Art

Spring Sign

It’s been a little while since we did a DIY  sign post, right? For a while there, we were kicking at least one out a month. With the arrival of spring, I decided it was time for a new sign to freshen things up around here. What I love about the word “fresh” is that it has a few different meanings. When put in the kitchen, maybe it speaks to fresh produce. In the craft room or office, it makes me think of fresh  and new ideas. And if I were to put it in one of my children’s rooms, I couldn’t help but think that it kind of speaks to their attitudes. They have been known to get a bit fresh with me.
Supplies
1 6-ft 1×3
1 11.5″x16.5″ piece of 1/4 inch thick plywood/mdf
Paints of your choice (I’ve gotten a lot of use out of this set of acrylic paints from Amazon)
Stencil letters or Silhouette machine to make stencil
Instructions
This is actually one of those projects that I did with scraps from the workshop. The sign when assembled is about 20.5″x16″.
Create a 1/4 inch wide, 1/2 deep groove in your 1×3 using your table saw. For more detailed instructions on how to do this, see this post.
Cut your 1×3 into the following sizes:
2 –  11″ long pieces
2 – 20.5″ long pieces
I painted the frame pieces and the sign insert prior to assembling. I used acrylic paint and watered it down slightly so that it appeared more like a stain on the wood. On the sign insert, I did a whitewash application, similar to this sign I did last year.

 

Next, using wood glue, assemble your frame around the insert. Use a clamp to hold the sign together while the glue sets. (Ignore fact that the sign already has letters on it, I did things slightly out of order).
Once sign is set, get out your stencil. Usually I’ll use the vinyl for my silhouette so that it adheres to whatever I’m stenciling, but I was actually out of vinyl, so I did it the (slightly) old fashioned way. I still used the silhouette, but this time just cut out my letters on regular card stock. I then traced the letters onto the center of the board with a pencil.

Then I hand painted the letters in dark grey and yellow paint. Certainly this took a bit longer than my usual method (see this post ) BUT it was kind of nice to do something by hand for a change.  Let it dry and you’re done!

 

DIY Frame for Wrapped Canvas Art

diy canvas frame

Art has become pretty accessible in recent years, hasn’t it? And, yes, I’m probably using the term “art” loosely. By “art”, I mean pretty pictures that appeal to the lay person (me) that can now be found in tons of stores for pretty cheap. Usually they’re sold in wrapped canvas formation. And while that’s ok, sometimes I find myself wanting my “art” to look a little more substantial. Since it seems wrong to spend hundreds of dollars framing a piece of canvas art that cost $29.99, I wanted to come up with an cost efficient and effective DIY frame.

The subject canvas picture is found below. I picked it up at World Market a few months ago when it was 50% off (it’s still available for sale – similar here). I’ve got a pretty large blank wall in our master bathroom by the tub and I thought this picture seemed “bathroom-ish”. I know, I know, I should be a curator in a museum with my eye and ability to articulate the meaning of art.

So here’s how I did it. Our bathroom is definitely not rustic, so I invested in some better quality wood than I otherwise would, as I didn’t want overly knotted or rough wood. If you prefer a more rustic look, by all means get the lower grade lumber!

And, don’t forget, this week we are celebrating our 1 year blogiversary!! In celebration, we are running a contest on our Instagram account (@beckhamandbelle) to give away some wall art AND a Target gift card. Hop over to IG to follow us and check it out!!

DIY Frame for Wrapped Canvas Art
DIY Wrapped Canvas Frame

Supplies

(will vary depend on the size of the canvas you’re framing)
2 8 foot lengths of 1x4s (remember that 1x4s aren’t really 1x4s, more like 1x3s and a bit)
nails
screws
angle clamps (optional)
Measure the canvas. Mine was 30×40.
Most canvases of this size look like this on the back side.
I wanted a more polished look for the frame, so I mitered my edges at 45 degrees. I cut two lengths  with the interior measurement of 30″ (maybe a smidge over – like .125″) so that it wouldn’t be too tight to affix the frame. Then I did two lengths with interior measurements of 40.125.

My method was to cut one piece, and then to use that piece as a template to measure out my matching piece, as pictured below.

Then I began assembling. I laid out the frame on the ground, applied wood glue and the two angle clamps I have, and let it set. Once dry, I used finishing nails to secure the frame.

 

 

The last step was staining. I wanted the frame to be mostly black, but to show some of the nice wood grain.  I actually tried a new product (new to me, at least) on this project called Minwax Pro Series Wiping Stain in Antique Black (similar here). I put on two applications of the black stain (letting the coats dry in between). And then I finished it off with a bit of walnut stain, rubbed carefully into some of the more grainy parts of the wood. It added a little something extra, I think.

Finally, it was time for assembly. This part was actually pretty easy. Since the frame added some faux depth to the painting, I wanted the canvas to be inset ever so slightly. So, on the back of the frame I marked where the back of the canvas should attach. I then drilled holes into the top underside of the frame and the bottom underside of the frame and screwed into the frame of the canvas to secure.

 

The finished product! I have a feeling I’m going to be doing a lot more of these….

 

DIY Wrapped Canvas Frame

 

Adventure Playroom Sign

One of my greatest hopes for each of my children is that they embrace every adventure that life has to offer. Growing up into my teenage years I took life so seriously. I was independent, typically a good trait, but as a result, I focused more on work and less on having fun. I want my kids to seek the fun in all that they do and live out their childhood. By trait I’m always anxious for tomorrow and have to challenge myself to slow down, be silly, be young, and seek adventure.

I want the kids playroom to be a place that cultivates imagination, education, and of course, adventure. I’ve made baby steps in my playroom project, first with their tent and then a chalkboard wall. Time permitting, it’ll get there. In an effort to get some noise on the walls, I made this “adventure” sign this weekend. As in my usual handwriting, it has a rustic edge that I love. It ended up being a bit larger than I originally anticipated (I decided to go vertical instead of horizontal last minute), but I love the impact. Again, the playroom is a work in progress, so excuse the bare walls surrounding.

My wood came from an old palette. If you have one you can repurpose, great! If not, I would recommend 1″ x 4″ untreated pine. I also have to brag for a moment that I used my Mikeeta electric sander that the hubs got me for my birthday and it is ah-mazing. (for those of you that are regular beckham + belle readers, you may know that I despise hand-sanding so this is a dream!). Palette wood can sometimes require a bit of extra sanding love that can be accomplished through sand paper or a sanding block, but the electric sander is highly recommended for efficiency.

Supplies:

1 palette, deconstructed, boards cut to approx. 12″ in length OR 12, 1″x4″x12″ boards
6, 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 48″ wood lath
Wood stain (I used Minwax, Dark Walnut)
3/4″ wood screws
Electric sander, or sand paper
8″ chipboard letters
Approx. 500 yds. 3/16″ natural jute rope
Hot glue gun
Wood glue
Gorilla glue

Sand each of the board faces to a smooth surface.

Stain each board with two coats of stain, allowing ample drying time in between coats.

Once thoroughly dried, line the boards up, “good” sign down, intentionally off-spaced as I have done if you choose. Using wood glue and the wood lath, create an anchor for the boards. (As I mention above, I originally did not plan for my sign to be quite as long or “tall” in this case as it ended up. I originally planned to have “adventure” read horizontally which would have required fewer boards, hence my somewhat un-uniformed lath placing).

Once the wood glue has dried, apply additional reinforcement with the 3/4″ wood screws. The final result is heavy so the screws are definitely recommended.

A bit backwards, but I went back and sanded the wood a bit around some of the edges after the stain had dried to give it a more authentic, worn-in look.

 

The letters require a bit of patience. Using a hot glue gun, I glued some rope to the edge of each letter and then tightly wrapped the chipboard with rope, gluing along the edges to prevent the rope from slipping.

 

Once each of the letters were wrapped, I used Gorilla Glue to adhere them to the wooden sign. Make sure to apply pressure as it dries (I stacked cookbooks on top of the letters while they dried, but spared the photo).

 

Use drywall anchors for additional support when hanging due to the weight of the sign.

 

 

I hung next to their tent (tutorial for the fold-up tent here) and love the result!
Onto the next project…!
-Stephanie

DIY No-Sew Wall Canvas

It’s not secret I love a good shortcut, and if I can avoid a sewing machine, I will. I actually love sewing, don’t get me wrong, but there aren’t enough hours in the day and days in the week. I’ve been wanting to make my own wall canvas art for a while now so when I strolled through the curtain aisle at Target and spotted a two-pack of these linen-like curtains for $10, it was the perfect ah-ha moment. Wall canvases often cost well over $100 so I’m not mad about making this guy for less than $10. The finished product also looks quite expensive so I’m really happy with the result. Plus I have another curtain since it came in a two-pack so I’m now plotting another one. On top of being inexpensive, the only “work” required here is the painting which admittedly took me a couple of hours… good thing it was a no-sew though!

Supplies:
Tab Curtain, (sized used here is 36″ x 42″)**
Letter Stencils
Sharpie or pen
Fabric Paint
Jute Rope
3/4″ PVC Pipe (a wooden dowel would also work)**
2 3/4″ PVC caps
Charcoal Spray Paint
**You ideally want a curtain that has an open channel at the bottom so you can feed a PVC pipe or wooden dowel through. This acts as a weight to help to keep the fabric pulled straight and flush against the wall. 
Instructions:
First wash and dry your curtain. Iron once dry.
Lay the curtain atop of cardboard to catch any bleed from ink or paint. 
Space your stencils of choosing out accordingly.
Using a sharpie, trace your stencils. 

Fill in the letters with fabric paint. I chose to create an ombre effect in my lettering to give the letters a little more dimension. To do this, paint the edges of the letter and then pull the excess paint towards the center of the letter. (I first outlined each of the letters with the paint to ensure clean lines, and then went back with additional paint to create the ombre effect).
While the letters dry, and if using a pvc pipe, you may want to spray paint to create a more elevated look. I painted mine with a charcoal gray. 
Cut equal lengths of rope for each tab of the curtain. I cut mine to approximately 14″ each. Tie the ends of each into a tight knot.
Once the paint is dry on both mediums, slide the pipe through the channel at the bottom of the curtain. Again, this is optional, but you’ll want to have something acting as a weight at the bottom of your curtain. Cap the ends of the pipe. 

Hang the knotted rope directly onto your nails.
How easy is that!?
-Stephanie

Simple Scrapbook Paper Wall Art

I’m continuing to chip away at the decor for McLaren’s nursery. I put together some simple, inexpensive pieces for the walls this weekend and think they will help tie together the room nicely. The simplicity of these makes it easy to switch out the content as the little one grows or you’re in need of a room refresh. Each piece only costs about $5, but no one will ever know it.

I purchased some inexpensive record frames (12″ x 12″) for about $5 a piece and spray painted them with a light metallic gold. A bit of gold makes an otherwise cheap frame look more expensive.

For the inserts, I found a few pieces of 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper that work with the little one’s nursery theme. I stenciled with a gold sharpie. I did my first attempt with acrylic glue and found the sharpie to execute much cleaner with such fine stencils. These were unbelievably easy (and cheap) but can add so much to a nursery or a gallery wall in any room!

xo,
Stephanie