Thanks so much for all your kind comments on my previous post, they really made my week!
I was so tired after completing the entire dining room project, that on Tuesday afternoon, after the post went live and I updated some links, I went to take a nap.
Yep. I hardly ever take naps, but my body really needed some rest. The funny thing is,
it was a dark gloomy day and yeah, I fell asleep immediately, only to wake up 30 minutes later all disoriented, thinking it was early morning and I had to send my son to school! :D
Oh well, I'm feeling much better now.
As promised, I have all the details on how you can create a BIG - farmhouse style picture like the one you saw above the bench in the dining room.
Inspiration struck when I was doing the line at my neighborhood's bank. They have this mural, right there by the little counter were you get the deposit/withdraw slips. As I was standing there, admiring the picture, because I already knew the history about it, the idea of bringing it home sparked.
I took the pic with my phone and at home, I did a mediocre Photoshop job to remove the stand, trash can and the hand sanitizer stand.
They also have this big picture of the train station at the entrance.
This is an easy project and I'm giving you the links, some of them are affiliate links. I think you can totally make this project even if you don't have sophisticated tools.
The materials and tools you'll need for a piece of art that's 39" x 48":
- 1- Sheet 4' x 8' Underlayment - $11.99 ( you'll have enough material for two of these projects). As usual, at the Home Depot, they make the cuts for you.
- 3- 1" x 2" x 8ft Furring Strip Boards - $1.17 each.
- 1- Engineering print of your chosen picture (36" x 48") - $7.56
- Sawtooth ring hangers - $1.94
- ModPodge - old brush -
- nails - stapler or brad nailer (optional)
- Saw, measuring tape
- Picture of your choice - The one I used is right HERE.
- Extra pair of hands. ;)
The final dimension of my board is 39" x 48". I gave 3 more inches to its height for the frame not to cover the print. On the sides, I didn't have that option, that's the widht of the board, that means, the frame covered the picture on the sides.
I drew a line at the top side of the board, to use it as a guide of where my picture should be glued.
Then, the ModPodge was applied. I simply poured a good amount of it onto the board, and spread it with a brush.
I have no pics for the next step because that's when both hands get busy. And, it's right here were you need at least one extra set of hands to help you bring the picture onto the sticky board.
I called my husband and my two kids, each of us at one corner. We first laid the top of the picture, following the line I drew. As we were lowering the top part, my kids were grabbing the lower corners, keeping the picture straight and lowering it slowly and gradually from top to bottom onto the board. It looked PERFECT!
Though, after some minutes, I noticed some ripples forming, especially at the top and other little areas. - I guess that happened because I used more than enough ModPodge. If I'd do it again, I'm going to use a squeegee or old credit card to remove the extra ModPodge before laying down the picture.
I didn't wait for the ModPodge to dry to add the frame, I was running out of time with this project.
I mitered my corners but you don't have to. Farmhouse style goes better with stright cuts that you can do at the Home Depot. If you go for straight cuts, you'll need two pieces at 39" and two pieces at 46.5"
The frame is mounted on top of the board/picture. I used glue and my favorite brad nailer with ¾" nails driven from the back.
The furring strips weren't stained, not even sanded. I used remaining pieces from other projects, some of them were so curved that I had to clamp them to make them stay still.
|DIY - Coffered Ceiling|
Here you can see the ripples I was talking about. I thought they're going to be more noticeable, but nope, hard to notice from the other side of the table.
The final part is to add the sawtooth hangers on the back.
I had most of the materials for this project and only had to pay the seven something for the print.
I was dancing on one foot at the great deal for such a big impact, one of a kind piece of art!
The other sign in the room was this one:
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