Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Love One Another Subway Art - Fall Fix-Up #8

Part 1

It's still fall and one of the things that I've been needing to make is "due" this Saturday so I get to add one more thing to my Fall Fix-Ups 2012.

A friend I made when we lived in Kansas City got married last week in Cancun. Her reception is this weekend in KC and we will be making a flying trip down (and back) to celebrate and wish her and her husband the best.

This wedding means a lot to me. I know that sounds selfish, but she was always one of those girls that lived through one bad ending relationship after another. That possibly means that she lived through one bad relationship after another, but that's not for me to say. That said - I could not be happier that she has found someone to share her life with. It means a lot to me that she is happy.

I'm not much for giving money or things off a list from Bed Bath & Beyond or Pottery Barn for gifts. My name is Karen and I'm a homemadegiftaholic.  So I did what all good blogging makers of stuff do - I went to her Pinterest board and looked through her "Home Decor" board!

I found the perfect pin here. And was so inspired that I copied it. 

Then I went here to contact the wonderful blog that is was pinned from so I could give her all the credit she deserves. Whoops, can't find it on the blog. So I emailed her and after some research she led me here and here. Which led me to here where you can buy a high resolution of the print for $10! It's a shame I didn't write her BEFORE I made it - I could have saved myself a LOT of work.

Actually I'm glad that I did it how I did it.  It's beautiful and a lot of love went in to it.

Have a great life Lori and Steve!

Part 2

Here's how I made it:

I took two scrap 1x6 boards which happened to be the same length - if they aren't the same length you will need to make them that way.

Connect your boards side by side by attaching scrap wood at the top, bottom, and middle.

My wood was clean pine so I banged it up slightly and tried out a rust mix to add some color to the wood.
To make the rust mix I put some white vinegar into a jar with a piece of steel wool and let it sit for three days.  Then I shook it up and painted the mix over the boards.

It did change the color significantly, but the color was a little to red, or "rusty", for me.  Also it left this really gross feeling rusty powder all over the boards. I wiped it down over and over.

I let it sit for several weeks before I started working on it again.

I did a dry brush of Annie Sloan Pure White diluted with water. All of this paint turned orangey from the rust coating. 

I did a second dry brush of Annie Sloan Old White. Then it was perfect.

I had a print out of my picture made and taped one side of it directly to the board.

I used carbon paper to trace all of the lettering to the board.

Then I sat and painted. And painted. And painted. And painted. Got it? You have to paint.

Then I sanded over the whole thing lightly. If the colors stayed too bright I sanded a little bit more.  The room where this is going to hang (probably) is a little dark, so I didn't want them to be too desaturated.

Then I waxed with Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax, then a light coat of Annie Sloan Dark Was all over, then one more coat of clear. I buffed it pretty hard because I wanted it to be slick and shiny.


Do you think she will be able to tell how much I care?

Make something wonderful today!


I'll be partying here:
Beneath My Heart
French Country Cottage 
Jennifer Rizzo
No Minimalist Here
Shabby Creek Cottage
The Girl Creative
Coastal Charm


fiona anderson said...

This is stunning Karen, simply stunning. Of course she will be able to see how much you care - what a beautiful and heartfelt present to give someone !

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

What an amazing, personal, beautiful gift! She will truly and surely treasure it! And I love the idea of checking out her Pinterest board for inspiration and ideas -- seriously and truly brilliant my friend!



Bliss said...

It looks great, and I hear tell patience is a virtue. I don't have that virtue.

And I pinned it to my sign board, just in case I ever receive that virtue.


DearHelenHartman said...

You have a very lucky friend to receive such a gift and have such a friend. Gorgeous.

Infarrantly Creative said...

Love how this turned out and think it's great that you made sure to find out who you got the idea from and linked back to them. That's a fantastic blogger:)

Eclectically Vintage said...

I think she feels your love!! And I love it too - definitely something wonderful!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your sign is fabulous and I'm sure will be a focal point in the new couple's home! Love it!

Tami Rebekah said...

Karen !!! I love this!! What a great idea!

Julie said...

Unbelievable. You have it in u!!! Not only the talent, but the desire, and innate energy to do it!!! They will love it, and it will pass on for years and years. Excellent!!!

The Domesticated Princess said...

This looks wonderful! I've been wanting a sign like this, but I don't know if I have the skills or time to make one as nice is yours. I'm impressed!

Christine said...

You did a FABULOUS job!!!! It's going to be a BEAUTIFUL wedding!!! WOW you sure did a lot of digging to find the original source.. which is WONDERFUL of you to do!!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Beautiful job, Karen, and what a labor of love. I'm sure your friend will love it and you for caring so much.

Abby said...

This is stunning! Karen, you did a great job! Thank you for sharing how you did this! I love it! What a gift to treasure!

Maureen said...

I love the way this turned out! It's fabulous, and made with love and I'm sure they will treasure it forever.

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Lori Christy said...

Yes, I'm late to the post and commenting! This gift was the best gift ever and I absolutely love it and it hangs proudly in our living room for all to see. We get so many compliments on it. I'm truly blessed to have such a great life long friend.

Love you Karen,


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