It’s been a while since we’ve talked about a little upcycling idea around here so today we’re going to pause with the hard-core home improvement and I’m going to start with my first ever thought published on this blog about religion and that is that I don’t really know what I believe. (How’s that for covering a lot of topics in one opening sentence?) 🙂
If that religion confession makes you uncomfortable I don’t think there’s anything that I can really do about that.
I grew up going to Sunday School and church and I am confirmed in the Protestant church. But I don’t go to church as an adult, not to say that I never would. I guess I follow some sort of inner spiritualism that is just within me, and it has seemed to work for me through the years.
With that said, I’m also not offended by religion or talk of God or when others make proclamations of their own beliefs. To each her own.
And when I first heard the Dodge commercial narrated by Paul Harvey during the 2013 Super Bowl I pretty much stopped in my tracks and then had to watch the video on constant repeat for a few days.
I grew up on a farm. We are a family of farmers. It was normal to have to feed the heifers after Christmas dinner. One year on my birthday we had to corral a bunch of cows that had somehow gotten out of the fenced field. My summer vacations were spent showing cows at our state and county fairs.
And I know in my core the truth that the commercial speaks.
And still my brother chose to grow up to be a farmer. To study the business of it at Penn State and excel at it.
And during our vacation to Maine Joel and I became our nephew’s God parents. Which you might think is odd given my beliefs, or lack there of. But one thing I do know for sure is that we will always do right by my nephew. There is no sacrifice too great. There is no greater purpose than to aid in the upbringing of a kind, generous, contributing member of society. And gosh darn it we are fun. 🙂
And somehow my brother and sister-in-law believe in us to do this the best way we know how. So I wanted to kick it off on the right foot with a little baptism gift for the family. And what says “spiritual advisor” more than a picture frame made out of ratty old lattice straps and leftover beadboard?!?!
I was inspired by a frame we got for Christmas from one of Joel’s sisters, it’s made from old barn wood out of her in-laws farm, with a 1/4″ piece of plywood attached to the front as the “backing” for the picture and a piece of plexiglass held on by clips holding in the photo.
But I didn’t have any barn wood on hand so here’s what I came up with.
A few months ago, kind of on a whim, I used our sawzall to cut down some old lattice. And, in one of those moves that makes Joel shake his head I saved all of the pieces. Come on, it was the perfect shade of weathered wood. What’s a girl to do?
So I picked the straighter pieces and just laid them out and used a square to mark where to cut them at each end to create a rectangle.
Measure the height of the slats as they lay beside each other and cut two 1 x 2s (or whatever scrap wood you have on hand) just shorter than the measurement, I used my miter box to make all of the cuts. I also painted mine with leftover paint from our front door paint project. Totally optional.
Lay the 1 x 2s vertically along the back of the lattice slats, run a bead of glue on the flat side of each 1 x 2 and apply pressure to it all until the glue cures. These old cinder blocks have come in quite handy since we moved in (remember this?). You could also nail it together with 5/8″ nails or staples if you wanted to, I didn’t.
Now you can really create anything. Trace any silhouette image on and cut it out with a jig saw, an anchor for a nautical theme room? Or paint a silhouette, or use this image transfer technique to create some word art.
This time around I wanted a frame that would work for an old drawing of the farm where we grew up. So I used a leftover piece of the blue beadboard we installed on the underside of our porch ceiling and glued and clamped that onto the lattice.
I used the same painting technique I used to make the reclaimed wood sign in our guest room for the lettering and cut a piece of plexiglass I found in our closet with all of our frames with a little circular saw with a blade with lots of tiny teeth. Technical terms here people, please try to keep up. 😉
And a regular drill bit worked to drill 4 holes where I could then use some random old screws to attach it all together. Please tell me you have something that looks like this because you cannot throw away perfectly good screws.
I think they liked it. Well, they said they did, but they do have a tendency to be polite … and they hung it above the fireplace so maybe they’re just thinking quick access when they need firewood this winter.
What about you, been upcycling anything these days?