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!


Sue said...

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

The Checkered Apple said...

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