Megan O'Dea Jenkins

Wishing you smiles and laughter every day.

DIY Barn Door Wall Art October 7, 2014

Filed under: deco,DIY,Handmade Artists,Repurposed,wall — meganodea @ 7:19 pm
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I have to be honest, I’ve had a perfectly worn half of a barn door in my garage for about 4 years. FOUR YEARS! It was just waiting for the perfect project.

DIY Barn Door Wall ArtAnd I had the perfect place for it in our cute little guest room.  The room is decorated in tan, grey, yellow and black, so the grey of the barn door would look perfect.  Isn’t that area above the bed just screaming for some decor?

DIY Barn Door Wall ArtHere’s the other side of the room. That dresser and mirror belonged to my grandparents, then I used it growing up and my mom used it for quite awhile but now it’s in my home, probably forever! I think it’s been painted about four different times now!

DIY Barn Door Wall Art

I forgot to take photos of the barn door before, but know that it is this beautiful shade of gray, has just the right amount of chippy white paint on it and incredibly rusted hinges!  It also had a lot of dust and cobwebs on it. So I brushed it down with a deck brush without damaging the white chippy paint, then vacuumed all the nooks and crannies.  I then wanted to seal it because it’s going right above where people will be sleeping, want to avoid any loose pieces falling on them. I chose this Valspar clear sealer in Flat and I think it worked great. it was super easy to spray on and dried quickly.

DIY Barn Door Wall Art

Next I propped the door up on my painting easel and used some chalk to freehand the word “hello” onto the board. I had to erase it a couple times before I got it right.
DIY Barn Door Wall Art

I covered the chalk with white acrylic paint.DIY Barn Door Wall Art

Then weathered the “hello” a bit with some sand paper.

DIY Barn Door Wall Art

Oh my, it’s so adorable and fits perfectly!  The hubs helped me hang it because it’s rather heavy. We hammered two long nails into the studs in the wall as well as attaching picture wire through eye screws (I think that’s what they are called!) to the back, so it’s not going anywhere!DIY Barn Door Wall ArtI’m so happy with how it turned out. I hope our guests enjoy it too!

Smiles!

Megan

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DIY Pumpkins from 4x4s September 23, 2014

Filed under: decorating,DIY,Holidays — meganodea @ 7:09 pm
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Fall is my most favorite time of year, the weather gets cooler, the leaves change colors, it’s football season, so many things to enjoy as the season changes. This fall has been really productive and creative for me.  I’m not sure why but I’m thinking it could be because I have so much I want to get done before this little baby boy growing inside of me arrives in December! Yes, you read that right, we’re expecting, it’s a boy and we couldn’t be more thrilled!!

I got to spend a Saturday afternoon with some creative women, well, being creative!  My neighbor found this idea on Pinterest to create pumpkins out of 4x4s and because she has a HUGE SAW she wanted to give it a try. So of course I was up for it!

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

See, look at that saw!  We cut the 4x4s into three different sizes according to the directions on the project – 21″, 16″ and 12″. And the good news is you can get two sets out of one 4×4!

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Then we got out the chisels and just kind of experimented with how to create ruts in the 4×4 to emanate the ridges in a pumpkin.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

I found it easiest to use the pointy chisel and just kind of dig ruts along the soft spots in the wood. Another gal preferred the flat chisel and hit it with a hammer to help create the ruts.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Then we sanded down each piece making all the edges nice and smooth.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

The Valspar spray paint is so wonderful, it took about thirty seconds to completely spray the entire block and it was dry within minutes!  Be sure it’s coated well, especially in the ruts.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Then we used my most favorite product, the Valspar Antiquing Glaze, to add some depth to the ruts as well as the entire “pumpkin”.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Next we went on a little adventure in the field next to our house and chopped down some branches that had interesting texture to create the stem of the pumpkin.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

After cutting them down to different sizes, we just hot glued them on to the top of the pumpkin. Looks at those ruts, don’t they look so cute?!

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

To curly cue the black wire, we just wrapped it around a metal rod.
DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Then we cut out some leaf shapes from green canvas, added a jute bow and a black button and hot glued it on to the pumpkin.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

So incredibly adorable!! And so many possibilities for adorning your pumpkins.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

I seriously stare at them everyday!DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Of course I went right home and got out my fall decor to update the mantle for the season.

DIY Pumpkin 4x4

Oh so adorable!

I do have to warn you, this is not a quick project, it probably took 2-3 hours and 75% of that time was spent digging out those ruts, they were tough!

Happy Fall!

Smiles!

Megan