Thursday, October 27, 2011

Why is my life a "blue box"?

Why is my life a blue box? I've had many friends and family members ask me to explain the source of my blog title. First things first, for those of you who do not know me, or are getting to know me better through this blog, it is VERY important that you realize I am sarcastic and have a dry hilarious sense of humor! My life is not a box in which I am trapped and feeling blue (although, now that I think of it....). I am not trying to make some "huge" statement with varying degrees and levels and such.... No, simply put, my life is a series of ironies and oxymorons. I have a Tiffany's taste on a mac-n-cheese budget. The title of my blog is a metaphor for what is my ebb and flow of highs and lows. It can be a tough life, but it is an abundantly blessed life! It is MY BLUE BOX LIFE. xoxoxoxoxo

Monday, October 24, 2011

Window Photo Frame--Tutorial

This weekend we celebrated my youngest daughter, Sara's, 9th birthday! It was an amazing weekend filled with joy, laughter, silliness, friends and so on. My oldest daughter, Sidney (12), celebrates her birthday on November 1st. My husband and I wanted to give them a unique gift that would mark these tween years, their love for each other as sisters AND my husband's and my talents combined. My husband, Jeff, is a cinematographer for NASCAR, but he also dabbles in still photography. I enjoy repurposing or upcycling things and breathing new life into them (I'm also a very decent still photographer, but was not allowed to touch the FANCY camera!! Tee Hee!!) My most recent project for the girls is a salvaged window that I bought at a South Charlotte antique mall. It started off quite ugly....dark sage green on top of a million layers of paint of every color. I cleaned it up and started adding more of my own layers to this beautiful window...

I added our favorite accent color over the sage green. This color is called "Reflecting Pool" by Sherwin Williams.

I did several layers and allowed many days of curing time.

I then began my favorite task....roughing it up! I used our very old electric hand sander and went to town. I wanted it to look well loved. It was also important to see the different colors of paint, and even some wood, popping through. This takes several passes, patience and attention to detail to make it look "NOT" perfect! :)

Here you can see some of the wood grain popping through, subtly.

I wanted to dirty it up a bit. It just seemed too, well, clean. So I took some Raw Umber acrylic paint, watered it down (about 50/50) and dabbed it into all the corners. I let it set up slightly, then I used a damp cloth to rub most of it off. It gave it a beautiful effect.

Here I'm allowing the paint to set up. I also added in a bit more around the edges to make it look consistent.

Then began the task of scraping paint off the glass. I took a dry paint brush to remove the excess  paint. Once done, I cleaned the glass with my favorite glass cleaner.....Sprayway's World's Best Glass Cleaner".

Now to add pictures. A few weeks ago we did a photo shoot throughout our neighborhood with our girls. My husband used a 5D camera to get the most amazing high resolution photos of my beauties! We took the images on a flash drive to Walmart and had them enlarged to 8x10 size. I then used small squares of double-sided tape on the corners of the pictures to secure one per window pane.

After the photos were secure, I added two coats of clear wood wax. After the wax set-up, I removed the wax that got on the glass, sat back and admired my work!!!

The almost finished product... as soon as I run out to Lowes in the morning and grab a few alligator hangers for the back so I can hang it on the wall in our conversation area, otherwise known as, the breakfast nook. Happy birthday to my TWO favorite people in the whole world!!They loved their gift which combined the talents of both of their parents!  I am so very proud to be their mommy!

Thanks for visiting!! xoxo Sondra

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