Well it’s Thursday, and I’m feeling pumped today!! Tonight is our elementary school’s Ladies Night Fundraiser, where I am having a vendor table! With my past businesses I swore I would never have a vendor table again, but this was cheap enough, and for a good cause, and I’m excited to get my stuff out there, and see what the feedback is!
And to celebrate, I’m finally showing you a project! I know, it’s been awhile!! So I’m showing you a little favorite of mine, and I don’t think they’ll be sticking around for long… Meet the Turquoise Twins!
The Turquoise Twins!
The one on your left is a magnetic board, and the one on your right is a chicken wire bulletin board!
I actually have a pretty good collection of my how-I-did-it, so here we go!
This was them "before" and I picked them up on Half-Off day at a local thrift store for a couple of dollars each...
a couple close-ups of the frames before...
after taking the frames apart, I gave them 2 coats of Wythe Blue, from Benjamin Moore.... once the paint dried, I distressed them to show some of the gold from underneath... then it was time for staining...
I had read about this technique online somewhere... I am SO sorry I don't remember where!... apply stain to the project (I used dark walnut from Minwax), and smear with a rag and baby oil! It gave a very nice stained darkness to the turquoise...
...here's a photo showing the difference... the bottom one has been stained, the top has not... very subtle, but just enough.
next, for the chicken wire frame, I used foam board as my "base" for my fabric. I bought it from the dollar store, and cut it to the size of the frame...
...placed the foamboard on the fabric I was using, and cut the fabric approximately 2 inches bigger than the foam board...
... so this is a photo with sheet metal for the magnet board... I bought a fairly large size sheet of sheet metal from Home Depot for $27, the price caught my by surprise, but oh well, I was determined, ...I put out a plea for tin snips (to cut the sheet metal) on Facebook, and thanks to friends willing to share their husband's tools I was set! ... To attach the fabric to both the sheet metal, and to the foam board, I just wrapped them and hot glued the back side. This project needed work gloves to keep scratches, cuts and burns at bay!...
This is the back of the foam board, with the fabric glued on. For this chicken wire project, I used the tin snips to cut the wire, a little larger then the frame. I wrapped the foam board with the chicken wire, and fitted it into the frame.
... I stapled the chicken wire to the frame with a staple gun (I felt very empowered with this project, using all these tools I've never used before!). After stapling, I trimmed the wire, then taped the edges down with masking tape...
I try to reuse as much of the original item as possible, so I used the mat from the original frame on the back, and was able to push the photo tab holders thingies down to keep it all in place.
And a couple of “after” pictures for you!
The Turquoise Twins!
I’d love to get your feedback, let me know what you think! If you LOVE them, find them on my For Sale Page!
Thanks so much for reading!!
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