I've been dabbling in a few random projects here and there over the last 6 months or so, but I haven't taken the time to post about them! Shame on me.
It's time to catch up!
This project I'm particularly excited to share with you. Now, if you remember...
1) I am NOT crafty, and borderline hate crafty things.
2) I'm cheap, house-poor, and can't really spend much on my home decor.
3) My husband...bless his little heart...is about the least handy person on the planet, nor does he desire to be. He has many talents, but building/fixing things is not one of them.
That being said...
If I can do this, YOU can do this.
I promise.Here you go!
DIY Framed Guitar
We moved to a new home in Dec (a short sale that needed a bit of TLC). My husband plays guitar and I play piano. He always hated that we never played our instruments in our town home, and he attributed it to the fact that all our instruments were tucked away in closets and the garage. He said that he really wanted to display our instruments in our new house so we would be more inclined to pick them up and play them.
I didn't want a bunch of guitars lying around, so we came up with this idea! It's super easy.
We went to Home Depot and bought some moulding. It's SUPER cheap, like $0.55/ft or something like that. We wanted it to look like the moulding that was already on the walls in our room:
We pre-measured our squares and cut it right there at Home Depot. Unfortunately they didn't have the angled saw we needed so we actually had to saw each piece by hand. UGH. Oh well, it wasn't too bad luckily.
We painted the wood. Even though it was already white, it needed a new coat. A few strokes with a brush and they were good to go. We had them dry in the garage.
Once dried, we created a mock-up of the squares on the floor to make sure they would align properly once on the wall.
My husband used his measuring tape and level to make sure they were straight and properly lined up on the wall before nailing them down. We used a pencil to mark where they needed to go.
We used tiny finishing nails to nail them down. A few nails later, voila!
We ordered some cheap but sturdy guitar hooks online and hung our babies. We could instantly see that it didn't look right, it needed something.
I went to Deseret Industries (our local thrift store chain) and tried to find some sheet music. I couldn't find what I wanted and almost gave up...then I noticed these babies:
A whole set of OLD sheet music books. They couldn't have been more perfect! I bought two books at $3 each and took them home.
How cool are these books?!
As my husband and I started tearing out pages he said, "wow, these pages feel REALLY old." We searched through the books to find a copyright date...and found one.
1918? Are you kidding me? We were tearing pages out of a book that is almost 100 years old.
We chose a handful of our favorite ornate, unique, and artistic music. We weren't sure how to stick it to the wall. I almost ran to Michaels and bought something, then my husband found this in a random pile of stuff the previous owners left behind:
We started spraying and sticking.
Before long, it was finished...and we couldn't be happier with the results!
It's been a few months, and we now are wondering if we need to mod-podge the music. Some of the corners have started to un-stick because of the wind (we leave our windows and doors open A LOT).
Our room is ALMOST complete. We need curtains, a piano bench, and a bold rug. There are a lot of neutrals so I want a rug that POPS. However, we are out of money for this room so we will have to wait until we build up our "decorating fund" again.
The "fireplace" is actually a space heater surrounded by a solid wood mantel. We bought it from Costco about 5 years ago for around $500. It looks real, and heats up a room really well. We used it nearly every day in the winter in our town home, and think it really adds some depth to this room.
The mirror was $30 from Ross. The vase and silk willows were a set from Costco, $7 I believe.
The chairs we are IN LOVE with. We had been shopping around for accent chairs for months. We wanted to stay under $300 for a pair of chairs, and were having no luck. Every chair we found was TINY! An adult could hardly sit on it comfortably!
I found these awesome chairs on Overstock and knew they were perfect...
but they were out of stock.
I called Overstock to see when they would get more in, they had no idea if they ever would. I almost impulsively bought my second-favorite chairs for $350 EACH...but stopped myself.
(Self-control comes in handy, sometimes!)
A week later I got an email that the chairs were back in stock.
We got the two of them for right around $300.
The music books we now use as decor, sans the pages that are now glued to our walls.
This metal decorative tin and the decorative balls inside I got at a yard sale, $5 for everything I believe. The candle was also a yard sale find.
We absolutely love the room. It's the first thing you see when you walk in, and it's always filled with the sound of music. People can hardly help themselves when they see the guitars hanging there, they always sit and play for a while! It's great!
We will soon be displaying my flute, Bubba's Ukulele from Brazil, and we hope to get an african drum of some kind someday to add to our collection.
With a little creativity you can dress up YOUR music room too.
Happy crafting :)