About a year ago a came across a picture in a Pottery Barn Kids catalog of a canvas with a caterpillar on it. While the canvas was adorable in itself what caught my eye was the manner in which it was displayed. The canvas was on a "frame" made of reclaimed barn wood or pallet wood. Sah-WEET! I was enamored with this display instantly. (cue the floating hearts here)
Since that time, I have been (1) trying to determine a place in my home where I could use this type of display for a print and (2) trying to find a print I would want to use. These things take time people...you understand. You can't just rush into these things all willy-nilly like.
Well, a few weeks ago when I was playing around in some Linky Parties and you know once you do that you get sucked in for like hours looking at all the awesome-ness that OTHER people come up with and(shhhh...don't tell Mr. AKM) I came across some super fabulous Kitchen Wall Printables here at Over the Moon. SWOON! I IMMEDIATELY knew that these were the prints that my heart has been longing for. And that these would be so sweetly displayed on some reclaimed wood frames.
After deciding that I wanted the prints to be 11 x 14 (due to some art canvas's I already had on hand, i.e. no need to spend money) I sent the file off to Shutterfly and eagerly awaited the receipt of my prints. While I
impatiently waited, I started the process of making my displays. We had some reclaimed wood from a deck that Mr. AKM ripped apart so...I cut 3 planks for each display to the size I desired. Then sanded and stained each using this new shade of Minwax Stain - Weathered Oak. Have you seen this color? LOVE IT! It is my new fav stain! It has kinda a gray/brown tint to it....like weathered oak. Go figure?!
This is what the planks looked like after sanding and staining.
Isn't that color AWESOME! Sigh...
we Mr. AKM cut down some 1/4" plywood we had on hand for support for the back...
He went kinda crazy with the screws...he likes to use
his my son's new drill. I was gonna add some silly quip about how he likes to "screw" things but I'm not in the mood for hate mail...but we are all grown-ups here right?
After he "screwed" the backing on, I added some picture hanger thingies (yes, that is the technical term) so that I could attach it to the wall. Like, duh!
Then my pictures arrived...OH HAPPY DAY!
I grabbed my little jar of Mod Podge and a sponge brush...
Slapped it on the front of some art canvas and stuck my picture right on to it. Easy Peasy!
I was so excited that I forgot to take a picture of this. Bad blogger...I know. I am hanging my head in shame as I type this out to you.
So I stared at my finished canvas's for 'bout an hour trying to figure out how I was going to get them on my display board. And then I had a major A-HA! Moment! I can use those totally cool little Command Strip thingies (again, yes, that is the technical term). That way if I ever want to change them out, oh say to put holiday specific pictures up..I TOTALLY CAN! Wooohooooo! Can I get a HELL YEA here ladies?
Don't you love these things? They so totally ROCK!
I put one set on the top and one on the bottom and...
I so totally heart them! My heart is all a-flutter even now. Swoon!
Total cost - $18.00! Not bad for some serious eye candy if you ask me!
What do you think? Is this something you would make for your house? Where would you use it at?
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