We have a wall in our living room that is totally blank and I’ve been looking to fill it since we moved in. I really want a sofa table to go there and I’ve searched high and low but haven’t found the perfect one in our budget. I do have a DIY idea percolating for that sofa table but I’ll have to write about that later. However, while we wait for our sofa table I thought I’d go ahead and start filling up that wall because it just looks so naked and sad.
I knew what I wanted for one piece. I wanted a red and white striped something. I thought about painting a canvas with red and white stripes but decided to go fabric hunting and use that as a base for whatever I was going to do. After all, finding red and white striped fabric wouldn’t be too hard, right? It wasn’t.
I found the perfect fabric at Hobby Lobby. But it was so bright and crisp…I wanted it to look aged. I kept thinking “1940s-circus-aged.” Ya know, kind of retro and vintage looking. I remember a long time ago for a play in college my dress needed to look worn and dated so we soaked it in tea. So, I took that same tactic and did that with the fabric I bought.
But first, I cut out a small piece of the fabric to test it and make sure it would turn out how I imagine it.
After debating on how to display the fabric I remembered reading this post about how to turn fabric into display art.
All you do is use foam board, cover it in the fabric, then mount it in the frame.
I had to get the super-sized foam board for my display because the frame I was using is massive.
First, I had to cut the foam board to fit the inside of my frame. After I did that, I cut the fabric to fit over the foam board. I made sure to leave enough excess to fold it to the back for it to get stapled.
Soak that puppy in a pot with 10 tea bags.
I used a grill press to hold down the fabric to make sure it was all submerged. Note to self: If I ever do this again I should make sure the grill press is clean.
Left: clean fabric. Right: “dirty” fabric.
This is why you should make sure your grill press is clean. I got lucky though because they are randomly dispersed throughout the fabric that it adds to the “dirty,” aged look I wanted.
Iron it out.
Turn the fabric upside down and place the foam board over the fabric.
Fold the fabric over the back of the foam board. This was tricky because of the stripes…I need the stripes to stay straight up and down. They have a tendency to turn diagonal.
It says $193 but I would never pay that much for a frame. It happened to be 90% off making it only $20.
Remember this little art display I made? It was shown off in this post.
I took off the chicken wire and the birdy canvas to use for this new project
Fit the foam board into the frame.
I only stapled two sides so once I had it fit into the frame I could pull it tight and staple it from there.
This way, it is stapled and tacked directly into the frame so it won’t go any where.
And yes, I am as white as the foam board. I don’t tan…that’s not by choice…I just turn red.
Now we only need a few more frames and that pesky sofa table and this space will come together!
I used straight pins to tack the pictures onto the foam board.
This was a pretty cheap project to pull off.
Fabric: Hobby Lobby, $6/yd
Frame: Hobby Lobby, $20 (already had)
“&” sign: Hobby Lobby, $1.50 (half off)
Foam Board: Hobby Lobby, $6
plus: staple gun, staples, straight pins, and tea…supplies I had on hand.
Now, I just need to find stuff to fill it with.
PS. This week I have a goal to post every day Monday-Friday. I would really love to get this blog rolling with readers and it all starts with me. So come back and see what else is going to happen this week. I’ll make it interesting, I promise!