I removed the cardboard backing and the needlepoint.
I painted the ivory canvas part of the frame with the Beauti-tone Moulin Rouge pink latex paint that I’ve used on other projects in my craft room. This was very easy to do with a 1/2″ flat artist brush.
After that dried, I taped over the pink area and took it outside to the garage to spray paint it with Krylon Dual black. Once I had the large outside portion of the frame painted, I taped over the pink area again to expose the small inside frame and I spray painted that black as well.
Here’s the frame all painted.
I bought a 25′ x 2′ roll of 1″ hexagonal chicken wire for just under $10. at the Home Building Centre. I rolled out the chicken wire and cut a piece the size that I needed with wire cutters. You may want to wear gloves when working with the chicken wire. I didn’t, but it would make it easier on your fingers.
I attached that piece of chicken wire to the back of the frame with my staple gun, pulling tight and first stapling in the centre of all 4 sides. Then I made my way around the frame, alternating sides as I pulled and stapled. When it was all stapled, I took a pair of pliers and tucked any sharp and sticking out ends of chicken wire under.
Then I added a piece of thrifted fabric that I had in my stash using the same method with my staple gun as the chicken wire.
And here’s my finished chicken wire inspiration board hanging in my craft room.
I just love the fabric. I found it at a thrift store months ago. It cost me $2 for 44″ x 3 yards and I only used 3′ of it. What a great deal! I’m not sure what kind of fabric it is, but it’s very thick and sturdy. Just great for a project like this. For me this fabric is almost inspirational enough, but I do plan to use this board. I’ll show you how when I post my final craft room reveal.
It’s so easy to turn an ordinary frame into something that’s useful and pretty at the same time. Anyone can do this!! Just use a fabric you love, find a cheap thrifted frame and go for it. That’s it!!
This piece satisfies both sides of my brain. It’s a practical piece of art that I didn’t have to be an artist to create. And that so works for me!
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