Sunday, September 26, 2010

Something New for an Old Frame

I bought this old chippy frame about a year ago. It was only $5.00. The thrift store that it came from will put a $2 sticker on something that still has the Dollar Tree sticker on! So this was an amazing find. I had big plans to turn it into it giant chalkboard. Its 2 ft by 3 ft so it's a good size. I went to Lowe's and had some wood cut to go in it. I had to dig through a bunch of pieces to find one that wasn't warped too bad. The board that I used turned out to be warped and it never fit into the frame all that well. I used glue dots, hot glue, nails
So the frame sat empty for a couple of months until I saw this idea over at Jones Design Company. She used a canvas but I thought that I could use a big moving box. The box was just big enough.
I don't measure or do a lot of math in my life. I just sort of traced out how big I needed the cardboard and cut it with a box cutter. I did all of this on carpet. Maybe not the best idea but I didn't mess anything up!
Then I cut out pages out of some old books with an exacto knife. I just kind of lined them up to cover the cardboard. You could do it messier or artsy-er but I didn't want it too busy. I always use cheap-o brushes when I use Modge Podge. I could only find a tiny brush so most of  podge was applied by me pouring it on the cardboard and dragging the pages through the puddle and then placing them where I wanted. I got pretty good coverage with this method. I also tucked some newpaper behind my project to protect the carpet.

I am smooth like Keith Stone so the project came out great of course! I did layer some pages with cute drawnings on top of the other larger pages.

I used the shiney or I think they call it "luster" Modge Podge. I like the light shine to it. I think that it turned out pretty cute. A lot better than staring at a blank wall while we eat! I think that I will layer wreaths and other junk on top of this later on.

1 comment:

  1. I love this idea!

    I think a wreath or initial would look awesome layered over the top.