A few weeks ago I shared with you my plans for the little French desk that I had lucked up on one Saturday morning at a church yard sale. In that post I mentioned that Big Daddy had given me something really cool for Christmas.
One of these
All I needed to do was buy or build a frame for it.
I chose build.
I remembered that I had read a blog post on one of my all time FAVORITE blogs about building your own frame using only a screwdriver.
I can work a screwdriver!
Here’s the link to Jennifer’s tutorial at her MOST LOVELY blog, Dear Lillie!
If you have never visited her AMAZING blog, GO!
Drop what ever you are doing and GO! I will be right here when you get back.
Anyway, long story short it turns out that I overestimated my screwdriver skills. I’ve been doing OB/ GYN sonography for 28 years and I have lost A LOT of strength and fine motor skills in my right hand. Big Daddy had to step in.
God bless him.
It worked beautifully
It’s true, you can build this thing with just a single screwdriver. I took my very cute feed sacks to Lowe’s and the very nice young man cut my really cheap pine boards ($7) to perfect length.
Next I purchased a pack of four L brackets ($2.50) and a pack of thumbtacks ($1.29) and I was off and running!
I had the idea to try and achieve a grayed-down, Barn Wood type finish. You can find this info on two different blogs: Dear Lillie & Anna White. It’s just takes a bit of patience.
And Feety Pajamas.
Here’s what I used:
I started by first wiping a coat of Special Walnut all over the frame with a rag and VERY quickly wiping it off.
I really do love Special Walnut on Pine. I did the same stain on my dining room table and it turned out beautifully.
I have had this for a year but I’d never even opened it. I am STILL kicking myself.
It seems to be slightly thicker than other stains I’ve tried and I really like the effect over the Special Walnut .
I used the same technique I used with the first stain and I allowed NO drying time in between.
Wiped it on the right off!
I did let it dry overnight and wiped it down really well before I thumbtacked the feed sack in place.
Then I dragged it all around the house to see where it would photograph well.
You know, my original plan was the kitchen but this frame sure looks good against those gray dining room walls!
Here it is above the little French Desk in my kitchen.
I don’t want to wear you out on the desk because I have a complete post on it hopefully coming later in the week.
It’s going to be tough to pick a room for this to hang in! It may have to travel for a bit first before I settle on a spot for it.
This I can tell you with absolute certainty:
I will be using this particular stain combo again.
See you later in the week!
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