Today I am going to share the art that is
hanging on the wall above my mantel.
This is a knockoff of a piece of art I saw at Ace Hardware
a couple weeks ago.
It was made with painted bead board
they had done some other wood and beach decor items on it.
I loved it so much I wanted to make one like it.
But, I didn't want to buy bead board and I needed to use
what I had on hand.
I found a package of shims in the garage.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with these they
are little wood slats with a taper cut
that are used as spacers when needed.
Well, when I picked them up I didn't read it and thought they were actually little slats.
With the taper edges this made using them impossible I thought.
Thus they found their way into the dreaded garage graveyard.
I found them when I was poking around for something to use for this project
and when I saw them I decided why not.
I laid them out so that every other ones tapered edge was facing in the same direction.
This basically gave me a flat "canvas in the center of the wood.
I made two squares with nine shims in each and laid them out side by side.
Then I painted them with Journal Book by Valspar.
As you can see above it is a very pale blue.
I basically dry brushed it on using very little paint so the wood would show through.
This is a close up to show you that I am basically just hitting the high
rough peaks of the wood.
This is after two coats of dry brushing with very little paint on the brush.
I think it gives it a very worn beachy look.
Now I am not a girl that uses power tools.
I have always wanted to learn how
I have always had someone around who felt they could do it better.
So, I hot glued these shims together.
( A girl has to do what a girl has to do)
I glued the shims to each other first - along the side edges.
While they were sitting I glued three sets of two shims together to make
a solid piece that did not taper.
I then glued one diagonally across the back of each of the squares
on the non-tapered sections of the shims.
Then I took the two squares and glued one edge to the other.
After that I glued one of my three shims down the seam at the back.
This made a pretty stable base.
You can see it better here.
I then added a piece of twine to the back to hang it by.
For the three pictures across the board I bought three gold frames
at the Dollar Tree.
(Oh, what would I do without that store?)
I took the glass out of these
covered the cardboard backs with a piece of burlap.
Then I glued a shell in the center of the burlap and replaced it in the frames.
I then glued the frames onto the boards
making sure they were evenly spaced.
Here it is hanging on our faux pallet board background.
I love the rusticness of it - the split boards
the wood showing through the paint.
But, then you have the richness of the gold frames
the texture of the burlap and seashells.
I have to say I am very pleased with the way it turned out.
I'm really glad I mistakenly bought shims that day now....
Have you ever bought something that was a mistake
have it turn out great in the end?
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