I am super excited about this post! This is my first Do-It-Yourself project that I am posting on this blog, and I am hoping that it is the beginning of something great! Currently I have seven projects on my to do list (with about a dozen more waiting to be put on the list), and I'm hoping that they will all make it on my blog eventually.
Some of you know that I am in the process of redecorating my living room. I'm basically starting from scratch, and with a limited budget that means doing lots of things on my own. I came across these yardsticks at an antique shop for a great price and figured I could come up with something for them.
So here is what you will need for this project if you are interested in making one for yourself:
* 5 yardsticks, make sure they are the same length and thickness
* 1/4" plywood (you can use thicker if you want, I didn't want mine to stick out too far)
* 4 coat hooks (most come with screws, if not you'll need to get some)
* Gorilla Glue
* 2 picture brackets
* Razor Blade or pocket knife
You may also need Ralph Lauren glaze tinted in "Smoke" depending on how "aged" you want it to look.
I used the hooks off of a rack I already had. If you don't have any lying around, you can find them at any hardware store from $2-$8 per hook.
I had a yellow yardstick that I wanted to use that was fairly new,
so to make it look more "aged" to match the others I applied some of my Ralph Lauren glaze, waited a few minutes until it got tacky and then took a rag and wiped it off. This leaves enough residue that it doesn't look painted. I then took some sand paper and sanded a few
I placed the yardsticks on the plywood in the order that I wanted them, and then cut the plywood to size.
I Gorilla glued the yardsticks to the plywood and then clamped it for added pressure. Then I drilled four holes spaced evenly for the hooks.
(Note that I clamped the yardsticks using scrap pieces of wood I had around to make sure the pressure was even)
I let it dry and set for about two hours. At this point, you'll probably notice a few glue spots. Since this has the aged look, you can just take the razor blade to it and cut it off. If it scrapes the paint or coating, it's not a big deal, just adds to the overall look.
Attach the picture brackets to the back and your finished! I love the look of this in my living room!