Like a year ago I scored this wire reel from an electric company that was closing its doors and they were getting rid of the many reels they had accumulated over the years.
At the time I was trying to organize or spruce up the backyard. I thought the wire reel might be a good option for a table or even a planter.
Anyway, the reel was brought to the backyard and
sadly I did nothing with it!
I used it just a couple of times, like in the post right HERE. and as a prop to take pictures...
Other than that, it sat there in the backyard until recently, when my husband disassembled it because he was getting tired of moving it from side to side every time he cut the grass.
The exposure to the elements gave it a nice patina. ;)
All the pieces were there in the garage when I saw the beautiful Antique Telephone Advertising Image from Angie @ Knick of Time, well, she has lots of beautiful images, you should really go and check the good collection she has, and hey, they are free for you to download and use for your own projects!
Anyhow, as soon as I saw the image, the idea of making a big sign appeared.
The image got enlarged at Blockposters, it's very easy, you upload the image and then the site gives you the image as big as you want it, in many pieces.
Using a paper cutter I trimmed the small edges each page comes with.
The whole image was put together with pieces of tape...
Centered on the wooden circle, and using carbon paper, the image was transferred onto the wood.
The design was then painted with regular black acrylic paint.
It takes its time, but I'm now used to do this. I tried to stay within the lines, however, it's not perfect.
I think this was the perfect surface for this image!
The missing pieces of wood and the rusty spots add to the vintage look.
I even hot glued the rusty cups -hardware- the reel used to have. They were the ones that gave my husband a big headache when he was disassembling the whole thing. :)
And hey, it looks really nice all dressed up for the holidays.
Can you guys guess where I'm going to place it in my home?
Find it out at my Christmas Home Tour right HERE, and
in a different place during the Spring Home Tour right HERE.
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