Wednesday, August 18, 2010

DIY: Silverleaf T.V. Frame

Back in February, I mentioned Mister was making me a frame for our television. He neglected to inform me that he does not have a miter saw (which I assumed he had because we have everything else tool-wise) and it ended up taking about three months to get the frame assembled. He had it almost finished and then the last angle didn't fit and he had to take it all apart, sand it down, and re-glue one corner at a time. Here is the assembled, unfinished frame:


We bought two lengths of simple base moulding at Lowe's, measured the pieces to fit the television dimensions, cut the pieces to(approximately) a 45 degree angle, and glued them together. I am sure there is a simple, quick way to do all this, but this was definitely not simple or quick. When Mister does not have the equipment to accomplish a particular task he makes it. So he hand sanded the pieces when they did not fit perfectly and he created a form to keep the glued corner tight as it was drying. Then, after it was all together, he hammered in these things:


And I filled the egdes/corners with paintable wood filler:


Here is the unfinished product in place:


I decided I wanted it silver and so far all the silver spray paint I have tried looks like spray paint. Not pretty.

I decided to silver leaf it! Of course, I got the idea from Jenny at Little Green Notebook with her fabulous client silver leaf dressers...

First, I spray painted it ORB (because it was the only dark color I had on hand), so the light colored wood wouldn't show through. Plus, the packaging says you are supposed to prepare the surface with this fancy-schmancy red paint to make the leaf POP!, but no one had it. So I used what I had.


At Michaels silver leaf sheets are available two ways: on wax paper and not on wax paper. The "on wax paper" option is supposed to be cleaner, easier, and it's supposed to make the leaf go farther since it's not flying around the room like a freakin' snow globe. But, it's the same price for less sheets. So I went with the messier, cheaper option, of course!

At first I attempted to lay the sheets evenly:


But that didn't last long. I couldn't get it in the crevices, then when I got a tool small enough, it refused to stick in the crevices...


So, I just started ploppoing it down willy-nilly...




I prefer the antique-ey, not-so-perfect look anyway... ;D



The "finished" product was too shiny and perfect for me so I threw a coat of gel stain on it, then wiped it down. Ta, Da! Our six-months-in-the-making-centerpiece-for-the-gallery-wall:

Love me some Gilmore Girls!


I also finally got all the pieces matted that I have for the wall (so far). Now I just have to decide on placement. Should only take about another six months or so!

I'm linking up at Debbidoos Before and After party, come join me!


Also linking up to Show & Tell at Blue Cricket Design!

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12 comments:

Debbie said...

What a process to get it from start to finish....however in the end it turned out fantastic. I have never seen that technique before...pretty cool. Thanks for joining in. Debbie

Erin @ SYL: Slipcover Your Life said...

It looks AWESOME! Love that you toned down the silver a little bit too!

Erin@likegrandmas said...

Looks terrific!

SweDaisy said...

Great DIY! I love the gel finish on the frame. Can't wait to see the entire wall finished. Don't worry about time frame, we've been in our house 4 years and I still don't have any pictures up. I have the frames just haven't printed any pictures.

Take Care,
Lisa

Megan said...

Cute idea!!

As for the You Are What You Keep, they all count as individual items! :) It helps get to the 2010 goal. It's a fun concept, but I'm no where near the goal!!

billiemonster said...

I was never really a silver leaf fan but I gotta say I really like that frame! :D

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This looks so great! I love the look of the frame, and way to go Mister, getting that put together. Awesome job!

emily said...

Wow! That looks great!

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

That's awesome! I'm impressed that you got the silver leaf on it. I wish I had a saw to build things like that. We've taken 2 months to build our nightstands for our bedroom because we do not own a saw, and every piece we had cut at Home Depot had to be recut...but regardless, it's so fun when you customize your home with something you built!

Tiffany said...

I'm so excited that I stumbled upon this today! I know what I'm doing this weekend. Call me crazy, but I may skip the gel stain. That way, I'm not copying you 100%, right? Ha! Great post <3 I'm your newest follower.

Gretchen said...

How did Mister secure the frame to the tv/wall? It looks beautiful... so glad I found your posting!

Oonafey said...

When I posted this it wasn't attached to the television in any way. The Mr. routered it precisely so it would simply pop into place. However, our house is old and the humidity is unstable so it warped and began to pull away from the television. We recently secured it. I plan to write a post on it soon. I keep forgetting!