I started with some really weathered old wood, that I snatched from my hubby's burn pile. He had several old wood boxspring frames that had sat outside and weathered to the perfect patina. He called them rotted; I called them perfect. I got the look. o_0
I hammered those old frames apart and hammered tons of old staples out of them, then stacked them in the barn. I knew I'd better use these up soon, or hubs would sneak them off to the burn pile and light a match quick LOL!
Not wanting to take off the patina, I hand sanded very lightly, just to remove any splinters and a little roughness. The board on top is unsanded. Then I sprayed a matte acrylic sealer on it.
As luck would have it, I had a faded old bulletin board stashed away, just the perfect size.
First I stapled burlap to the front, folding under the edges about an inch.
Those boards with the curved edges fit along the sides perfectly. I just had to trim down the top and bottom rails to fit, then I screwed them all to the bulletin board from the back.
So far, so good. Here's the fun part. While shopping for my son's room (soon to be revealed), I found a cool metal plaque with the Eiffel Tower attached to it. Well, not THE Eiffel Tower, but...yeah anyway, I detached it and saved the back for a project for Jared's room.
The tower had flat head screws welded onto the back, with nuts to fasten it. I thought I could just drill holes and refasten it to my bulletin board, but they weren't long enough. So I just used Gorilla glue in the holes and set some heavy books on it. Love that stuff!
Next I used a make-up sponge and black craft paint to stencil some fleur de lis on to the burlap. I dipped the sponge into the paint, then dabbed most of it back off before using it. I wanted a faded look. As you can see, I taped off around my stencil to prevent mistakes...which I'm really good at.
I used a ruler more as a rough guide. I wasn't looking for perfect line up.
I think it needs something, but I like it. Maybe it will come to me...or maybe someone will suggest something hint, hint.
I do want to make or buy some of those cute frenchy looking tacks I've seen somewhere on Etsy.
The PB version retails for $149 smackaroos. Mine cost me about $1.00 for some burlap. The Eiffel Tower was a bonus, because I bought that for my son' room and didn't have a use for the tower at the time, but the plaque cost $9.00, so I could add half that onto my cost if you want to get technical. I already had everything else. ChaChing!
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