Saturday, January 11, 2014

Hanging Decorations

We were previously given a wonderful gift with a custom painting of Neverland, featuring Roscoe's Roost. Due to the uniqueness of the painting, we had difficulty figuring out how to hang it. We obviously didn't want to puncture it with holes (but considered using rivets) to hang it. We couldn't use a picture frame because it would hide the rustic edges. We couldn't use plexiglass because it would hide the rough texture of the painting. So just how do you hang a painting like that?

Here's what we came up with:

We took furring strips and cut them to size. Then we beat them up with screws, nuts, and other pieces of metal to make them look battered. After that we stained them with a walnut/mahogany stain and coated them with satin epoxy so the stain wouldn't rub off.

The look we were going for was that some pirate just came into Roscoe's room, grabbed some old scraps of wood, and nailed the map to the wall so he could look at it while he planned his attack.

While we were at it, we also made a frame for the ship painting that hangs above Roscoe's bed. We started with chair moulding that rich people you would use to decorate the middle of a wall. I had Alisha remotely choose from a few types of moulding.
Side note: Remember when a few years ago you had to call and try to verbally describe stuff like this, instead of sending a picture message? Remember a few years before that when you had to either guess what they wanted or make a few trips, because a payphone was too much trouble?

After that I cut the moulding to fit the ship painting, backed it with furring strips for structural support, and stained it just like the other pieces above.

And here's the final result, which is a good improvement over how it was before.

1 comment:

  1. I love the way you hung each of these pieces of art.

    You both are very talented : ) ♡♡♡