Framed Doily Wall Art from Curbside Finds

You are driving along and see a pile of picture frames on the side of the road. Do you drive on? Or, do you like me, hit the brakes and grab them? tsk. You best be hoping out of your car! {{shakes her finger}} We’re talkin’ trashure today, peeps. I spied a stack of frames on the side of the road while it was raining and jumped out to rescue them. Let me show you how I turned them into framed doily wall art.

Curbside Prints Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces |

The reasons I say you should be jumping out is because just look at those ornate frames. That alone is reason enough to take a peek. So many possibilities with these.

Corner of Ornate Picture Frame | Prodigal Pieces |

And…the best part…look at what else I scored!! {{gasp!}}

Embroidered Tin Lizzie Wall Art found by Prodigal Pieces |

Tin Lizzie Embroidered Wall Art at Prodigal Pieces |

How awesome is this embroidered “Tin Lizzie?” I fell in love with it and my sons did too, so I added it to their industrial style bedroom. I can relate the hours someone poured into this. wow.

Now, back to those fruit prints. They were from 1997 and were in fantastic shape, but just weren’t cutting it for me. I really hated to do what I did next, but, ya know. A makeover has to happen for these things to find life. I cut open the back and began to remove the staples that held in the foam core print.

Removing Staples from Thrifted Frame | Prodigal Pieces |

I set those prints and glass aside as I’ll use them later, then clean up the frames. First order of business is to make the frames more suited for the look I was after.

Painting Frames for Doily Art by Prodigal Pieces |

I’m using a basic flat brown paint that I have custom mixed as my base coat and my favorite Zibra square brush. Next, I go over it with a wash of the caramel color I used on my faux wood garage door and these farmhouse candlesticks. Once that dries, I do another layer of a black glaze to create even more depth, like I show in my layering tutorials.

While those frames are curing between coats I move on to the fun part. Vintage doilies!!

Collection of Vintage Doilies by Prodigal Pieces |

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I just have to say that I have the best readers in the whole world wide web. So many of you send me gift of things you know I will love and it means so much. Karen had collected this awesome assortment of doilies over the years and said that she would rather I have them then have them stuffed in a bag on a shelf. How sweet is that?!? sniff….

So, here I am to show you what I am doing with a few of these near 50 beauties. I am a hooker myself (of the crochet kind. ahem) and know how long it takes to make one of these. Each stitch is a gift of love.

Do you know what blocking is? When JC called me from work the other day I told him I had been working, and he asked on what. I replied, “You won’t know what I’m talking about, but I’m blocking…and not the basketball kind. tsk” hahaha…

Okay, so here is what you do to get those doilies to lay flat and kinda stiff for your framed doily wall art. Time to get our block on. {enter dramatic music}

How to Block a Doily in 4 Simple Steps by Prodigal Pieces |

  1. Grab a bowl, a whisk, school glue, and your doily selection.
  2. Add a tablespoon of glue to each one cup of water. Mix.
  3. Place doilies in bowl and get them soaked. Squeeze out excess.
  4. Lay doily flat on layered cardboard. Pin to shape as desired. Let dry.

Your doily will be slightly stiff and take a few hours to dry. You could use a spray starch, or sugar water, or even flour water, but I had this on hand and it works fast. Best part is that the glue can be washed out if you ever decide to remove them from the frame.

How to Block a Doily by Prodigal Pieces |

Now back to those foam core prints. I wanted to reuse those mats as the backing to my doilies, so I grabbed a thrifted denim curtain I had on hand, and my sewing scissors, and my glue gun.

Supplies to Make Framed Doily Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces |

I cut and inch or two wider than the foam core and the boxed the corners like this…

Boxing Corners for Art Mat | Prodigal Pieces |

Then, using the hot glue, I attached the denim to the foam core nice and tight. Easy! All I had to do next was take my dried doily and adhere it to the denim using a spray adhesive. Last, insert back into those painted frames.

Here are my curbside-find frames done up as framed doily wall art. Whatcha think?

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Framed Doily Wall Art from Curbside Finds by Prodigal Pieces |

I’m lovin’ the denim background that really makes those doilies pop. Not bad for some curbside and thrifted finds made new, eh? tee hee.

Farmhouse Wall Art Using Framed Doilies and Thrifted Finds by Prodigal Pieces |

Framed Doily Closeup of Layers | Prodigal Pieces |

By now I hope you can see beauty in the cast-off and maybe even rethink some of the things sitting around your home. You don’t have to have a huge budget to make your house your home. I know I don’t, that’s for sure. It’s either kids or money, and you know which ones are my everlasting treasure.

Vintage Doily Art by Prodigal Pieces |

Do pin and share this framed doily art so that others can break out their grandma’s handiwork and display it. And you never know when someone will want to try something new. Thanks!

Get out your grandma's old doilies and create some fantastic framed doily art using thrifted finds. Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

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  • Liz

    Wonderful idea!

    May 4, 2017 at 7:10 am Reply
  • Sue

    The denim backing is perfect! Now off to find my doily stash…thanks for the inspiration as always 🙂

    May 4, 2017 at 8:06 am Reply
  • Mary - the boondocks blog

    What a great repurpose of the doilies Larissa. I also had a huge one that was rectangular but was so pretty I had put it in a frame many years ago.

    May 4, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They are something to be shown and not hidden away for sure. Especially when they have meaning. 🙂

      May 4, 2017 at 6:48 pm Reply
  • Toni

    Those turned out beautifully, I have to dig through my bag and see which ones will work in a frame ?

    May 4, 2017 at 9:44 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I had such fun finding these new uses. I plant to make a table runner for our kitchen too.

      May 4, 2017 at 6:48 pm Reply
  • Marie|The Interior Frugalista

    I have an entire collection of doilies in a tub in the basement. This would be a great way to showcase our grandmother’s handy work. Pinned

    May 4, 2017 at 2:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be a sweet momento for sure, Marie. Thanks!

      May 4, 2017 at 6:47 pm Reply
  • Joyce @ QN

    Doilies and Denim! Sounds like a great blog name (maybe it already it somewhere) 🙂 Lovely job.

    May 5, 2017 at 10:25 am Reply
  • Nancy

    Beautiful end result!

    May 7, 2017 at 8:10 am Reply
  • Diane Lavoie

    Love this idea. You did a beautiful job with them and love the denim. I have so many (all kinds, from doilies to tablecloths to bedcovers) which I keep stored in a cedar chest, though not used I hate to part with them as I know the time, patience and skill that went into the works of art pieces. I have tried making a pattern myself many years ago called Cathedral and got to finish about 2-3 squares. Too bad many of the pieces are found by the curbside but how nice that people like you can appreciate and preserve them.

    November 20, 2017 at 8:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I totally know the feeling, Diane. I have so many, but use them in various ways.

      November 21, 2017 at 7:22 am Reply

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