Monday, June 9, 2014

Star Spangled Poster Art


A while back I bought a poster at Hobby Lobby from the clearance section. Since I never pay full price for anything it was a pretty good deal at 75% off. For some reason I thought it was the Declaration of Independence and with the 4th of July less then a month away I decided to get to work on a quick easy project.




The " Star Spangled Banner " poster was already tan in color but it needed a little more age to it so with the help of a lighter, instant aging was accomplished.




I simply burned the edges all the way around and a few spots throughout the poster from underneath. 

This edge got away from me a little but the words are still intact. 







I used the top of a pallet that had no spaces. Painted it red,white and blue then distressed and aged with stain.





I applied Mod- Podge to the back of the poster and pressed to the pallet.

Starting from the center working my way out gently pressed the poster down.




It did end up with a few wrinkles in the poster but I think it just adds to it and makes it look old.

I let it dry overnight and then applied more Mod- Podge over the whole top of the poster to seal it.




Mike added 3 rusty stars to the top and a chain for hanging.




This was a simple project to help celebrate the 4th. 









It is only hung on the fence for photo purposes since it should probably not get wet.

I really have no wall space in my shoe box size house that I live in, but here it is propped on my piano.

(excuse the dust )




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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Vintage Garden Potting Bench


I'm so exciting to share our newest potting bench today. It was made from two old table pieces, one metal and one wood. For the back we used a semi- old window that had a few broken panes of glass. We knocked the glass out and replaced with chicken-wire.




The white metal was the frame from a table. Mike welded pieces to the sides to mimic the window look.




The top piece was a table top that had tile which we previously removed. We replaced it with reclaimed fence pieces.




A few hooks on the side for hanging.




A bottom shelf made from more reclaimed fencing.




And a few clothespins on the chicken-wire to keep things handy.




I am always looking for old garden tools when we are at flea markets or thrifting. Last weekend we found a few old all metal pieces.




I 've got a pretty good collection going of old garden tools and love the way they look on the potting benches. The red rake heads we also flea market finds.




A few flowers placed around the bench to help decorate it.








My favorite recent find was a little red tool box. It is perfect to hold the garden tools.




This is probably my favorite bench so far. 






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