Wednesday, 4 September 2013

A surprise gift....

I came home the other day to find this on my doorstep....a huge frame.

I had been talking with a dealer friend a few weeks ago and said I really wanted a large frame as a statement piece. He said he thought he had one in his barn and true enough he delivered this.

Missing some pieces and a broken fillet, old woodworm on the back....but still beautiful in a battered way.

To paint or not to paint..... So I did.

Annie Sloan French Linen with dry brushed Old White over the top for a chalky, shabby look.

With a quick fiddle and shift around of favourite pieces, it is now propped up on the grey cabinet.

Love it!

Then this weekend he said he had another one....

A little bigger and in almost perfect condition.

Exactly the same mouldings, perfect fillet, still a bit of woodworm...

But this one will NOT see the paint brush..... as firstly I am under pain of death from Mr CS and also I am quite liking a bit of gold bling.... It is quite dramatic.

Of course. I now have to find somewhere to put it.....wall? floor?

Julie x


  1. I am loving old gold frames at the moment ... but your painted one looks rather fine too!

  2. Love it, you've given it new life.
    And there's nothing wrong with a little gold bling on the other one. Large and dramatic enough to stand alone then that's just what it should do!

  3. It obviously pays to have friends in the right places... good for you.


  4. in our little house you'd call a frame that size "the extension"!

  5. Gorgeous it!!
    Helen xx

  6. How fantastic, such good friends you have Julie. I absolutely love what you have done with your frame, it looks perfect. I do love chalky finishes. Gill P and I are definitely coming to Hexham on Tuesday! You have written evidence Julie. See you there! Jayne x

  7. Hello Julie, what a lovely friend to leave a gift on your doorstep. I think you were right to paint the first one as I think it looks even older and dustier...lovely, but I do like a bit of bling too. I am sure you will come up with a brilliant way to use the second one.
    Much love, Linda x

  8. Julie, thanks for your lovely comments. Linda x

  9. Julie, thanks for your lovely comments. Linda x

  10. Thank you so much, Judith, for your comment to the "patina" post! And - just let me say - you're certainly understand real patina, it's always reflected in your lovely posts!