Saturday, March 3, 2012

Cockadoodle doo--I got a message for you!

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
chicken wire
clothes pins
wire cutters

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

    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!

  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...

    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.

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

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

  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

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

  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!

    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!

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

    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.

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

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

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


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