Now that the dining room moulding is up and painted, it is finally time to add some art! The walls have been blank for years now.
Most of my projects come with a slew of unforeseen problems that require a lot more time, trips to the hardware store and problem solving. Seriously. I just spent 4 hours re-doing the curtain rods in my dining room. I (wrongfully) assumed that the screw holes in the brackets were linear and that caused a slight tilt that made the acrylic bow. Some of the screw holes are off centered. And one cannot simply drill a hole in plaster. Oh, no. There’s an 85% chance that it will crumble and make a massive hole. Which then requires ginormous toggle bolts. And bigger holes. And patching. And painting.
ANYWAYS. Those bitches are secure now. I could probably do pull ups on them. You know, if I ever did pull ups. Or, could do more than one.
After looking at some art online, I decided to order this print from Minted: In the 24″ x 18″size. Somehow the day that I clicked on the site to purchase, it had an option for no white border and the print covering the whole space? Where’d that option go? Witchcraft.
The colors are beautiful. I was surprised by how much my husband liked it, too. In super healthy relationship fashion, I didn’t consult with him before purchasing.
Since I worked hard on those wall panels, I didn’t want to completely cover them with a large frame.
Then I remembered that I had favorited this etsy shop, some unknown amount of time ago.
Now, this listing is for the acrylic sheets and the hardware. Add in $45 for shipping and $184 is no small amount. Which is not to say that it’s not worth it, but when the shop suggested an option to DIY, I was all over that. I purchased the small brass standoffs for $34 and 2 30″ x 28″ acrylic sheets from Lowes for, like, $30ish?
Since purchasing the sheets from Lowes would not give me the custom measurements purchasing from the etsy shop would give me, I also purchased this Olfa plastic cutter.
Let’s revisit my previous statement about my projects usually taking a left turn. I figured that me trying to cut down acrylic would somehow affect the time/space continuum and a vortex would open and swallow the state of Minnesota. Not accurate? Idk. I’m not a scientist.
I was super pleased when cutting down acrylic sheets was a breeze. Like. So easy.
I added 2″ to each side of my art for the acrylic frame – so I kept the 28″ as is and cut down the 30″ to 22″.
First, I marked off my 22″ with sharpie (keep the protective plastic on).
Since I didn’t have a long enough straight edge, and I just accidentally snapped my 4 foot level, I used a spare piece of lumber. I clamped it all down nice and tight to a table and scored along the lumber multiple times, alternating direction.
I scored along the lumber multiple times, alternating direction.
When I had a deep groove (like 10 passes or so), I unclamped it and moved it so that the excess was hanging over the edge of the table. From that point, it took a very small amount of pressure for it to snap right off.
When my pieces were cut to size, I lined them up together and clamped them down with some spare lumber underneath. I marked off my holes (1″ from the edges) with a sharpie, on top of the plastic.
Drilling the holes was easy! I used a 3/8 bit and a little water with soap (to minimize friction and chipping) and used medium speed/pressure.
The whole process probably took 30 minutes – and saved a lot of money to boot.
I am way over my tentative 6 week dining room ‘challenge’ but I’m feeling really ok about that. I have been working on things at a steady and relaxed pace, without breaking my back (or checking account) and I’ve still had lots of time outside and chilling.
I am having such an excellent summer with my daughter out of school (I’m still working full time, boo hiss) and it seems like maybe they really do get better with age. Years 3 and 4 were particular lows for pleasant interactions. It’s a wonder that any parents keep them past that age.
In other important-to-no-one-else news: the light fixture is still not shipped out. Any inquires are answered with a vague ‘we will ship it out soon’. I’m kind of a lot bummed. I ordered from the company a couple of years ago, and since then, they have gotten a great reputation in the blogosphere. I feel conflicted because I don’t want to make a big deal about it, but the communication is seriously lacking. I feel like if the company is going to be 5+ weeks past the original ship date – they should reach out to the customer and let them know. And probably set new shipping expectations.
It’s the light fixture that I want, so I guess I’ll have to find some inner zen and be patient.
I swear, put something shiny in front of me and it takes over my brain and I forget all else.
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I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a Modernica Case Study planter to put under the aforementioned artwork.
I was thinking that I would put my snake plant in there, but I quite like it on the credenza. So then I thought maybe a cactus?
There are a lot of cacti varieties.
I’m sure you’re all like: ‘well, duh, Madeline. Everyone knows that.’
and I’m all: NO, guys. A LOT OF CACTI.
If you can believe it, there aren’t a ton of cactus nurseries local to Minnesota. So I’ll have to do any ordering online.
Any thoughts on your favorite cactus? Be sure to include its full and proper name. JK. No, really, please do that.
Then a few days after I ordered the modernica planter. I was like: NO.
That actually belongs with the new fiddle fig in my front room.
Now I need a planter for the dining room. Before the 1st one has even shipped.
I’m the WORST.
I think the retro bullet planter will be just the match for some cacti.