This post originally appeared at icouldmakethat.org
Did you know dry-erase markers work just beautifully on glass? Yeah! Last week I made a dry-erase board from this tutorial at Make and Takes. I had old glass-fronted frames that used to hold two watercolor paintings an ex-boyfriend made me. The paintings are nice (you can see them in the top right-hand corner of this photo), and I’m going to keep them as they have a bit of sentimental value, but I felt weird hanging them up in the apartment I share with Brendan. So: paintings in a box, frames repurposed, problem solved.
Here are the two frames ready to be painted. That well-used drop cloth is a shower curtain that the previous tenants left up in our bathroom. Someone else’s shower curtain in the shower: ewwwwww. Someone else’s shower curtain for spray-painting: just fine.
And here they are after a coat of primer and one coat of Krylon Avocado.
And then of course I ran out of paint. Boo! At my local hardware store they didn’t have Krylon Avocado, only Celery, so I bought that and painted the two frames (and the box at the bottom left, more on that next week) without running out of paint. Yay!
It should be noted that while I painted two frames the same color, I only made a dry-erase board out of one of them. The other one I’ll use for something else down the line.
Now, I’ll be honest: I didn’t read the tutorial I linked above. I just saw the photo and figured I’d try it my own way. It was just as well, because the tutorial was for paper, and I used fabric, so it wouldn’t have worked. Here’s how I made my version.
First, I took the glass from the frame and put it on top of a piece of cardboard (I used my cardboard loom from the ill-fated rug project). Here you can see the cardboard and glass, with a bonus reflection of me and my ceiling fan:
Then I used a pencil to trace around the glass, and then cut along the line I traced. Voila! A perfectly-sized piece of cardboard to go in my frame. Here’s the cardboard with my chosen fabric (some Echino I bought from SuperBuzzy several years ago) and my, uh, chosen glue.
For sticking fabric onto cardboard or paper, there’s nothing like Elmer’s Washable School Glue Stick. No, they didn’t pay me to say that; I just really love it. It sticks as well as spray adhesive without all that extra sticky overspray. I buy a bunch of sticks of it every time I find them on sale.
Maude likes glue, too.
After I picked the portion of the fabric that would look best in the frame, I laid the cardboard on top of it and used my rotary cutter to trim the fabric to approximately the size of the cardboard, leaving a little bit of fabric around the edges, like so:
It’s kind of hard to glue a piece of fabric to a piece of cardboard when the two are the exact same size—you have to worry about keeping all the edges even while you glue, which sucks. It’s much easier to leave that little bit of excess and just trim it off after you glue. Here it is all glued and trimmed:
And here it is in the frame. Nice, right? I was worried about how the green paint would look with the green fabric, but I sort of like it.
The photo above is of the finished product hanging in the living room, but that’s not where I’m going to keep it. When I was ready to take the photo of it, Brendan was still asleep. So that I wouldn’t wake him up by hammering a nail into the wall, I took another frame down and put this one in its place for the photo. Later I’ll put it in my craft area.
And here’s a bonus shot of me and my headphones and the living-room window. I use wireless headphones in the mornings when Brendan’s still asleep.
So it looks great, and I love it, but something’s missing. Can you figure out what? Here, maybe this Photoshopped image will help: