Whoo Hooo! Today is the official first day of Summer and the Blogger Block Party is in full swing! Today the linky party continues with Drop Cloth Projects over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia!
Have you ever had one of those projects that you have created in your mind and you just hope it comes out like you imagine it? Well this was one of those. Letters seem to be all of the rage these days. I have seen so many projects using them that I just love! I knew I wanted to use them to spell out something fun as a piece of art in my new kitchen remodel. I started out with purchasing some nice large ones and some pretty paper at Hobby Lobby. I was able to get the letters and the paper for half off…which is always great!
I just loved the colors of the scrapbook papers I found and thought that it would be fun to decoupage the letters instead of painting them…messy…but fun! First lay your letter on the wrong side of the paper and trace around it leaving a nice large margin so you can fold the paper over the edges of the letter. Use a ruler on your straight edges.
and free hand your margin around corners
Next using mod podge decoupage your paper unto your letter. I had to make small cuts to the parts of the paper wrapping around curves. I also occasionally ended up with part of the wood showing through and had to glue on small scraps of paper to cover those areas up.
When I had completely adhered the paper to the letter, I completely covered the front of the letters in mod podge to seal it and give it a nice protective coating.
I loved how they turned out but I wanted to do something a little different than just attach them to the wall.
That is when I had the idea to utilize some other fun elements. I think art that incorporates different mediums is really interesting and I was excited to try something unique and different.
I dug up a piece of wood left over from our window seat project that I knew was the perfect size for what I wanted to make. Next, I washed one of my drop cloths and cut off a large section.
Then using my staple gun I attached the drop cloth around the entire length and width of the board pulling it tight as I went.
After I had completely attached the drop cloth remnant to the board, I was ready to add my next element
What is it you ask? You are asking aren’t you? It’s galvanized metal roof flashing. I know not quite what you were expecting…but stay with me. The flashing comes in a 10” X 10’ section and it rolls out nicely when you attach it to the board. I measured the length I needed and using tin snips carefully cut off the excess
Then using small galvanized nails I centered the flashing on the board and nailed down each corner
Here you can see exactly how large the complete board is and it’s a blank slate waiting to be filled! Can you envision my project with me now? To finish up the project I attached picture hangers to the back of my board (it is very heavy) and glued magnets to the back of each letter and then hung it in the perfect spot
What do you think? I just L.O.V.E. it! I really like the soft colors which match my new color scheme in my kitchen perfectly.
Of course my favorite part is what it spells out…
But you know what makes this project super duper extra cool? I can change the letters out! By holiday, season, or event! I am already picturing the word LOVE for Valentine’s Day, or NOEL for Christmas! What about LIBERTY for the 4th of July or Bama Boy’s favorite idea…ROLL TIDE! The options are endless and I am pretty sure you’ll be seeing this project again with some of these ideas so stay tuned!
Now I’m going to be sharing this project over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia where Kristin is sharing Drop Cloth Projects as part of our Blogger Block Party!
Thanks for meeting me at the fence!