My son, Shawn, took a required woodshop class this fall as a freshman and after each project was finished he would bring it home and give it to me. Ahh, what treasures!! I LOVE the cutting board - my mom still has the one I made, so I know that his will last a long time too! He also brought home a pretty cute whitewashed birdhouse. I didn't want to hang it outside to rot in the rain - I wanted to be able to see it and keep it for a long time, and although it was whitewashed, it was still a little plain, so with his permission, I decided to decorate it!
Here's how he brought it home - simple, cute, a little shabby, and a little crooked ; )
and this is what I did to it:
First I used Idea-ology Tissue Tape - Market Place- on all of the raw edges. Because the wood was painted, it stuck perfectly and it was SO easy to do!! Then I started covering all of the other surfaces with Ideo-ology Paper Stash - Retro Grunge. The paper was PERFECT for this project because several of the pieces have a wood grain pattern to them!! It was really pretty easy but there were a few tricky parts because the house was NOT square!! This is where the craft knife and sanding grip came in handy!! I had it covered in no time!! I used the sanding grip to scuff up the paper just a bit, which brought out some of the roughness of the wood below.
Then I went on to embellish it a bit!! I kept it fairly simple, but I still love the old country look.
I had some old Prima sunflower vines that I thought would work perfectly! I used the letters from Idea-ology Salvage Stickers to spell Fly, then the Idea-ology Adage Tickets for Soar, and the Idea-ology Muse Tokens says Forevermore - so basically it says "Fly, Soar, Forevermore" (I really had NO idea what to spell, but I felt like Fly and Soar were sort of bird related..and then Forevermore sort of rhymed so I went with it! I'm TERRIBLE at word creativity!) The bow is made from dyed seam binding - I used a variety of Ranger Distress Inks to create the color.
Here's a few close-ups!
Pretty cool, right? I LOVED how it turned out - so much that I've already started to cover the sconce!!