Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Metal Artwork Before and After

Remember when I showed you the metal artwork I recently bought? Well, today I thought I'd show you how my hubby transformed it for me. Here's a before pic:

I loved it, but I didn't think it was substantial enough for that big wall. I felt it needed a little something extra to take up more wall space.

hobby lobby fleur de lis

I do love the chicken wire though!

I decided to have my hubby make a wooden frame for it. I wanted to paint the frame grey and then distress it a little.

Here's the frame he made. He just bought two 4 inch cedar fence pickets and one 6 inch fence picket. The were all in the clearance bin, so he only paid about $2 for all three.

This is the primer I used. You can see I also used my PAINTER'S PYRAMIDS. :)

Here it is after I primed it.

These are the paints I used. Valspar "cathedral stone" and a white acrylic paint in "snowflake." First I put a light coat of cathedral stone on with a regular paint brush. Then after that dried, I mixed the white acrylic paint with some water and applied it with a damp paper towel to give it a distressed look, especially around the corners. 

And here's the finished product! I'm much happier with how much space it takes up now. 

Here's a closer look.

I love how the paint turned out. 

Here's another look at the whole thing. (I'll show you more of the whole wall/room with the big paint reveal post Friday) The frame is independent of the metal art. I wanted to keep them as two separate pieces in case I ever change my mind and want to use them separately. 

And that's it! Thanks for stopping by!


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  1. Great job, Lisa! I love the colors you used and the technique. Can't wait to see the rest!


  2. That's gorgeous! What a great idea you two had.

  3. Well, didn't that turn out cute? Love the color/finish of the piece. You are lucky you have a handy hubby! I do think it gives it a lot more ooomph now that it is bigger. Love it!!!! xo Diana

  4. How clever! I never would've thought to do that. It looks amazing! I love the color you used on the new frame too.

  5. This is so cool, Lisa! Your hubby is very handy, a perfect fit. And I like your painting technique, the color looks fantastic. Love it!


  6. That looks great, Lisa! It's so nice to be married to a "Handy Man," isn't it?

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    1. Thanks, Luisa! I was worried about the painting process, but it turned out better than I expected. :)

  8. Oh, wow! What a transformation. Looks wonderful,

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    1. Thank you, Kathy! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. :)


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