But first some background – I’ve had the idea of using an old door as a way to display some older photos for quite some time. [Wanted to do a collage-like art piece with photos of the boys divided into ‘pre-school, elementary, middle school, and high school’ years] and hang it in the playroom. But once I got my photos all divvied up according to the Library of Memories system I kinda didn’t want to use them that way afterall. [This project is in the back of my head still, and the big blank wall is still there in the playroom, so who knows what the future might hold.]
So I’ve had this old door we’d picked up at the Habitat Re-Store just waiting to be used, as well as a HUGE blank wall in our dining area. Combine that with my desire to display four of our family portraits through the years and add an ‘off the wall’ idea I found once again when going through an old scrapbook magazine, and voila! My New Project had begun!
Steps to completion:
1. Sketch out idea [think of it as an expanded two page 12x12 layout.]
2. Gather materials: door [or other large background piece,] sand paper, paint, fabric, chipboard, chipboard letters, wallpaper, tools, etc.
3. Prepare surface [remove hardware, sand, and paint, remembering that there’s no need to use paint on the parts that will be covered by fabric or paper.] Re-paint if color is not exactly what you want – lol…I decided it need to be the EXACT color of the walls in an adjoining room so found leftover paint and did a quick re-do…
4. Cut and iron straight crease lines on background fabric, trim wallpaper to needed measurements to frame fabric [I determined this once I began placing each piece on the door; fabric: apx. 24 inches wide and wallpaper border apx. 4 inches wide for this project.] Wrap edges over the top and bottom of door, adhere to door with spray adhesive, and staple the edges [both top and bottom] down on the back of door.5. Trim wallpaper to fit your printer and print quote, being sure it dries thoroughly if it’s a slick surface [touch-up with perm. marker, if needed.] Cover chipboard letters with wall-paper [use a glue stick,] trim the back with craft knife – I LOVE the ease of this – love the look too. Adhere to background [I ended up using some strong glue that C. provided - a glue gun just didn't hold it.]
- Cut leftover chipboard [the thicker, the better] to desired height [10 inches for this project], using strong tape [packaging]- tape together along each seam until you have desired length, being careful to keep a straight line along the top.
- Lay on TOP of the back of desired fabric, bring edges around the top and bottom and iron to crease. Crease and iron both end edges also.
- Adhere top edge of fabric to the back of chipboard using spray adhesive and tape along the top edge across the back of mat.
- Turn right-side up and put in position. Lift fabric up and staple cardstock onto the background piece all along the top edge [this should hold it securely in place once hung on the wall.]
- Pull fabric down and tuck under bottom and side edges. Gently lift and apply glue to adhere to background.
- Print photos ½ inch larger than chipboard or canvas backing.
- Adhere with adhesive, trimming and folding edges around chipboard / canvas.
- Adhere to fabric photo mat using strong glue.
9. Hang on wall as desired. We used the hinges on the door [top edge] and folded them underneath and secured to studs in the wall.
10. Enjoy! And one last photo to show our new light in the dining area: When we moved into our house FIVE years ago [does it seem that long ago?!?] I decided to divide the large living room into a dining / living area and use the dining room as a small den. We love this layout and the flow it gives our home. BUT! This left the dining 'area' with no light - and we didn't want to wire one since it's really not the dining area - but just a part of the living room. So for a while I've had a lamp in the corner and and a real candelabra overhead. [Not very good lighting...] Have always wanted a large drum shade for the light - and have been looking in thrift stores for the past few years. Well - yay! Found one this spring -- and then C and I bought a light fixture at the Habitat [Re]Store and he wired it up and secured it to the outlet that turns off / on at the two switches in the room. I LOVE THIS! And am so blessed to have a wonderful husband who not only says okay to some of my crazy ideas, but also helps me implement them!