There is nothing I like better than a really quick project to make the house a happier place! We've been noticing a trend where we're doing less house project-y type stuff during the week and more on the weekend. And it was a busy weekend! We got a trip to Ikea in #itwasamadhouse, Michaels for some crafty stuff and we raked about 547 bags of leaves #imsosore.
I didn't get a proper before picture of the project because we worked so hastily to get it done today but our speed did payoff because we were able to knock this one out in about forty minutes. It all started with this rattan owl that I picked up at the Restore a few weeks ago for just one dollar! I knew I'd hang it up but I wasn't sure how I'd tweak it to make it fit our house.
After some thought, I decided to put it inside a fabric-backed frame so we made the trek (about 20 minutes) to Ikea yesterday to pick a frame (we ended up with the Virserum). Then, in an effort to get a project done and something on our kitchen walls, I came up with the idea of using the living room curtains that I accidentally dyed (more on that here) as the fabric. It seemed like a great way to tie the living room and kitchen together and I would use something that I already had.
So first up, I set the cardboard back of the frame onto the frabic and after deciding where to place it, I cut around with 2-3 inches extra fabric all around.
I was about to tape it down but then decided I had to iron it out first (linen sure does get wrinkly!).
Once it was all nice and smooth, I taped it down with regular box tape.
After setting in the frame, it doesn't look half-bad just as it is!
I laid the owl down making sure he was right in the center and to hold him down, we decided to use just a few staples. So Aaron ran out to the garage, got it ready and started squeezing!
Now that it was ready to hang, we realized we might be out of our extra picture hanging hooks (you know those jagged ones) but Aaron saved the day when he found some!!! Yes! So he tapped that into the frame and put a whole in the wall and we were done!
Hooray for some wall art in the kitchen!
And double hooray for the fact that it was only a $14 project ($13 for the frame and $1 for the owl) and only a forty minute task.
I've added some other natural material elements into the kitchen shelves so the owl ties in nicely with that (and you'll see that soon). I really love these natural colors and probably partially explains how I haven't been able to paint some of my other furniture pieces like tv console or entryway dressers.
So how did you fare this weekend? Did you do any quick projects? I did pick up a new piece of furniture this weekend that I will be painting (I promise, it is too ugly not too), unlike other pieces.
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