Crafting.......Who Me??

6.13.2013

A few days ago I shared this cow poster on facebook and said I had an idea of what I wanted to do with it.
Well, y'all know I am not much of a crafter. I paint, but I don't really craft.

I had an idea to attach something to this wooden piece that I had stored away after changing the green guest room up.

This is what the piece looked like when it hung in the guest room.

Here is a closer look at it when it hung in the master bathroom three years ago before the bathroom underwent some updating, too. This is a piece I found at the antique mall for only $24 and I thought it was very unique and would make a great piece of art. I was told that these were being produced quite a bit in the sixties from old grape drying racks. The wood is very similar to a pallet, but the boards are wider.

After MUCH work I ended up with this. Now some of y'all might like the way it looked before, but it was just a big old poster glued to the crate with Mod Podge and it was not looking good at all to me. Plus it was buckling up in spots. At first I thought I was just going to trash the whole thing, but then I started working on it. Let me kind of explain the steps to get to this.

The first thing I did was paint the cow blue, with the whole poster still intact, with Miss Mustard Seed paint in Flow Blue and dabbed some back off then I stood back and it still didn't look right.

So I took some very rough sandpaper and tried to sand off some of the poster to expose the wood. Well, it was not coming off too easily so I got out my trusty box cutter and started cutting some of the poster away.

And I cut and sanded and cut and sanded slowly it was getting more of the look I was going for in the first place. I should have just cut the cow and words out and mod podged them bit by bit instead of doing it backwards. I had also painted over the original picture that was attached with white chalk paint and that is some of the white you are seeing. There was also a wash of milk paint in Grain Sack brushed over it and some clear and dark waxes added to age it.

Mr. Savvy attached a piece of jute trim I had leftover from my dining room chairs project so I could hang this new unique art piece. Well, guess where it hangs.........





.......in the farmhouse style guest room. Where else?

I know some of you probably prefer the cow canvas I had hanging here and think this belongs in the trash.

And some of you may love it.

But it is definitely an original and unique.

Even at 8:30 at night, when this picture was taken with the sun pouring in this room, it looks like it fell off the back of a truck........

........and that's a very good thing.


The poster was found at Hobby Lobby for $18.
Everything else I already had. Not so bad for original art.


Be sure and return tomorrow for another guest poster's favorite room.

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34 comments:

  1. I never met a blue cow that I didn't like!
    PS- Yes, you crafting...who would have thought.

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  2. Oh my goodness, Kim! I say WORK OF ART! If you throw it out let me know...I'll be trash pickin' at your house! This has a great artistic quality... really! You are a better crafter than you think!!! Fablulous@!!!!! Looks great in your farmhouse style guest room!!! Can I make my reservations?

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  3. I'm in love. Can't wait to share ideas!

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  4. I LOVE it, great job!

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  5. It is perfectly imperfect. Good job!!!

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  6. You ARE a crafter; you just didn't know it! LOL! blessings ~ tanna

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  7. I'm a sucker for a cow... way to get your craft on, Kim!!
    xo Heidi

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  8. Luv it!! I am not a crafter either. I honestly don't have the patience to do 'all' the steps. I am laughing as I would have done the same thing.. added entire poster instead of jumping forward and cutting out the bit I wanted.
    The end result is fallen off the back of a truck perfection!!!!
    Hugs, Gee

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  9. I for one, love it Kim! It is one of a kind and looks great in your farmhouse guest room.

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  10. Look at you Kim! A crafting girl now, huh? I love it, and that is how it usually goes with me. I mess something up, keep trying to fix it, then eventually love it. I think it is just perfection!!!

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  11. Look at you! You crafty girl you. ;) I think it looks great Kim. Very original, and fits the space perfectly. Well done!

    Debbie

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  12. You don't craft? Sure looks you do.....you did a great job!! Congrats...
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  13. You are too funny and yes, you certainly do know how to get your craft on!;)

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  14. I tell ya, I never would've thought to cover it with blue paint and attach it to a pallet and hang it. Great idea! I must say, at first glance, being blue and the shape of the cow, it looks like a map! It looks great in your farmhouse guest room. Anything old fashioned works in there!

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  15. I feel as though you turned that into a real treasure...so, you can craft!!!..Great job Kim and looks fantastic over the bed...I just love the Flow Blue you added!...

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  16. WOW! That is amazing! I love it!!! I want one!
    Therena
    littlebitofpaint.blogspot.com

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  17. You had me at 'blue' and 'cow', two of my favourite things lol. It looks great, Kim. Reminds me of encaustic art or altered art.

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  18. I like the blue....I have done similar crafts and I find that rubbing some burnt umber on with a rag when I am finished and almost wiping it completely off will make it look "old".

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  19. It looks great! I love the blue.

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  20. Not a crafter? Could have fooled me! Terrific job!!!

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  21. You are to much...it came out so cute...what cant you do?

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  22. Very creative! I was surprised this morning to see the old Raisin Rack. My dad used to co-own the company that sold those. I think they were called "The Original Raisin Rack." They were actually sold in the mid '70s. Haven't seen one of those in years!

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  23. Uh-Oh! I think you have discovered a whole new hidden talent!!!! You will be crafting up a storm now that you have started the ball rolling. That turned out great, Kim. xo Diana

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  24. I love the new wall hanging!! Put me in that group. You did a great job Ms Crafty McCraftyson!

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  25. I am going to say you rocked the craft Kim...I love it!

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  26. Oh my gosh! Now you are a painting crafter! I really, really like what you did with the poster. Does the cow have a name now?

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  27. Love it! It looks awesome!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  28. You did a great job. I love your farmhouse guest room. I am still trying to get our guest room organized, but I haven't decided exactly where to go with it.

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  29. uh-oh, there's no turning back- once a crafter, always a crafter! :) You did a great job, truly a work of art!

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  30. Just an awesome job! Where did you get the poster?

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  31. I never would have doubted that you could craft.....you sure can do ANYTHING you put your mind too. I LOVE it in the guest room and it is a REAL work of art! Terrific. XO, Pinky

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  32. Came out beautiful, it has a real vintage feel to it.

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  33. I dub him "The Savvy Southern Blue Bull".

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  34. Totally works for me...I LOVE it!

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