Dutch Tulip Crate love…..

  
Many of you, like myself, probably have a love for the HGTV show ‘Fixer Upper’.  I could watch every rerun of each episode and never grow tired of it.  I always seem to find/see something new that I missed the first time around. And……I mean really, are they not just the most darling couple too boot? It’s fun to watch how they work together to incorporate each other’s ideas and areas of expertise. Suffice it to say, it’s maybe my favorite show EVER! 

Having said that, have you ever visited their website/online store?   Click here to check it out. Sooo fabulous. I want pretty much one of everything.  Or, maybe you’re lucky enough to have actually visited their market in Waco? That’s on my bucket list of road trips (if I had one). For now, I can only scroll all of the magnificent items for purchase via their website. And purchase I did……well, just one item. My favorite item. Their most fabulous Dutch Tulip Crate.

   
 
I am signed up to receive their website announcements and news. Last week they were having their biggest sale to date and I have been eyeballing this Dutch Tulip Crate for some time now.  So it had to be done…..and it arrive on my front porch this morning. Giddy with excitement was an understatement.  I can think of several places that I would like to use it, but for now I am really enjoying it on our coffee table in the TV room. 

   
   
True to its rustic form, the metal mesh is a little rusted, with a nice patina.  There was even residual dirt caked on it from the tulip bulbs it use to house.  Just makes me love it that much more. If you have an opportunity you should check out Joanna Gaines Magnolia market. Warning……the items are all highly tempting.

   
 

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DIY – Framed Canvas with Scripture

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My kiddos just went back to school…boo -hoo…it’s entirely too quiet here now. I miss them already.

I have had some projects on my mind all summer, so today I got busy on one in particular. Some time ago I picked up 2 larger wrapped canvas (on sale of course) and stuck them in my work shop. These are 16 × 20.

I decided I wanted the backdrop of the canvas really dark, so I painted on 2 coats of Behr, Stealth Jet (it’s a copy cat/similar shade to AS Graphite). I love the depth of the charcoal grey within the black. So it’s not a stark jet black.

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Initially, I did not intend to frame it out, but I wanted the added dimension. I remembered seeing some small left over trim pieces that my hubby had in the garage. The width of the trim happen to be ‘spot on’ for the edges of the canvas. After some measuring and a handy saw, I made my cuts as needed. And no, they are not miter cut. I’m just not that skilled really. I stained the wood strips with Minwax Special Walnut, let them dry while I munched on some lunch and then attached them to the canvas. Sooo super easy, I promise.

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Using a very small drill bit, I made a pilot hole for the small wood screws that I put in. No measuring here, I just eyeballed it. I was not going for perfection…..rather, instant gratification.

I love sweet quotes and good scripture. I played around on paper for a bit with how I wanted the placement of the words. I used stencils for the bold print and freehanded  the other words.

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Using a pencil to trace and a ruler for even spacing, I traced the bold print. After that, I used everyday creamy white latex paint and a small brush to paint those letters.

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A steady hand is key. Probably best not to do this while jacked up on caffeine.  The gold cursive letters were done with a Craft Smart gold paint pen. I used a pencil to write it out first and then went over it with the paint pen.

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Very pleased with how it turns out. And the scrpiture….it’s from Micah 6:8. I may add that to the bottom, as well as possibly distress it. I’ll look at it for a bit a then decide. I do love the rustic element of framing around it. I will totally do that again.