Megan O'Dea Jenkins

Wishing you smiles and laughter every day.

DIY Barn Door Wall Art October 7, 2014

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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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Reclaimed Wood Sign September 2, 2014

Filed under: Repurposed,Wall Art — meganodea @ 6:40 pm
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I found this old wood at Junkstock. . . not the recent Junkstock this summer, but Junkstock in the fall of 2013! So I’ve had it for quite some time. 

 

Reclaimed Wood Sign

 

 

 

The wood was in really good shape, had some character, and was super inexpensive, which is rare for reclaimed wood these days.

 

Reclaimed Wood Sign

 

 

 

I started with a coat of white paint, then added some olive green paint as I was planning ahead to create that “weathered” look.

 

Reclaimed Wood Sign

 

This next part was a bit challenging because I freehand lettered “be awesome” on to the sign.  Next time, I’ll either use stencils or print out the letters and trace them on the sign.

 

Reclaimed Wood Sign

 

I then lightly sanded the entire sign to give it that weathered and worn look, then attached a fastener for easy hanging. 

 

Reclaimed Wood Sign

 

This now hangs above our coat closet (in a very awkward space to photograph) on our way out to the garage.

 

Reclaimed Wood Sign

 

 

Every morning I get a nice little reminder to take on the day and be awesome!

 

 

Reclaimed Wood Sign

 

 

I have another reclaimed wood project in the works right now, a whole half of a barn door!  So many possibilities, but I’ve got something up my sleeve and can’t wait to share it with you next month.

 

Smiles!

Megan

 

Repurposed Door Frame March 12, 2014

Filed under: decorating,Handmade Artists,Omaha,Repurposed,Wall Art — meganodea @ 6:54 pm
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Repurposed Door Frame

I’ve repurposed a door frame before and it was so fun and so beautiful I wanted to do more!

Repurposed Door Frame

Although this is super cute as is (thank you Karla!), it was screaming for some color!

Repurposed Door Frame

I call it an old door frame but I think it’s really the molding across the top of old doors. This was in really good shape!

Repurposed door frame

Aren’t these paper designs cute? They were perfect to add some texture to this rather flat board.

Repurposed Door Frame

Measuring carefully, I centered the paper cut outs across the board and glued them down.  Then gave the door frame a good sanding which also chipped it up a little. I love chipiness!

Repurposed Door Frame

And of course I painted it turquoise!  I am in LOVE with this color.  After a few coats of paint, I roughed it up with sandpaper then got out my secret weapon, Valspar Antiquing Glaze, to give it that old antiqued look that always adds nice texture. But of course I forgot to document those steps!

Repurposed door frame

Next step was drilling holes in the center of the paper cut outs for the knobs.

Repurposed Door Frame

My idea worked out perfectly! I loved the added texture!

Repurposed door frame

The knobs are longer than the board is thick but it’s nothing a Dremel can’t handle!  I just snapped on my metal cutting wheel and basically sanded off the ends of the knobs.

Repurposed door frame

I’m in love.

Repurposed Door Frame

I stare at it everyday hanging in my office.

Repurposed door frame

It turned out so awesome!

Repurposed Door Frame

Especially this cute little guy!

What have you repurposed lately?

Smiles!

Megan