Business doesn’t have to be boring…

Hello Fellow Crafters!

It has been a very productive weekend. More importantly, it has been a very fun weekend. I love when I get stuff done and have fun doing it.

I am an avid  freecycle.org user and have gotten some wonderful things on the site. More recently, I have started using Craig’s List (yes, I know, I am way behind on the times) and have started using it for both buying and selling. I don’t know how it went by unnoticed for so long, but I recently discovered the “free” section. I also go semi-regularly to estate sales and occasionally to yard/garage/flea sales. You just never know what you may find.

So, recently on Craig’s List’s free site, time was just right and I “rescued” a bunch of picture frame molding and a few actual constructed frames. Beautiful stuff for sure. I met the man who had set it out, he owns a frame shop and was just getting overwhelmed with the amount of “scrap” that he had collected and just decided to do a mass ‘shop’ cleaning. What a find!

So, got it all home and started going through it. He was right, beautiful ornate frame molding. Started building some frames in addition to the completed ones. But what to do with it all once it was constructed?

White boards. Yes, you heard me, white boards. They have taken over the world – both in schools and business. And they are ingenious. But I’ve always noticed that they have the same bland, boring silver full frames. Just because it’s business, doesn’t mean it has to be boring, right?

When the Kid was young, I converted a space under the stairs into a play place (later becoming a handing storage place for toys). But with a coat of paint and a comfy carpet and some wonderful shelving, this became a great place for him to play and create. On one of the walls I mounted a white board complete with a little pail to hold the markers and erasers. He loves them still. I like them as well to be able to trade messages between me and the Kid and with a nice frame and a handy spot just outside the kitchen, it is convenient as heck.

So, like I said, the frames started becoming white boards. And here are some of the completed ones. They are kind of odd sizes, I did my best to make full use of the moldings, making them as large as I could.

1. The first one is 37 inch square. It originally started out high gloss black, but that’s boring, so it became a gorgeous bold red.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Next, is the first utilizing an already constructed frame, a gorgeous detailed wood frame, 32 1/2 x 43 1/2 inch that could be mounted either vertically or horizontally. This is nice because it already has mounting hardware. I’ve included a close up photo of the wood, so you can see the details. Wouldn’t that look beautiful in any office?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Next is a pair of gold framed white boards. Again, beautiful moldings. And they are great sizes, large enough to hold some serious work but not too large to be overbearing. And definitely not too ostentatious. A perfect blend of art and function. Left one is 34 x 40 inches and the right is 38 1/2 x 30.

4. The last one has a yellow frame, so cheerful. It is 38 1/2 x 31 1/2 and has an orange marker shelf (haven’t attached it yet) that is seen lying on the bench in front of it. I will have to find a place in my office for this. Last week, my team (and three new team members who are starting tomorrow) were relocated to a new area so that we all sit together. I think this makes the perfect white board to share ideas and info. I am excited to hear their comments.

Also worked on a couple of other projects, but the primary piece still needs hardware, so I will save it for another post. Hopefully tomorrow. I am so excited about everything I got done this weekend and really spent so little to upcycle and recycle pieces; basically paint and hardware to get things done.

I hope you had a productive and great weekend as well.

Happy crafting y’all!

About MacCupcake

Obviously, a big Mac fan (my first Mac was the first Mac) and mother to the most awesome kid in the world. A techno-junkie and self-proclaimed geek... I love anything and everything relating to computers. Also love making things and figuring out how to make or adapt existing stuff into something new! Always ready to try something new!

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