You might be saying to yourself after reading that title, uh…what? Sorry about that. After dealing with a household suffering from a nasty stomach bug (dog included), I am trying to amuse myself with anything other than bodily fluids. I don’t find those very amusing. at. all. Below is my latest decorating project which should hopefully explain the obscure alliteration above.
I knew I could do better. I also knew that I had seen a similar frame for $5 at Goodwill. So while out shopping for some Gatorade I made a quick trip to snatch it up. Alas and alack, it was gone. Some smart lady probably beat me to this project and is blogging about it as we speak. However, I found this one instead for $7. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted and not nearly as nice as the $5 one, but I knew it could work. When I got it home, I actually decided that I liked the back of the frame much better than the front, so I altered the project accordingly. I popped out the picture, lightly sanded the back, and that was pretty much it for the frame’s makeover.
I had a piece of styrofoam in the basement leftover from some packaging and an old Goodwill sheet (from when the hubby was going to be a ghost for a last-minute Halloween costume) that I used for the pinboard. I staple gunned—love that thing—the sheet to the styrofoam, but it didn’t have quite the look I wanted so I ran upstairs to riffle through my linen closet.
I found an old stained sarong that I’d picked up on our trip to Indonesia, cut it up, and glue-gunned it in place. (Don’t worry. I saved that fringe for who-knows-what-project in the future.) I then glue-gunned the board into the frame and Wa-la! Done for $7.
To complete the look, I just gathered up a bunch of random things that mean something to me (earring from our trip to Mexico, letter “H” that used to hang in our firstborn’s room, portrait Matt drew for my grad school graduation, wedding picture of us dancing, picture outside of the Philadelphia Art Museum, and shells we found on the beach in Costa Rica). I pinned them in place with some corsage pins I already had and called it DONE! So easy and cute to boot!
This turned out great! Who needs Chinese Elm anyway. . right!
What a great make! I love the finished result!!
LOVE it! I, too, prefer the way you did it, and I wouldn’t have thought of that! Great job!
I really like how it turned out Beth! I can’t believe that PB wanted $400 for their version!
Buzzings of a Queen Bee! says
Yeah! Let’s all pilfer from Pottery Barn! It’s so fun to see your project…I love how it turned out! 🙂
Miss(es) Canadian Pie says
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. What a great project you did!! Can you believe anyone would PAY for a $400 pinboard? Gosh, I can think of a million things I would rather spend $400 on.