Saturday, March 3, 2012

Cockadoodle doo--I got a message for you!

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My alternate title was something to crow about...haha lots of corn here!! I love to hear crowing roosters.

Remember how I was working on my command center?  I still had a few things on the list to complete, such as

Install a tack board
Install a light
Get some chalk for my chalk board! 

After pricing out tack and bulletin boards I was a little frustrated by the cost. I COULD have bought a roll of cork but it seemed kinda flimsy. Then I got to thinking. Thumbtacks might not be such a good thing in a high traffic area. Because I guarantee if there is a rogue thumbtack (or any pain inducing sharp object)--my toes will find them!
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So I decided to pin my hopes on something else. (Ummm-- these corny puns are getting to me now!)
Any ideals yet?
 Chicken Wire Memo board

I know, I know....Chicken wire memo boards have probably been done to death but I HAD to do this. It was perfect for my space.

Here's whatcha' need
Picture frame, an old window frame or scrap wood to make frame if you are handy (which I am not) staple gun/ staples
fabric
chicken wire
paint
clothes pins
wire cutters
gloves

I finally found a suitable sized frame. In this case an old window frame. This originally had glass but I didn't want the glass. I tried to score along the glazing putty to remove the glass but that didn't work. So I taped newspaper to both sides of the glass. donned a pair of heavy gloves and safety glasses, held the window over the garbage can and whacked the crap-o-la out of the glass until it broke. (Man was that cathartic!)

I then used pliers and wire brush to remove any remaining glass shards This was what I was left with.

A quick wipe down and time to start amping up the patina on the bad boy.

First some white

Some brown and blue (I forgot to take a pic of them separately--oops)

 HOLLA!  Can I get a Woot woot? ! I am soooo diggin' this!

Next I  added piece of poultry net aka chicken wire by stapling. (Painted side down) Pull the wire as taut as you can.  Do yourself a favor and get your chicken wire from Tractor Supply, Home Depot or Lowe's (you can get 25 feet for $8) not that overpriced mamby-pamby crap from the craft store.. 

Front view--next step fabric

Turn the frame painted and chicken wire face down. I grabbed some fabric from my hoard. Place the fabric right side down, fold edges, pull taut and staple. For every staple point, I stapled directly opposite checking to ensure the material wasn't warping or distorting.

Looking kah-yute! And the best part when I showed the hubbs my fabric choices--HE picked this one, haha!

Close up of finish


I added a wire hanger on the back so I could hang it up. Here it is as part of my command center.

Cost breakdown
window=free from a friend, in exchange for a pan of brownies (Not SPECIAL brownies! ha)
~ 1 yard fabric=free from hoard
paint=all free from my hoard
Staple gun/staples and Gloves/ wire cutters=free from the hubbs tool box
Clothes pins=free from my closet

FREE FREE FREE! Not to bad eh?


Since I have plenty of leftover chicken wire I have several other projects in mind. None of which involve  chickens.

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17 comments:

  1. awesome post, you crack me up and just love reading your blogs :)

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    1. Thanks Aunt She! This honestly is my favorite DIY project so far! And anytime I get to beat the crap out of something with a hammer that's a bonus!

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  2. Sandra Sullivan MillerMarch 3, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    That was a great use of the frame. I was trying to collect some to fashion a hot house...

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    1. Thanks Aunt Sandra! Oh man that would be awesome! I want a green house sooooo bad. Especially one built from salvaged doors and windows! Talk about character. Keep me posted on how it is going.

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  3. What a cute idea! I may try something like that out, it would definitely fit into our 'farmhouse decor'!

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    1. Hey Jessica--This would TOTALLY fit in your farmhouse decor and pay homage (plumage, haha) to your girls!

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  4. LOL I love it! and I loved how you whacked the crampola out of it! I bet you could let off steam that way ...
    Hugs Tonya ... love it
    Bj

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    1. Hi BJ--I liked breaking glass much more than I should! Well anytime you can whack something with a hammer is definitely a great stress reliever. haha!

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  5. I love it...you did a great job!!!

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    1. Hi Kitty--Thank you! Every time I walk past it, I smile! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  6. You are funny Tonya. I enjoyed reading your post a lot. I'm like you...if there is a way to hurt yourself, I will find it. I'd be like that with the thumbtacks too. I love old window projects and think yours is very cute. Thanks for linking this fun post to my party. Hope you will join us again next week!

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    1. Thanks Shannon. Of course now I want to make like a 100 more of these (ok not really a 100) but definitely wouldn't mind a few more. I have 22 feet of chicken wire to use up!

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  7. Well, it was awesome before I found out it was free, and now it's FANTASTIC! Great job!!

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    1. Hi Miriam. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Free is always my favorite price! I do just love this. But I am in love with all my makeover items. haha. To much sentimental attachment I suppose.

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  8. LOVE IT!! Fantastic job Tonya! Thanks for linking up :)

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    1. Hi Erin. Thanks! What is not to love about free? Thanks for hosting!

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  9. Love the charming tree! It would be perfect in my little girl's room redo coming soon.kids wall decals

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