"I'll Have a Long Beard by the Time I Read Them"
I know, I know. I won’t really have a long beard, but I love the saying for my library area!
I’ve been looking for some sort of saying for my library for a long time and saw this one the other day. It makes me think of when I was a child…reading books…and oh how my imagination worked! I’d travel all over the world through the books that I read! I’ve
never always had an over worked imagination mind you!
Once again I can’t remember where I saw this saying…I’m sorry! I’m trying to remember to keep track of where I see things and get my ideas from!
Any how, I wrote it down right away and put it at the top of my list of projects to do.
I had some left over good one side plywood (in my pile of goods from my house renovations)
and thought I could make a plank style wall hanging with it. I laid the planks out face down and lined them up how I wanted them. I cut two narrow strips of fur and attached them to the planks using wood glue and screws. I sanded everything really well and let it sit a bit. I’m quite an impatient person when it comes to projects like this so it probably didn’t sit as long as it could have. But it all held together.
I painted the top with white crafters paint. I didn’t feel like waiting the length of time I’d need to if I would’ve used regular paint. I painted the edges using the colour Antique Gold from Apple Barrel Colors. This is the color which I used for the rest of the wall hanging later on.
I will tell you that this whole process took a few days as I only worked on it an hour a night or so after work. I cut the vinyl (The font I used is called BoyzRGross. I don’t know where people ever come up with some of these names.) using my trusty Cameo and applied it to the sign. Here you can see a grey patch of paint which I painted using the colour Concrete Grey by Deco Art.
Once the grey paint was dry I put on the first layer of vinyl for the cover of the books. It’ll all make sense yet, trust me! Then I painted over the entire wall hanging with the Antique Gold. I did about 4 coats or so. It was usually late at night when I worked on this so do whatever works for you.
Once the paint was all dry I removed all the vinyl. Here you can see the grey books.
I used the vinyl for a stencil to paint the inside of the books, which I did using white paint.
I let everything dry really well while I was at work and then sanded the whole thing down with my power sander. Some of the letters kind of chipped away, but I did want the wall hanging to look old and tattered, if wood can look tattered…
I sealed the paint with a clear spray lacquer.
This shows the finished wall hanging from the side. I hung it up with wire attached to the back with screws. I didn’t get any proper pictures of the back…trust me, it looks very much liked I DIY’d the project!
This is how it looks…I can’t believe it’s actually finished. I’ve been living in my house for 2 years now and have wanted something put up in my library ever since I moved in!
Now I need to get the rest of my library area finished…the bookshelves are finally in and now trim is the next thing on my list. But that might be a while yet…
Happy Monday to you all!
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