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Wall Art made from reclaimed Levelor wooden blinds

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 07-08-2012 02:25 AM 1588 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy,

I just finished painting these structures that will end up in the den over the couch. These structures were the subject of my first blog called wall art. I learned a bunch of lessons that I believe has increased my skill in woodworking. I want to thank all of you for helping with your posts, encouragement and direct advice.

I got the idea when I was walking through a consignment store and found a huge old hand made pine screen. It was $700 and despite the fact that I liked it, I have have a lot better things to spend my money on. Still, I found myself dwelling on it and decided I wanted something like it to adorn a wall in my den. I made myself a little image and saved it on my PC.

As is the case, after I get an idea, I think about the least expensive way to make it. Then I saw an offer through freecycle for some old levelor blinds. That was what I needed. The wood was free.

I prefer to work with latex interior paint and I buy quarts here and there from places like Lowe’s or Home Depot that are labelled Oops. (By the way, the new premixed color samples at Lowe’s are not their premium paint. It took me 3 coats on one of the colors.) I guess the project took about 50 hours, 20 of which was painting and 15 was due to bad starts and starting from scratch – twice.

I understand that they may not be to your liking because they are “out” there. I love em. That puts me out there as well. Thanks for reading.

My next project (after I paint, add thicker baseboards and tile the hallway) will either be to refinish and old Broyhill end table I scored for 15 bucks or build the lighting fixtures for the hall. (You all have been helping me on those as well.)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 07-08-2012 05:40 AM

Very cool design ,very well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 07-08-2012 01:31 PM

Mark,

Very clever and beautiful deisgn in your ‘Wall Art’ piece.

...and a special, Wink and a Nod, from Mother Nature for repurposing those window blinds.

Nicely executed. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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sandhill

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#3 posted 07-08-2012 02:10 PM

Nice and artsy.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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#4 posted 07-10-2012 02:52 AM

Looks like it really turned out great! Nice job!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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MarkTheFiddler

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#5 posted 07-10-2012 04:24 AM

Thanks for compliments gentlemen. Special thanks to you Steve for the support through the process!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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