Yesterday was a very successful day at Goodwill! I love it when I leave with a full cart. It’s always hit or miss and yesterday was definitely a hit. I will be posting the transformations within the next week or so, as I get them done, but this is the first one and I’m excited about it.
I spotted this old calendar holder and as soon as I saw it, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. So, I quickly grabbed it and threw it in the cart!
First things first..let’s remove this raffia bow. Trash, please! Next, I removed the center board from the frame. Ok, time to sand and paint. I quickly sanded the frame and spray painted it white. Sorry, no picture of those two steps, but if you close your eyes and use your clever imaginations, I bet you can picture how it went down.
Well done…it’s white! See how easy that was, friends?
I rolled out the cork and laid the board on top of it. I was prepared to use the razor blade, but the scissors worked just fine. I cut the cork to fit the board…easy enough.
I used spray adhesive to attach the cork to the board by spraying one coat on the cork and one on the board. It attached very quickly. I tried to adjust it slightly and it ripped the cork! No big woop, though since I was going to cover it with burlap.
Time to cover this with burlap! I laid the cork board down on the burlap and cut enough to cover it and also to fold around the back. I attached the burlap to the board using the spray adhesive again.
OK, let’s get back to the frame now. When I saw this calendar holder at Goodwill and had the vision of what it would become, I knew I wanted it to look very
shabby chic rustic. I applied Minwax dark walnut stain with a cloth and gave it a nice, heavy coat. Once it was dry, I busted out the power sander (Christmas gift this year from my hubs)! I love using that thing. I feel so empowered! I would have taken pics of all this action, but it was impossible with stain covered gloves and a power sander in my hands. Again, time to use your clever imaginations. I sanded it for awhile because I wanted it to look very old and as if most of the paint had been rubbed away.
Ok, it’s rustic. And, now the final step… I had to reattach the board to the frame. What did this require? A hammer and nails…duh. So, I nailed one nail in each corner until it was attached.