Hi! It’s Saturday, and I’m spending my weekend glued to my TV and DVR looking for glimpses of THIS during episodes of Renovation Realities, Rehab Addict, and Kitchen Crashers:
Humor me and watch some DIY Network programming too this week, next week, and in coming weeks, and then tweet, facebook, or instagram me (merrypad) pictures of my name on screen. This little cross promotion has me doing cartwheels, and hyperventilating a little bit too. Thanks for all of your endearing support with this adventure!
Nevermind that I pulled one of those classic “ooh, it’s so nice, let’s go buy lots of flowers” moves and assembled some lush planters for my deck exactly two days before we were blasted with rain, wind, and snow… it was still good as an education in greenery, and even looked nice sitting on the deck that first day.
My patience with starting annuals and perennials from seed has grown thin, especially seeing that the impatients that I started a one month ago have done absolutely nothing impressive despite my tender love and caring for them. I’m a gardening failure. I think I’m taking it a little too personally.
But good things have happened. I splurged for plants with established roots, leaves, and blossoms. And after shopping around for a solid look that I liked, I finally landed on some affordable but heavy and durable planters for the deck. Warning: They look fabulous. See the whole floral transformation for yourself on this week’s post on DIY Network.
My undertakings of late have been feeling a little intense. Finishing the bathroom. Making new pillows and ottoman covers. Installing bifold doors. Staining the hexagon headboards. To take a weight off, I’ve been wanting kick back and do an eas(ier) project, and that’s what brings me to today’s little tutorial:
Prepared entirely with scrap wood from the basement, it was a f-r-e-e project for me. I cut a trio of 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 14″ lumber pieces to serve as tripod easel legs; because it needed to be affixed together at the top but still splay out in that tri-stance, I sliced a bit off the outer two legs at about a 15-degree angle to allow the legs to angle for stability.
To affix the pieces together securely at the top, I predrilled a hole straight through all three pieces, and then with two 1-1/4″ screws, sandwiched the middle piece of wood by screwing into it from both side. Quick tip: I used a slighter larger bit to widen the predrilled hole just enough to let the screws countersink too.
With the easel base assembled and flexible (thanks to the screws), I used a scrap piece of pine corner guard that we’ve installed on our bathroom windows and around the new bifold door trim. Already cut to length, it also sported matching 45-degree angles. I didn’t hate it, so I left it as an extra little detail. Corner guard makes an undeniably perfect shelf.
With a little wood glue and two small clamps, I set the new easel shelf level and left it to dry for a few hours. As demonstrated in my latest wood-glue-intensive project, the hexagon headboard, that stuff cures solidly.
Where this gets all metallic-oriented is in the finish; a few months ago, I found metallic watercolors in the clearance rack at JoAnn’s ($5.99 marked down to $1.97) so I splurged, which was hardly a splurge. Artist’s quality, make-me-feel-fancy packaging, and a steal of a deal, I was looking forward to seeing how they resolved on paper.
Sidebar: I clearly have a thing for gold these days; maybe it runs rampant like dandelions. I bought sparkly gold faux-Toms. I painted metallic gold stripes on the new living room cushions. And I even tested out the gold watercolor paint on an Easter project a few weeks back, making “The Golden Egg” for Julia’s Easter Egg hunt. And mini-sidebar: Blown-out eggs painted with gold watercolors are amazing until they come in touch with wet human fingers.
Back to it. Not surprisingly, I wanted to use the metallic gold on this picture frame easel too. My plan to paint the easel to appear dip dyed worked in my favor, took 5 minutes, and the paint really complemented the natural pine exposed on the top half. It’s also pretty how the wood grain is still exposed through the gold; ah, the beauty of watercolor paint.
From afar, it’s a subtle addition and looks great on top of my bedroom dresser. And up close, it has plenty of shimmer. Shimma-shimma.
I decided against leveling out the bottom of each leg so it sat flush because the easel itself is designed to change angles. There would never be a perfectly correct angle for it to rest upon.
Instead of dropping in a framed picture that I already had, I pulled two pieces of 5×7 glass and set one of our favorite photos between the panes. I like that the emphasized transparency won’t distract much from the metallic and dipped aesthetic, and even if it is totally exposed glass, it’s not in a place where we’re going to be knocking into it.
What have you made from your scraps lately?