Window Frame Message Board & A Quick Announcement

Hi ya’ll!  I have a fun little makeover for you today and a quick announcement.

You may have noticed that I’ve been a bit MIA these last couple of weeks.  We’ve had a busy month at home filled with family visiting (which is always my favorite time) and spending lots of quality time with our kiddos.  We’ve also been working like crazy getting ready for our debut weekend at The Vintage Tin Can on July 27, 28 and 29.  I’m also working on that surprise I promised you a couple of weeks ago (still a couple more weeks until that reveal), so for the next month or two, I’ll only be posting once a week or every other week.  I promise I’m not going anywhere though- I just need to build some inventory for the shop, but also need to make sure I’m not sacrificing family time to do it.  Thanks for being so understanding.  Now, on to the makeover!

I found this cute little wooden window frame at a discount store at the end of last year.

Before

It’s been hanging around in the SheShop for months now while I settled on a plan for it.  I wasn’t crazy about the dark color, so I knew I wanted to lighten it up.  I also wanted to add some functionality but wasn’t sure what.  I finally decided on a message board and ended up with this…

Final Photo

I’ll admit, I have a mini-obsession with chicken wire- can you get more farmhouse than that? 😊

Chicken Wire on Finished Frame

I started by painting the entire frame with my absolute favorite paint in my absolute favorite color- Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.

Then I dry brushed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and sealed everything with Annie Sloan Clear Wax.

Check out these posts here and here for a complete tutorial on chalk painting.  You can also see the full process for dry brushing in my Custom Rolling Cart Makeover.

Time to cut the chicken wire.  You can pick up chicken wire just about anywhere- Tractor Supply, Amazon or even your local craft store.  I actually found mine at Joann fabrics on sale for half off.  It already had a great patina to it instead of the galvanized look new chicken wire usually has so that was a big plus.

I used my Tekton cutter to cut the wire to size.

Cutting Chicken WireCutting Chicken Wire 2

I love these cutters and use them frequently for most of my DIY projects.  Be careful with this step- I should have worn gloves- I got stabbed more than a few times. Eek!

You’ll see I’m actually in a bunch of these pictures- my hubby decided to join me for a night of DIY so he was my photographer. 😊

I stapled the wire to the back of the frame using my Dewalt Multi-Tacker and Brad Nailer.

StaplingStapling Close Up

The edges of the cut chicken wire were pretty sharp, so I covered them with this burlap tape I found at Michaels.

Burlap TapeApplying Burlap Tape

It ended up not sticking very well so I just glued it down with my Ryobi Cordless Glue Gun.

The day I found the burlap tape at Michaels , I also found some small clothes pins.  I stained them with Minwax Finishing Cloths in Walnut then dry brushed with Old White to give them some dimension.

Clothes Pins

Once I was finished, I decided it needed a little more pizazz, so I created the small wreath with a few flowers I cut from a floral stem (also from Michaels) and a small grapevine wreath that was a yard sale find ages ago.  I hot glued the flowers on and screwed the wreath to the front of the frame.

I love how it turned out and believe me, if we didn’t already have a message board in our house, I would totally be keeping this one!

After Photo 1After Photo 3After Photo 2

Hope you enjoyed this cute and functional makeover.  See you in a week or two!

Until then, keep creating!

blog signature (black ink)- actual size

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