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Posted by on Jun 18, 2012 | 9 comments

Mounting Photos and Sun Prints on Wood Blocks

Mounting Photos and Sun Prints on Wood Blocks

Remember those sun prints I made a while ago? I made some last summer too and decided to mount them on small blocks (3 x 3 inches). I first discovered this framing option when I came across some mounted art on Etsy. This is a nice way to turn any kind of image into an interesting art object. I first mounted some color photographs from my trip to Italy as a hostess gift for a friend who lived in Italy for a time. This post will share the steps for making the wood blocks as an alternative to framing. It’s not hard at all after you take some initial time to assemble the supplies. 1. Find some wood blocks. I got some cut to order from Lowes (3 x 3 x 1 inch) then sanded the sharp edges. 2. Assemble your photos. Or make some sun prints! If you’re going to work with photos, I would suggest you print them on archival matte photo paper. I used 5 x7 Epson...

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 | 4 comments

Reader Submission: Mosaic-Tiled Table

Reader Submission: Mosaic-Tiled Table

A reader submitted the following description of her fabulous mosaic-tiled IKEA tables. Looks awesome! Materials: A few years ago, we bought a set of two coffee tables from Ikea (now discontinued). I’m an architect and we had a box of tile sample chips that were going to be thrown out, so I “rescued” them and used them to mosaic the tables. Tile sample chips are only 1/8″ thick, so you are able to do a finer mosaic with them. I didn’t have enough of the sample tiles to do the big one also, so I used tile from Home Depot but I kept the same pattern theme. The Home Depot tiles were standard 4″x4″ tiles that are 1/4″ thick, so I wasn’t able to break them into as small of pieces. Step 1: Break the tiles and design the pattern To break the tiles, I put a few tiles in a ziploc bag, wrapped it in a towel and hit them with a hammer (not too hard) until I got pieces...

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Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 | 6 comments

Pretty in IKEA-Hacked Pink

Pretty in IKEA-Hacked Pink

IKEA’s signature clean lines and simple designs make it easy to transform their furniture into something uniquely yours. In fact, there’s an entire website dedicated to people who like to reinvent IKEA called IKEA Hackers. That’s exactly what I my friend Mary did when she needed a new bed for her 4-year-old daughter. Mary’s requirements were simple: The bed must be low to the ground and must have drawers underneath. When Mary saw the ODDA bed, it met both criteria, but there was one major flaw: The black drawers would not work in the bedroom of her pink-loving girl. Not afraid of a DIY project, Mary decided there was an easy fix: She would recover the drawers in decorative paper (from Paper Source in Old Town) using Mod Podge. Here are the steps Mary took: Step 1: Cut out the paper to fit exactly the same size as the drawers. Step 2: Apply Mod Podge adhesive (available at Michael’s) to entire outside face of drawer. Step 3: Very carefully attach paper to the drawers...

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