Monday, June 25, 2012

Aviary Stuff

My entry was has given me problems since the day we moved in. It is a small, dark and enclosed area. For some reason or another, I have never been satisfied with this space... Until today!

A few weeks ago, I ordered this book on Amazon.

This book is so AWESOME! It is filled with hand drawn pictures of birds.


Since, I love birds, and this book was only $6, I decided to cut some of the pictures out and frame them.


I found these frames at Hobby Lobby for $6 a piece (80% off clearance section!!!)


I took the back off, and threw away the picture that came with the frame.


I took the picture I cut out of my book and taped it to the back of the mat in the frame.


Once I had all my pictures framed, I put them on my shelves.

Something was still missing though... After searching Pinterest and Google, I decided what I needed was a vintage looking sign.

I cut some wood. The wood plank I cut measures 5.25"x48". Since I wanted it to have nice finished edges, I decided to add some wood on the outsides. The little boards are similar to shims, but they come in 48" lengths. I got a bundle of them from Home Depot for $13. I found them by the corrugated roofing.

Once, I had all the wood cut, I painted my plank a cream color and the outside boards black.

I then stenciled the word "Aviary" onto the board in black paint.


Once it was dry, I sanded EVERYTHING.



Next, I nailed the sides on.


Finally, I added some picture hanging hardware...


Then I hung my sign above my newly framed bird pictures.


The sign turned out exactly how I imagined it!


2 comments:

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

Wow-that is impressive and it all looks great. You were really clever with the sign...it adds so much to the grouping. You should be really proud of yourself!

Diane said...

I really love how you AVIARY sign came out! I think it looks great with the pictures too!