I’ll be back later this week to show you how I made the HVAC air return cover from the hallway reveal. First, I’d like to share with you another project I did for our hallway last month.
One of my favorite tricks when decorating our small home is using things that have two purposes. Usually before I buy something for our home is has to pass the “is it beautiful AND functional?” test. If the answer is yes, then I will consider buying it. But only if it passes the 2nd test, “can I buy it cheaper than I can make it?”
Take for instance, the monogrammed art that I have hanging in our hallway. It just happens to disguise our 30+ year old doorbell.
Maybe your door bell isn’t as ugly as ours. I don’t recall meeting a beautiful doorbell, but I’m sure there’s one out there…somewhere.
When I redecorated our hallway last month, I was on the look-out for artwork to fill the empty space along one wall but also wanted to find a way to conceal the doorbell that was sticking out like a sore thumb.
Making my own piece of personalized art with some scrap wood seemed like the perfect solution. I love typography, decoupaging, and simple woodworking projects. This monogrammed and decoupaged art combines all three.
There are two main parts to making your monogrammed artwork; first, building the frame and then decoupaging the frame with fabric.
These are the supplies you will need for building the frame:
1. Tempered Hardboard or Lauan Plywood cut down to 22″ x 16.5″
2. I used 1/2″ strips of MDF left over from our hallway board and batten project. The measurements are shown in the picture below. If you use 1 x 3″ boards instead, your lengths will be different due to the thickness of the wood. Home improvement stores will usually do three cuts of wood for free and then charge a small amount for anything over that.
3. Wood glue and wood filler
4. Hammer, 5/8″ brad nails, 1″ brad nails, and a nail punch
5. Primer is optional. If you are using a lighter colored fabric, I recommend priming the frame so the wood does not show through.
Put a thin strip of wood glue along the top edge of the strips of wood.
Lay the tempered hardboard on top and nail it down with 5/8″ brad nails. Nail the corners with 1″ brad nails. Countersink the nails and fill the holes with wood filler. After the wood filler is dry, give the frame a light sanding. Prime the frame if you are using a light-colored fabric.
To decoupage the fabric to the frame, you will need:
1. Fabric that is cut large enough to wrap around the sides of the frame plus 2 inches on all sides. I found my fabric at Hobby Lobby. You will need to iron out any wrinkles.
2. Mod Podge
3. Staple gun
Put a coat of Mod Podge on the front of the frame and smooth the fabric down.
Flip the frame over and coat the top edge and sides of the frame. Smooth the fabric down, making sure it is taut. Then, staple along the inside edge.
For the corners, add some Mod Podge before you fold and staple your corners like you’re wrapping a gift.
Finish it off by coating the fabric with a thin layer of Mod Podge.
After the frame dries overnight, you can hang the letter with a couple of screws. The letter that I purchased from Hobby Lobby has keyhole hangers on the back. They only letter “O” in stock was gold, so I brushed on a mix of brown and black craft paint and then sanded it down to let a little of the gold peek through.
Not only do I now have a piece of personalized artwork to fill that empty space, but I can also sit it on top of the doorbell to hide it.
You may also want to check out the ones I made to go over our boys’ beds from their room reveal.
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