Recycling crafts

I’m trying to get back into my blogging routine again, and I figured this would be a quick and easy way to do just that.
My junior year roommate and friend, the now Mrs. Emily Thornton, made me a super sweet picture collage with wooden letters modge podged on top that spelled out “love.” She worked incredibly hard on painting the letters red to match my room and actually stopped sharing food with me until I found a place to hang it in my room that year.
Fast forward to January 2013, and the photo collage was um, not so relevant. But I didn’t want to toss out all her hard work, so I pried the letters off (the three that hadn’t fallen off yet anyway) and tossed the collage.
I finally realized what I wanted to do with them just the other day. The bookshelves in my living room were looking a tad empty, and stacking these letters would be just the ticket to take up some vertical space.

It was pretty much just a coat of white paint to cancel out all that red, some (read: a LOT) of hot glue, and some spray paint.

Painted white and glued together!

Painted white and glued together!

I missed a spot. But you can see the red I was fighting against!

I missed a spot. But you can see the red I was fighting against!

It didn't feel stable, so I used toothpicks to make me feel better about it. It almost worked.

It didn’t feel stable, so I used toothpicks to make me feel better about it. It lmost worked.

I’m currently in the process of moving EVERYTHING around on the shelves in my living room, so it doesn’t have a permanent home, but the color — pistachio by Krylon — pretty well matches my other decor. And my lamps. I have this thing where I want to spray paint EVERYTHING now. Whoops.
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So that’s the gist of what it looks like. I love that I was able to keep a part of an old craft and make it into something that still holds good memories and fits a new niche in the living room :)

I also made a chalkboard last week. It was an event for sure. So be looking for that. And some super cute photos coming to a blog (this one) near you (right here) soon!

-Cat

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