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TATTERED ELEGANCE


I was shopping around the thrift store recently, just looking for a few special treasures.
I looked down every aisle, up on the wall and over in the furniture section,
but nothing was catching my eye.


Just as I was getting ready to leave,
I walked past one of those big rolling bins filled with all the stuff
they have yet to set out for sale...


and saw a thick wooden frame quietly mixed in with a stack of pictures.


I love old, crusty frames
especially ones with chunky architectural details and this frame was looking promising, even
before it was all the way uncovered.


After maneuvering several things out of the way,
I pulled out a large, thick and HEAVY
antique wood frame mirror with layers of gesso,
tons of cutwork details
and perfect shabby paint.


Tarnished gold, covered by faded white and then pale aqua blue...
it was worn and weathered and shabby perfect...
It was marked
$20


The mirror looks to have been replaced,
but that didn't bother me... I love the frame just by itself.

Right now, it is sitting on the mantle in my bedroom just waiting
for me to find the perfect spot for it.


Layered together,
the two mirrors mixed with hydrangeas,
starfish & a petite
stack of books tied with cotton rope
brings a tattered elegance to the room.

Thinking I may remove the mirror...
I think the frame alone would be just gorgeous above the mantle,


or with a twiggy wreath in the center of it or
old shabby painting ...

Perfect!


Happy Monday Everyone!!

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64 comments

  1. Both of those frames are beautiful, I love all the details.

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  2. Wow that was the best $20 you have ever spent. Just gorgeous!

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  3. Is it the same tone on of blue as your other frame? How perfect it is... I love it with the mirror inside... you can always hang a wreath over the mirror?

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  4. That is beautiful and so you...I love the proposed changes too!

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  5. You lucky duck, you! What a great find! I must say, I am rather jealous!

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  6. Great find and great price! Isn't it fun when you get lucky and find the perfect piece?!
    Cindy

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  7. Beautiful!! What a wonderful find and for $20, even better!! Love your display as well, very pretty!

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  8. I ask ... is there anything better than "Tattered Elegance"???? NOPE! What a great eye you have Courtney to spot this gem in amongst a bin of 'yet to be displayed' items! Beautiful and you gotta love the price! Happy Monday right back at you! xox

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  9. Both frames are gorgeous. I like them both together, but let us know where you move the new one!

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  10. I agree with you...perfection. So very pretty. Great find!

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  11. Beautiful frame-I'd lose the mirror! Have fun with it.

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  12. What a great find, and for $20! Fantastic. Looks great just like it is with a nice reflection.

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  13. absolutely beautiful! Excited for you about your fabulous find! xoox

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  14. What a steal! I think it looks great right where it is :)

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  15. Courntey, what a find! Your mirror is gorgeous! One of these days I, too, will luck upon a deal like this! One can only hope!

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  16. Hi Courtney, Wow, lucky you! A perfect find, for a great price! Love your vignette and gorgous reflections too :-)
    Bella

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  17. Wow, the luck fairy was in your pocket that day. It is stunning. I love where you have it now, but with your great design sense, it will be wonderful anywhere! Wish I could find great bargains like that!

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  18. Wow I love it when you find somethings that's just perfect!

    http://australiennechic.blogspot.com/

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  19. HELLO COURTNEY :)

    OHHHH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL TREASURE YOU HAVE UNEARTH MY FRIEND :) JUST A BEAUTIFUL!!

    XO~MARI

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  20. Wow...great find Courtney! I absolutely love the color(s)! ~Deb~

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  21. This is one awesome THRIFTY treasure...congrats on finding it!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  22. Wow, what a find!!I love big ,old, heavy frames like that and they sell well, too!
    Come see me at
    http://antiquesanduniques.blogspot.com

    Carol in GA

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  23. Oh-What a great find! I love that old mirror...and it goes nicely with it's companion....even those the silvering may be a bit tatty-I like it even with a "bad" mirror...kind of adds to the charm, I think. Hugs- Diana

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  24. Courtney the frame is yummy, how lucky you are. I love it, I think you have a lot of good ideas of what to do with it.

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  25. Courtney, what a lucky find. I think your ideas sound great.

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  26. Courtney it's incredible. Do you know that is one of my favorite things? To find a treasure you don't have to refurbish. You didn't have to do a thing accept figure out where you want to put it. And at $20 it's a steal. Mirrors like that in an antique store would cost a fortune. Well done. xoxo tami

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  27. It's gorgeous Courtney! Great find!!

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  28. What a gorgeous find Courtney! And the price can't be beat. I love how the 2 mirrors look layered together like that!
    Vanessa

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  29. Yes, you are right...what a steal!! Congratulations!
    Fondly,
    Ann
    @
    The Tattered Tassel

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  30. Awesome find...I'd love to go treasure hunting with you!

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  31. I wish I could find amazing treasures like this!! Beautiful.

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  32. this was a great find! lucky you!

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  33. OOOOooo Weeee.... what a FIND... coming across your blog today! I'm now a follower and I so look forward to future posts!

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  34. Oh waht a beauty! You have an eye for treasures! Have a great week..................Julian

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  35. Great buy Courtney, now I see why you want to come and tour brocantes here in France! Thanks for stopping by
    Sharon
    My French Country Home

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  36. It pays to keep our eyes open in thrift stores, don't you think? What a find! Lucky you. I'm sure it will look stunning in its' final place, with or without the mirror.
    - Susan

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  37. Looks like a real find. Just gorgeous.

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  38. Wow! THAT is a great find, Courtney! It's just beautiful!!!! I think I need to go shopping with you...... lol!

    xoxo laurie

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  39. Seriously $20 - that is awesome! It's gorgeous! Maybe you could antique the mirror to make it go with the frame better? Looks great on the mantle!

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  41. You find such fantastic things at the shops you go to. I'm trying not to be jealous but it's just getting harder and harder. ;-)

    Sarahx

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  42. As always you scored another beauty! Just love it Courtney!

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  43. Your frame is just goregous! And what a steal!
    Blessings ~ Heidi

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  44. So beautiful! I agree, I think the frame on the mantle would look gorgeous even without the mirror.

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  45. Oh, it's gorgeous. What a find....It looks fabulous with your cupboard as well!
    xo
    lynn

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  46. Just coming back by to say thanks for linking up to the party Courtney! :-)
    Vanessa

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  47. This is an awesome post, I would really love it if you linked this up to Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage as well! Have a nice Week! Mary :O)

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  48. These mirrors are beautiful. Absolutely Amazing!
    ~Heidi

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  49. Love when something unexpected pops up! Love your find. I have a stack of old frames in the attic, like you, I cannot pass one up!

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  50. The frames are absolutely beautiful. What a great post. Thank you so much for linking up to my party. I really appreciate it.

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  51. What a fabulous find! Don't you love it when you are about to give up and then VOILA! there it is.

    Happy WW,
    Judy

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  52. Oh my goodness! What a bargain for such a beauty! Just love those old frames, ornate and detailed as you have found. Love how you have it layered with another old mirror. Swoon perfect as only you can make it Girl!

    xoxo,
    Ellen

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  53. Just beautiful! I LOVE mirrors. Seems like I can never have enough of them. They're all so fascinating.

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  54. What a wonderful treasure you found for yourself. It is beautiful.

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  55. What a great find! It looks wonderful where you have it!
    Debbie

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  56. That mirror is gorgeous Courtney! Definitely worth digging out and the $20.00 price! thank you so much for sharing it with us and for joining my first TTF party! I hope you are having a great weekend!

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