You may remember that I scored some barn wood frames at a garage sale. I had big plans for them, but was lazy about refinishing them, given that I knew what refinishing barn wood entailed
I decided I didn't want the entire frame to be the photo and that I wanted a really thick mat. I wanted a black one to tie in my living room. Rustic like the barrel and modern like the coffee table and tv console. I found these sign it mats at Michaels that were just perfect.
Today I had an extra day off and decided to make it happen. Right before I got started I remembered that it's never safe to use an electric sander near a furnace and water heater.
I finally settled on the downstairs bath as my sanding headquarters. I wanted a small contained space that I could close up to keep the dust to a minimum.
Good thing! It is so messy sanding that stuff! It's also really important to wear eye protectant and a mask.
(This is from my last time working on barn wood!)
Look at the inside of that mask. Yuck!
This is the amount of debris that comes from 4 simple frames!
After that I brought them back into the furnace room and gave them all a coat of Howard's Feed and Wax.
As I was about to go upstairs I decided to flip the bottle around and read the warnings. Turns out that that is also highly combustable. Whoops!
After several coats I left them to try for a few hours
And then gave them 2 coats of polyacrylic to make them good and shiny.
After that was all done I attached the mat to the back of the frame (there is no glass or opening to slide things in). There was a great debate between black and white.
Then I attached my picture:
And I put them back up on the wall!