i recently finished a project which was a gift for a dear friend for her birthday (a monumental one at that). the original picture was purchased for $1 at a yard sale a few months ago. it was a 1/2-inch thick wood laminated etched picture. it was in sad shape but the size of the frame was perfect for what i had in mind.
it took a. lot. of. work. due to the learning curve i was on. the decision to remove the laminate from the back was NOT a good idea but what's one to do when you're already knee deep into the project...well, you just. keep. going. and HOPE that your mistake will develop into something better!i first removed the frame from the wood picture before beginning on the
then once sanded, wood puttied (due to the laminate not wanting to let go of the wood AND being a bit too aggressive with the scraper) and chalkboard painted, it was well on its way. with the addition of a little bit of this and a little bit of that from my stash of "junk", it is now a message center for her kitchen. some of the inspiration for the elements was found via an online google of chalkboards (silverware hooks) and pottery barn (the burlap pocket). i added the stenciled corkboards, modge podged clothespins, and scrabble tile pushpins for some funky detail as well as the yardstick border.
it was such a fun project from inspiration to design to completion...especially since it was for someone near and dear to me..."my 12th".
you may be wondering about that number 12. It began oh so many years ago when i came across this writing by terri camp, which i had emailed to my bff. here is an excerpt below that explains it all.
my twelfth best friend by terri camp...i'm guessing at this moment you are pondering how someone could actually want to claim the title of another person's twelfth best friend. is it because i am so popular that she has gotten in line with all the others who claim "best friend" status? is it that she is just so happy to have me for a friend she is willing to allow herself to be considered my twelfth best friend? no. the fact is, she had to get in line behind my family. in the best friend line, first comes Jesus, then Steve, then my eight children, followed by my dear sister, which leaves my next best friend in number twelve status. you know, Jesus had twelve best friends, so i guess it's okay if i do too...
my bff has 9 members in her family, thus the number nine after their name. she has a wall on the side of her pantry that i sneakily had one of her children measure to be sure it would work...it was a perfect fit! i love it when that happens. with the addition of heavy duty picture hangers, wall anchors and a set of chalk ink, it was finished.
if you have any questions regarding any of the "how-to's" for this project, just shoot me an email, i'd be happy to help.
project supplies:gorilla wood glue
gorilla super glue
craft paint (for stencils)
yardstick - cut to fit
chalk (for prepping surface)
vintage silverware: knife, fork, spoon
old hymnal pages- cut to fit clothespins
chalk ink markers
picture hangers & wall anchors
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