September 4, 2011

A Makeover Surprise or Don't Judge a Book By it's Cover

I often purchase framed art just to get the frames.  If I like the shape and style of the frame,  I will buy it regardless of  the art.
I found a surprise in the last ones!  

I recently found these vintage framed prints at a local thrift store.

The prints were not really bad, but I didn't care for them.

I bought them purely for the pretty wooden frames.

I do really well selling empty vintage frames at
my booth so that was what I intended to do.

You can imagine my surprise when I discovered these
adorable  prints behind the other prints
and they were prints from...

Bessie Pease Gutmann

"The Reward"
gets this cute duo into a little trouble!!!

"In Disgrace"
has them both standing in the corner.

 All of the children painted by Ms. Gutmann are beautiful

They are just as sweet from behind!
I love her short haircut.

When I uncovered the hidden treasure,
one thing led to another
and I just had to....

... give the frames a fresh Annie Sloan chalk paint finish!!!
I think it was the right thing to do.
This weeks party schedule:

Tuesday:          Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays
Friday:             Vintage Inspiration Friday


  1. Oh my word. What a treasure. I love those prints, they have always been favorites. The blue adds the perfect touch. I hope you kept them. Hugs, Marty

  2. Great suprise. The children are so sweet, and I love how you updated the frames. I also buy pictures because I love the look of the frames.

  3. Don't you just LOVE surprises? these are so sweet and i love how you added just a hint of that blue chalk paint! what a sweet transformation! Merci for entering my giveaway! Bonne chance!

  4. What a happy surprise! I love those prints. They are precious.


  5. What a nice discovery. The frames look great.

  6. Love the blue, Rhonda! I think it works so well with the blue in the pictures. I love the prints themselves as well.

  7. Yes, the new paint details are wonderful, and those little surprises are too cute. Great find!

  8. You have just inspired me to pay closer attention to frames at my local thrift shop. What a beautiful find!

    Visiting from Southern Hospitality. :)

  9. I had 3 of her prints hanging in my kids' rooms when they were little. I have always loved her work...and I often buy framed prints just to have the frame too! Crazy people, aren't we? Sometimes the pictures in them are SO BAD that I am red-faced checking them out because I fear someone will think I am buying them to hang!;>) xo Diana

  10. Lucky! I have always enjoyed looking at those prints. ASCP was a good idea for the update. They look so pretty.

  11. How fun to discover these little treasures -- love what you did with the frames!

  12. Oh NICE! Come plse share at Market Monday!!

  13. Such a nice surprise just never know:) Thanks for coming by to my party. I'm lovin' this ASCP that I won from Robyn...thanks for the intro.


  14. What a fun find! These prints are so sweet and I love the newly ASCP updated frames.

  15. Oh what a find Rhonda! Lucky you.
    I'm your newest follower.

  16. What a fantastic, lucky find! You did the absolute right thing with the frames too.

  17. Aaawww, just GORGEOUS...what a treat for you!

    Deborah (happily visiting from

    {Hope you can stop by too!}

  18. Rhonda,

    Lucky you! This gives new meaning to "Treasure Hunt"! I love how the newly painted frames perfectly compliment the trim on the little girl's dress and her shoes.

    Your Friend,

  19. You were a lucky girl with that one! How wonderful. I love those prints!

  20. I love those Rhonda!! If I had a little girl I would be begging for those! Thanx for coming to the party!

  21. Oh My Gosh! what a great find. These prints are worth an arm and a leg, Rhonda! Love 'em! xoxo Debra

  22. Hi Rhonda, just had to pop by to say congratulations on your feature over at "From My Front Porch to Yours". When I saw those adorable Bessie Gutmann prints, I just had to come running. You did a fabulous job with the paint, too. Just perfect!

  23. Dearest Rhonda,

    Indeed, Mrs. Putmann managed to put this perfectly onto the canvas! Just read about your angel story in Belle Inspiration.
    Love to you,



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