I am so excited to be guest posting here at Not Just a Housewife! What an honor! My name is Clisty, and I blog at Rural Grace
I am ecstatic to be featured for my first time!! I haven't been blogging for very long, but love it! I love trying new recipes and sharing old favorites. Giving new life to old furniture. I do a little quilting, crafting and love doing fun things with my girls. I am the mom of 3 beautiful girls ages 1, 3, & 6. I also have an amazing husband who helps me with my projects (just another way to spend time together). We live in rural Idaho, our little valley is beautiful and peaceful (and an hour away from any 'real' stores). I can't imagine living anywhere else!
I decided to do a tutorial on this cute shadowbox. My husband and I have made several of these, I gave mine to a friend for her Birthday, so I got a new one. Then I gave that one to a church auction and I haven't gotten another one since. So to get mine done I decided to do a tutorial on it then I'd have a deadline for mine. My front porch is empty and missing the shadowboxes that once hung there, so here we go!
To get started you need a 1x8x8 piece of pine or MDF (if you'll be painting it), you will use the whole piece if you make it a 2 foot shadowbox. You will also need 10-12 feet of molding (that should give you room for a few little mistakes). Any molding will work, just find a cut/design that you like. For this tutorial I will be using some antique molding, so if you're buying new stuff and are planning to paint it the MDF is the easiest to work with. We have made them with all real wood and with MDF, and with Pine sides, but MDF molding. It all works fine.
|We used this spray on paint/varnish remover. It's safe to use indoors, no harsh smell, it smells like oranges, and works really well too! But no matter what always remember to use gloves! Safety first! lol|
|We sprayed the wood with some stripper to get some of the paint off. The stripper is orange color, which is nice so you can see where it has been sprayed. We let that sit for 1 hour.|
|Scraping off the old paint with a putty knife, I didn't want all of it gone though. I think it adds character to it when there's a little bit of old paint oil seeping through the new paint.|
|We chose a table saw to cut the 1x8 pine, you could use a chop saw/miter saw, a hand saw (not recommended) or a circular saw (just whatever you're comfortable with or have) lots of options.|
|All the 1x8 pieces are identical, I just love the smell of freshly cut pine!! It's beautiful too!!|
|We used a brad-nailer with 1" brads to attach the 1x8 pieces to form a square. You could also use finishing nails if you don't have access to a nailer.|
|Measure inside corner to inside corner to get the measurement for the molding.|
|The chop saw/miter saw gets turned to a 45* angle to cut an end of the molding, then flipped the opposite way 45* for the other end so the pieces can butt together, do the same for all 4.|
|Before nailing the molding on we always run a thin bead of glue along the edge.|
|Sophie did NOT like the sound of the brad-nailer. My other two girls don't mind the sound of tools, but Soph must have sensitive ears, because she covers them or runs away.|
|The box has two sides nailed on, if you look close you can see the small gap in the corner, easily hidden.|
|Check out my wall plaques tutorial here|
|Here's a Shoe Cubby Redo|
|Yummy Mini Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes Recipe|
Thank you, Stacy, for letting me share my project with your readers! I hope you all will come see me sometime and check out my other fun stuff!