I had every intention of finishing the signs for the wedding the weekend prior to the last one… unfortunately that didn’t happen. Why is it that DIY projects always take longer than expected? Anyway, I was able to find some time to paint this last weekend (and Monday afternoon) and I’m *almost* done. One more coat of chalkboard paint to go! Oh how I loathe painting… actually I don’t hate painting that much, just the clean up part. I never seem to clean the brushes and rollers properly.
The salvaged window panes are already redone, too. (You might recall that I blogged about a couple of old window panes a friend gave us). I finally decided to try my hand at giving them a faux mercury glass treatment and painting the frames white. So I sanded the frames really well, cleaned the actual window pane, and went to town with the Looking Glass spray paint. The most important part of the mercury glass tutorial was to finely mist the glass with water before spraying the mirror-like paint on top of it, and then letting it dry. But given my lackluster results, I’d recommend you check out the actual tutorial…
After spray painting the glass, I taped everything down and primed and painted the frames. The windows were old and you could tell, so I decided that instead of fighting it by trying to make them completely white and bright, I’d sand down the edges and rough ‘em up a bit to give them a distressed look.
The window before. I removed all the hardware, patched all holes and sanded it. Since it had a couple of big holes from the hinges I had to paint it (versus staining it)
Sanded and holes from hinges patched
Glass is already spray painted and frame is primed
And here they are all finished! My boyfriend says I should distress them a bit more, what do you think?
It’s hard to take a picture that reflects the mercury glass/silvery finish because it needs to bounce off light, so that’s why I can’t take a picture from the front
The mercury glass treatment idea didn’t work that well, but I’m happy with the end result and I’ll think that when the window pane is scribbled all over you won’t be able to notice the sort of failed spray paint project. I plan on using them for the menu and/or seating chart, something like this:
The only (big) problem… the tape I used to cover the glass while I painted the frame left goo… and if I try to remove it the spray paint comes off. Sigh. I’m still trying to work around that. Any suggestions?
As for the arrows, they’re still not completely done, but they’re finished enough that I can show you pics. My boyfriend cut some wood scraps at a 60º angle to make the pointed side, and I primed and painted them with chalkboard paint. We’ll be using them to write down things like “Wedding”, “Bathrooms”, “Ceremony”, “Reception”, etc. and since they’re a chalkboard, I’ll be able to reuse them in the future.
Best of all? The only purchase we made for these two projects was the spray paint, that came in at around 15€. I love the something-something they’ll add to the reception area and they’re actually pretty affordable decor options (at least for us, since we already had everything else. Otherwise the wood, chalkboard paint, prime, etc will add up fast).
So what do you think of the latest decor items for the wedding? Any other DIY projects I should tackle for decor?