Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Thrift Store Dry Erase Art

The other day I finally broke down and accepted that I needed some new clothes...in a bigger size. There's a thrift shop by our old apartment that I like, so when I was having a good brain and vision day, I loaded up D and the "car TV" (or GPS, as the non-three-year-olds call it) and got on our way.

I didn't find any clothes for me, but I did find a few frames I knew I could put to good use. Like this red aluminum frame, which ended up being a great addition to D's bathroom. 

This is the frame as I found it at the thrift store. Best of all, we happened to come in when frames were 50% off. Nice find for $1.50! (I love the photo that was in the frame and almost put it up as is).

I used my homemade all purpose cleaner to clean the glass (and wipe away the price).

Next, I used PowerPoint to create the page I wanted to frame. The transportation ABCs are free printables from Nap-Time Creations. (This design is also available as a fabric, and is exactly what I want for the curtain in D's reading nook...if only I knew how to sew).

I played around with both a blue border and a blue border. Blue won, but here's the red.

The frame itself was a bit tricky to undo. Fortunately, I'm married to someone who grew up working in his dad's photography shop. He knew just what to do.

We had to adjust the page slightly.

Then the tools came out to put the frame back together.

And voila! A personalized dry erase board for my boy.

We've started working on memorizing Bible verses at Sunday School, so I decided to use the frame for the monthly verse. Since it will be hung in the bathroom, he will see it several times a day.

I couldn't have matched the yellow any better if I tried to do so.

Took me a few days, but I finally got it hung up.

Twice as nice.

It didn't take D long to notice something new in the bathroom.

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  1. WOW!!! lOVE LOVE LOVE the use of the abcs to make name!! I'm going to mention this post on my blog :o) Would love for you to add this to my flickr pool (the link is on my sidebar!)

  2. I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you for making the ABCs!


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