Spring has not yet SPRUNG here in our neck of the woods.
Sure-the calendar says spring is here- and the arrival of the robins weeks ago-should have sealed the deal.
Even the tulips and daffodils popped their heads out of the frozen ground-certain that Spring was here.
And me? Well, let’s just say I knew better.
I’ve lived in Minnesota long enough to know that Spring doesn’t come just because all the signs are there.
Spring comes when Mother Nature wants it to come…
and of course, that doesn’t happen until I place a spring decoration on my front door.
So yes, fellow Minnesotan’s, after weeks of frigid temperatures, snow, sleet and blustery winds, our door is ready for Spring!
You are welcome for the sunny-70 degree temperatures that will arrive later this week.
As for the inspiration behind our front door decor-let’s just say it’s a bit ‘out of the box’.
But the moment I pulled this old-broken chair back out of the trash-I KNEW exactly what I wanted to do with it!
Of course, hubby thought I was nuts! “Who put’s a broken chair on their front door?”
Obviously, he didn’t see the vision in my head,but that’s okay. There have been plenty of times I haven’t seen what is in his.
Like the time he told me not to pull the wall paper off our guest bedroom wall. Had he also told me that the vision he had in his head was that the plaster would crumble when I pulled it off-I never would have done it!
But there you have it. So I didn’t even bother explaining my vision. Instead-I just went about gathering all the other elements that would make this old chair the PERFECT Spring welcome for our family and friends!
Back of chair (duh)
Wood letter- *I bought mine at Walmart for $1.37
Fabric * I used a kitchen towel I purchased at the Dollar Store for $1
small bucket *I bought mine at Target in the $1 section
Faux or fresh flowers (your choice) * I already had the daisies in my stash
Paint for chair-(your choice of color) *I used Waverly chalk paint in Crystal and Apple Blossom acrylic paint-Kiwi
Paint for picture frame (your choice of color)*I used Patio Paint-Summer Sky Blue
Spray can of chalk board paint
(2) screws- 1/2″x 1/8″
Once I had all the material gathered at my work station (IE-dining room table)-I started putting my masterpiece together.
Step One: Sand down the chair back. This took a little longer than I expected, because the top of the chair had a layer of varnish. Since I didn’t want to deal with stripping it-I just used 150 grit sandpaper to start-and finished with 220 grit. I then wiped the chair down with a cloth-to remove all the dust!
Now it was ready for paint!
Step Two: I dry brushed a coat of the chalk paint (crystal) on the entire chair, and allowed it to dry for about 15 minutes. Then I applied another light coat, and allowed it to dry for another 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, I got a little crafty! (WHO ME?)
I wanted to add a little something ‘personal’ to the chair-so I chose the letter L (the first letter in our last name). But instead of painting it-I decided to use this pretty towel that I found at the dollar store.
As you can see-I got so involved in covering the letter-I forgot to take photo’s of how I did it. But here’s the jest of it.
Step Three: Lay your fabric face down, and place the letter down on top. (Since this fabric had three different designs, I laid mine down on the one I liked most.) Using a pen (or fabric marker), trace around your letter. **I added on an extra inch so I could wrap around the letter.
Cut out your letter from the fabric.
Give your wooden letter a good coat of glue. (I used a glue stick since it was all I had on hand, but you could use hot glue).
Place the fabric letter on top of the wood letter with the print side up. ***To avoid lumps and bumps in the material-I used a credit card and with pressure, swiped it from one end of the letter to the other.
Turn the letter over and place a layer of glue on the outer edge. Begin folding over the excess fabric as you go. **Depending on your letter, you may have to cut a slit in corners so the fabric will fold.
Now if you’re like me(not so crafty)-you may cut your material wrong-and not have enough excess to cover all sides of your letter!
Never fear-paint works wonders-especially if said paint matches the material you are using!! YIPPEE!
Which leads me to Step Four-Applying top coat of paint. After I had lightly sanded the first two coats of chalk paint-I wiped the chair to remove dust, and dry brushed a coat of Kiwi onto the chair. Here is where things got a bit….IFFY. You know how a paint color looks on the paint chip. You absolutely LOVE it-until you put it on the wall. Well, that’s exactly what happened after I applied the first coat of Kiwi.
Sorry folks-but it kind of looked like pea soup or worse, calf poop. Not exactly what I wanted.
So I sanded it down one more time-and than lightly dry brushed another coat of the Crystal paint-in hopes that it would tone down the Kiwi. After I let it dry for another 30 minutes or so-it seemed to work, so I was off to Step Five- Glue the letter down on your chair back.
I used Epoxy glue for this. I have to tell you-this stuff has a AMAZING holding powers-so just be sure your letter is EXACTLY where you want it-because it won’t come off easy! (trust me on this!) I allowed the glue to dry for about 2 hours-just to be sure it held tightly, before I went onto the next step.
Step Six-securing flowers in bucket. I simply cut the foam to fit inside the bucket-and stuck the daisies into the foam. At this point I wasn’t sure how the bucket was going to hang on the chair-so I covered the foam with moss just in case.
As I was pondering how I was going to place my bucket of pretty daisies onto the chair-hubby stopped by and gave me his two cents.
“Why not put it on a hook? That way you can take the bucket down and change out the flowers whenever you want?”
Is he just not the best or what? What vision! What design style. What inspiration!
So…that’s exactly what I did!
Then, because hubby had inspired me so much-I thought why not put a chalkboard on my chair-so I could change out the message as often as I changed out the flowers? And really-what project is complete with out a little chalkboard paint?
So I found an old frame I wasn’t using-and it was off to Step Seven-painting the frame-and giving the glass insert a coat of chalkboard paint! Once the paint dried-I assembled my new chalkboard and glued it onto the chair with epoxy glue. After it dried for 2 hours-it was time to hang my Trash to Treasure Spring decoration on the front door.
Only that posed a bit of a problem. I needed to find a way to secure the chair to the door, so that 1-it wouldn’t fall off-and 2-it wouldn’t bang against our newly painted door (last fall), every time we opened or shut it!
Once again, hubby came to the rescue! He used two picture hangers (one at the top of the chair and one at the bottom), and instead of using the tiny nails that came with the hangers, he used two screws to secure them.
That chair isn’t going anywhere folks!!!
What do you think of my ‘out of the box’ Spring front door decor?
All I can say is-goodbye winter-and HELLO, Spring!
Have a great Tuesday ya’ all!
Blessings and hugs,
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