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Vintage Buttons and Burlap Messages in Pretty Frames

I wanted to share with you a pretty DIY I shared on Hometalk. Creating a family keepsake or special gift using vintage buttons, a little sparkle, a burlap backdrop and a pretty frame. Yes…please!

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First things first, and the fun part is choosing what you want your message to say. Typically one word, (Home, Love) a date (your wedding date, a birth date), an initial or even a heart work best. Then onto choosing what and how you would like to display your message. Depending upon what is going inside, you can use a rectangle, square a circle or oval frame.
I like a lot of pretty and a lot of detail.

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I’ve always had a thing for vintage frames, whether wood or metal. They are always filled with so many pretty details and try to use them as often as I can. Not to say though that this project won’t look just as charming in a new or more simple frame.

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Depending upon your style and what look you are going for, the painting part is all about personal preference. This is where you can personalize this to fit your style. I like to keep things on the neutral side so always opt for a bit of a white wash. It doesn’t take much paint to weather your frame so a small bottle will do. These small paint bottles are always under a $1.00 and go a long way. I also stock up on the sample containers of paint from my local Home Depot or Lowes to keep on hand. Head over to the returned paint section that is usually right near the paint counter and you can sometimes get these containers for as low as $.59!

vintage buttons and burlap messages in pretty frames, crafts

Unless you want full coverage, I recommend brushing on several light layers of paint. In the end again depending on your style you can leave it painted as it is or grab a piece of sand paper to give it a light distressing. The light sanding brings out the pretty details and lends even more to the vintage look

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I’ve always been a huge fan of burlap. It has beautiful texture, makes a great back drop for many projects and it’s a wonderful fabric that blends with so many styles. You can find many different colors and variations, but for this project I like the standard shade of burlap. It has an earthy feel and the vintage buttons, especially the mother of pearl stand out nicely.

vintage buttons and burlap messages in pretty frames, crafts

I usually cut the burlap a bit larger than the frame so you have a little room for error or if the burlap should start to fray. At the end of the project you will trim it down to size and fit in your frame. I also cut a piece of cardboard that will go under the burlap and serve as a flat surface for your message. Keep the cardboard under your burlap during this project for support. You will also trim the cardboard down to size at the end along with the burlap.

vintage buttons and burlap messages in pretty frames, crafts

And now for the pretty part! I so love vintage buttons ( who am I kidding, I just love buttons!). There are so many pretty buttons these days if you can’t find the vintage ones though. I even snip them from damaged clothing that we no longer wear and keep them for projects down the road. It’s a sweet way to use buttons from your entire family. I use the neutral ones, but you can get really creative here and pick a color that fits your style. I’ve done a few in the past where I’ve used varying shades of one color and it looks so pretty.

vintage buttons and burlap messages in pretty frames, crafts

I add a bit of sparkle to each of mine, but again that’s all about personal preference. I like the basic clear rhinestone, but colored rhinestones would really pop off of the burlap as well! Rhinestones not your thing, you can add a pretty flower, butterfly or a broken piece of jewelry you have on hand. The buttons are pretty on their own and will look just as nice without the rhinestones though.

vintage buttons and burlap messages in pretty frames, crafts

After choosing your buttons you are going to lay them out for size on the burlap. I always keep the frame near by so I can judge how my message will look inside. (Reminder: keep the cardboard under your burlap for support and keep the project on a flat surface). You can go pretty and mix up the lettering or stick to the basics. Either way have fun! Play around with them until you get the look you want.

vintage buttons and burlap messages in pretty frames, crafts

After all of your buttons have been laid down on the burlap you can either glue them down or hand stitch each button (my personal preference). Hand sewing is super relaxing to me and I really love the way the thread looks in the buttons. It’s another mix of texture and will keep the buttons super secure especially if it’s something you want to pass down to generations.
▪ If you are planning on stitching in each button: Place a tiny drop of glue on the back of the button, just enough to hold it secure so you can sew the buttons without them falling off the burlap. Do not cover the button holes with the glue. It will make it hard to push the needle and thread through.
▪ If you do not want to hand stitch the buttons (the buttons will stay intact without the thread): Place enough glue on the back of each button to hold it secure the the burlap.
This part can be a little tricky. Try to go slow and only pick up one button at a time without disturbing the remaining buttons. Sometimes it works better to use a toothpick to pick up each button, dab on the glue with a toothpick and place back down.
Once all of your buttons have been glued, allow the glue to dry so you can either stitch them down or move to the next step.

vintage buttons and burlap messages in pretty frames, crafts

Size and cut your cardboard to fit into whichever frame you chose before moving on.

vintage buttons and burlap messages in pretty frames, crafts

The photo doesn’t show the glued/stitched buttons, but after your buttons have been glued or stitched onto the burlap, you are going to glue down the finished burlap message to your cardboard. Make sure you know where you want your message to be centered. then glue down the burlap to the cardboard and let dry. Once the glue has dried you can trim the excess burlap and slide the burlap/cardboard into your frame. If you have the original backing to the frame, slide this in as well.

vintage buttons and burlap messages in pretty frames, crafts

A lot of times with vintage frames the backs are ruined but you can fill in the excess space with layers of additional cardboard, chipboard or similar material. I like the back to be just as pretty (definitely not necessary though), so like to use pieces of wallpaper or pretty papers that I have leftover. I wanted this one to hang on the wall so created a small hook on top, but you can purchase the hooks as well and just secure to the back.

vintage buttons and burlap messages in pretty frames, crafts

And there you have it! A personalized keepsake for your home or to pass on to someone special! It’s a fun project that doesn’t take too much time or money, but the outcome is so so pretty!
So hoping this has inspired you to pull out some of those buttons you’ve been storing up and create one of your own! And hooping you don’t already to stop over at Hometalk for more creative ideas! I’d love to hear back from you if you create one of your own and would be even happier to see your finished keepsake!
Happy creating!



Weathered Patina & My Craigslist Find

romantic country magazine clothandpatinaWell it seems like centuries since I’ve done a blog post (hangs head in shame) but am so happy to being sharing this one with you today. My most favorite find made its way into “Romantic Country Magazine“! I was so excited to have my favorite find featured! There magazines are my most favorite! I read and browse their beautiful pages as often as I can. You can always count on gorgeous photos and tons of inspiration!

I remember when I first laid eyes on this beauty while browsing Craigslist and knew right away I had to have this one. “You can see a before photo in the upper right hand corner”. It looked large and wasn’t quite sure if it would fit in my tiny space but was certainly going to try. A girl who was in the process of moving had to have this gone asap which worked just great for me. Grabbed a truck, a little man strength and was on my way down south to take a look. I couldn’t tell from the photo but to me looked to be carved teak with an Indonesian flair which I just love! But of course you never know until you actually see it up close! I think I fell in love before I even got out of my car! It was gorgeous! I was a little taken aback to see it sitting outside in the elements but was in great shape and had to have it.

Have to say this thing ways a ton! I alone could not even budge it let alone pick this thing up and put it in a truck. So happy to have had someone on hand that was happy to help! I met up with its previous owner to pay for this beauty as I was anxiously awaiting to get this home and call it mine. I was so ready to negotiate a price on this one since I had already fallen in love but thank goodness she was oh so willing to part with it and sold it to me for $80! Can you believe it!?!

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I was super excited to get it back in my place and even happier to see that it was going to fit on the wall between the living and dining areas. I hopped online right away to do some research in hopes to find a little more info on my new gorgeous piece. I wasn’t able to find this exact piece but was happy to find that these can sell into the thousands!

Knowing a little of its history I honestly tried keeping it in its original state. I stared at this every day from every angle trying to be comfortable with the teak color, but just couldn’t do it. I knew I would love it even more {if that’s at all possible} having it painted in a grey color to blend better with the rest of my home. So the painting began. I knew I may get some flack from some of you but am so happy I painted it. I used mostly “Paris Grey” chalk paint by Annie Sloan with bold brushing of “Pure White” to keep in with the rustic feel. I sanded it here and there so I would be able to see the teak through the grey and have to say I just love the blend of these three colors! I love that it still feels rustic but has an elegant Indonesian Country feel to it. I happen to think the details are more prominent after painting it. And it’s just paint right? Worse case scenario you could remove the paint and go back to its original state or start over. I admit I had a brief moment of “what did I do”, did I actually just paint over hand carved teak! But that moment passed quickly as I was watching it’s true beauty “to me” unfold. 

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I have for now left the original hardware which is black only because I haven’t decided if I want to paint them in a warm bronze color or replace them with something different all together? What do you all think, love them, leave them?

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And my little character there “Bob” always finds a way to sneak himself in my photos! Total ham that one. So he gets his 15 minutes of fame as he graces the pages of Romantic Country Magazine.

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Look at this cover! So, so pretty! Doesn’t it make you want to pretty up your space? This is a porch you could spend hours on sipping your favorite summer drink, reading a good book, relaxing on a beautiful summers day. But, with a pretty porch like this it would be a place that I would want my friends and family to gather along with me. Hoping you get a chance to grab a copy of this beautiful magazine. The inside is just as beautiful and inspiring as its cover!

I’m a huge fan of browsing Craigslist in search of pieces like this one. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure! Especially if you have the foresight to see it’s true potential!

As always, thanks so much for stopping in!


A Winter Hot Cocoa Bar with a French Flair

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Ok first things first, I am going to apologize ahead of time for the not so great photos! We have not had much sun here and this portion of the dining room is much darker so the pictures don’t do this little bar justice : ). Now on to the fun stuff! Nothing screams winter more than a “Hot Cocoa Bar!” I was super inspired by the ever so talented Jessica with “Pen N’ Paper Flowers”and her always charming Hot Cocoa Bar. I didn’t really have the space in our last place so was super excited when we moved and now have a larger dining room with a perfect little nook. We originally were going to just have it up for our neighborhood Christmas Craft Party, but my son was loving it so much, we decided to leave it up all winter long! I was easily persuaded after seeing the smile on his face every time he made his own cup!  Thanks to our new Mr. Coffee, coffee maker and hot water dispenser, we can have “hot cocoa” in a flash. When winter is over, I will turn this little nook into my “coffee station” with a little section for my little guy to still make his favorite treat.

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My girlfriend had told me about this maker and am so happy we went with this one! I make my coffee every day and my son heats up his hot water in about a minute and makes his cocoa and oatmeal. We both absolutely love this!

I wanted a fun and easy to use station with a bit of pretty for me. I painted an old cabinet I had white, gave it a light distressing and found it was the perfect size to fit on this wall in the dining room and a perfect fit to hold all of the “hot cocoa” necessities. A treat bar is always more fitting when you have a charming chalkboard sign and have to say I am super happy how this one turned out! We are in South Florida so most of the signs don’t really apply with notes on colder weather so decided to create my own with a bit of a “French” flair. Much more fitting for our home. I wanted to bring in more gold accents this winter so tried to make everything look more cohesive with a bit of spray paint. I have a few favorite metallic paints that are my go to, and this time used the “Brilliant Gold” metallic by Valspar. Love, love this paint and use it often in many of my projects. This one is more of a soft, warmer shade of gold versus a bright shiny metallic. To me it has a more vintage appeal which was more fitting for our space.

The coffee maker looks more prominent (as it should, coffee reigns high in this home…wink) placed on a round piece of lighting salvage as the base, a gold charger and a paper doily. I added the same gold paint and light white wash to my favorite tiered stand from Hobby Lobby. Always a pretty and useful accent piece to use around the house. And added the same gold paint to the tops of the jar and shakers.

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I am so crushing on my new glass canisters I found at Tuesday Morning! I love the old school style of the weaved glass and the fun chalkboard canisters with the knobbed lids. The weaved glass set were very inexpensive and the larger chalkboard set I found on the clearance isle! Win, win for our hot cocoa bar! I also sprayed both sets of lids with the same gold paint to tie them all in together and did a quick outline around the chalkboard label using a gold Sharpie. I found both of the silver topped pumps at Target. So much more charming to look at it and so much easier for little hands to pump the syrup without making a mess. We both had tons of fun collecting all of the treats for the hot cocoa bar! You don’t have to go overboard on the spending. We found so many of the syrups, sauces and sweets at our local Ross for about half the price as you would full retail.

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The kids got a big kick out of having their own mugs, not much more in price than buying decent hot beverage cups and it’s a cute gift for them to take home after the party. Each are simple white mugs from the Dollar Tree that I wrapped in string and added a small round chalkboard tag with each child’s name. This whole look came together by adding a similar accent color “Brilliant Gold”, chalkboard tags and labels-found at Michaels on each piece and a bit of Christmas greenery. Most of the pieces I already had around the house, so outside of the canisters, dispensers, mugs and all the treats we really didn’t spend that much to put this together.

Our “Hot Cocoa Bar” has been a huge hit with our friends and family and will definitely be creating one each Winter! I’m hoping this has inspired you to create a bar, big or small for you and your guests to enjoy throughout the Winter season.




Where Bloggers Create 2014

cloth and patina fabricsWelcome to my studio space here at Cloth and Patina and the 2014 Where Bloggers Create Link Party. This is my first year joining in and am so looking forward to browsing all of the creative space and to share my space here with you all. Continue reading

Day 2 – Studio Organizing, It’s All In The Details

cloth and patina home storage basketsJust a quick post today. I have been on a mission to get my studio space organized so I can get out there and work a bit. Continue reading

Soft Fresh Spring


Spring finally made its way into my home. The pressure of everyone coming over for Easter put a fire under me to finish up all the little details. I figured I would share bits and pieces of the house in stages and today I wanted to share the entry table. As always, I like to keep things simple and light. This year I brought in more earthy elements with bits of twigs and moss. Continue reading

Spring Giveaway

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Oh happy day! The weather has been just beautiful lately and I have felt so inspired to create different pieces for Spring. You all have been so amazingly supportive in so many ways and I just wanted to give a little something back. I am forever grateful for your continued support, kindness and inspiration. Continue reading

A Vintage Vanity

Publication5This is a little collection that I put together for a charity event with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and wanted to share with you all. I truly enjoyed creating it and it is for such a good cause. The funnest part of all is I got to pull out my favorite chalk paint® color “French Linen”. Continue reading