This post was going to be titled: “Surrounded by Craft Supplies and Out of Ideas” which is the state I’ve been in for the past week or so.
But then, as is often the case, just as I sat down to admit defeat, I had in inconveniently timed, sort of iffy, idea!
Welcome to Crafting in a Hurry with Cheltenham Road.
*Reclaimed! I’ve been calling all my projects “Scrap Wood X” or “Scrap Wood Y” and then I stumbled upon people billing their projects as “Reclaimed” which sounds so much more artisinal and earthy and less like “I can’t measure and have a bunch of leftover wood hanging around…..“
It came together quickly and you can learn from my it-shouldn’t-come-together-that-quickly mistakes!
(corrections and alternate suggestions will come at the end of the post. Save yourself! Read them!!)
I started off with four pieces of
leftov …Reclaimed MDF.
MDF is great – easy to work with and inexpensive but it’s doesn’t have any texture so I needed to add a bit for interest.
- rub the wood with a wax candle (in this case a scented one which makes my “old, crappy” wood smell delightful!)
- paint using
leftove………. Reclaimed black latex paint
- After allowing it to dry I went back in with my sander to distress it
- Where the paint didn’t stick the MDF was revealed but it looked a bit to “fresh” for me so I touched it up with just a light wash of wood stain which also dulled the paint a bit more.
I printed out the silhouette of a bat that I got from The Graphics Fairy.
My bat was to be 23″ wide so I just printed it out on two pieces of legal sized paper and taped them together and then taped the whole thing to the MDF boards.
But wait! Why stop there David?! You’re in a hurry, so why not do something else that may or may not work?!!!!
I thought “hmmm, cool! but what if it had…..TEXT!!!!!!????”
I know! Who could have seen this coming?!
But, nonetheless it came and must be attempted!
It didn’t really work!
I kinda knew it wouldn’t.
What’s really needed are white letters and white isn’t an option with this technique. So I tried orange and you could see them but not too well.
Despite some “oops” along the way I really like this and think its a fun prototype! It could be cool wall decor or something interesting to hang on the front door.
It was easy to make (esp if you don’t try doing it in a 2 hour period) and making them in a bunch of different colors and textures would be quite do-able.
Stay tuned! I may make more!
- It came out fine and the slats on the back held the shape together while cutting but I lost a couple of details on the bat. If I did it again I would cut a silhouette backer out of MDF and then attach the slats to the backer.
- Color. If I was going to leave it just plain then the black totally works. However, I do like the text. Next time I would maybe distress the wood with a black undertone and a white top coat. That way you’d end up with a sort of grey and black bat which would be sufficiently spooky and allow the text to pop.