Today I'm sharing two fun projects from Megan. When she has time off from teaching, she really gets things done! I'm just way behind on posting. I'll let her fill you in on the details. Take it away Megan .....
Hi everyone! I'm here today to share a few projects that I completed back in April over my spring break. The first was inspired by a post at Apartment Therapy, which I had pinned quite awhile ago. It was about unique ways to display jewelry and had this cool picture using industrial spools.
Luckily for me, my mom happened to have a few industrial spools that she said I could use for this project. Thanks, Mom!
I began by lining the spools up on the wall and drilling a pilot hole. Then I went back and drilled one screw on each side of the center bar.
All that was left was adding the jewelry. This was certainly one quick and easy project.
I love having everything out within easy reach. It looks beautiful and reminds me to wear them more often!
For my second project, I wanted to feature a piece of art over my bed. My mom was telling me about the signs that Korrie makes at Red Hen Home. I love that she paints on beadboard rather than plain wood. I think it gives her signs such great texture. Here's one of my favorites from her Etsy shop.
I decided to use the same idea on my sign. I glued together two pieces of beadboard because I wanted two lines of writing. I wanted to use a tan background, so I mixed up a custom color with white and brown. I put two coats of paint on the beadboard.
Next, I printed out my quote and sized it up to the board. I chose a quote that means a lot to my husband Liam and I. It's from Kurt Vonnegut, one of my favorite writers, and we used the text as one of the readings at our wedding. I wanted to use a typewriter style font to remind me of the typewriter that we had on display at our wedding.
By the way, if you are ever looking for unique fonts, you have to check out dafont.com. I have spent hours browsing through all the cool fonts, and the best part is that almost all of them are free! I chose a font called Traveling Typewriter. I printed out my quote on regular printer paper, flipped it over to the back, and shaded over the text with the side of a pencil.
Then, I placed my text on the painted beadboard and began tracing each of the letters. As you trace the letters, the pencil shading on the underside makes an outline of the letters on your board. So cool!
Once I had my outline traced, I painted the letters with a small brush and some green craft paint.
To give it that weathered, layered feel, I added brown tinted glaze on top. I rubbed it away until I had a nice textured look. The glaze settled into the ridges to really bring out the beadboard.
After a light sanding to bring out the ridges of the beadboard even more, it was done!
To hang, I drilled holes in each corner and connected them with a length of twine.
I love looking at the quote every day; it's a reminder to step back and appreciate the little moments that make life special. Thanks for reading!
Thanks so much for sharing Megan! I love your sweet home. And that quote reminds me of one of the most beautiful days ever!
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