Friday, March 18, 2011

Botanical Project Reveal

So, I'm really excited to share with you not only my little project reveal, but the links to the reveals from 3 other super talented ladies who were taking part in the same little DIY challenge. Before we get started with my reveal, I have to thank Kelley of the Polished Pebble for bestowing this opportunity upon us! Thank you, Kelley!



Remember, we were given 8 total sheets, and asked to frame them for less than $20. What a challenge, huh? So, I found these gorgeous spindles and post caps at Buffalo ReUse and knew that I needed to use them somehow. At $5.44, they fit perfectly in my "budget" and they were way too good to pass up! So what did I do?

There you have it! Double sided frames on old spindle stands! I LOVE THEM! I mean, really, truly, want to make 1.000 LOVE THEM! I took the bases and crewed the spindles through the bottom after cutting the spindles to the desired height.

I then lucked into some $1 8x10 solid wood frames with glass panes (unfinished) at Dollar Tree. I knew that I was going to paint the entire piece, so I bought them ($8) and ran (literally) home to get started.

As you can see, one side is the framed antique writing, and the other side is the framed botanical. Two separate frames, wood glued together and then glued to the top of the spindle.
I left this side unfinished so you can see that it's actually two separate frames back to back. But of course, the antique pages are smaller than 8x10,  but not 5x7 so you would have had to have a custom mat to fit them in the 8x10 frames. UNLESS, you're creative and have burlap on hand (which I did) ...
and voila! I simply wrapped the back of the frame with burlap and then laid the botanical page on the burlap, attaching it with brass push-pins (which also came from Dollar Tree [$1 for 100!!!]). The paint finish is one that I have to admit is a happy accident. I used a watered down gold acrylic craft paint as the base, and then used a really watered down latex paint: (MS Fieldstone).
The frames, spindles, and bases were all painted the same way at the same time before the botanicals were put in the frames. Don't you love the shape of these antique solid wood spindles?

Love them, and I hope you do, too! Good news is ... there are TONS of other inspiration photos on the other blogs participating in the same event!


Andrea : Faded Plains

Please leave a comment letting me know what you think of the finished product, and then head over to check out the other inventive and creative posts! See you Tuesday!



33 comments:

  1. Great job, Artie. They're lovely - as is the vignette and your gorgeous bottles. Beautiful.

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  2. i love them too artie, i woudn't have thought of doing that. beautiful.

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  3. They look fabulous, Artie! I love them! What a great idea for display and to keep within budget. I love the color you painted them, too.

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  4. I LOVE this!! Awesome job....you really created something here....

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  5. They look stunning, Artie...adore that you did them on linen!!

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  6. Wow, I would have never come up with that idea but it's brilliant! They're beautiful!

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  7. Artie, these are just wonderful! I love that fact that you can see both the plant and the description on the spindle. If I was at your house for a party of something I would really want to look at these up close!

    So creative Artie...but I knew they would be!

    Thanks again for doing these!

    Have a wonderful weekend, kelley

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  8. you are a genius. i LOVE these. so far i've only seen kelleys and hers were okay (i know she's gonna read this) but yours are spectacular!

    xo
    janet

    ps - i love you kelley

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  9. Hi Artie,

    I came over from Kelley's, these are great! What a great challenge and what you came up with is so different from Kelley! Love it!

    Smiles,
    Amber

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  10. I'm enjoying seeing how different these botanicals turned out framed by all of you. Yours is genius!
    Great idea, looks fantastic! ~Delores

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  11. Crazy for barn wood frames. But your very unique idea takes the cake.

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  12. ok, you win, hands down! LOVE THEM! Melaine

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  13. Gorgeous. How generous of her to share these great specimens and you gave them the presence they deserve.

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  14. Love what you have done. What a fabulously creative application. So simple, yet, sophisticated.
    Regards,
    ~Pam
    pamspaintparlor.typepad.com

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  15. Yours came out beautiful. So clever and cheap! Love it

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  16. You did an amazing job...they look wonderful!

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  17. Nicely done...love the paint color

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  18. I love yours.. the creativity that went into these is amazing. I totally find these the most amazing art pieces. Yep they are art pieces. Great job. Bravo!

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  19. Artie, these are fantastic! You are so creative and your vignette is superb! I visited the others but yours are my favorites, so clever and unique! Cheers! Sarah

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  20. Absolutely lovely & creative what you did with them! And hey, if you ever want to sell them, well just let me know! P.S.-Also, I really love your vignette!

    Karen T.

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  21. OMG!!! PERFECTION!!! Absolute PERFECTION!!! Everyone did a nice job...you did a SPECTACULAR job!!!

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  22. BRILLIANT!
    I am really amazed and I think you could market these!
    WOW WOW WOW!!

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  23. Not only did you arrive at a brilliant solution to the challenge presented, you created something fabulous without regard to budget. I am inspired to get some similar materials and make some stands for seashells. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  24. Dear Artie, since the subject has been broached...if you do market these let me know. Sarah

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  25. brilliant! absolutely brilliant!

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  26. Artie,

    I DIE!! These are fantastic!!!!

    xxoo

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  27. Wow!! You are brillant, i am so impressed, these are so sharp and would go in any decor, very clever Mr. Arty,Kathysue

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  28. Those are AMAZING!!! Everyone did a wonderful job but yours are my fave! This is my first time on your site and I'm now officially becoming a follower.

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  29. I really love how you took ho hum pieces and gave them new live with a little thought and paint. Beautiful vingette that I could see in a restaurant displaying their menus or at a wedding to display pictures. Awesome job.

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  30. Wow Artie! I love the unique framing and may very well have to copy this idea. Each of you did a very nice job but this idea is by far my favorite because of it's versatility! Kelley really provided you with a wonderful challenge.

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  31. Oh Artie...you've really outdone yourself with awesome decor items of SUPREME VALUE! These are stunning, love the paint color, the Dollar Tree finds (just there today, and made the cheesiest but happiest plastic egg wreaths for my front door), and the so sharp double sided concept with the stylish spindles. Did I mention I like these? Great job!

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