Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A stick I love

Last week, the principal at my school was carrying a stick.  She was on the playground, walking by my classroom, headed to the dumpster. 

It was love at first sight.  AND I knew EXACTLY what I was going to do with it!

I saw this post a while ago, and wanted to do it so bad... but you can't just use any old stick.

You have to have a special stick.  A stick like the one I fell in LOVE with.

But then I had to get ready for the stick.... I bought a whole bunch of frames with great textures from the dollar store.

At midnight, I began the task to paint them (we were waiting for the final coat in our bedroom to dry....)  Can I just say, this is the first time ever I've used a trash bag .... (much to Travis' dismay).  I've committed to continue using it.... to keep our back porch spray paint free.... after he spent a LONG time power-washing all previous spray painting projects off. 

I used cheep white spray paint to 'prime' them.... I was going to put a darker color over it, and distress it so that a bit of the white would come though.... but plans changed.

While I was trying to pick out the color of brown I was going to use, Travis mentioned that we should keep them light, so that they pop like the trim does now (after we painted the bedroom walls a darkish brown).

Who am I to argue when my husband actually makes his opinion known!  I've painted the three on the right with the "Antique White" color, the other ones are still just primed (just so you can see the difference).

I put some eyelet (is that what they are called) at four different places on the stick I LOVE. I used picture hangers to hook them to the wall.

Once the frames dried, I glued twine to the inside of the backing, and re-assembled them.

I hung them.... so far, so good.  But wait!  Look how crooked they are?

This is them from the side... sad.

I ended up hot gluing styrofoam blocks behind them, so that they hung straight.

Because we are going for a more 'earthy, calming' mode for our bedroom, we picked pictures of our family and had them printed in sepia tone.

So, as my facebook status said:
"has a stick that she is in love with.... and is even more in love with the idea of it holding photos of our amazing memories. It will be hung over our bed in our newly painted master bedroom, in a color that I love, that was picked out by my favorite love! (he picked out the color)!!!"


  1. I love it! Great inspiration and great design!

  2. I love this idea - in fact I just might have to steal it from you ;)


  3. wow! I'm soooo happy to see an interpretation of my original. LOVE IT! and I'm loving your stick. What a great one! I've had so many say they've wanted to do the project, but just couldn't find the perfect branch! So glad you did. It's awesome.
    Looks great with the white frames & sepia pics :)
    Thanks for the link up too :)

  4. I wish I had just a smidgen of the creativity located in your little finger - I'm sure you wouldn't miss it, and I really could use it.

    Great job.