Happy Monday everyone! 🙂 I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a Blog for either DIY Mondays or Wellness Wednesdays but I’ve had some things going on that needed my attention so unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do much for a while. But I’m back in action ladies and gentlemen! 🙂 Today’s project? You wouldn’t believe it, it’s as simple as a collage frame!
I was jogging through the neighborhood the other day and I noticed that someone had left this piece in the garbage. I honestly had no idea what it was, but to me it had that rustic industrial look and of course I had to pick it up and take it home. Jogging with this above my head sure was an added bonus to my work out LOL.
When I first picked it up, it it looked like this.
As you can see the paint was peeling and chipping and the piece was bent down the middle and just needed a little bit of TLC. Something that I am more than obliged to give things that I tend to pick out of the garbage. I left a note for the neighbor saying that I wasn’t sure exactly what this item was but I was going to turn it into my collage and leave a photo there for them to see my new creation when I was finished with it.
Now on to the tutorial. With this piece, it was very simple, all I did was take out the bend in the middle which was to turn it upside down and just step lightly on the areas where it was bent and bend it in the opposite direction so that it comes out a bit straighter. Of course it’s not completely straight but you all know how much I love broken, beat up things so it’s got a few kinks in it. No one is perfect, why should our decor be perfect? There’s a great beauty in imperfection.
Next, I sanded down the entire piece with my sander and just scraped away all the loose particles of paint. Then all I did was power wash and clean it off and spray paint it with a can of black spray paint from Walmart. You can also find it at Home Depot for under $5.
Voila! 🙂 I absolutely love this piece!
For a while I’ve been looking for a large collage that I could put up on the wall but I was looking for something that would be somewhat industrial or rustic or vintage and this just completely hit the spot. I don’t have any photos in there yet, but I’m working on it. But I’m super excited to see how this is going to look. I already am obsessed with the way it matches my black and white stairs and is centered so perfect in the middle of the hallway.
Added bonus by the way, when I was jogging down the block yesterday, there was another note where I had left mine by my neighbor’s garbage can. The note said that the piece that I picked up was actually a table top for an outdoor table that they had and the glass broke so they were saddened to have to throw it out but they’re so happy that I was able to give it a new life and said that they would love to see pictures when it’s done. I can’t wait to show them this one!
You’d be amazed at how you could give new life to even the smallest things and re-purpose something that someone would simply throw in the trash. I encourage all of you to really sit and think deeply about something that you’re about to throw out and think of another way that you can give that item life. If you think long and hard enough you can really come up with something amazing. I’m sure my neighbors never thought that their outdoor table would someday be hanging on my wall displaying pictures, but here it is. =)
My friends, always, Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Love The Unwanted. Embrace the imperfections and love what you create.
Have a beautiful week my friends!