Remember my old window upcycle that I posted last week? I mentioned that I originally planned to use some awesome botanical prints for that project, but I switched gears and put some jumbo vintage typewriter keys in the window instead. You didn’t think I forgot about those beautiful botanicals, did you? Of course not…I ended up using them in my dining room for my DIY Budget Art with FREE Botanical Prints.
You can get the FREE download of 12 gorgeous botanicals HERE. I had mine printed on ivory card stock. I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to use them, but they were too pretty to pass up.
In the meantime, I stopped into my local ReStore because they were having a sale, and spotted this:
It was $1, but I had a 10% off coupon so I paid $.90 – including sales tax. 🙂
It isn’t a door, because it didn’t have any hardware or holes in it. It was filthy and had remnants of construction glue at the top and bottom – so I’m thinking it was a built in panel of some kind.
I wasn’t 100% sure what I was going to do with it, but I thought I might put photos or something into the little frames. So – I scrubbed it down and went over it with deglosser. Then I dry brushed a couple different shades of cream paint over it, allowing some of the original honey colored finish to show through.
I added bulldog clips that I found at Hobby Lobby (spray painted oil rubbed bronze) so that I could easily swap out my photos or artwork.
I didn’t have any photos that made sense for this room, but I thought my botanical prints might work. They were printed on 8.5 x 11″, paper so I decided to tear the edges to get them down closer to the size I needed.
Be veeeeerrrrrrrry careful if you try this – it’s really easy to tear off too much – but I liked the idea of having the edges be a little ragged and irregular.
Luckily, I had 12 prints and I only needed 5 for this project.
Hmmm….notice anything funny about this?
Like, I managed to cover up the frames, which was what attracted me to this piece in the first place?
With the botanicals clipped on it looks like a plain piece of wood….which isn’t terrible, but not exactly what I had in mind. I do like the prints, so my plan is to leave them for the time being while I scout around for something a little smaller that I can fit in the frames.
And the lovely botanicals will move onto their next home. 🙂
I already had the paint for the wood and the spray paint for the clips, so this project came in at about 11 bucks, and it helps fill an odd corner in my dining room that I’ve been struggling with.
I’m linking this project up at some terrific blog parties – you can find my complete list of places I party HERE.