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Artwork from Door Mat and Shelf Brackets

Artwork made from a door mat and wall brackets | The Chelsea Project Blog | www.thechelseaproject.com
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Sometimes….

I just can’t stay on track.

Like yesterday….

…for example…

The plan was to push through

 this back hall redo

as quickly as possible…

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…only…

……I got a little off track.

Again.

Sad as it is to admit….

as soon as

I caught a glimpse of this rusty old door mat…

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it was all over but the cryin.

I mean…

really.

How can something so filled with character

and potential

be forever sequestered

to the dark corners of the garage?

Banished…

to a life of dust, spider webs, and snide comments….

….about ALWAYS

being in the way.

Well…….

…not on my watch…

So… I snatched it up…

went straight to the driveway…

and

beat it.

I mean…

I.  Beat.  It.

Hard….

with tools.

…But….

just to knock the loose rust away.

Then… I got busy turning

this amazing piece into something…

…absolutely wonderful.

As for the back hall refresh…

Huuuum…

…what back hall refresh?

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Happily, there had been only one coat of paint rolled on the back hall.  This way…I could bang up the wall putting the bolts in without worry.  And…trust me…this mat is heavy wrought iron.  The wall was banged a few times.

Standing back to marvel at how much I liked rust….

I know….weird, isn’t it?

I couldn’t help but notice that the texture and color against the new paint totally rocked….

…the only problem…..

…it was too small.

**sigh**

How discouraging.

Then…I thought……”Ok….All this guy needs are some wrought iron wing men….

Some kind of wrought iron pieces that would make him wider.”

Where….  oh where….could I possibly find wrought iron wing men?

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Then…I was off….

…to the garage….

…through the basement…

…and up to the bedroom.

Until…finally…

I found my treasured box of wrought iron brackets that had been saved from a previous redo.

And…..aside from a little drywall stuck on the back….that would not come off….they would make perfect wing men.

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But….no worries about the stuck drywall….as it quickly disappeared using rust colored chalk paint followed by a light dry brush of carbon chalk paint.  These are not fancy paints….these are my rust creating paints.  I know it’s a big shockaroo, but I can get the color I want every time.  Just FYI.

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Then…. I hung all of the pieces on the wall together.  One…I needed to get any extra nail holes and wall bangs repaired before the second coat of paint.  And, two…I needed to deal with any color differences.

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Full view before I started faux painting really shows how different the colors were.

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Matching the rust color of the brackets to the mat was easier with it hung in place….so I faux painted over the brackets with the rust and carbon chalk paint.  The huge nails were driven in and also fauxed to make them disappear.

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Painting the wing men only took a few minutes….

Painting the second coat on the wall….however….took longer.

Grrrrrrr.

But, the result was worth the wait.

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Rusty door mats can also be made from a black rubber door mat and chalk paint.

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And, if your brackets are wider than the mat, the mat could be mounded onto a piece of board to offset the difference.

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But…..the next time you’re thrifting…..maybe peek to see if there’s a rusty door mat…

…and four wingmen hanging around.

Because….nothing beats weathered wrought iron…

….or a good wing man.  πŸ™‚

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 Until next time,

I’m sequestered to the dark corners of the back hall……..

Help!

Suz

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  • Reply erika February 24, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Beautiful!!!
    I am impressed!

    • Reply thechelseaprojectblog February 24, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Thx…..it was a fun project….and fit perfectly. Thx for your comment. Appreciate.

  • Reply anastasiavt February 24, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Creative! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Peggy February 26, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Absolutely awesome!

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