Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Decorating with Seasonal Botanical Prints

Hi Everyone, I hope you had a wonderful Easter! We had an early dinner/late lunch at my sister's. What would you call that...Dunch? Linner? Since there aren't any little ones running around, (except their doggy, and you can't call Harley, little), things were pretty low key, and I got to enjoy my belated vanilla coconut cake. yum.

One of the things I love about decorating, and especailly using vintage items, is to keep things Seasonal. I don't have near as much space to work with now, but my Kitchen Sitting Area and the Entry are two easy areas to have fun with.

I wanted to use some flowers and botanical prints to "Spring" things up a little in the sitting area., So I found this vintage print of "God Bless Our Home" in my stash that is surrounded with colorful flowers in a wreath design. Then I found another vintage frame in gold that needed some freshening up. I used my technique from repainting these antique frames, but wanted to go a lighter gray.

I started with a coat of darker gray paint, then a coat of a lighter gray paint. Sorry I cant't be specific, I just mix up what I have on hand. I think I used our wall paint and then a mix of that and ASCP Pure White for the top coat; then highlight with some of this concoction below. I just use my finger to mix and apply. That's the easiest way for me. You could use a small cotton cloth, but I get a better result when I can "feel" how it's going on.

I didn't take the print out of the frame,
 I just used some packing tape on top of the glass 
to keep from having to clean much of the paint off.

This frame was pretty plain,
and it needed a little definition.
 So a little sanding was all it took to let the vintage gold show through.

I decided to take off my sheep head for now,
so I could use a botanical print here on the old door instead. 

I want to be able to change things out easily, 
so I used a little Scotch tape rolled up sparingly on the back of the print. 

There isn't any glass over this print. It would be pretty if there was, but since I'll be changing the print out in a bit, I opted to leave it "as is". Then I can easily replace it with another Seasonal print. These are from the reproduction coffee table book, "Taschen Book of Plants". Mine came from Z Gallerie about 8 years ago. It's a lovely book but I planned all along to use it as a source for botanical prints.

These look like "dancing" tulips to me.

I think this was mid-March, right before I put up the botanical prints.
Things change in a hurry, here.
I'll share more on how the prints look in here later this week.

Please come and join in on our new party,
Opens Wednesday Evening at 6 PM Central.

I'm joining these parties this week:

The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Let's Talk Vintage at Bella Rosa Antiques
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life
Share Your Cup at Mrs. Olson's
Weekend Retreat at AKA Design


  1. I.like your shortcuts, Debra, and they look great. My kids always called lunch and supper "lupper". :)

    1. oh that's a good one, Rita! I hadn't thought of that!

  2. Your painted frames look great, Debra. You did a great job with them both. I love your "dancing tulip botanical print!"

    We always have holiday dining time at 2 - so around here we call it "Holiday Feast" and we always know what we mean. 2pm, time to sup. : - )

  3. I love your botanicals. Prints of tulips are so fun for spring. Have a wonderful week.

  4. Debra, your spring prints are so beautiful!!!! LOVE the touch of gilt in the frames. Pinning and featuring on fb!

  5. I like your botanicals and the tulips do look happy having a dance! I also like your painted frames, especially the one with cravings at the top. Maybe "Binner: time?

  6. The botanicals are truly lovely and I like how flexible they are, allowing for as often changes as one would like.

  7. So pretty, Debra! Love what you did to those frames.

  8. Beautiful framed prints Debra....love the look of the round frame over the rectangular shaped print..and must say that I think I will be using your new word for early dinner/late lunch...Dunch...love it....Have a great day!

  9. Your frames look so nice painted and highlighted. I use my finger, too, to apply the gold accents to projects. Looking forward to seeing your reveal!

  10. We called it "lupper," too, when I was a child! I love your botanical prints and what you did with the frames. It's nice to be able to change up artwork quickly when the mood -- or season -- strikes. I also wanted to compliment your pretty wicker loveseat. I love the fabric on the cushions!

  11. I love your botanical prints! I like how you painted the frame to look more aged. That's such a neat idea to be able to interchange those prints seasonally.

  12. Hi Debra,
    Your botanical prints looks so pretty in their new frames. It is great you can change them out. Have a wonderful week.

  13. I just adore botanical prints! Wish I could find an old book of them for cheap.

  14. Very pretty, Debra! I love botanical prints, too. This is such a great idea to change pictures out easily.

  15. Debra you know I love botanicals...yours look so pretty in the painted frames!

  16. Debra,
    I love what you did to repurpose your frames with a lighter shade of grey paint, dear friend!!!
    I have several in Studio One that were previously made into chalkboards, so~o~o you've given me an idea.
    Those "dancing tulips' are exquisite within the frame!!!

  17. They DO look like dancing tulips! Perfect for celebrating spring, I say! The frame turned out wonderful. Thank you for sharing it at my Tuesday link party, "Let's Talk Vintage!" Have an awesome "rest of your week!" ~Jill

  18. Debra, I love your botanical prints. My fav is the dancing tulips! I am always on the look out for books with botanicals in them. Hard to find around here! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  19. Love all of the botanicals, especially the oval frame/wreath!

  20. Those look wonderful, Debra. I love what you did with the frames. You've inspired me. Thanks for sharing it at TFT. :)

  21. P.S. I'll be featuring this at the TFT party tomorrow. :)

  22. They do look like dancing tulips. Like something from a Disney movie. The print with the frame works together and is very spring like. I also love a good botanical print.


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