could look for smaller frames and put coordinating fabrics in them for some great, inexpensive art.

franticallysimple said...

I don't even know if I can handle how cool that project is. Gotta go garage saleing:)

LifeatTheCircus said...

I am so jealous of your creative eye. I would have just seen a wooden frame. That looks beautiful! How do you go garage sailing? Do you go alone or drag the whole crew? maybe someday....

twin power mommy said...

I SOOO wish i had your creativity! That is an EXCELLENT idea!
I love going to garage sales but always remind myself that i am continually fighting the junk battle and DO NOT need any more.
If i could only look deeper and see the potential beauty, perhaps i'd have some cheap, cool decor, too! :D

jen said...

I just spent the morning at yard sales and a library book sale. I get so much inspiration from those types of things. Junk shops are an awesome place to find cheap and cool stuff. My Junk Shop lockers are by far my favorite find ever!

Tausha said...

You are a fellow garage seller and thrifter? How fabulous, it is always great to add more to the club that ROCKS!!
I love the mirror-the fabric look stunning! I have a huge frame that I found today and was wondering what to do with it. Guess i was inspired to snoop over at your blog.
Thanks so much!
Please come on by my blog anytime and say hello!

Sarah said...

I love garage sales!!! There's a big one coming up next week where I live - can't wait!

Anyways, thanks for the idea - I'm going to be using it on this great old frame from my grandmother's house!

Happy Mommy said...

That is a really great idea! I love yard sales!

Merrianne & Spencer said...

That is gorgeous! What a GREAT DEAL!!!! LUUUUCKY!!!!

Jenileigh said...

It's beautiful! You are very creative!

Hyperactivelu said...

great job!

Domestic Accident said...

Oh, you have an idea. Very green living, too, Kristin. You are recycling in the highest form. One less thing in the trash and making your living room beautiful at the same time. You got it going on.

Heather J. said...

It's just lovely, Kristen. What great idea!

jewels said...

Wow, that turned out awesome! You are really creative!

Jamie said...

I am oh so impressed!

Toni said...

As I scrolled down to leave my comment all I could think was "I am so impressed" Well obviously Jamie beat me to that!

So, I will just say that you should do that for a living!

ilovemy5kids said...

I love this...I'm thinking of other ways I can get away with using scrap fabric...